Laura Rennie

Around here // Books read in 2015

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It's no secret that I love to read! (It doesn't hurt that books make lovely decorative accents.) I have a stack of books ready to be devoured over our New Year's family vacation, including "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee. I've kept track of books I've read since 2009 — it's a huge help when people come to me for recommendations! I'm including my 2014 and 2015 lists here.

Speaking of recommendations, what books did you enjoy last year? What's on your to-read list for this year? I plan to read "Lila" by Marilynne Robinson (I LOVE her, and I have no excuse for not having read this book by now), "Thirteen Moons" by Charles Frazier, and "The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman.



Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

Still by Lauren Winner

I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Ron Rash

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr

The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr

Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash

Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The Silver Star by Jeannete Walls

Open House by Elizabeth Berg

The Likeness by Tana French

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

The Martian by Andy Weir

Anything by Jennie Allen

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

All There Is by Dave Isay

Ties that Bind by Dave Isay

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

The World Made Straight by Ron Rash

About Grace by Anthony Doerr

In the Woods by Tana French

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

Listening Is an Act of Love by Dave Isay

After You by Jojo Moyes

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

Favorite book of 2015: How can I choose? Rash and Doerr write beautiful, haunting short stories. "The Martian," "Seabiscuit" and "The Boys in the Boat" were fascinating and gripping. There were a couple of "meh" books in here, but it was mostly a fantastic year of reading!



Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Exodus by Leon Uris

The Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher (re-read)

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Restless by Jennie Allen

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (re-read)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (re-read)

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (re-read)

War Brides by Helen Bryan

Peony in Love by Lisa See

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (re-read)

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (re-read)

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey by Molly Wizenberg

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion

Lizze Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

Love Does by Bob Goff

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The Three Weissmans of Westport by Cathleen Schine

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (re-read)

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

German Boy by Wolfgang Samuel

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

The Giver by Lois Lowry (re-read)

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

The Messenger by Lois Lowry

Son by Lois Lowry

Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye by Lois Lowry

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee

Favorite book of 2014: Tie! "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier and "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr were my most favorite, though "The End of Your Life Book Club,' "Unbroken" and "A Man Called Ove" are close behind.