Best Books of 2015

 Good Morning everyone, 

I am so excited for this particular Show Us Your Books linkup! However it was VERY hard for me to narrow down my list to just a top ten but I did it. Now these are in no particular order...it was hard enough just to pick them let alone try and rank them. Now I present to you:


 The Martian by Andy Weir - I seriously didn't think I would love this book as much as I do, but honestly it is so good. So good in fact I actually purchased it on Audible so that I could listen to it over and over again. Hilarious, geeky, snarky, tension building....it's got it all.

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Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon- This book is really a kind of instruction manual for all creative types. It is funny, insightful, and extremely helpful for when you feel like you can't seem to get yourself together and express creatively. *It is more important to be Authentic than Original!
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 The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson- This book was a complete surprise! Very well written and I had no clue what was going to happen next! A great creepy murder mystery-ish book!

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 Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay- This book was just beautiful.

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 Stolen by Lucy Christopher - This book seriously messed with my head. At first I was utterly horrified at her being taken and then by the end I was actually....sad for her captor? I can see how Stockholm Syndrome could really happen to someone. That being said I will never let go of Kyra's hand while out in public....ever.

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A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall- This book was just light-hearted fun. It's romantic and silly but it was so worth reading! It reminded me of my college days and it was a great light book to read between all of these my heavier books.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven- If Stolen messed with my head, this one messed with my heart. I cried buckets and buckets of tears over this book. I want to hate this book for how it made me feel but honestly it did exactly what it was meant to...break my heart.

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman- I really enjoyed this one. I liked the little flashbacks into her life...I liked the struggle to decide what direction she was going to go...and I was even okay with the cliff hanger ending. It was still beautiful and sweet.

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn-  I almost didn't read this one since I read Gone Girl and basically hated it. This one however didn't disappoint. It was disturbing and uncomfortable (Flynn is VERY good at this.) and yet I wanted to know more. I HAD to know more!

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Celeste Ng- Another book that wanted to rip my heart out of my chest. It was gut wrenching and dealt with grief in a way that perfectly explained it.  I loved the main character and understood her fears and anger toward the situation. Another beautiful heartbreaker.

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Seriously I love the Show Us You Books linkup. I wouldn't have found even half of these gems without all of you! I cannot wait to see which books were your favorites this year!
Life According to Steph

8 comments:

  1. I love Gillian Flynn so much! I read all of her books and loved them all so much, especially since they keep me guessing! So many people have recommended The Sea of Tranquility to me, so obviously I need to read that one next year, along with Stolen! Thanks for the great recommendations!

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  2. I keep seeing the Martian on everyone's list and I am bummed with myself for not having read it yet! I think I know what I'm doing with my amazon gift card...

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  3. I just read another Peter Swanson, I really enjoy his writing. I was this close to putting The Kind Worth Killing on my list!

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  4. All the Bright Places destroyed me for DAYS. It was on my mid-year best of list. Amazing book. Stolen was also incredible and also on my mid-year list. Same with The Martian. I have a few others on my TBR for next year.

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  5. I just picked up All the Bright Places at a secondhand bookstore. I'll prepare myself for it. I'm like you, I thought Dark Places was much better than Gone Girl. I'm so happy to see Stolen here.

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  6. Great round up. I am thinking of doing a similar list but not sure how to choose now. I guess I could just pick the books with the highest rating but I rate some books harder than others.
    Ah, whatever. 2015 was a great book year.
    I just found your blog and I'm following your blog and social media now. Hope you'll follow me too.

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  7. I've read many of the books on your list. Stolen was sooo good! Really liked If I Stay, The Martian and All the Bright Places. The Last Time we Say Goodbye and A Little Something Different were already on my to read list!

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  8. These sounds great. I really want to read that Celeste Ng book. And The Martian is on my list too!

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