50 Books Read in 2015

Books of 2015

It took reading 14 books in December, but I read 50 books in 2015. It was my fourth consecutive year of reading 50 books a year. I’m reminded every year of what a procrastinator I am in December. I wanted to share my final list of all the books. There were plenty that I loved and liked. What were your favorites from 2015? I haven’t read anything so far this year, putting me already one book behind schedule!


    Books I Loved

  1. Americanah was my first of two books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I resolve to read the rest of her books in 2016!
  2. I’ve now officially read all of Anthony Bourdain’s books and loved them all. I especially loved the essay about his daughter in Medium Raw.
  3. I loved The Color Purple so much. It was an emotional roller-coaster but I still think about the characters.
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  5. I read Humans of New York: Stories twice, cover to cover.
  6. I didn’t expect to like Station Eleven but I couldn’t put it down.
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  8. I related to Bich Nguyen’s account of growing up in the U.S. with immigrant parents. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner is a memoir framed by food and thus awesome. I almost cried in the last chapter.
  9. Admittedly I read Of Mice and Men because it was short and I wanted to complete my goal. I already knew the story from all the references in pop culture but it still broke my heart.
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  11. Lucy Knisley’s French Milk made me nostalgic for Paris.
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  13. I read Age of License , also by Lucy Knisley, while waiting for an ultimately canceled connection from Dallas to Little Rock.
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  15. Displacement: A Travelogue is another favorite from Lucy Knisley.
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  17. Big Magic was an inspirational read about practicing creativity. Also file under “Books I Read to Help Me Figure Out My Work Life”.
  18. You can hear more of my thoughts about Modern Romance by listening to this I Feel Better episode.
  19. I didn’t think I could stomach Tony Robbins but I finished Money: Master the Game in a day. It was over six hundred pages!
  20. Rising Strong was such an uplifting read. Read Daring Greatly first.
  21. I could not put Everything I Never Told You down.
  22. I read all of Dept. of Speculation sitting in my closet during a bout of insomnia.

  23. I like starting with essays or memoirs when I’m exploring a new to me author. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage was my first book by Ann Patchett.
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  25. I read The Old Man and the Sea towards the end of my reading challege. Cherry-picked both for its prestige and its brevity.
  26. I would have read The Girl On The Train in one sitting if I didn’t have to be an adult. So it took either two or three sittings. A page-turner of a mystery with a well-meaning but atrociously unreliable narrator.

  27. The Sense of an Ending was a slow coming of age story that highlights how flawed our memories are.
  28. About Alice was written lovingly by Alice’s husband in her memory.
  29. I was reading Men Explain Things To Me while waiting for new tires. The man sitting next to me saw the title and chuckled, “Isn’t that what all women want? Men to explain things to them?” I wanted to throw the book at him and tell him the book was written for exactly him.
  30. The Guy Not Taken, a collection of short stories, was a quick read. There were a few good ones.
  31. Read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up if you’re looking for motivation on decluttering your life.
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  33. Read We Should All Be Feminists because we should be.
  34. I enjoyed a few essays from Bad Feminist very much.
  35. I found an essay excerpt of Rob Lowe’s Love Life about his son and immediately put Love Life on hold at the library. I enjoyed his writing style. I either read this one and listened to the next one listed (also by him) simultaneously or vice versa. I do recommend you listening to both these books since he did such a great job on the audio.
  36. Stories I Only Tell My Friends recounts many stories of Rob Lowe trying to break into the acting business. It was a comforting read while I dealt with job rejections.
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  38. Read Geography of Bliss if you have wanderlust and are curious about how different cultures approach happiness.
  39. Sugar in My Bowl is a collection of essays by women about sex.
  40. I was dutifully reading Never Let Me Go despite not being hooked and about 120 pages in, I was hit in the gut. I’m glad I stuck it out.
  41. I read a few thriller mysteries this year. Bonegap had a bit of the mystical in it.
  42. I read If You Find This Letter on my flight from Austin to Chicago and cried so much the passenger across the aisle gave me her whole package of tissue.
  43. I didn’t think I’d like Stoner but I read it in two sittings. Depressing but beautifully written.
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  45. An old coworker had pushed Rework on me over and over again. It wasn’t until I got laid-off that I finally made the time. I think anyone managing people or anyone in Human Resources could get a lot from this book.
  46. Essentialism motivated me to pare down every area of my life.
  47. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
  48. Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
  49. Playing Big
  50. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography Essentials
  51. Trust Agents

