I didn’t do much reading in 2015. I mean not my usual reading volume, since I’ve been occupied with other things. That really frustrated me so much, though, since there are just tons of books in my Reading List that I’m excited to start on last year. But such is life… So I’m just going to make up for it this year by really trying to find more time to read. Those books are of course going to be added this year to my already burgeoning 2016 list. I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be crossing off all of them this year.
Anyways, of the little reading that I did, I was fortunate enough to have read those that were really good. Really good as in hard-to-put-down, page-turning, and engrossing books that kept me awake well into the night. Some really grabbed me from the get-go, which is my idea of a great read. So I’m sharing them with you. If you haven’t read them, I’m hoping you’ll have a grand time doing so like I did.
So without further ado, here are the best books I’ve read in 2015:
1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale was, hands down, my favorite book in 2015. So good, it’ll leave such a mark in your life. No kidding. It isn’t one of Goodreads’ Best Books of 2015 for nothing, right. Check out the synopsis here.
2. The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Well-written and romantic, this book is one of my favorite romance novels from last year.
3. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult is such a moving tale of strength, courage, and the indomitable will of the human spirit that was set during the Second World War. Keep some tissues handy.
4. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moye’s of the Me Before You fame scores another hit with this story of down on her luck single mom who meets her knight in shining armour. It’s not a romance novel, but there’s a cute romance thrown in to a heartwarming tale of family bonds. The kids were delightful, the road trip across Britain was a hoot, and the little bit of drama was moving.
5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Such a tearjerker, this one (Yes, it was only last year that I read it, and it’s sort of a springboard for One Plus One). It’s sad, which is probably why it’s such a hit with a lot of people… A movie is being released this year, by the way.
6. The Lake House by Kate Morton
Quite deep on so many levels, Kate Morton’s latest release is haunting, complex and deeply emotional.
7. Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
I’m a sucker for Hollywood romance stories and Hollywood Dirt didn’t disappoint. I love being immersed in the Southern panorama this book was set in, as well as learning about the beginnings of Coca-Cola. The romance was good, too!
8. The Royal We by Heather Cocks
The Royal We is a fictional version of Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton. It’s fun and a good read.
9. The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
While not a good as The Deal, this second instalment to Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus Series is romantic, too.
10. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Not my favorite Liane Moriarty book (the title goes to The Husband’s Secret), but What Alice Forgot is an insightful look at the married life of a suburban couple and its complexities and challenges.
11. Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
Lisa Kleypas’ latest release takes us back to Victorian England with this historical romance. Not as good as the Wallflower series, but it’s better than the others out there.
12. The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
I love Kristan Higgins’ books. While this may not be my favorite from her, it’s a good, fun light beach read.