30 Must-Read Books for 2015

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One of my goals for 2014 was to read 50 books. I didn’t reach my goal, but I did end up reading 40 books which I consider a huge accomplishment! I’ve always loved reading (I even have a degree in English), but since I became a mother, I put reading on the back burner. It’s my goal in 2015 to continue to carve out that precious me time for reading.

A few of my reading highlights this year include several books by Rainbow Rowell—Eleanor and Park, Attachments and Landline. Love this author!

I was also late to the game on reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, but loved this book so much. I plan on reading the rest of the series in 2015.

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See my list below to check out the rest of my recommendations (some are old, some are new) for this year. This list was co-curated with my friend Simply Stacie, and I plan to put many of her picks on my list as well.

30 Books you have to read in 2015!

1. You by Caroline Kepnes
2. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
3. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
5. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
6. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
7. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
8. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
9. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
10. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
11. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
12. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
13. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
14. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
15. The Diviners by Libba Bray
16. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
17. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
18. Looking for Alaska by John Green
19. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
20. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
21. The Collector by Nora Roberts
22. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
23. The House Girl by Tara Conklin
24. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
25. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
26. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
27. Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
28. By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
29. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
30. On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King

I’d love to hear your best book recommendations as I’m always adding books to my “to-read” list. Lay em’ on me!

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  1. Must read Girl on the train.

  2. since it looks like you will already be doing a lot of crying during your reading you should add The Storyteller by Jody Pocoult and Cutting for Stone to your list,

  3. I’ve already read 11 on that list. Great taste in books! 
    I’d also recommend :
    Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – my favorite from 2014
    Everything else by Liane Moriarty! 
    Everything by Lisa Genova
    Love at First Flight by Tess Woods 

  4. Why is girl with a pearl earring on the list? It’s an olde book most of these look new. 

  5. You should read “Primary Lessons: A Memoir” by Sarah Bracey White (She’s a resident of the new Avalon/Ossining. Go to Amazon.com to read the great reviews it’s been getting. I loved it. 
    Best wishes on your blog. It’s a nice feature for Avalon residents.
    Bob Gironda

  6. I would pick Maybe Someday and The Collector. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Silver Girl and Dark Places

  8. Northanger Abbey and Leaving Time

  9. Silver Girl and Dark Places

  10. My new year’s goals include reading more too.
    I’d go with Eleanor & Park and Maybe Someday.

  11. You and All the Light We Cannot See

    I have read several of these. You Without Me I read on a plane and just bawled. I think my seat mate thought I was crazy. Thanks for the fun giveaway and list!

  12. Dark Places, and All the Light We Cannot See.

  13. Outlander and All the Light We Cannot See.

  14. If I won I would definitely choose Outlander because that’s on my to-read list anyways (if you haven’t watched the TV series you are missing out), and I would also choose Northanger Abbey because I love Jane Austen’s works and would love a copy of this on my book shelf. Thanks for offering this amazing giveaway! I’ll definitely be looking into your other recommendations :)

  15. Would like to read Beautiful Disaster & The Fault in Our Stars

  16. On Writing by King is one of those amazing books that gets you into writing on a full-time basis.

  17. I would love to win Me Before You and The Fault in Our Stars!

  18. I would choose Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and Still Alice by Lisa Genova

  19. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. Hard choices!

  20. I would love The House Girl and All the Light We Cannot See!!

  21. If I won this giveaway, I would pick the following books:
    1) I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
    2) On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King

  22. The two books I would choose from your list would be Eleanor and Park and Still Alice.

  23. On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

  24. Silver Girl, Dark Places

  25. So many good options. This post was great. I would choose You and Simply Alice. :-)

  26. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and You by Caroline Kepnes.

  27. All the Light we Cannot See and Dark Places are on my list :)

  28. I would pick Northanger Abbey and The Collector

  29. i would pick The Collector and The fault in our stars

  30. Looking for Alaska and Northanger Abbey

  31. OUtlander and All the light we cannot see.

  32. Silver girl and maybe someday.

  33. I want to tackle the entire list! The top 2 choices would be Dark Places and Looking for Alaska :)

  34. I would choose You and Leaving Time.

  35. I loved TFIOS so I would like to read all of John Green’s books – Looking for Alaska and I have to say I am late to the game with the Outlander series as well, my friend and I watched the show last year and are counting the days until it returns in April! I definitely want to read the books – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  36. Ive been really wanting to read Eleanor and Park, and the Fault in our Stars.

  37. All the light we cannot see and The girl with the pearl earring.

  38. I would choose:
    1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    2. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

  39. Still Alice and Dark Places was hard just choosing two LOL

  40. I’d love the Fault in Our Stars & On Writing by Stephen King

  41. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

    Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

  42. all the light we cannot see and the diviners. happy new year! xo

  43. I would pick Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and The Collector by Nora Roberts.

  44. Girl with a pearl earring
    The house girl

  45. Dark Places and Maybe Someday!

  46. Eleanor and Park & Me Before You

  47. I loved Slammed by Colleen Hoover. It was one of the first books I read by an Indie author, and she inspired and shaped my own publishing journey!

