Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten (or so) Books I Read in 2015


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Read in 2015. I pulled up my Goodreads stats for 2015… and discovered that I gave 5-star ratings to 48 books.

Granted, some of these were re-reads (A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein) or audiobook versions of classics I read long ago (all the works of Jane Austen), but still, it’s kind of thrilling to see how many books I truly loved in 2015!

For the purposes of this list, I’m narrowing it down to the best of the bunch, excluding re-reads and graphic novels, and probably leaving out some of the books I’ve already raved about ad infinitum. In no particular order, here are the best of the bunch:

Note: If you want to know more about any of the books mentioned here, click on the links to see my reviews.

1) Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova (review)

Inside the O'Briens

2) The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (review)

Boston Girl

3) Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (review)

Our Souls At Night

4) The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (review)

Invention of Wings 2

5 & 6) The Uninvited (review) and The Cure for Dreaming (review) by Cat Winters


7) The Marvels by Brian Selznick (review)

The Marvels

8) Winger by Andrew Smith (review)


9) Depth by Lev AC Rosen (review)


10) The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson (review)

the bookseller

Look, I read too many great books this year to stop at 10… so onward we go!

11) You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (review)

You're Never Weird

12) The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (review)

Aeronauts Windlass

13) The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian (review)


14) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (review)

All the Light

15) The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (review)

The Boys in the Boat

What were you favorite books from 2015? Share your links, and I’ll come check out your top 10… or 15!

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43 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten (or so) Books I Read in 2015

  1. I have a copy of Winger. I’m really excited to read it! 🙂 Really need to read All The Light we Cannot See as well. Great choices!

  2. What a great list! I still want to read a few of these that I haven’t already. I actually was on hold for a long time to get Inside the O’Brien’s, but when my name came up I was in the middle of reading a chunkster. I will have to see if I can get my hands on it now.

    • I have that happen to me all the time with my library holds — the timing always seems to be off! Inside the O’Briens is so moving, and the family feels so real. I hope you get a chance to read it!

    • The Boys in the Boat is so good! I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, so I was really glad that my book group picked it. (I actually listened to the audiobook, and loved it.) Thanks!

  3. All the Light We Cannot See made my honourable mentions list 🙂 I think I mentioned it before but I’m glad you enjoyed The Light in the Ruins and The Bookseller–both are on my TBR pile 🙂 And I really want to read Our Souls at Night–maybe next year? Great list, Lisa! 😀

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    • Thanks! All the Light was such a good read, and I especially enjoyed it because it led to some great book group conversations. Our Souls at Night is a quick book (less than 200 pages, I think), but it’s just so beautiful. 🙂

    • I really should have listed both! I read Winger early in the year, and just read Stand-Off last month. Loved them both — Winger left such a hole in my heart.

  4. I read All the light we cannot see last year and it was one of my favorite books from last year. Seeing it on your list makes me think that I need to reread it. I read The Uninvited by Cat Winters this year and I loved it. I need to read more of her stuff. Awesome list.

    • Thanks! I’ve only read the two Cat Winters books on my list so far, but I loved them both enough to be sure that I’ll want to read ALL her books. 🙂

  5. I only delved in to Lisa Genova’s writing this year with Still Alice, but I’m keen to read more of her works. Seeing one as a top 10 (or 15) of the year is quite reassuring and makes we want to check out more of her work asap – Still Alice was so well written!

    I have The Marvels sitting on my TBR currently, added not too long ago, and I can’t wait to get stuck in to that one.

    Looks like you had quite a good reading year.

    • Thank you! I’ve read one other Lisa Genova books (Left Neglected – fascinating!), and I’m looking forward to reading Still Alice in the coming year. The Marvels is just wonderful — I hope you enjoy it!

  6. I adored The Uninvited. What an ending! Have you read In the Shadow of Blackbirds yet? That’s my second favorite of hers. 🙂 And yay for The Marvels! I think that was one of the hidden gems of the year.

    • The Shadow of Blackbirds is next for me! I have a copy from the library, and plan to start it tonight. 🙂 I agree about The Marvels — have you read Wonderstruck? I really loved that one too.

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