2015: Top 5 Reads

It’s almost time to start wrapping up 2015, and I still have some reading left to do before I get a fresh batch of books for Christmas and start assembling my pile of to-read’s for 2016. I feel so grateful that I came across so many books this year that I really, really loved. My top five picks from my 2015 reading pile:

  1. Euphoria, Lily King; 2014: I love this book so much I can’t even talk about it. It’s without a doubt one of my favorite books ever. I’ve been hesitant to directly recommend this to people because I’m so afraid they’ll come back and tell me they didn’t love it that much, and then I’ll be crushed. BUT everyone who has read it has found it just as incredible. It’s stunning. Read my review, here.
  2. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel; 2014: This book made me more paranoid than usual for a while, because it begins with a spectacular end: a flu pandemic so lethal that it wipes out most of the world’s population within a few weeks. Station Eleven is a mystery as much as it’s a post-apocalyptic tale. It’s a story about survival, fame, art, and our ties to one another. It’s haunting and puts an existential weight on you while you’re reading it, but Mandel’s writing is a true treat.
  3. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood; 2000: Structurally, this book is astounding. It’s historical fiction, a mystery, dystopian, and a fictional memoir, all at once. Atwood has proven herself a queen to me. Read more about it.
  4. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton; 1993: I don’t know what I was doing with my life before I read this over the summer, but I was doing something wrong. This book got me on the dinosaur train. I actually read this one on the edge of my seat.
  5. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr; 2014: Stunning, heartbreaking, etc. It’s about loss and love, the choices we make, and the ways in which we’re connected to one another. More here.

-M

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