Top 5 Books to Give in 2015

The 2015 holiday shopping season is well underway.  Today I release my annual list of top books I read this year and recommend to the reader in your life (Although, no one will blame you if you buy them for yourself!) Complete reviews can be found at Book Reviews or by clicking on the link in the description below.  

For more gift ideas, see my list of Top Summer Reads (2015) and Top Five Books to Give as Gifts (2014 edition).  As always, happy reading! 

1. Crime / Historical fiction: A mix of a love story, a crime novel, and a psychological look at human behavior under the most dire of circumstances makes The Paying Guests one of the most fascinating and addicting books I've read in ages.  I quickly became sucked into the plight of the characters. I felt elated, heartbroken, and even frightened along with them. (Read full description and review here.) 

2. Women's Fiction / Drama: Me Before You is not your typical love story. Rather, it is a love story of the mind, friendship, and deep connection.  It is a close look at how one human being can inspire another to be the best he can be. It will leave you on an emotional overload craving for more. I personally didn't want this one to end and had to pace myself so I wouldn't finish it too quickly. The sequel was released in September and the film adaptation is due out in June of 2016!  (Read full description and review here.) 

3. Thriller: People everywhere are talking about The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and with good cause. In Hawkins' first thriller, she takes the reader on an emotional ride as her characters deal with the intense issues of alcoholism, depression, and human relationships. The novel is narrated in the first person by three different characters on two different timelines, which off the bat makes it interesting to read.  The Girl on the Train reminds us that we should never assume we know what is going on behind closed doors. (Read full description and review here.)  

4. Historical FictionBrooklyn is so beautifully written, so authentic, I felt like I melted into the pages. Tóibín captures the innocence of the era wonderfully including the strong family relationships and unspoken social etiquette and pure romance between men and women. Honestly, it is one of those novels that I cannot say enough good things about, but I will admit that it will not be for everyone. Do not expect edge of your seat suspense or in your face action. This book is pure heart and soul and poetic storytelling as it focuses on the inherently assumed sacrifices often made by women. I must have read the last paragraph of the novel five times or more, each time letting it sink further and further into my psyche.  Along with the readings came both tears of pain and smiles of warmth. (Read full description and review here.)

5. Fiction: Zevin gives us the right amount of tender moments and romance, even an unexpected twist or two, and proves people can be brought together because of their love of a book.  In the end, all of us readers leave behind a list of favorites that somehow explains what's in our hearts.  I recommend this novel to all lovers of literature and to anyone who has ever been touched by the written word.  (Read full description and review here.)  

Don't forget to check out my complete list of book reviews to find the perfect gift for the reader on your shopping list.  

Happy Holidays!


  1. Thanks for sharing, will start with Brooklyn.

  2. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry has been on my list for a little bit now and I'm making it priority for this year.

    1. It was subtle at times, but I really enjoyed it. As always, thanks for reading and commenting and Happy New Year!


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