2015 Book List

So if you remember, last year I made myself some small promises.  I did a good decent mildly successful job at keeping to them for the year the-first-half-of-the-year a couple months, on and off, and with no actual consistency.

Among the list, one of my goals was to read more.  I did a fair job, and even had a list going for awhile to help me keep track - but of course, that was only a mildly successful tool, used with no actual consistency.

But that doesn't mean I can't try again!

And being that it's already April, I'll include those books that I've read for 2015

50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James
You don't need my commentary on this one.  My friend summed this one up perfectly - it's a terrible book, but a really good read.

50 Shades Darker by E.L. James
I did not finish this.  The first book was hot.  The second time around was like, we get it - he's hot, you can have multiple orgasms, stop showing off already.

Plan B by Jonathan Tropper
Male author better at relating to dude than women, but I like This is Where I Leave You, so I gave it a shot.  Don't spend any money on it - Library-only please

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
A great story of an older, childless coupon in Alaska.  The description made it sound like it was going to be more like a fairy-tale, but I liked that the story ended up being more realistic, and less "magic."

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
My sister and I picked to read this "together" on vacation, but being that she is a super-demon-speed-reader, I had no chance of keeping up.  Amazon reviewers compared it to Gone Girl, and while it was a good read with twists and thrills, it does not have Gillian Flynn's f-ed up nature.  P.S.  I need her to publish another book ASAP.

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
About a plane crash survivors.  Probably not the best read while I'm on vacation and need to fly over open water, but a good story.  Great for the beach this summer.

The One That Got Away by Simon Wood
A thriller about a serial killer and the girl who escaped.  I kept picturing the female protagonist as Ashley Judd.  Take that for what you will.  This author has tons of books, so I'm keeping those on my short list for this summer.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I was very skeptical about this book based on the synopsis, but my sister recommended it, so I gave it a try.  It does one of my favorite things that books do - go between story-tellers to give different perspectives.  Highly recommend this one!

The Andy Cohen Diaries:  A Deep Look at a Shallow Year by Andy Cohen
I confess, I gave up on this one.  I think Andy Cohen is hilarious and had such high hopes for juicy gossip, and it just wasn't there for me.  Back to the library it went.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Another great read, however it's not a short book.  Multiple story-tellers that bounce back and forth during the span of about 10 years during World War II.  Not at all a "war story" but gripping all the same.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
The author of The Husband's Secret (which was super awesome if you haven't read it yet!)  I'm only halfway through, but it's another good story that doesn't seem soft or predictable.  Reading this instead of my Book Club book right now - oops.  I'm really there for the wine and girl talk, let's be honest!

On the list (and these have either come as recommendations from friends or Amazon, based on other books I've read!)

  • Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
  • Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight
  • A Slant of Light, by Jeffrey Lent
  • One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus
  • Yes Please, by Amy Pohler
  • Not That Kind of a Girl, by Lena Dunham
  • A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler
  • The Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant
  • Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
  • Three Daughters, by Consuelo Saah Baehr 
  • The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom
  • An Absent Mind, by Eric Rill
  • When You Were Older, by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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