Best Books of 2015

What a year for reading 2015 has been for me. In January I set my goodreads goal at 50 books for the entire year. I reached that goal in early July and then set my sights on making it to 100. Overall I finished the year reading 93 books!

best-books-2015As my reading has picked up I’ve noticed some patterns:

  1. I need to read a variety of genres to avoid getting bored
  2. typically books over the 400 page mark are too long for me (and I get bored)

I’ve picked out my favorite books of the year in each genre that I read and am linking up today with Jana and Steph for their special Show Us Your Books: Best of 2015 installment.

Psychological Thriller

Second Life by SJ Watson

best-books-2015.jpeg

This book might be my favorite book of the entire year. The entire novel was engrossing and had me turing pages like a madwoman but the ending literally blew my mind.

read my original review: here

buy it: here

Young Adult

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

best-books-2015.jpeg

I read a few books about suicide this year and this one was by far way my favorite. Writing aimed for Young Adults about such a somber and serious topic can be tricky, but Wanga pulled it off perfectly.

read my original review: here

buy it: here

Science Fiction

Β The UnWind Series by Neal Shusterman

best-books-2015.jpeg

The Unwind Series includes 4 books: UnWind, UnWholly, UnSouled, and UnDivided. My fiancΓ© actually read these books before me and could not stop raving to me about them. Sure enough, he was right, they are phenomenal books. Usually when I read a series I read other books in between the series to break things up because I tend to get bored with the story line. I read all 4 UnWind books in a row and still wanted more.

buy it: here

Historical Fiction

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

best-books-2015.jpeg

Historical Fiction in my opinion is a hard genre to write. It involves writing about something that really happened, but also adding a fictionalized story into the mix, which can get tricky. I read a few other historical fiction books this year, but Orphan Train was by far my favorite.

read my original review: here

buy it: here

Memoir

Open by Andre Agassi

best-books-2015.jpeg

Professional athlete memoirs are usually nothing too impressive. They’re usually Ghost Written so heavily that the athlete’s voice is completely lost in the writing.Β Open is one of the few exceptions to that rule that I’ve come across. This book was so raw and uninhibited. I could not put it down.

read my original review: here

buy it: here

Non-Fiction

Columbine by Dave Cullen

best-books-2015.jpeg

Columbine was a book I had been meaning to read for a long time, but never really got around to it. Boy am I glad that I finally did, because this book did not disappoint. Recounting such a tragic event is not always easy but Dave Cullen mastered it in this book.

read my original review: here

buy it: here

best-books-2015.jpg

What were your favorite books of 2015?

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

  • I’ve heard such great things about Orphan Train! And I read Open a few years ago…loved the details behind how he snagged Steffi Graf. And – I agree about switching up genres and style of books to keep things interesting.

    • carrie

      I completely agree with you about Open! I found myself more interested in the personal aspects of his life. For me it humanizes a celebrity/athlete more when they go beyond talking about their career.

  • When I was in my late teens, I had a BIG crush on Andre Agassi. (I had a thing, and still do to some degree, for guys with long hair.) I knew nothing about tennis, but I loved watching him play. Given your glowing recommendation, I may add his memoir to my TBR list. I am also going to add Second Life, for I love a good psychological thriller from time to time. Happy New Year to you!

    • carrie

      definitely read Agassi’s book if you’re a fan! I have to warn you though, he talks a lot about his wife, Steffi Graff, so if your crush is still going strong it might leave you a bit broken hearted. haha. πŸ™‚

  • You may have enticed me to try Unwind!

    I added your YA favorite to my list too.

    • carrie

      Unwind is great, be prepared to be hooked! Thanks so much for hosting! This is hands down my favorite link-up πŸ™‚

  • I didn’t really love SJ Watson’s other book Before I Go To Sleep but Second Life sounded so good! I’m hoping to read it soon!

    • carrie

      In my opinion Second Life was much better than Before I go to Sleep. I’ve recommended it to several friends and always heard positive reviews. I think you’ll like it πŸ™‚

  • I love coming across different “best of 2015” book lists by bloggers. Each one is so different! I’ve never heard of Second Life before, but because of your raving I’ve now added it to my reading list for 2016! Have you read Pretty Girls? It sucked me in instantly and had me reading until late hours of the night!

    P.S. Love your site! I just stumbled upon it through a book linkup!

    Amanda
    http://anchoredtosunshine.com

    • carrie

      Hi Amanda! Welcome! If you’re into Psychological Thrillers, Second Life is for you! I thought I had everything figured out half way through the book, but the ending came out of no where and had my head spinning. I haven’t heard of Pretty Girls, but I’ll give it a look! Books that keep my up late at night are my type of reading πŸ™‚

  • I like to read a mix of fiction and nonfiction, too, and this year, I even read 3 science fiction books (I never read sci-fi). I’m going to take a look at the first one you mentioned, too. A couple of the others are already on my TBR (Orphan Train, My Heart and Other Black Holes) so I’m happy to hear the positive feedback on them.

    • carrie

      I was anti Sci-Fi for a while myself, but it’s slowly (very slowly) grown on me over time. Thanks so much for hosting, this is a great link-up! πŸ™‚

  • I really want to read Second Life! I had to go back and look at your review because I’m pretty sure reading that is what made me want to read it!

    • carrie

      It’s intense, but like I said, it’s mind blowing! Glad to hear my review was convincing, haha.

  • Heather

    I have been wanting to read Orphan train. I think one of my new years resolutions will be to turn the TV off and read more, I seriously slacked on that this year!

    • carrie

      That’s a great resolution Heather! I get in patterns of reading like a mad woman and then I’ll cool off and be more into watching new shows on netflix. I like to do a little bit of both, so for me it’s just a matter of balancing them. I suppose if I had to over-do it on one, it’s better to over-do the reading πŸ™‚

  • I just added Second Life to my to read list. I loved Before You Go To Sleep. I also added My Heart and Other Black Holes. I’ve heard good things about this from others as well so adding it to my list. I enjoyed the Unwind series and read Orphan Train too.

    • carrie

      Great to hear you’ve read UnWind! When I bring it up, I’ve found a lot of people haven’t heard of it. I actually heard a rumor there was going to be a 5th book coming out sometime in 2015. Not sure if it’s true, but if it is I’ll be eager to get my hands on it. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • I haven’t read anything on your list! I love when that happens. Columbine and Orphan Train are both on my list but Second Life sounds really good.