Books Read in 2015


Read in 2015

Echo Park
really liked it
Yet another great Harry Bosch novel ...
tagged: own-on-my-tbr-shelf, fiction, own-ebook, series-i-love, and read-in...
The Overlook
really liked it
Yet another great Bosch book!
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, read-in-2015, and series-i-love
Nine Dragons
really liked it
Quite liked this one but I think it was missing some of the magic that is Michael Connelly writing about LA!
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, series-i-love, and read-in-2015
The Scarecrow
it was amazing
I didn't expect to like this one nearly as much as I did. Loved the interplay between Jack and Rachel. Thought the Scarecrow was an interesting storyline!
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, series-i-love, and read-in-2015
The Brass Verdict
really liked it
I think Haller might be growing on me but I still prefer Bosch. :)
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, series-i-love, and read-in-2015
The Reversal
really liked it
Really enjoyed this one - loved seeing Mickey as a DA and having Bosch and Mickey's worlds cross.
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, series-i-love, and read-in-2015
The Fifth Witness
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, series-i-love, and read-in-2015
The Drop
really liked it
Another strong novel. Really enjoyed the two case dynamics!
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, series-i-love, and read-in-2015
The Black Box
really liked it
Great story, Bosch at his best!
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, series-i-love, and read-in-2015
The Gods of Guilt
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, series-i-love, and read-in-2015
The Girl on the Train
really liked it
This is a really good thriller - fast paced, interesting characters, solid story. It certainly didn't blow me away but I really liked it. I hate that it keeps getting compared to Gone Girl because I think that is an unfair comparison. Th...
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, recommended-friends-or-blog, and read-in-2015
The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking
it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful this cookbook is ... I've never read the Kitchn blog but I think I may now. This cookbook is so much more than a traditional cookbook - it has elements that are rare in a cookbook but so great ...
tagged: cookbook, from-publisher, and read-in-2015
You
really liked it
You
Although it took awhile for me to adjust to the second person narrative, I ultimately think it was perfect for this particular novel. This is a disturbing, twisted novel about obsession, stalking, and psychopathology. It's definitely not...
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, read-in-2015, and books-on-the-nightstand-recom...
The Romanovs: The Final Chapter
liked it
I've always had a bit of fascination about the Romanovs, especially the fact that there are so many who claimed to be the children. My dad suggested that I might like this book, especially if I was interested in the imposter piece since ...
tagged: non-fiction, own-ebook, recommended-friends-or-blog, and read-in-2015
An Untamed State
it was amazing
Wow. This book is one of those books that stand out from others because it's brutal in content but also beautifully written. Despite the very real horrors in the story, I could not stop reading. I am rarely moved by a novel like I was by...
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, recommended-friends-or-blog, and read-in-2015
The Book of Unknown Americans
liked it
I am really struggling with rating this novel. It falls somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for me. There were some aspects of this novel that I think were fantastic but others just didn't resonate with me. The exploration of the immigrant e...
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
Leaving Time
really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel, much more than I expected based on the synopsis. I'm not going to talk much about this one because I think it's best to go into it not knowing much. Great story, great characters, gave me a greater appreciati...
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, read-in-2015, and books-on-the-nightstand-recom...
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
really liked it
Now THIS is what YA should be ... A.S. King is one of the best YA authors that I've read. She writes realistic characters that feel true to life. I found the themes of this novel to be particularly interesting given what sort of future i...
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, young-adult, and read-in-2015
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
it was amazing
Wow! This is one of those books that I think everyone should read. It is such a thoughtful exploration of death and end of life. I keep thinking back to this book and the things it made me think about. It helped me see that I need to hav...
tagged: non-fiction, own-ebook, read-in-2015, and all-time-favorite
Red Rising
really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! Found there were a lot of parallels to Hunger Games and other similar books but this was a pretty refreshing take & I enjoyed it. Definitely recommend! Looking forward to reading the second in the trilogy! I'...
tagged: busy-as-a-bee-books-group, fiction, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
The Same Sky
really liked it
I really enjoyed this one - much more than I'd anticipated to be honest. It was really thought provoking yet a fairly easy read. I didn't want to put it down and finished it in just one day! I definitely recommend his one! This one dese...
