Book Reading List: 2015 Edition

I’ve seen several of my Goodreads friends making reading goals for 2016, and it got me thinking: If I were to make a goal, what would my number be?  How many books do I normally read a year?  And, do I feel that is good enough, or do I need to shoot for a higher amount?

So I took a look at the books I read last year, which was thankfully easy to figure out due to the aforementioned social network.  Although I finished a few books in January that I started in 2015, those I do not get to count.  I am also not counting the 10 or more books that I didn’t, or couldn’t, finish, nor am I taking into consideration any that I re-read.

I won’t go into specific reviews here, so that I can talk more about some of these in future entries, but below is a list, along with some “awards” I’ve given them.

The Winner Goes to:
Edge of My Seat:
The Girl on the Train
Warm and Fuzzy: Charlotte Au Chocolat
Most Motivational: Yes Please
Good, Though Disturbing: Dark Places
Easy Summer Read: The Burgess Boys
Most Thought-Provoking: Bad Feminist
Funniest: Yes Please
Best YA: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Best Poetry: I Explain a Few Things (Even though it was the only new [to me, that is] poetry book I read last year, it’s one of the best I’ve read.)

…And the Runner Ups Are:
Edge of My Seat: Dark Places
Motivational: #GIRLBOSS
Warm and Fuzzy: Wildflower Hill
Funny: Bossypants
YA Runner Up: If I Stay
Easy Summer Read: Wind Chime Cafe
Thought Provoking: Modern Romance

Here’s the complete list in no particular order. I would recommend any of these—even the few that didn’t fall into an award category above.


  • The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
  • #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey1
  • Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
  • Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood by Charlotte Silver2

Other Non Fiction

  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay1
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari1
  • I Explain a Few Things: Selected Poems by Pablo Neruda3
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  • The Imagineers’ Secrets of Disneyland by Mike Fox
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.4


  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins1
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman2
  • Wind Chime Café by Sophie Moss5
  • Wind Chime Wedding by Sophie Moss
  • My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren
  • The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
  • The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness1
  • Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences by John Moe2

Happy reading!  I hope this helps if you are looking for book ideas.  Stay tuned for reviews on some of these coming soon…


1 These books were read for book club meetings.
2 Picked these up at book swaps or library sales without having heard of them before. There were others that didn’t make the list (because I either didn’t like, or haven’t started reading them yet), but I think I walked away liking 70% of the ones I randomly chose.
3 Thanks to Ted from How I Met Your Mother for putting Pablo Neruda on my radar….
4 I read this for work.
5 This was such a good, quick read I was able to get via Amazon Prime’s Borrowers Library that I had to immediately buy and read the sequel (listed directly below it).


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jan Joe says:

    Great list I have Bossy Pants and Bad Feminist waiting for me on my nightstand. Good luck with your reading this year!


    1. BriannaND says:

      Thanks, and I hope you enjoy those!

      Liked by 1 person

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