I’m really upset you guys. I made a vow on Goodreads at the beginning of 2015 to read 40 books from January-December. AND I FAILED. I only read 26. I’M A FAILURE. I know I shouldn’t beat myself up over it but I really thought I could take the heat. I’m friends with some people on Goodreads who vowed to read 120 books. Way to just kick a girl while she’s down.
Here is the list of 26 books I completed in 2015 with a brief, slightly sarcastic review for your reading pleasure.
1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Smart and dorky Indian teenager who decides to go to an all-white school in Washington state. You thought your teenage angst was bad? You are going to look back at your teenage self and think, “That was a walk in the park.”
2. The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard
Very insightful lady with some crazy interesting stories to tell including marriage, murder, and one weird incident on a highway involving a man following her because she wouldn’t pull over to have sex with him? Something of that nature.
3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
If you’re in your twenties and you’re not sure where you’re going in life (i.e. everyone I know), this is the book for you. Just goes to show we are all a little mentally insane and you start to question everything you ever knew. I walked away thinking, “I really relate to Esther Greenwood.” Following, “HOLY SHIT. I CAN RELATE TO ESTHER GREENWOOD.” Panic ensued.
4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
5. The Horizontal World: Growing Up in the Middle of Nowhere: A Memoir by Debra Marquart
6. Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
7. Stop-Time by Frank Conroy
8. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella is a guilty pleasure of mine. Is her writing fantastic? No. Are all of her characters the same? Yes. But something about her stories suck me in with all of her hilarity, ridiculousness, and extremely embarrassing moments that have me screaming in my pillow. Now, heads up. I read a lot of Kinsella books this year, but this one was by far the best and most creative.
9. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
10. Animal Farm by George Orwell
11. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
12. The Passion of Reverend Nash by Rachel Basch
13. Paper Towns by John Green
Adorable and quirky, mysterious, and thankfully no heartache like The Fault In Our Stars. I think I cried for days after finishing that book because John Green ripped open my heart and peed on it because he’s a jerk. Also, Cara Delevingne was perfect for her role in the Paper Towns movie.
14. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
15. Julia’s Chocolates by Cathy Lamb.
16. Subject Matter: Poems by Baron Wormser
17. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
18. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
This is a tame version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Basically, this girl spills out all of her secrets to a complete stranger on an airplane only to find out he’s the owner of the company she works for. I don’t know about you, but I slip on my headphones and stare straight ahead when on an airplane before anyone can attempt to suck me into a conversation.
19. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
I actually started this book in November 2014 and it took me almost a year to finish it. It’s definitely a tough read but it’s been on my bucket list of things to achieve. I had no idea that one Russian could have so many versions of the same name. Mind blown.
20. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
21. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
22. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
So I know a lot of people read this book in high school, but I can’t remember it ever falling into my hands. I feel weird saying this, but I wasn’t a fan. I might just stick with Maya’s poetry instead.
23. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
24. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
I read a review of this book a while ago before I even picked it up. The review complained about Joan Didion’s entitled personality and privileged lifestyle, taking trips to The Hamptons, and flying to dinner in San Francisco from Los Angeles. I’m really mad that I read that review because that was the only thing on my mind when reading this book. And now I’ve probably just done the same to you. Sahry.
25. Carry-On by Chris Belden
26. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
Lexi Smart gets into a car accident and she can’t remember the last three years of her life. What grinds my gears is the fact that every person in Lexi’s life seem to forget that she has amnesia, including her mom. It really infuriates me.
Feel free to suggest any books you’ve read recently so I can just add it to my never ending list on Goodreads.