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
did not like it
I just cannot keep reading this. Ugh! I like Girls but these essays just aren't working for me. I am lettung this one go.
tagged: non-fiction, own-ebook, memoir, abandoned, and read-in-2015
Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle
really liked it
Really informative and interesting. I'm not ready to go all-in Paleo but this book did a great job of laying it all out for me and I figure out what changes I want to make. I have read it in both ebook format and the actual physical book...
tagged: cookbook, non-fiction, own-ebook, read-in-2015, and own-on-my-tbr-s...
It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
really liked it
Another great resource as I begin to think about changing my diet. I really felt it was informative and well-read. It made the complex science very easy to understand and gave me a great deal to think about. Definitely recommend!
tagged: own-ebook, non-fiction, cookbook, and read-in-2015
Supermarket Healthy: Recipes and Know-How for Eating Well Without Spending a Lot
it was ok
This rating makes me so sad because I love Melissa d'Arabian and was so hoping this would be a great cookbook for our family. Perhaps I'm not the right person for it and that's why it didn't resonate? I'm not sure but this one just didn'...
tagged: cookbook and read-in-2015
Fifty Shades of Grey
did not like it
I was talking about this book and someone asked me if I'd read it and I realized that I should read it before I comment on it. Well, the first time I started it, I gave up in 3 pages because the writing is sooooo bad. And then I tried a...
tagged: fiction, read-in-2015, busy-as-a-bee-books-group, and romance
Fifty Shades Freed
did not like it
I still can't quite believe that I actually read all 3 of these. I'm still not quite sure I get the hype over these but now I can honestly say they are horribly written books that I DO NOT recommend.
tagged: fiction, read-in-2015, and romance
Fifty Shades Darker
did not like it
I'm not really sure why I went ahead and read this one but I did. It was even worse than the first. If I hear about her inner goddess one more time I'm going to scream! It's the same metaphors over an over and over. These books are almos...
tagged: fiction, read-in-2015, and romance
Chesapeake
really liked it
This is my first Michener novel and I really enjoyed it. It wasn't a quick read due to its size but the stories within this novel were informative and interesting! Michener does an amazing job of including all the detail you could ever w...
tagged: fiction, own-on-my-tbr-shelf, recommended-friends-or-blog, own-eboo...
Ugly Love
it was amazing
I have had a number of bookish friends recommend that I read Colleen Hoover so I picked this one up to giver her a try. And, WOW, I am so happy that I did. Although this novel is technically a romance novel, it's so much more than that. ...
tagged: fiction, read-in-2015, recommended-friends-or-blog, and romance
Hopeless
really liked it
My second Colleen Hoover novel and another great read! Although I didn't love this one quite as much as the last, this one was also fantastic! If you want unique romance that is well written, interesting and keeps you emotionally compell...
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, read-in-2015, and romance
All the Bright Places
it was amazing
Wow! This book blew me away! This is some of the most well-written and brilliantly conceived young adult fiction that I've read. So good. It's a novel about mental health, adolescence, suicide, friendship and grief. And it's amazing! I...
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, read-in-2015, and young-adult
Slammed
really liked it
Oh Colleen Hoover! You are killing me! Yet another wonderful novel that made me cry like a baby! I read it in one sitting.
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, read-in-2015, and romance
Bared to You
did not like it
Ugh! I only read this as someone told me I might like it better than 50 Shades as it was written better. Yeah, not so much. In fact, I think 50 Shades was far superior to this one, despite it's flaws. At least I somewhat bought the Chris...
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, read-in-2015, and romance
Point of Retreat
really liked it
Yet another readable book from Colleen Hoover. Enjoyed revisiting with these characters in this book. I'm enjoying reading these right now while life is busy and I need more 'quick and easy' books!
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, read-in-2015, and romance
Maybe Someday
really liked it
Yet another really great book. It was a quick read but had a great deal of emotional punch! Colleen Hoover really knows how to write a compelling story!
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, nook, busy-as-a-bee-books-group, and read-in-2015
This Girl
liked it
Although I enjoyed revisiting this story line, I would have loved for there to be a little less repetition ... hearing the same story from his viewpoint was interesting except when it was repetitive. Good but not great!
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, read-in-2015, and romance
The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution
liked it
Good but not great ... I learned a lot but this was not as compelling as I'd hoped!
tagged: non-fiction, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
Maybe Not
really liked it
I'm enjoying reading romance right now since I've got such a crazy life that focusing on literary fiction has been difficult. I'm enjoying the lightness of these books.
