Friday, 1 January 2016

Best of 2015: Books Edition

I set a pretty lofty goal for myself through the Goodreads Reading Challenge to read 50 books in 2015 and I did it...finished my 50th book on the very last day of the year! I'm pretty proud of hitting it but I'm going to lower my goal a bit (I'm thinking 35) for 2016 because the last month was not all that enjoyable. I can get a little nuts about finishing things so when I was only about 6 books away at the beginning of December I just had to get it done. This however meant that I added in a few short books that I probably wouldn't have read otherwise and it just wasn't that enjoyable to be forcing myself to read so much. 

Now onto the books, I'm going to list all 50 books I read below by what I rated them (the good to the bad). If you want more information on any of the books you can check here for plot summaries and more reviews. 

  1. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
    • My Rating: *****
  2. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
    • My Rating: *****
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir
    • My Rating: *****
  4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 
    • My Rating: *****
  5. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
    • My Rating: *****
  6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    • My Rating: *****
  7. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
    • My Rating: *****
  8. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
    • My Rating: *****
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • My Rating: *****
  10. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
    • My Rating: ****
  11. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion 
    • My Rating: ****
  12. This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
    • My Rating: ****
  13. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
    • My Rating: ****
  14. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • My Rating: ****
  15. The Big Short by Michael Lewis
    • My Rating: ****
  16. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
    • My Rating: ****
  17. Quiet by Susan Cain 
    • My Rating: ****
  18. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
    • My Rating: ****
  19. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
    • My Rating: ****
  20. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
    • My Rating: ****
  21. The Wealthy Barber Returns by David Chilton
    • My Rating: ****
  22. A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbet
    • My Rating: ****
  23. Yes Please by Amy Poehler 
    • My Rating: ****
  24. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
    • My Rating: ****
  25. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
    • My Rating: ****
  26. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
    • My Rating: ****
  27. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
    • My Rating: ***
  28. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell 
    • My Rating: ***
  29. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 
    • My Rating: ***
  30. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    • My Rating: ***
  31. The Power of Why by Amanda Laing
    • My Rating: ***
  32. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
    • My Rating: ***
  33. Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon 
    • My Rating: ***
  34. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey 
    • My Rating: ***
  35. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith 
    • My Rating: ***
  36. Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
    • My Rating: ***
  37. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    • My Rating: ***
  38. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
    • My Rating: **
  39. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
    • My Rating: **
  40. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin 
    • My Rating: **
  41. The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel 
    • My Rating: **
  42. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
    • My Rating: **
  43. The Mystery of Mercy Close 
    • My Rating: **
  44. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris 
    • My Rating: **
  45. The Stranger by Albert Camus
    • My Rating: **
  46. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards 
    • My Rating: **
  47. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi 
    • My Rating: **
  48. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    • My Rating: *
  49. The Dinner by Herman Koch
    • My Rating: *
  50. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham 
    • My Rating: *

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