Top 10 Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

My Top 10

Today I’m linking up with Broke and Bookish to talk about my Top 10 Favorite Books that I’ve read so far this year. Earlier this year, I was supposed to write about my favorite books from the past few years, but I limited it to the past year because, well, let’s face it, I didn’t read much after college. (I’m a terrible English major, I know…)

In no particular order, here are my top 10 favorites that I’ve read so far in 2015! (The titles are clickable to get to the Goodreads page!)

Astonish Me Title

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This wasn’t a light read, but it was thought provoking and interesting.

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Modern Romance

Oh, wow. Stick around for my full review tomorrow, but it was hilarious, well researched, and informative.


Yes Please

yes please

Amy Poehler was hilarious and candid in this autobiography. Loved it.

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Where All Light Tends to Go

David Joy wrote a heart-wrenching and beautiful novel. I can’t wait to read more from him in the future.

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Dear Daughter

While Dear Daughter was no great work of literature, it was hysterical. I also think I read it at the right point in my life when I really needed something funny.

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everything changes

I’ve read all but on Tropper novel. This novel, which was written earlier in his career, didn’t have the ambiguous ending that Tropper seems to be favoring these years, so I liked the cleaner, warmer ending.The Bookman's Tale Title

the bookman's tale

I read Lovett’s second novel, first. I backtracked and read his first novel, which I loved even more. In fact, it’s one of my favorite that I read this year!

Into the Tangle of Friendship Title

into the tangle of friendship

I don’t typically read non-fiction or memoirs. However, I picked up Kephart’s memoir on friendship because friendship is a topic that is near, or shall I say, very far, from my heart right now. I honestly enjoyed her reflections, especially on how she has wanted friendships that never turned into anything, watching her son make friends on the playground, or how she maintained friends throughout the years.



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The Invention of Wings

My first exposure to Sue Monk Kidd was The Secret Life of Bees, which I read for my Southern Lit class in college. When I picked up The Invention of Wings when I saw it popping up all over my Goodreads feed, I knew that I had to read it. I couldn’t put it down!

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this is where i leave you

This is Where I Leave You was the first Tropper novel that I read. I picked it up because the movie version was star-packed. Once I read the novel, though, I was confused about how it would translate onto the screen, since the novel is mostly introspective. In my opinion, it didn’t translate well, despite the excellent work by all of the actors and the fact that Tropper wrote the screenplay. So, I highly recommend the novel over the movie. But, watch the movie if you have two hours because the star-studded film was still kind of fun.

What have been the best novels you’ve read so far this year?



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Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books

It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, so I’ll be linking up to share my top ten favorite heroines from novels, (tv, and movies).

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Veronica Mars started as a television character, but she’s been a movie character, and now the start of two novels that follow up that movie. The premature ending to the show was infuriating, but I get by with the movie and books. I love her self-assurance, self-reliance, relationship with her father, and general smarts. She will kick your ass and still use you as a pawn to get to where she wants to go–to solve the crime. I wish I was that clever.

Buffy Summers



Buffy. Oh, Buffy. I love you. She started out as a slightly insecure vampire slayer, but over the years, I enjoyed watching her turn down the counsel, formal training, being self-reliant, taking care of her sister, and all of that.

Elizabeth Bennett

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Girlfriend is smart, witty, won’t settle, loves her family, and can tell cranky aunt lady where to shove it, politely. Who doesn’t want to be her?

Jo March



If you haven’t noticed the trend, I like smart girls. Jo has a huge heart that puts her family first – something I wish I had more of. Jo is hysterical and witty. Jo chooses to love the smart dude. I mean, she had two good choices, but she’s smart enough to know what’s good for her.

Hermione Granger



Oh Hermione. She wants to be the best at everything. She’s not afraid to study hard. She works hard, but she also knows how to be a fiercely loyal friend. I find fiercely loyal people the most admirable.


Katniss Everdeen

Katniss Everdeen


Again, Katniss is so smart. She’s physically and mentally strong. She cares about her family and friends above everything else, but she’s also willing to be the face of a revolution. It’s not easy, but she freaking puts herself out there and fights for what’s right. Who doesn’t love that?

Cassandra Mortmain



I Capture the Castle is one of my favorite books ever. Cassandra is reflective, smart, and is family-oriented. She also doesn’t take the path of least resistance. She makes hard choices. She doesn’t accept the love of men she doesn’t love back just because it would be secure or easy. She’s willing to wait and write her own story.

Jacquetta of Luxembourg: The Lady of the Rivers (The Cousins’ War #3)

9542439Jaqcuetta shows up in several of the Cousins War series books and is based on a real person. I loved her the most because she was the matriarch of matriarchs. She had a young marriage to a much older man. After he died, she gave up a lot to marry for real love. She gave birth to more kids than I can even remember. She raised children that grew up to be kings, queens, princess, and princesses. I just found her a very admirable character after reading that series and would love to read more biographies about her.

Alicia Florrick:



Um, I think the graphic says it all. Get it, girl.

Sophy (The Grand Sophy)

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I discovered Georgette Heyer’s novels last summer. I almost fell out of my chair laughing at the antics that “The Grand Sophy” got into during the novel. The novel, set during the regency period, is like what Pride and Prejudice would be, if it was a comedy. Like a slapstick comedy. I thoroughly enjoyed her.

Who are your favorite heroines? Who did I miss? I had to cut the list!

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