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, read-in-2015, and romance
Beautiful Disaster
liked it
Another easy read - I liked this one but didn't love it. These easy to read romances are hitting the spot lately!
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, read-in-2015, and romance
Walking Disaster
liked it
Another easy read ... like the first one, I liked this one but didn't love it.
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, read-in-2015, and romance
The Headmaster
liked it
Although Tiffany Reisz can spin a tale (and write fairly well), this one didn't WOW me. It was good but not great. It was very readable and interesting but the overall impact wasn't as great as I'd hoped!
tagged: fiction, read-in-2015, and romance
Anna and the French Kiss
really liked it
What a pleasant surprise this book was ... very well written, well constructed, good character development, there was humor and good dialogue. Can't complain one bit! A nice little romance!
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, read-in-2015, recommended-friends-or-blog, and ...
One Plus One
liked it
It took me a really long time to get into this book and care at all about the characters and their journey.I think this one suffered from my having read Me Before You prior to this one. It just isn't as good as that one ... at all. But, ...
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, read-in-2015, and romance
Lola and the Boy Next Door
really liked it
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, read-in-2015, young-adult, and romance
Isla and the Happily Ever After
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, read-in-2015, and romance
Confess
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
The One That Got Away
really liked it
What a wonderful novel! The original description that I read indicated that it might be a good book for fans of Emily Giffen and Jennifer Weiner which drew me in as I love Emily Giffen, in particular. Given this is a debut novel, I was h...
tagged: from-publisher, arc-copy, fiction, edelweis-netgalley_review, read-...
The Devil in Denim
really liked it
Really enjoyed this sports focused romance.
tagged: recommended-friends-or-blog, own-ebook, fiction, read-in-2015, and ...
Angel in Armani
really liked it
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Seeing Me Naked
really liked it
This little book really surprised me - it was a light read but not at all simple. There was complexity and character development in this one that stands out among similar books!
tagged: busy-as-a-bee-books-group, own-ebook, fiction, recommended-friends-...
Nowhere But Home
really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel. Although it's a light read, there was a lot of complexity in this one. Very compelling story and multi-faceted characters. I really enjoyed how this explored themes of home, family and identity. Definitely re...
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, read-in-2015, and romance
More Like Her
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
Before Jamaica Lane
really liked it
Yet another hit for me ... loving this series more with each book!
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, romance, and read-in-2015
Wallbanger
really liked it
Although I'm not at all impressed by the title (which seems a bit crude to me), I did really find this book to be quite good. It was quite funny with an interesting story. I could have done without the constant 'Missing O' stuff but I en...
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, romance, and read-in-2015
Easy
liked it
I am really struggling with rating this book - there were some aspects that I really enjoyed and others that just didn't do it for me. The story was fine, as were the characters. I liked how the book handled the sexual assault on campus ...
tagged: fiction, romance, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
Down London Road
really liked it
I am really loving this series ... and how I get to revisit the various characters throughout the books and see where they go/end up.
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
On Dublin Street
really liked it
Another surprise - I was very impressed with what Samantha Young did in this novel - well written, good story, interesting characters, and the entire novel had depth that you don't typically find in the romance genre. I read this one in ...
tagged: romance, fiction, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
Fall from India Place
really liked it
Such a great escape ... loving this series so much! Fun, interesting and I love how the characters remain a part of the series and you get to revisit their lives.
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
Echoes of Scotland Street
really liked it
Yet another good addition to this series. Now I have to find the patience to wait for the sixth book ...
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
Hero
really liked it
I'm fast becoming a fan of Samantha Young's romance novels for adults. Very captivating and immensely readable!
tagged: fiction, read-in-2015, romance, and own-ebook
Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide: Reset Your Health, Detox Your Body, and Feel Your Best
liked it
I was really hopeful about this cookbook but it wasn't quite what I was expecting based on the description. Although I think this cookbook offers a lot, particularly to those interested in healthy eating and increasing whole foods in you...
tagged: cookbook and read-in-2015
A Little Life
it was amazing
I wish I could give 10 stars on Goodreads. This book deserves far more than just 5 stars! This book has flown up to the top of my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS list! This one is definitely worthy of all of the hype it's received. This is an a...
tagged: from-publisher, own-ebook, arc-copy, fiction, edelweis-netgalley_re...
