2015 Books- A Year In Review


This year, I was able to accomplish reading 64 books and we are only in mid-December so I might finish more. I have a five hour plane ride in my near future this Friday as well as two weeks off from teaching and ASU. While I’ll be visiting my boyfriend and partaking in holiday fun, I still plan on reading when I can so I might knock out three more books by month’s end.

I saw Leslie and Briana do a book’s recap and while it has nothing to do with finance, I wanted to do one here. Okay, scratch that. Reading has a lot to do with finance. The more educated you are, the better life decisions you are able to make. Better life decisions you make, the more money you can possibly bring in as well as save. And we all want to save, right? Right!

I went ahead and divided my books by fiction and non-fiction. The ones in bold are my favorites and ones I would recommend to anyone. Thursday, I’ll be sharing tips to getting your reading on and how to make time, so be sure to check back soon!


Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1) by Jenny Han*
Among the Hidden (Shadow Children, #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Palo Alto by James Franco
The Normal Heart & The Destiny of Me by Larry Kramer
American Woman by Robert Pobi
Among the Impostors (Shadow Children, #2) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Psychos: A White Girl Problems Book by Babe Walker
The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh
Among the Betrayed (Shadow Children, #3) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Barons (Shadow Children, #4) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman
Among the Brave (Shadow Children, #5) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1) by Stephen King
Street Pharm by Allison van Diepen
The Fever by Megan Abbott
Among the Enemy (Shadow Children, #6) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Revival by Stephen King
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera


Love Him Or Leave Him, But Don’t Get Stuck With The Check by Loni Love
Spelling It Like It Is by Tori Spelling
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz
White Whine: A Study of First-World Problems by Streeter Seidell
Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness by La La Anthony
The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life by Maria Menounos
Make Every Man Want You by Marie Forleo
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun
Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself by David McRaney
Our Purpose: The Nobel Peace Prize Lecture 2007 by Al Gore
Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt
A Freewheelin’ Time: Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Bob Dylan and Me by Suze Rotolo
Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry by Helaine Olen
Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele
False Conviction: Innocence, Guilt & Science by Jim Dwyer
Good Advice from Bad People: Selected Wisdom from Murderers, Stock Swindlers, and Lance Armstrong by Zac Bissonnette
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us by Martha Stout
7 Skills To Make Mill$ by Brooks Harper
The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren by Gerald Brittle
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home by Sheri Booker
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community by Mary Pipher
Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion by Izabella St. James
North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunrise Person
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
Confessions of a Professional Blogger: How I Make Money as an Online Writer by Miranda Marquit
Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by Christian Rudder
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek
The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau
Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness by Danielle Fishel
Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker
Intrapreneurship: Managing Ideas Within Your Organization by Kevin C. Desouza
The Effective Public Manager: Achieving Success in a Changing Government by Steven Cohen

Although my to-read list has over 700 books on it, I love recommendations if you have one! What was your favorite book this year?


1 Comment

  • Sally
    Posted December 17, 2014 5:55 pm 0Likes

    Wow! So many books! I have to give you one fiction: The Orphan Master’s Son and one non-fiction: The Divide by Matt Taibbi. Both SO awesome.

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