While most people are posting their favorite books they read during the year or providing a mathematical breakdown of their reading, I neither have the energy or the inclination to do that. Instead, here is a list of all of the books I finished in 2015. Some were excellent. Some were boring. Others were just mediocre. All of them helped me learn a bit more about myself and about the big wide world. After all, isn’t that why we read?
Just for fun, here are my lists for the last five years:
Do you spy any of your favorites on this list?
- The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
- After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
- The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
- As You Wish by Cary Elwes
- The Deep by Nick Cutter
- Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
- The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
- The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield
- The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith
- Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
- Inked by Eric Smith
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh
- Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
- Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
- A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
- Cut Me Free by J. R. Johansson
- The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant
- A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor
- The Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin
- Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik
- The Mermaid’s Child by Jo Baker
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- Pet Sematary by Stephen King
- And One Last Thing… by Molly Harper
- Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes
- The Damned by Andrew Pyper
- The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
- At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose
- All the Rage by Courtney Summers
- The Remedy by Suzanne Young
- Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman
- The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
- The Replaced by Kimberly Derting
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova
- The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy
- The Eternity Key by Bree Despain
- House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy
- When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord
- The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck
- Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
- The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston
- The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper
- Boo by Neil Smith
- The Cage by Megan Shepherd
- Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
- The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
- Revival by Stephen King
- The Daylight Marriage by Heidi Pitlor
- Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
- Misery by Stephen King
- Things You Won’t Say by Sarah Pekkanen
- The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne
- The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
- Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams
- Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
- Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
- The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth
- The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
- Allegiant by Veronica Roth
- Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett
- The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
- The Fold by Peter Clines
- The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
- Armada by Ernest Cline
- The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- Alive by Scott Sigler
- Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
- The Secrets She Keeps by Deb Caletti
- Second Life by S. J. Watson
- The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young
- Good Enough to Eat by Stacey Ballis
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
- Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith
- The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore
- Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
- The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
- Feed by Mira Grant
- The Fall of Princes by Robert Goolrick
- Love is Red by Sophie Jaff
- Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
- House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- What If? by Randall Munroe
- City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
- ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Lock In by John Scalzi
- Prince of Darkness by Shane White
- The Passage by Justin Cronin
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
- Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts
- Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
- Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
- The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown
- The Lake House by Kate Morton
- On Immunity by Eula Bliss
- The Witches by Stacy Schiff
- Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
- The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
- The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich
- The Captive Condition by Kevin P. Keating
- After the Crash by Michel Bussi
- The Lady of Misrule by Suzannah Dunn
- The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
That’s a great year – I wish I had read that many books! Several on your list I hope to read in the future, too.
Oh, you too can hoard all the books and have them to read. LOL! I hope you have a great year!
I can’t wait to hear what you thought of The Swans of Fifth Avenue – I got an early copy from Library Thing and read it last month.
I loved it until I didn’t. I loved probably the first three-quarters of it, but I thought it got a bit repetitive and boring towards the end. I know you included it among your best books of 2015 though.
The Martian is on everyone’s list! What is wrong with me? I seriously had no desire to even finish it, which is so rare for me. Every time I see it on another end of the year post it makes me feel like I should try again. *shrugs shoulders
Anyway, it looks like you had a phenomenal year and you read a lot of books! Happy 2016!
Oh, The Martian is an amazing book, but it is not for everyone. I hope you have a wonderful 2016!
So many good books! And I agree – each book we read brings something to us – some new view or opinion. 2016, here we come!
Thanks, Kay! Happy New Year!
Wow Michelle, over 100 read and reviewed. Many on the list I want to read in 2016 after such a bad reading year.
Thanks, Marce! Those that are missing reviews you will see in January, as they are all January releases. This was a slow reading year for me too!
Good luck and happy new year!
We read a lot of the same books this year! So disappointed Armada wasn’t as good. I read Ready Player One this fall and LOVED it! I think it’s going to be our next family Out-Loud read. Can’t wait to see what great books 2016 brings us!
I liked Armada but can recognize that it was not as good as his first novel. Bring on all the books for 2016!
Happy New Year!
That’s an impressive list for 2015! Happy Reading in 2016!
Thanks, girlie! And the best to you and yours!