2015 Bibliography

Remember when I complained about there not being any good books left? Well, now I feel like those girls who complain about there not being any good men left, and then they’re engaged three weeks later.

It turns out, there are good books left, and you can find them without a syllabus! It took some asking for recommendations on social media, some digging through bestseller lists, and a lot of scrolling on the library website, but I did it: I found some books I really loved during 2015.

I used a reading app to track and rate them on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, and here they are for your perusing pleasure:

1 Stars – You can skip these
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Hurricane Sisters – Dorothea Benton Frank
Somewhere in France – Jennifer Robson
Edenbrooke – Julianne Donaldson
January First – Michael Schofield
The Spectacular Now – Tim Tharp
The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson
The Lying Game – Sara Shepard
I Was Here – Gayle Forman
Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

2 Stars – Meh
The Giver – Lois Lowry
The Queen – Kiera Gass
O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
Not Exactly A Love Story – Audrey Couloumbis
Girl in a Band – Kim Gordon
All We Have Is Now – Lisa Schroeder
And We Stay – Jenny Hubbard
Love and Other Perishable Items – Laura Buzo

3 Stars – Good to pass the time, but wouldn’t recommend
The Prince – Kiera Cass
Independent Study – Joelle Charbonneau
The Host – Stephanie Meyer
I Don’t Know What You Know Me From – Judy Greer
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
Graduation Day – Joelle Charbonneau
Food – Jim Gaffigan
J. D. Salinger – Kenneth Slawenski
Just One Day – Gayle Forman
Uglies – Scott Westerfield
Before I fall – Lauren Oliver

4 Stars – Really liked these and they kept my attention
The Testing – Joelle Charbonneau
The One – Kiera Cass
Three Wishes – Liane Moriarty
The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Wonder – R. J. Palacio
Stardust – Neil Gaiman
Heartburn – Nora Ephron
The Mazerunner – James Dashner
The Scorch Trials – James Dashner
The Death Cure – James Dashner
The Beginning of Better Days – Sheri Dew
Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
Every Day – David Levithan
The Heir – Kiera Cass

5 Stars – Page turners that made me weep when they ended, which I’ve recommended to every person I’ve met since
The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
I Remember Nothing – Nora Ephron
Covenant Hearts – Bruce C. Hafen
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee (reread)
However Long and Hard the Road – Jeffrey R. Holland
Broken Things to Mend – Jeffrey R. Holland
P.S. I Still Love You – Jenny Han
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
Walking on Water and Other Classic Messages – S. Michael Wilcox
Daughters of God – S. Michael Wilcox
Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
The Young Elites – Marie Lu
Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen

The best advice that I can give someone who’s looking for a good book is actually the same I would give someone who’s looking for a good man: don’t give up and don’t settle. : )

Happy reading!

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