Last year, I waited until the end of the month to review my favorite books from 2014. This year, I decided to post my list now. This way, you still have time to pick up some of these for the long winter days (and time off from work) ahead, or you can still gift them to your favorite book nerd.

I outdid myself this year and have read 32 books to date (last year it was 25 by the end of the month – can you tell I’m competitive?) and am halfway through a good one right now with another I’m anxious to start as soon as I finish this one. Fingers crossed I can fit in both of those before the end of the year! They very well may ultimately make this list, but for now, I’m focusing on the 32 completed ones.

Of course it was difficult to choose my top five. Some of these were just right for the phase of life I was in at the time, or were a much needed escape from some of the more chaotic days this year. Books have and will always be my favorite way to get away, learn something new, and see things differently. These are the top five that stuck with me and changed/challenged/recharged me the most. Without further ado, my favorites from 2015!

In no particular order…

  1. The Light Between the Oceans, M.L. Stedman (Reviewed here)
  2. The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
  3. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  4. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  5. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson (Reviewed here)

There are so many honorable mentions that come close but don’t quite cut it for my top five (Us by Dave Nicholls, Z: A Story of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins to name a few). The above five are the books that I light up just thinking about and that I recommend without hesitation – although some of the themes are heavy, so I’m happy to give you more info on each if you’re thinking about reading one.

Which books did you read this year that you enjoyed the most? My “need-to-read” list is never-ending, and I’d love to add any of your recommendations to it!

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