  52. Pinfluence
  53. May Cause Miracles
  54. The Big Leap
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  56. I read 50 Shades of Grey out of curiosity but it took me months to finish because the writing was so bad and the story uninspired.
  57. DUFF
  58. Why Not Me?
  59. I really wanted to like Fun Home, but it was so difficult to connect with her writing. My favorite bookworm in the states and friend (whose taste I usually love) raved about it though. So take my paltry words with a grain of salt.
  60. What Alice Forgot
  61. Heartburn

And that concludes my 2015 book list!

Questions: What book was the most helpful to you in 2015? What were your favorites?

  • lisasyarns

    Way to go on making your goal! You read an impressive amount during the month of December! Meanwhile, December was my lowest reading month as I only finished 2 books! You just read my favorites for the year – out of the ones I shared my TOP ones are We Were Liars and The Book of Unknown Americans.

    I didn’t read any books that were helpful to me last year as I think I pretty much read all fiction. But I bought Essentialism after hearing you guys talk about it on the podcast and as I mentioned in a previous post, I also am going to read “The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck.”

  • You read 14 books in December, including Tony Robbins’s behemoth? I bow down to you! :)

    I’ve set my goal at 24 books for the past few years and last year I managed 27. This year, my word for the year is ‘words’ and that means more reading and writing, so my reading goal is 30.

    Of your list, I’ve read Rework (loved), Big Magic (loved), and Trust Agents (I think I liked it, but sold my copy to Half Price Books this past weekend). I have The Girl on the Train and Linchpin; I’ll read them eventually. I tried to read Station Eleven and hated it. I think I got 50 pages in or so and stopped.

    I made a list of the non-fiction books I read last year, since that’s where the majority of my reading time went. My favorite book was Collapse by Jared Diamond. It’s big and full of information and mind-blowing. http://julesandjemma.tumblr.com/post/136156719327/my-non-fiction-reads-of-2015

  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    I can’t even wrap my head around reading 50 books in a year. Or 14 books in a month. You are amazing!

  • Good job on reading so many books last year! I think I read maybe 10? My favorite and most helpful book was Leave Your Mark. I actually think I might read it again soon.

  • Linh Thy

    Eprops for reaching your goal of reading 50 books!!

  • Ooh, I’ve read a few of these in 2015. Loved Americanah, Everything I Never Told You, and We Should All Be Feminists. Liked The Guy Not Taken, What Alice Forgot, and The Girl on the Train.

    I’m picking up Big Magic from the library tomorrow! I’m so excited to dive in.

    I also really want to read Essentialism this year. And Modern Romance!

  • Vishy

    Loved your post, Linda! Looks like someone has been helping herself to all the Lucy Knisley books :) So wonderful! I loved her first cooking memoir. Need to read the others soon. Because you loved ‘Of Mice and Men’ maybe you might like Gae Polisner’s beautiful book ‘The Pull of Gravity’ which is inspired by ‘Of Mice and Men’. I loved ‘Geography of Bliss’ when I read it – such a beautiful book. I also loved Adichie’s essay on feminism. I hope to read Roxane Gay’s book sometime this year. Your anecdote about Rebecca Solnit’s book made me smile :) And ‘Station Eleven’ – I want to read that! Thanks for your beautiful post, Linda! I got so many reading suggestions here.

  • I dig the 30-second reviews. Hearing your relationships with (and reactions) the books gave me interest in a few.