2015 Books Read

It has been a long while since I’ve written any book reviews, but I have still been reading a lot and I get asked for new book recommendations every so often, so below are some of the books I’ve read over the past year or so.

  1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt –It was so good and I like Tartt’s style of writing so much that I looked up other books she wrote.
  2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt — I liked this novel by Tartt as well.
  3. Purity by Jonathan Franzen — I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything that Franzen has written. He’s my favorite author.
  4. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult –My Aunt Sue lent me this book because it has elephants in it and it was actually a pretty good book. The author did her research and spent some time with elephants to incorporate them in her novel. Although it is fiction, some of the elephant stories referenced were based on true stories.
  5. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. People are comparingher to Gillian Flynn. I liked this book and read through it quickly.
  6. Where the Blind Horse Sings by Kathy Stevens–I bought two of her books when I visited her animal sanctuary, the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, this past summer. Her sanctuary is a wonderful place giving love and a second chance to many different kinds of animals, and I liked this book which tells the story of how Stevens started the sanctuary and some of the animals’ history.
  7. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace- I tried but just could not finish it. I got maybe 1/4 of the way through this humongous 1,000 page novel. I have begun referring to my mom as “the moms” now though, so thanks Wallace. I also recently watched End of the Tour with Jason Segel who played DFW in the film…at least I watched the entire movie.
  8. May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes — I want to shake the protagonist Harry because he’s such a stup, but it’s still a decent book.
  9. You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik –Teacher/student affair. It was a decent novel.
  10. You Too Could Have a Body Like Mine – Super weird but kind of interesting storytelling.
  11. Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling–I read this for a book club I’m in but I thought Kaling sounded whiny and I didn’t enjoy the book.
  12. Find a Way by Diana Nyad — I bought her book after hearing her speak at a NY event. She’s inspiring and her life story is interesting.
  13. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins –I enjoyed this book and I heard it’s going to be made into a movie, so read it fast.
  14. Blame by Michelle Huneven –This was another book lent to me by my Aunt. It was a little depressing and slow-going, but I still enjoyed it. I just lent it to my mom to read now.

Happy Reading!