My Favourite Books of 2015


Jan 07 2016

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My Favourite Books of 2015

The end of the year [or the beginning of a new one, rather] means exciting times: LISTS.

Let’s start with books. In 2015 I read more books for fun than I ever have [the full list is on my Goodreads shelf].

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

My favourite reading genre is “books about books”. AJ Fikry is a love letter not only to reading, but to special bookstores. How books bring us together, and take us outside ourselves. I laughed, I cried.

where I found it: Gabrielle Zevin has been one of my favourite authors since reading her YA novel Elsewhere, and, in terror, I attended the author event for this book at Wellesley Books.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Probably the best novel about family that I’ve read in a while. Compelling, surprising, and a bit weird. Just…read it.

where I found it: Golden Hare book club.

My Favourite Books of 2015

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

This man is incredible. I am obsessed with Pixar’s story, and with it the second Golden Age of Disney Animation. This book explores the tweaks in work environment excellence Pixar has made: how to make people feel important, how to actually implement ideas and feedback, how to tell stories well.

where I found it: I heard about it in the Wall Street Journal, but honestly, I’ll read any book about Pixar.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

I am fascinated by the Fitzgeralds [Gatsby is one of my favourite novels, ever]. This biographical “novel of Zelda Fitzgerald” reads like fiction, but is based on true events – like Zelda’s actual life, vacillating between fiction and reality. She was certainly one concerned with being her own heroine.

where I found it: Taylor Swift recommended it.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Add this to the stack of favourites to be read over and over: it is a must-read for any aspiring minimalist. Ms Kondo has a precise method for decluttering, organising, and tidying. Keep only what sparks joy.

where I found it: Somewhere in the minimalist corner of the Internet. I had to order it specially at Edinburgh Book Shop, but lately it’s been featured all over the place!

My Favourite Books of 2015

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

This book has awoken in me a love of the mystery genre. I ripped through its pages faster than any other book this year [calm down. It’s a metaphor.] The second one is just as gripping, and I can’t wait to dive into the third.

where I found it: spoiler: Robert Galbraith is actually J.K. Rowling.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

I find myself often quoting Gretchen’s latest principle, that of the Four Tendencies.  She suggests that before building habits, you need to understand your habit-building personality [I’m an Upholder/Obliger]. I found the beginning read a bit like a textbook or a research paper, but in retrospect, its ideas have really stuck – so give it a chance.

where I found it: I read everything by Queen of Happiness, Gretchen Rubin.


What were your favourites? I’m always looking for recommendations!


P.S. how to develop a reading habit

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