There were so many good books that I read in 2015 (not all of them were published in 2015). Sometimes, I like to tackle classics, sometimes young adult or even middle school, and, of course, I have a backlog of adult novels that I can never quite get through. Needless to say, it was hard to pick just ten, but here goes (in no particular order):
1) The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins – a great who-dun-it with a lot of twists and turns.
2) The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir – a botanist struggles to survive on Mars when he is left behind by his fellow astronauts. What can I say, I am a scientific nerd at heart.
3) Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo – a tragic and eye opening look at life in the slums.
4) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – a story of bravery during the Holocaust.
5) Into the Forest by Jean Hegland – two teenager girls living alone in a remote region of Northern California in post-apocalyptic times.
6) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr – a blind girl navigates the world during the tumultuous times of World War II.
7) Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor – a middle school novel suitable for adults about racism in Mississippi during the Great Depression.
8) Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian – Emily Shepard, a homeless teen, tries to recover from the aftermath of a nuclear explosion caused by her drunken father.
9) The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – a letter reveals a horrible secret that threatens to destroy not only a marriage but the relationships of many people in a small town.
10) The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion – a socially inept, Don Tillman, decides the only way to find a wife, is to use the scientific method. Humorous and uplifting with a bit of mystery to boot.