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Books I Read in 2015

Here’s a last-minute post because 2015 is ALMOST OVER and I never told you guys the wonderful books I have been reading all year. Thanks to my voracious love for reading YA fiction and two of my classes (a YA literature class that I LOVED and a Writing class on “The Independent Spirit”), I have read a whopping 29 books this year. I’m actually kind of mad I didn’t get 30, but that’s okay. Here is a list of the books I’ve read, a short opinion on all of them plus links if you want to pick up the book yourself.

yes, I do actually have that many books (and more!).
  1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (A wonderful teen romance book that I found myself in love with, partly because of my love for the 80’s.)
  2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (Originally wasn’t a fan of it in the beginning and couldn’t get into it, but then I got really into it by the end and thought it was one of the best I’ve read all year. Loved the playlists and the love story.)
  3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Preordered it for Pub Day, and I read it in 3 days. I LOVE SnowBaz and you can read my review on it here.)
  4. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen (An oldie but a new novel for me. The friendship in it was lovely.)
  5. Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard and Beyond by Phil Collen and Chris Epting (Really, my only biography this year? Weird. Another preorder that I read in a day. A little short, but I liked Phil from Def Leppard’s story.)
  6. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (HATED in the beginning. Actually liked it by the end of class.)
  7. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy (Was not a fan and do not recommend unless you like Tolstoy.)
  8. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (I liked it, mainly because of the dog.)
  9. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (REALLY interesting if you like nature and the story of Chris McCandless.)
  10. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (This one was a great way to start my summer!! Emaline, the main character, was well-rounded and wonderful.)
  11. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McKreight (A story I picked up from my mom’s bookshelf. I love crime books and the ending was definitely a plot twist.)
  12. Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt (Didn’t expect myself to like it, but I have a soft spot for books about road trips.)
  13. Some Boys by Patty Blount (YAY, A BOOK WITH A CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC! Loved it.)
  14. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (Considering it took place in Maine and they had an ongoing thing about whoopie pies, I enjoyed the book.)
  15. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Really shed some light on the whole Indian/racism thing going on in current times. It was interesting.)
  16. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Read this one a million times, but it’s a must-read for teenagers.)
  17. Red Turban White Horse by Nandini Bajpai (A little-known book for Americans because of it being published in India, but it took place in my area of Boston and the narrator was quite witty.)
  18. Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle (There’s a reason why I don’t read ghost/supernatural stories.)
  19. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (If you REALLY want to read my opinion on my favorite book in the world, click here. I also wrote my final paper for YA Lit analyzing Aunt Helen and got an A.)
  20. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (Nope. That’s all I have to say.)
  21. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (First time ever reading it, and it quickly became a favorite. I can’t believe I’ve never read it before!!)
  22. Dragonsong/Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey (More fantasy YA. Good writer, not my type though.)
  23. Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Read this in high school, read it again for my YA class. It’s okay, kind of like Sherman Alexie’s with the bringing up of racism.)
  24. One is One by Barbara Leonie Picard (Eh. I was all set with this one in the medieval times.)
  25. Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair (Ahh, another POC book, and this one I actually REALLY loved. I thought Stevie, the narrator, was great.)
  26. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (The first book I read for my YA class and I couldn’t understand most of it, I’ll be honest.)
  27. A Girl of The Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter (The lead character is a total Mary-Sue so I couldn’t really love it. I also thought it was fantasy for a while and looked like an idiot when I asked that in class.)
  28. Among Others by Jo Walton (Last book of my YA class. I liked it. Didn’t love it, but it was well-written.)
  29. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill (Haven’t actually finished it yet, but it’s my last book of the year and I already like the characters in it, yay!)

And because I am a book lover and I literally cannot stop reading, I already have a large list of the books I plan on reading in 2016. The ones on this list are ONLY the ones I already have on my bookshelf, so I don’t have any books on here that I haven’t purchased yet (those are for later).  I’ll let you know of my opinions of these in the new year.

  1. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  2. Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
  3. So Lyrical by Trish Cook
  4. Girl by Blake Nelson
  5. Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton
  6. A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
  7. Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman
  8. Girl Defective by Simone Howell
  9. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  10. Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski
  11. Room by Emma Donoghue
  12. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
  13. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
  14. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
  15. Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N Roses by Stephen Davis

P.S. Yes, I notice that almost all of these books I plan on reading in 2016 are about music. Oops. I can blame that on the fact that I bought them all on Book Outlet for only $21.

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