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2015 Favorite Reads

Hello, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones! I have missed this little blogging space, but a nice break to spend time with family has been so rejuvenating and much needed. To ease back in, I thought we could all sit down and talk about books today.

I wrote a post about my quest to be a bookworm a little over a year ago. I didn't particularly care for reading as a past time, but I knew I was missing out. Thankfully, all I needed to do was discover a few books to hook me, and I was sold. Now, I will pretty much read anything and everything I can get my hands on! I genuinely look forward to curling into my bed each night to read a chapter of whatever happens to be occupying my nightstand at the time.

So far this year, I've read twenty-eight books this year. Twenty eight. That probably isn't very many to some, but it sure seems like a lot to me! In the spirit of being a self-proclaimed bookworm for one whole year, I thought it would be fun to recap my favorite reads of 2015.

My favorite fiction novel was...

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty was one that had me hook, line, and sinker from the get-go. I love the way she wove different stories together, and my jaw actually dropped as I read the epilogue. Loved this one!

My favorite suspense novel was...

I don't know if I have ever had a book that I just couldn't stop reading quite like Hour Game by David Baldacci. I was on vacation with my family who I never see in an awesome new city, and I just wanted to get back to the hotel so I could read this darn book. It was so thrilling and brilliantly written and easily took the title as my favorite novel in the suspense category. Honorable mention was Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline, because I really did love that one too. Any other year when Hour Game wasn't in the running, Keep Quiet would have taken the cake.

My favorite memoir was...

I read For The Right Reasons by Sean Lowe almost cover to cover on a long flight and never lost interest. He is one of my favorites from the Bachelor franchise, and his book was an honest look at his life and the show that brought him his wife. If you are a Bachelor fan, read it!

My favorite historical fiction novel was...

Finding Rebecca by Eoin Dempsey was the very first book I read in 2015 (Technically, I think I even read this December of 2014. Semantics.), and it has stuck with me ever since. It was raw and real and so well done.

So those were my favorite books by category. I also wanted to pick a favorite book altogether. When I set out to pick my favorites, it took about .02 seconds to decide my favorite book of the year. This book actually brought me to tears, something that comes easily for movies but is no small fete for the written word. I just loved it. I don't usually reread books, but I'll reread this one in the coming years.

My favorite book of 2015 was...

I really can't say enough good things about The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I read twenty-eight books, and none were as gripping or entertaining as this one. If you haven't read this one, march your rear end to the book store and start reading it now. Yes, this was definitely my favorite book of 2015!

Here is a list of the books I read this year (linked to the reviews I wrote throughout each month)...

Finding Rebecca by Eoin Dempsey
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I Didn't Come Here To Make Friends by Courtney Robertson
For The Right Reasons by Sean Lowe
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
The One And Only by Emily Giffin
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Babyville by Jane Green
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Life Is Beautiful by Sarah M. Johnson
The Making Of A Navy Seal by Brandon Webb
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Flightsend by Linda Newbery
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
Girl At War by Sara Novic
A Lot Like Love by Julie James
Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline
Hour Game by David Baldacci
Double Cross by James Patterson

One year of some good old-fashioned reading is in the books! No pun intended. I am excited to discover some more literary greats in 2016 and share them with you all!


Jen @ South in the City said...

I just finished The Husband's Secret and loved!! What a great list...reading is the best :-) Thabks for the reviews.

Carly said...

I loved reading your book posts so much this year! I definitely want to add Hour Game to my list and now I'm on the fence about The Husband's Secret-- so many people love it, but I wasn't super crazy about her other books so I don't know if they're just not my cup of tea..

Amy said...

i just can't bring myself to read the fault in our stars yet. maybe one day.

Unknown said...

Great choices! The Husbands Secret was my favorite book of all of 2014 I think. I will say though, I kind of went on a Liane Moriarty kick after that book and read Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot and both were really exceptional. I liked What ALice Forgot a bit better and it's more similar to Husbands Secret. Point being, make an effort to get one more Liane book on your nightstand in 2016!

Bailey Kay said...

I love that you are a bookworm now! I have a goal of reading 50 books in 2016... It's quite ambitious but I think I can do it! Hope you had a Merry Christmas, friend!

Unknown said...

The Fault in Our Stars is an absolute favorite, I'm not sure if it's a re-read for because the ending just kills me. LOVE his work and need to read his other books.

Jen said...

My reading list keeps getting longer and longer after I read posts like this haha.

Melzie at Ribbons and Rotor Blades said...

Thanks for posting this!! It's hard when bloggers post their reading list for the month because you can't really tell if they really recommend it or just liked it. So having this list of your top favs is awesome! I've added all to my list :)

ChristmasOwl07 said...

I just ordered 4 books. and i can't wait for them to get here. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks, Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, Know Your Worth: Conquering Your Past for a Powerful Future by Jessica Vaughn and another one that I can't remember the name of. But I look forward to getting nose deep in all of them.

Angie Rachels said...

You should try Mary Kay Andrews books, they are my faves!

Janelle Cook said...

I'm so glad you found a love for reading!! 28 books in a year is quite impressive!!! :)

Stephanie said...

28 books is super impressive to me. I can hardly keep up with doing one a month. I need to add Finding Rebecca! I love historical fiction!


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