Below are the books I have read and reviewed in 2015. You can read reviews by clicking on the titles. Choosing a “favorite” is more difficult than it sounds. Each book as its merits. They all touched me in different ways. I wanted to mark so many more that stood out, but in the end I whittled it down to the top one (or three) in a category.
Click on the titles to read the reviews.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
This fun book’s originality and wit stood out andwins my “favorite book of the year award.”
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Log of the SS the Mrs. Unguentine by Stanley Crawford
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Patty Jane’s House of Curl by Lorna Landvik
Serena by Ron Rash
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Although I'll admit there's one part in the book that turned me off, in the end I really liked this book because the setting and premise are so different. Very original.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
This book was touching (and at times a tad odd), but it really stuck with me.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Martian by Andy Weir
All the books in this category were outstanding, but The Martian kept me turning the pages the fastest.
Zorro by Isabel Allende
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer
Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman
Tracks by Robin Davidson
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
In this category, I’m not even going to try and decide—all books were excellent.
Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman
What’s not to love about a race around the world?—Set in the 1800s with two women—and all true.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Sad and unforgettable, this book left a lasting impression.
The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor
A fascinating dip into history.
Pulitzer Prize Winners:
Beloved by Toni Morrison
This book nudged past Olive because it was so heart-wrenching and raw.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout
What’s your favorite book that you read in 2015? Post a comment or email: Readinginthegarden@gmail.com