Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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.


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!

 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!


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

 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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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


  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!

  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...

  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!

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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!

  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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