I’ve broken down the list of books I’ve read this past year, starting from most to least favorite. Titles with * symbol indicates that it was a book club selection.
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This book was hands down my favorite read of the year and has definitely made it onto the list of my favorite books of all time. The story is captivating and original — about a nomadic group of actors who travel around putting on Shakespearean plays, but the story is so much more than that. It follows a cast of characters trying to survive after the collapse of modern civilization and how they try to hold onto the past while moving towards the future. There are so many layers to this book, but it all somehow seems to fit beautifully together. I can’t say enough good things about this book.
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Landline ended up being an absolute surprise hit. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Rainbow Rowell and her writing, but had never picked anything up from her. I liked how the book is straightforward and easy to read, but at the same time Rainbow Rowell has a way of describing everyday life in a poetic and relatable way. This book was simply a joy to read.
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab
This book was fun. I am a huge fan of stories that include magic or characters with extra ordinary abilities and this book hit the nail on the head. V.E. Schwab creates a great framework for one’s own imagination to fill in the blanks. I could imagine every scene clearly, like a movie in my head.
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
- The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins*
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion*
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty*
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
- Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo*
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
- White Teeth by Zadie Smith*
Confession: I didn't finish this book. I got about half-way through and honestly had to drag myself throughout it the whole time. I felt like there wasn't much of a storyline or that much was happening and I couldn't connect with any of the characters. It's hard for me to finish a book when I don't care what happens to anyone.