10 Best Books I Read in 2015


I can’t believe we’re sixteen years into the 2000’s. I remember everyone thinking technology wasn’t going to be able to adapt to Y2K and hiding under the covers at midnight because I was scared the power was going to go out. Sixteen years ago. DANG I feel old.

One of the best things about 2015 was that I got back into reading! I took a bit of a hiatus during/after college because, let’s be honest, time spent not studying/adapting to adult work life were spent focusing on my social life. Whoops! But I’m back into it because of the blogging world, which is awesome. So here are my favorite 10 books of the year in order from least to most favorite!

For the record, these are definitely not the best books “of 2015”. I’m pretty terrible about reading new releases. I just read what I feel like. One of these is from 2015 though! Look at me I’m so modern.


Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I thought this book was haunting and beautiful. The characters are horrible but they feel real. It just stuck with me. I wouldn’t even say I enjoyed reading it, but after I finished it I realized how much I loved the story. It’s a tragic story that somehow leaves you hopeful. I’ll be reading it again in the future!


The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

SO WEIRD. The Martian Chronicles is different than any other book you will ever read. It’s quirky, bizarre, and thoughtful. If you like books that subtly make you think, you’ll love this one. I was so impressed by Bradbury. I really need to read Fahrenheit 451…


Persuasion by Jane Austen

I enjoy Austen’s books in general for the ambiance and the time period she sets up. The thing that made me enjoy Persuasion so much was the character arc of Anne. Personally, I feel that Austen’s characters are pretty one-dimensional a lot of the time. They serve a particular purpose, and there’s nothing beyond that. However, Anne strengthened so much as a heroine that I actually respected her by the end. It was just lovely.


The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

I couldn’t put the entire series in, so I just included my favorite book. But this is a stand-in for all of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series because I LOVE PERCY. I really think he’s one of my favorite characters of all time. I used to think Percy was a name for ambitious little snakes *cough* Weasley *cough* but I have been proven a gun-jumper. Have I ever mentioned my weird obsession with names? I don’t think I have. Remind me to explain sometime…


Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg

SUCH a sweet book. I really think that all women should read this one, it has some important lessons hidden in the sweet small town stories. Idgie is an incredibly unique gay character; I loved that the book wasn’t about her being gay, it just told her love story. That’s how it should be.


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Everyone who’s read this knows. COME ON KAZ AND INEJ. COME ON. I’m so excited for the next boooook. Leigh is my favorite.


The Martian by Andy Weir

I’m definitely a cheater. I saw the movie first, and then listened to the audiobook. In my mind, all of the characters had the faces of the actors. But let me tell ya, the actors must have done a damn good job because it worked out perfectly. I mainly loved how hilarious Mark was; Weir is incredibly creative and I hope he writes more works like this one in the future.


Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

If you’ve visited this blog at any point between me reading The Grisha Trilogy and me writing this post, you know how I feel about this series. So third place?! WHAT?! I just read a lot of amazing books this year. I was 110% entertained by this series, which accounts for my enthusiastic adoration of Bardugo. However, I still put more stock in books that resonate on a deeper level, which is why the next two rank higher.


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

This story is absolutely incredible. It’s an unbelievable tale of human resilience. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. I am just amazed at the things Louis went through, and the reality that was the lives of so many during WWII. I have so much respect for all of those who lived through it, and for Hillenbrand for weaving it in such a beautiful and heartbreaking manner.


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I picked up this little book on a whim at a secondhand bookstore on the island my boyfriend’s parents live on, and I’m so glad that I did. It’s one of those simple but deep novels that is so relevant today because of the themes of religious zealotry and the disintegration of modern society. This book terrified me because I could picture it actually coming true. It was fascinating and riveting and I can’t wait to read more of Margaret Atwood’s work.


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading.

J. Bookish


37 thoughts on “10 Best Books I Read in 2015

  1. thegrishalieutenant says:

    Ah! So glad that you liked Ruin and Rising! So many people slam it! You picked so many classics and that is awesome. So many people neglect the classics. Great list! :D

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  2. Nerdybirdy @ Daydreaming Books says:

    Ooo so many good books! I already have Persuasion by Jane Austen but I couldn’t get to it last year but I plan to change it this year. And a very Happy New Year btw! :-)

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  3. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern masterpiece.
    Persuasion vies with P&P for the spot as my favourite Austen. It’s a far more “mature” novel than P&P, it’s just a shame the ending was a little rushed due to Austen’s declining health.
    I am ONLY ONE BOOK AWAY from Six of Crows!! Finally! I feel like it’s been sitting on my shelf staring at me forever :-)

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    • J. Bookish says:

      It absolutely is! I was definitely “wow”ed. :) P&P is my favorite, but I haven’t actually read it for like… five years maybe? Ehh probably more like 4. So maybe I should read it to make that judgement for sure, because I loved Persuasion! And YAY! It’s fabulous :)

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    • J. Bookish says:

      Happy New Year!!!! I didn’t have any Buche :'( dang U.S. and our lack of cake logs. Unless you can’t Ho Ho’s. Which I hope you don’t hahaha! Buut yes, you do! It’s intense and fun. The characters are the best part though, they’re amazing.


  4. areaderofliterature says:

    The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite books. I’m happy that you got to read it this year.

    I love Austen but I definitely understand what you mean that her characters feel one-dimensional. The supporting characters tend to repeat as well. The parents of all of her heroines are predictably eccentric.

    I found Wuthering Heights hilarious. Everyone is so over-the-top and batshit insane.

    Happy Readings for 2016!


      • areaderofliterature says:

        Noooo, not yet! Last year has been a year of purchasing Atwood. I now have Alias Grace, The Robber Bride, and The Blind Assassin on my shelves. I’m not overly ambitious. Hopefully, by the end of this year, I’d have finished at least Alias Grace.

        Which Atwood do you want to try next?


  5. Maria says:

    Hi I didn’t realize we read so many of the same books this year! I read Persuasion, The Last Olympian, The Martian and The Handmaid’s Tale, too!! The Handmaid’s Tale was my favorite book of 2015, too, and it completely blew me away. Just incredible!

    Six of Crows is at the very top of my reading list for 2016 (if I EVER finish Winter)! I’ve heard such unanimously wonderful things and the cover is so prettyyy! Happy 2016!

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    • J. Bookish says:

      That’s probably because I never post reviews…. I just can’t get my thoughts into coherent words haha. But those were all awesome books! I recently acquired The Blind Assassin I’m excited to read it. Aand Six of Crows is wonderful. I read Winter too! Are you liking it? And happy 2016 to you too!!

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      • Maria says:

        I’m liking Winter! I love that we actually get to see what life is like on Luna, but I also kind of feel like this book is a bit longer than it needs to be. It’s ALL ACITON ALL THE TIME but I feel like there’s a lot of this-person-is-captured-now-they-escaped-now-someone-else-is-captured. Can’t wait to see how it ends though!

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  6. Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny says:

    I really liked Wuthering Heights, too, and the Percy Jackson series is one of my all time favorites! ^_^ I loved Pride and Prejudice, but haven’t gotten to any of Jane Austen’s other works…something I’ll be sure to get to this year!


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