Into the Deep
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
Out of the Shallows
really liked it
tagged: fiction, romance, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
Be with Me
really liked it
by J. Lynn
tagged: romance, fiction, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
Wait for You
really liked it
tagged: romance, own-ebook, fiction, and read-in-2015
Stay with Me
really liked it
by J. Lynn
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, romance, and read-in-2015
Fall with Me
really liked it
by J. Lynn
tagged: fiction, read-in-2015, own-ebook, and romance
Tempting the Best Man
liked it
by J. Lynn
tagged: own-ebook, romance, fiction, and read-in-2015
The Deal
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
Rusty Nailed
liked it
Nice to revisit this couple from the first novel but this one wasn't nearly as good as the first. Still funny but this one was a bit slower than the last.
tagged: romance, fiction, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
Frigid
liked it
by J. Lynn
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, romance, and read-in-2015
The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
really liked it
tagged: fiction, romance, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
The Redemption of Callie & Kayden
liked it
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, romance, and read-in-2015
Tempting the Player
really liked it
by J. Lynn
tagged: romance, fiction, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
Tempting the Bodyguard
really liked it
by J. Lynn
tagged: romance, own-ebook, fiction, and read-in-2015
Some like It Spicy
liked it
Good but not great. Seemed to move slowly but liked characters and story itself. Pretty predictable but I enjoyed it.
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
Lick
liked it
Predictable but engaging.
tagged: own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life
liked it
This is my first Trisha Yearwood cookbook. I really enjoy her show on the Food Network so I was eager to check this out. Overall, this is a good cookbook, not great but quite good. The book itself is constructed very well - the photos ...
tagged: cookbook, from-publisher, and read-in-2015
Play
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
Lead
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, read-in-2015, and romance
Deep
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, read-in-2015, and romance
The Destiny of Violet & Luke
liked it
tagged: romance, fiction, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
Chase Me
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
Star Crossed
really liked it
3.5 star rating, pushing to 4 stars
tagged: romance, fiction, own-ebook, and read-in-2015
Elias
did not like it
Not good. Couldn't keep reading. Stopped after 70 pages.
tagged: romance, fiction, own-ebook, abandoned, and read-in-2015
Lawless In Leather
really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel, the 3rd book in the New York Saints series. It gave me exactly what I've come to expect from Melanie Scott's work - a great story, interesting characters, and witty dialogue! I was eager to read this particul...
tagged: fiction, series-i-love, edelweis-netgalley_review, arc-copy, from-p...
All My Puny Sorrows
liked it
I had such big expectations for this novel but I really struggled with it. The themes are right down my alley but something about the execution just didn't quite work for me. I did like how the themes of depression, sisterhood and suicid...
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, busy-as-a-bee-books-group, and read-in-2015
Need Me
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
The Tusk That Did the Damage
really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel which gave me an entirely new insight into the ivory trade. I was concerned that having part of the story narrated by an elephant but I think that was a really great way to give a new perspective to the story....
tagged: books-on-the-nightstand-recommendat, own-ebook, fiction, recommende...
Sweetland
really liked it
Although the description of this one didn't do much for me, I kept hearing such good things that my curiosity got the best of me. And I'm so glad that I read this one. Such a beautiful story ... so beautifully written. I didn't understa...
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, book-riot-recs, read-in-2015, and recommended-f...
The Edge of Never
it was ok
Although this one was OK overall, I especially didn't like the last quarter of the book - it felt rushed and not very well thought out. It felt like a lost opportunity to me and I found myself disappointed.
tagged: romance, own-ebook, fiction, and read-in-2015
The Probability of Violet & Luke
it was ok
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
The Certainty of Violet & Luke
it was ok
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
The Mistake
really liked it
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, romance, and read-in-2015
Overruled
really liked it
tagged: fiction, own-ebook, romance, and read-in-2015
Where Women Are Kings
really liked it
Although this isn't a perfect book, I really think it was a really engaging read that I truly didn't want to put down. I'll try to do a more robust review some time but I did want to recommend it. There is a lot of thoughtful exploration...
tagged: own-ebook, fiction, recommended-friends-or-blog, and read-in-2015
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
really liked it
This is a really engaging read that explores some really important things. I think it's a book that most people will enjoy - it's very well written narrative non-fiction. Such a tragic story that I highly recommend!
tagged: non-fiction, own-ebook, busy-as-a-bee-books-group, and read-in-2015

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