Book Bites: 2015 Edition

Oh. My. God……. How is it 2016??? HOW?!?!?! As my boyfriend would say “Well, you see, there’s 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week…” and he would get into all those smart a** details on me. But seriously, it was JUST 2000…. like were we not just celebrating the turn of the century? Was I not just 5 years old, not able to stay up until midnight (who are we kidding, I really still can’t. My cocktail of choice on New Years Eve is always coffee- ok, with some other alcoholic cocktails, and of course champagne) With the year coming to an end, and the new year starting it is time for all of the “Best of 2015″…. I love those lists. Am I cliche because of that? I don’t care, they’re great! They’re so much fun to read. Items on those list, whether it be books, tv shows, best YouTube videos, best songs, so many can bring up so many good (and maybe bad, but let’s focus on the good) memories!!

Ok, so this Book Bites edition is going to be my favorite books of 2015. After I graduated college, and after I wasn’t forced to read for grades, studying, tests, etc. I rekindled my love for reading. These books are in no order, because I would literally sit in front of this computer screen for hours rearranging them in order… I wouldn’t be able to pick!

American Wife- Taya Kyle with Jim Defelice

I read this in almost 24 hours. You will be moved to tears. I read the part where Chris Kyle is killed on the train home…. next thing you know I was that person crying on the train.

Still Alice- Lisa Genova

An oldie, but I never read it! If you haven’t, I suggest you do… such an amazing book with a creepily and emotional portrayal of life inside the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s.

Someday, Someday Maybe- Lauren Graham

I haven’t quite expressed this as much as I would think on my blog, but I am OBSESSED with Gilmore Girls. When I realized that Lauren Graham (Loreli) had written a book, I knew I had to read it. This was such a quick and easy read. It is a light-hearted story about a twenty-something trying to find her way in New York. I highly recommend it to those who are in their twenty’s.. finding your place in this world can be stressful, and this book lets you know you’re not alone!

Yes Please- Amy Poehler

Amy, Amy, Amy…. can we just be friends already? I won’t kick Tina Fey out of the group, we could be the three best friends. I read Tina Fey’s book last year, loved it. Just as I thought, I loved Amy’s book. This is a great book for anyone of all ages. It takes you from her childhood, her young adult years, SNL, her divorce- she doesn’t hold anything back. When you read this book you can do nothing but appreciate her honesty and the lessons she shares.

Heaven is for Real- Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Just like Still Alice, this is an oldie. But I had never read it! Holy. Cow. Can you say goosebumps?? I am Catholic, and as much as I tell myself I should be a better one, I never find myself going to church on Sundays, confession… anything. I have a hard time with being catholic, something I won’t get into on here. This book seriously was just amazing. For those who are strictly religious, who don’t believe in conformed religion, whoever… you will not be disappointed.

Big Little Lies- Liane Moriarty

I described this book to my mom as “a fictional Real Housewives story.” So many twists and turns. What I love most about this book is that the chapters switch off. The first chapter starts in present day, after a killing has just taken place. Then it jumps back to where it all began. Before and after each chapter too there are snip-its of individual’s interviews with the detective on the case. This book truly kept me guessing for the entire duration.

Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern

I was a Twilight Teen. In 8th grade, I read all the books. You couldn’t pull me away. I loved the fantasy aspect of the entire thing. Werewolves?! Interacting with humans?! And vampires?! Now it just seems all so cheesy. But, hey, when you’re 13 it is great! This book has the same fantasy aspect, minus the whole werewolves vs. vampire thing. This is magician vs. magician. It is beautifully written.

Luckiest Girl Alive- Jessica Knoll

The entire book you know that the main character has gone through something traumatic. Either she was a victim, she was the cause, she performed the traumatic act. But you don’t know. Similar to Big Little Lies, you get chapters in present day, and chapters in the past. Next thing you know, it all comes together. This book is a true page turner.

A Piece of Cake- Cupcake Brown

This was just featured in my November Book Bites. This book is so good, you will not be able to believe that this woman had all of these life experiences in one lifetime and is healthy enough to write about it!! Must read.

What were some of your favorite books for 2015? Happy reading!

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