2015 Reading List

2015 Reading List

What should you read this year? Here’s my list!

2015  Book List

1. Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Just started reading this! It follows the story of a young boy named Amir in the district of Kabul in Afghanistan. Besides being a National Bestseller, the book’s plot precedes the rise of the Taliban in the country. It’s an excellent read so far.


2. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

The subtitle summarizes the story. The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban. I am very excited to read this brave girl’s story.


3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Considered a classic for the ages. I read Pride & Prejudice in high school, and I’ve heard this Bronte novel is just as good. I won’t be deterred by the solemn-faced cover…


4. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

Ever since I saw the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, I’ve been fascinated by this story and had the luck of finding it on sale at Barnes & Noble this week.


5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I read Flynn’s other two books. I was enamored and disturbed beyond words. I look forward to her third book being equally insane.


6. Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson

Confession. I started this one in 2014, and I finished it on the 1st. SO GOOD. If you like thrillers or anything by Gillian Flynn, this book is a win.


7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

An autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou. It’s unfortunate that I waited until after her death to look into her writing as the more research I’ve done, the more I can’t wait to start this book.


8. Less is More by Cecile Andrews & Wanda Urbanska

My dad sent this one my way because of my parent’s feelings towards minimalism. Since I’m not very materialistic, I think it could be a great read. I may even encourage my husband to read it next…


9. On The Road by Jack Kerouac

A novel based on Kerouac & his friends’ travels across America.


10. Brave New World Aldous Huxley

The dystopian fiction novel written long before dystopian fiction was cool. Long before as in 1931.


11. The Fellowship of the Ring J.R.R Tolkien

I loved the movies. I hate myself for not reading the books first. I hope to make up for it by reading them now.


12. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

I read the plot on Amazon and I think it sounds sweet and light. After all the classics I intend to read this year, it’ll be nice to have an easier read.


13. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

My husband I made a deal in 2012. He reads Looking for Alaska (my favorite book of all time) and I read Ender’s Game. He read Looking for Alaska right after we made our deal.

I think it’s my turn (3 years later).


14. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion

“A dissection of American life in the 1960’s.” The plot summary sounds eerie, historically informative, and right up my alley.


15. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

The story between the friendship two girls that unfolds over twenty years, from 12 years old to their 30th birthdays. Considering I met my best friend at 10 and we’re still close as can be, I’m hoping it’s a sweet story about life long friendship. Gina, if you’re reading this – add it to your list! Also – Judy Blume.


16. The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe

Historical fiction novels are some of my favorite, and this book was compared to Mad Men. Enough said.


17. Unspeakable Things: Sex Lies & Revolution by Laurie Penny

The description alone has me hooked.

“Unspeakable Things is a fresh look at gender and power in the twenty-first century, which asks difficult questions about dissent and desire, money and masculinity, sexual violence, menial work, mental health, queer politics, and the Internet.”


18. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

To increase my feminism knowledge. And because Kat Stratford is my spirit animal.


19. The Ring & The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz

Purposefully picked because it’s described as “The easier to read Game of Thrones”. I love me some YA novels and Da La Cruz’s older series – The Au Pairs – was a guilty pleasure of mine in early high school.


20. The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

This book was sent to me in the mail by an anonymous address in Illinois. No idea how they got my name or address, and with no name on the return address, I am intrigued. It’s not a book I would typically read but if I have the time – I’d like to try.


I’m aiming to read 18 out of 20 since I was able to manage 17 books last year. I’ll be happy with finishing at least 15 though. Some of these reads are serious business. I mean they’re not Tolstoy, but I am trying to increase my classic literature education.

What are you you reading in 2015??

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