  48. I would choose Still Alice and Brain on Fire.

  49. The Girl With The Pearl Earring
    All The Light We Cannot See

  50. I want to win Girl with a Pearl Earring and Leaving Time.

  51. Still Alice and Outlander

  52. I would looooove a lot of these books. Definitely want to get Landline and Fault in Our Stars!

  53. I’d choose All the Light We Cannot See and Me Before You! Heard nothing but great things about them :3

  54. All the Light We Cannot See and The Fault of Our Stars

  55. There are so many books to chose from, but if I had to pick, I think I would have to go with Outlander and Girl with the Pearl Earring.

  56. I would pick Still Alice and Girl With A Pearl Earring.

  57. Outlander & The Collector

  58. The top two on my list:
    Beautiful Disaster
    Brain on Fire

  59. Gray Mountain and The Fault in Our Stars

  60. I’d choose I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes and You by Caroline Kepnes.

  61. I would like to read You and Maybe Someday.

  62. Madame Bovary and All the Light We Cannot See.

  63. Outlander and All the light we cannot see. thanks

  64. I think I would pick The Collector and Dark Places.

  65. Outlander and me before you

  66. I have read a few of these but can’t wait to read more of them!!

  67. I’d choose Still Alice and I Am Pilgrim

  68. I’d get Eleanor and Park and The Bronze Horseman.

  69. I would select Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and The House Girl by Tara Conklin. Many good books here. Luckily I have read a few of them and will be working on some of the others.

  70. You and Me Before You. I love the books by Rainbow

  71. Beautiful Disasters and The Girl with the Pearl Earring.

  72. On Writing by Stephen King and Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

  73. I would love: The Fault in Our Stars, and All The Light We Cannot See

  74. I would like to read I Am Pilgrim and Outlander! However, there are several books that I would like to read in addition to these two.

  75. Attachments and I Am Pilgrim

  76. I’m not sure! My sister’s Keeper and Attachments do look good though

  77. I would choose All The Light We Cannot See and My Sister’s Keeper.

  78. I’d choose Outlander and Me Before You.

  79. I would choose Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

  80. Beautiful Disaster and Dark Places!

  81. I would choose The Collector by Nora Roberts and Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand if I won!!

  82. I would choose Silver Girl and Leaving Time!

  83. Tough choice, they are all great. I think I would go with Dark Places and Me Before You.

  84. I’d choose The House Girl and The Collector.

  85. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover and Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

  86. All the Light We cannot See and Gray Mountain

  87. Fault in Our Stars and Leaving Time

  88. Brain on Fire and Outlander.

  89. The Diviners and Dark Places

  90. Me Before You and Silver Girl

  91. Outlander and All the Light We Cannot See

  92. You sure didn’t make this an easy choice. ;) I would pick “Dark places” and “You” since those are the two I’ve probably been the MOST curious about, but there are a ton of great read you listed.

  93. I love reading and think I would enjoy Eleanor Park and Brain on Fire.

  94. I would pick The Fault in Our Stars and also Looking for Alaska. They are both already on my TBR list.

  95. Gray Mountain and Still Alice

  96. I think I’d pick My Sister’s Keeper, and All the Light We Cannot See.

  97. The Fault in Our Stars and Northanger Abbey

  98. I would pick “Still Alice” and “The Fault in our Stars”, they both look like great books!! :)

  99. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  100. Outlander and Slammed

  101. I would choose Me Before You and Beautiful Disaster.

  102. I would love to read: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and Still Alice by Lisa Genova.

  103. Outlander, and All the Light We Cannot See

  104. I would choose Maybe Someday and Gray Mountain.

  105. “Outlander by Diana Gabaldon” and “Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan” would be my picks.

  106. I have loved Grisham so I would start there and I read Gone Girl so another Flynn book would be on the top as well. Thanks!

  107. I would choose Dark Place by Gillian Flynn and Looking For Alaska by John Green. Thanks for having this giveaway.

  108. Silver Girl and Maybe Someday.

  109. I am Pilgrim and All the Light I Cannot See.

  110. I would like to read Fault in Our stars and My Sisters Keeper. Thank you

  111. All the light we cannot see and gray mountain.

  112. Hard to pick just two.. I think I would choose Still Alice and Eleanor and Park.

  113. 2015 will be the first year I am making a goal to read books more! This blogpost and list of books is phenomenal

  114. I would pick: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.

  115. I would love Beautiful Disaster and The House Girl.

    I had a goal of reading 52 books last year, but only did 35. I am still happy with that amount.

  116. Dark Place and You look interesting!

  117. I would choose Outlander and Still Alice.

  118. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
    My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

  119. Northanger Abbey and House Girl

  120. I would pick Attachments and You. They both sound so interesting!

  121. House girl and all the light we cannot see

  122. Still alice and outlander.

  123. Dark Places and The Collector

  124. Where to start?!? Some very good books on this list!

  125. I would like to read Still Alice and All the light we cannot see.

  126. I would pick Silver Girl and Still Alice.

  127. All light we cannot see and the fault in our stars

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