MY 2015 IN BOOKS

Wow, 2015 was a fantastic year in terms of books read! I challenged myself to read 35 books and finished with 45! That’s 19,882 pages and an average book length of 452 pages! I am very proud and want to share with you the books that I read and a quick summary of what I thought of them. Let’s start with my absolute favourites!

My favourite individuals:

My top 4 books of 2015

  • The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton: A rather unique story in my opinion, and a beautiful cover as well (the spine is blue!).
  • Wild – Cheryl Strayed: I loved the book, it made me cry, laugh and love Cheryl. The movie was alright, not my favourite though. Most of all it made me want to get out there!
  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr: what an absolutely stunning book. Just beautiful.
  • The Martian – Andy Weir: I loved the book (click here for my in depth review) and though the movie adaptation was fantastic!

My favourite series:

Robbin Hobb Books

  • Assassin’s Quest – Robin Hobb (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3): I started this Trilogy in 2014 and finished it this year. It’s an absolute page turner
  • Fool’s Errand, The Golden Fool, Fool’s Fate – Robin Hobb (The Tawny Man Trilogy): I obviously had to continue reading these books. I skipped the related trilogies though.
  • Fool’s Assassin, Fool’s Quest – Robin Hobb (Fitz and the Fool Trilogy, Book 1 and 2): I can’t wait for the final book to come out in August. Click here if you want to preorder it!

Harry Potter Books

  • Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling: You are going to judge me, but I first watched these movies in 2014. And I loved them, ohhh the excitement! I finally read them this year and could not put them down (!)! Loved them. A must read.

Classics:

Classic Books

  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck: A short but sweet read.
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding: This one was shocking, sad and at times even a little scary, but I thought it was a great classic.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee: Fantastic book, but at the moment I don’t think I should pick up her second book.
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald: Not only is this cover beautiful, but I actually really, really enjoyed this book. It made me read some F. Scott Fitzgerald short stories but I didn’t like them as much.
  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway: The writing of this book is wonderful and artistic but the story drags on and just didn’t do anything for me.
  • Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde: I’ve been meaning to read this book for ever and finally got around to it. It was definitely not bad.

Books that I will remember:

Great books

  • Doppler – Erlend Loe: I just reviewed this one but I loved how funny yet down to earth this was.
  • Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson: By the end of page one Bill Bryson had me laughing out loud. In 2016 I want to read more travel literature and more Bryson!
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett: I still have not gotten around to watching the film but the story is inspiring, sad and well written. The only bit I disliked was the language in the first chapter. But after that it’s great!
  • The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin: This is my only re-read this year because I loved this “self-help” book so much and it is an absolute inspiration.
  • Us – David Nicholls: So much better than Starter for Ten in my opinion, this book is bittersweet but interesting.
  • The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien: What a positive surprise this was. To be fair, it is a children’s story, but I think I will read some more Tolkien next year! Click here for my review.
  • The Underground Man – Mick Jackson: An interesting book. While it was slow it was sad, it made me think and most of all it made me love the protagonist. This book is a good read, if you finish it.
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein: I think I can really say I read a wide variety of books this year. I loved this one, written from the point of view of a dog. Fantastic!

Books I found overrated:

Books that didn't wow me

  • Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer: I don’t know why I didn’t get along with this book but it was a massive struggle. It just didn’t work. Roo claims the movies is great but I’m not sure I can actually watch that.
  • Starter For Ten – David Nicholls: This one was okay, but not a book I would have even remembered if I hadn’t created this post.
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Paul Torday: I didn’t hate this book but I didn’t love it either. It’s probably more of a love story, just then it’s not.
  • The Goldfinch – Donna Tart: This book started off very promising but I found it dragged. A friend of mine said that I had to wait for the plot twist at the end but I still don’t know what he was referring to.
  • The Girl With All The Gifts – M. R. Carey: This is not my Genre, but I know a lot of people who absolutely adore this book.
  • The One Plus One – Jojo Moyes: I’m not going to say that I won’t ever read Jojo Moyes’ books again but after having read books that were written more nicely they would probably not be my first choice. Maybe as a beach read.
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler: This book has a big plot twist which after it was revealed wasn’t anything I could relate too really.
  • Gorsky – Vesna Goldsworthy: This was recommended to me by my bookseller after I read The Great Gatsby. I think I would have enjoyed it more had I not read Gatsby or maybe if more time had passed in between.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass – Lewis Carroll: I know lots of people love these books but all I could think of was weird. Sorry.

Some series I liked and didn’t:

Some more series

  • Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (Robert Langdon 4 Book Series, Book 1 and 2): I’ve always wanted to read the Da Vinci Code but wanted to start with the first in the series. It’s a page turner but not a masterpiece. The same goes for the other one. Will I read the rest of the series? Maybe.
  • A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings – George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 and 2): I really want to love these books but the story just doesn’t seem to be for me. Should I try the third one?

So, that was 2015. In 2016 I’d love to read 50 books. A bit of a step up! Can I do it? Follow along on Goodreads. Also share with me what you want to read next year or any favourites from 2015!

Author: Anna

Anna ("Bee") is a globetrotting, outdoor-loving German expat who prefers tea over coffee and sleeping in a tent over bivvying. She is rarely seen without her camera and something Gore-Tex in her pack.

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