There is something quite fulfilling about becoming so engrossed in a book that you would rather read said book then do much of anything else. If you’re a book lover like myself then you understand this sentiment completely. The only bad part about reading is when you can’t find a comparable book that keeps your interest for longer than, say 50 pages. In 2015 I think it’s safe to say I began reading roughly 15 books (not including all of my audible listens), only finishing six or seven. I have an entire shelf on my bookcase with half-read books (which might drive some of you crazy), it actually drives me crazy too! There are however, several books on that shelf I may dust off and try again at some point. But for as long as I can remember, I usually can’t be bothered to finish a book I’ve lost interest in.
In contrast to the nine un-finished books, the four books listed below were my absolute FAVORITE reads of the year! These books had me completely logged out of reality and sucked into the words on the page.
The Girl on the Train: I always love a gripping thriller and though I found this book a bit predictable, I couldn’t put it down. There were just enough questions left unanswered while reading that I found myself second guessing the outcome with each chapter. Loved it!
Binge: Within the last two years I’ve loved reading several memoirs each year. Tyler Oakley’s Binge didn’t disappoint in this category! His usual charismatic self shined through on every single page. This book wasn’t PG in the least, so I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone, but his storytelling ability and authentic voice made this a favorite read for me.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing: Where to begin with this book? I was fascinated by Marie Kondo’s method of tidying up a home and simplifying one’s life. As someone who loves lists, organizing, and systems this book justified my sometimes weird obsession with having a clean and organized home. Earlier this year I posted a huge recap about my opinions on this book so for a more in depth review and to see how I’ve applied it within my own life follow this link, here.
The Night Circus: I have read many-a-book in my day and The Night Circus took the #1 spot as my favorite book of all time. Erin Morgenstern weaved together the most beautiful writing I’ve ever experienced with a whimsical mix of reality, magicians and love that had me captivated throughout the entire story.
Ten Books I want to read in 2016: The Magician, A Discovery of Witches trilogy, Big Magic, How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out, Love Does, For the Love, Banish Clutter Forever, The Joy of Less, The Power of Unpopular, and Leave Your Mark.