Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Redux: Yet Another Year in Books

With 2016 just hours away and one of the busiest years of my life coming to a close, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on everything that I read this year. I haven't been the most consistent blogger in 2015, but I read some wonderful stories that I just have to share. I managed to read 60 books this year, not counting the 100 that I read/skimmed for my Children's Literature class way back in January. I attribute this largely to listening to audiobooks on my daily commute as well as finally, finally embracing YA lit. I checked some books off my to-read list, but mostly read books that were recommended to me by my co-workers and patrons or ones that I just stumbled upon in the stacks. Working at a library is a beautiful thing. 

(All images courtesy of Goodreads.)

The Boundless
Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
The Summer Experiment
At the Water's Edge
Escape Into Danger: The True Story of a Kievan Girl in World War II
Everything I Never Told You
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Doll Bones
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
The Adventures of Superhero Girl
Never Let Me Go
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
The Girl on the Train
After Caroline
Peace, Locomotion
When You Reach Me
Extraordinary Goats: Meetings with Remarkable Goats, Caprine Wonders & Horned Troublemakers
Among the Hidden (Shadow Children, #1)
The Boston Strangler
Yes Please
Station Eleven
I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
December Park
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Favorites of 2015: 
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, & Brooke A. Allen
Storied Life of A.J. Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin

Honorable Mentions:
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Ghost Network by Catie Disabato

Best Audiobooks:
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler // Read by Amy Poehler
Locomotion and Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson // Read by Dion Graham

Truly, these books deserve posts of their own. Each told such compelling, beautifully written stories that have stayed with me long after the book is closed. It goes without saying that I highly recommend all of these (but especially Station Eleven). In 2016, I'm hoping to blog more about what I'm reading and am really looking forward to diving into Be Your Own Bookclub with the kickass Ashlie, one of my very favorite people on the Internet. (And in real life too.) 

If you're interested in keeping up with what I'm reading, you can follow me on Goodreads and on Instagram @justgrandmolly // #whatmollyreads. 

Here's to a book and coffee-filled 2016!