Best Books of 2015

I started out 2015 with the goal to read 24 books in the year I turned 24. I was in a bit of a reading slump in the year of 2014 and this goal of "24 books" was really motivating. I highly suggest this challenge, whether you are turning 24 or not. It is an easy and attainable goal that boils down to about 2 books a month. I ended up reaching the goal back in October and as of today I have read 28 books in the year 2015, which may round out to 30 because I have a few long travel days ahead of me and a week off of work before we hit 2016. 

Here is a link to my Goodreads list that has all the books I read in 2015. And now, to break it down ( all lists are in no particular order).

Top 5 Fiction Books of 2015

  1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
  2. A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
  3. Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
  4. Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver

Top 5 Non-Fiction Books of 2015

  1. An American Childhood - Annie Dillard 
  2. Travels with Charley: In Search for America - John Steinbeck
  3. Men Explain Things to Me - Rebecca Solnit
  4. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art - Madeleine L'Engle
  5. Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke

Top 10 books that challenged me, as in it made me think differently about the world

  1. Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Small Wonder - Barbara Kingsolver
  3. Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee (also, an article that helped me swallow this book)
  4. Living with a Wild God - Barbara Ehrenreich
  5. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation - Parker J. Palmer
  6. The House of Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
  7. Real Sex: The Naked Truth About Chastity - Laura Winner
  8. We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  9. The Road - Cormac McCarthy 
  10. Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver

Books that were "meh," as in I would have been okay not reading them

  1. Scary Close - Donald Miller (sorry Donald, but I think you have officially become a sell out. I say this because of the heavy "self-help marketing" that surrounded this book, which is something Donald Miller has mocked in his previous books.)
  2. A House in the Sky - Amanda Lindhout (this book wasn't bad, I just wish I would have spent the time reading something else)
  3. The Crossroads of Should and Must - Elle Luna (beautiful illustrations and I really respect the author's artwork, but I think it over-simplified the concept of being creative.)
  4. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (I genuinely like Sue Monk Kidd, but I am sick of reading slave narratives written by white people. I wish I would have read a book by a women of color instead.)

Books that were really fun to read, as in it was either a page turner, laugh-out-loud funny, or painfully suspenseful

  1. The Opposite of Lonliness - Marina Keegan
  2. Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham
  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
  4. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
  5. Small Victories - Anne Lamott 

Here's to 2016 and all the reading I have in store... more on that soon!