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What I Read in 2015

I promise that we’ll get back to the food very soon! I have quite a few great new recipes to share. But first, let’s talk about books! As many of you know I enjoy reading. I often talk about my favorite recent reads in my Things I’m Loving posts. I have really enjoyed hearing feedback from all of you about those recommendations you have taken, as well as hearing your recommendations of books you think I might enjoy.

Though I typically don’t get into new year’s resolutions, last year I set a reading challenge for myself on Goodreads to finish 30 books in the year. Considering that the prior year, I maybe read a quarter or third of that amount, this seemed…exceedingly optimistic. However, I ended up surpassing my goal (32 books!) and had such fun with it, I thought I would quickly share the books I read. Since I have already discussed a good number of these books in other posts, I won’t re-review them here. Instead, I will simply list them and put each into one of three general categories: must read, worth a read, or don’t bother. You can explore the titles further on Goodreads for additional reviews to see whether or not each title may or may not be your cup of tea.  At the bottom, I summarize those books that stand out to me as the top five I read this year and those you simply cannot miss. Lastly, for the most recent few that I have not discussed on the blog, I will be talking about them in more detail in the next Things I’m Loving post.

*Note for those astute readers who recognize that only 30 titles are pictured here: One book was a graphic novel and I felt it didn’t quite count enough to include here, not to mention I didn’t love it anyway. The other I overlooked time and again until after I had made the composite images below. Such is life. That book was This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper and I would categorize it as worth a read.

 

 

 

 

Of all of the books I have read this year, the top five which I think absolutely everyone should read are:

I know so many people who often say, “I wish I read more!”  If you fall into that category, I hope this post provides some inspiration and and maybe you decide set a goal on Goodreads for yourself! The main way I have made time for reading is to read during my lunch break at work rather than aimlessly surf the internet or look at my phone. Anytime I get an urge to check Facebook, I try to pick up my book instead. I also try to read every night before I fall asleep, even if only just a page or two. Reading is certainly one of the most rewarding and enjoyable pastimes available. Now is the time to go for it!

  • Jen Sellers

    I love reading through what others have read recently. Thanks for posting. I have read 6 on your list. Off to add a few of these to my library book list…

  • Melissa Brooker

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time! I used to read like it was going out of style and over the years it has tapered off. I started a new book last night and decided i need to read more again, so i will definitely make good use out of this post! Thanks Annie!

  • Trac

    Thanks Annie for the book recommendations and inspiration to read more in 2016! I will definitely add some of these to my “to read” list.

  • Emilyenchantinglyemily

    Great list! 7 of these books are in my already read or to read pile, which is a large percentage since I read pretty random books!
    – Emily http://www.enchantinglyemily.com

  • Megan

    I love the non-food posts and always appreciate all of your recommendations! Now I am just waiting for your fashion post. I think I have been secretly hoping it would be posted everyday since you brought it up months ago!

  • Anne

    We have very similar taste in books, so I’m looking forward to adding some that I haven’t read yet to my list. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Stacy

    Thanks for this list! I can’t always find as much time as I like to read, so the top five is a great place to start. To the library I go! If you have a list of children’s books, I’d love to see those too. You always have the best recommendations. Love your lifestyle posts as much as your recipes – thanks Annie!!

  • Ellen Patton

    Thank you for all these recommendations!

  • Natalie Stachon

    Love this post! Reading is my lifelong passion. I always aim to read 100 books a year – sometimes I meet the goal and sometimes I don’t. Either way I can hardly think of a better way to pass the time!
    P.S. If you are like me then you read cookbooks cover to cover – do those count? ;)

  • annieseats

    Yes, I have had a few people asking me for more children’s book recommendations. Maybe I will do a post about those soon as well. Thanks for the feedback!

  • annieseats

    Ack, I know! It is coming so soon! The holidays totally messed up my timing with that. I took the photos weeks ago! I will likely post it next week. Let’s just plan on Monday or Tuesday for that so I can stick to my word!

  • annieseats

    Wow, you are quite a prolific reader! I would love any recommendations from you. Are you on Goodreads? I may go look for you there.

  • Jen

    Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to compile this list! Super helpful. I also loved Wonder and agree that books from people like Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler are so much better in audio. I love Audible!

  • Marcie

    Even though I’m not usually fond of non-cooking posts, I love when you talk about what you’re reading. I’ve gotten some great reads out of it. I’ve read pretty much everything Rainbow Rowell has written thanks to you. I also loved the Night Circus, though I believe I first got that recommendation from Jen at Epbot. I loved it so much, I passed it on to my mom and sister who I rarely share books in common with (they both adore historical fiction and books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which I’m not really into). A freakish love of reading is one of the only things my family shares – we always gift each other B&N gift cards at Christmas and plan what we call B&N day where we all go out and shop books together – so I’m constantly looking for great reads whether for myself or for someone else I know will love them. Can’t wait to check out so many of these, especially Silver Linings Playbook – I watched the movie and didn’t get what all the hype was about, I mean it was alright. If you want a good book turned into a decent movie read, I’d highly recommend The Martian. My dad lent it to me over the holidays and I found myself consistently howling with laughter, which earned me some odd looks at the airport. But I’m honestly a little hesitant about Brown Girl Dreaming because I usually abhor poetry. Anywho, keep reading and keep reviewing!

  • Andrea Appel

    As a librarian, I love this post! You should totally count the graphic novel as a book you read. You count the audio books so I think you should count graphic novels too. I also count the picture books I read to my daughter as that was the only way I could meet my goal of 275 books last year. It doesn’t hurt that I can read on the job! :)

  • sara

    I read a lot more in 2015 than in previous years but hardly any of our titles overlapped! I’ve added several to my goodreads list – thanks! (I’ve also started audiobooks which is a great way to “read” more on my commute!)

  • Annie

    Ha! I know, I felt kind of like a cheater including the audiobooks but eventually decided with input from my reader friends that I still consumed and processed the information so they should count. I’m still a little on the fence about it though, to be honest!

  • Hannah

    Would you recommend any of these books for men? My husband also set a reading goal this year and I would like to find some good books for him.

  • Kate Winnebeck

    I recently discovered audiobooks at my library and love it. I managed to list to 60 books last year, mostly during my work commute.

    If you loved “All the Light we Cannot See”, you’ve got to read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It’s tied with All the Light we Cannot See as the best book I read last year – and it was my mom’s favorite.

    Other favs – The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I am so loving Marisha Pessl’s thrillers along with Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling).

  • Ashley

    I set a goal for myself in 2014 to read 52 books, which I miraculously did, and I think it helped me read more in 2015 without even paying attention or tracking. I also try to read every night before bed, regardless of how long, it’s one of my favorite parts of the day. :)

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    My goal for this year is to read a lot more. I’ve been eyeing some titles you mentioned and will have to add them to my list.

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • Annie

    Yes! The Nightingale is on my list. I’ll make sure I get to that one soon! Thanks for the other recs as well. I adore The Book Thief but haven’t read any of the others. So appreciate the suggestions!

  • Annie

    This is a tough question for me. I have a hard time with the implication that certain books might not be well received by a male audience because they are either by female authors or because they feature female protagonists, or cover stereotypically female topics. Please understand that I am not implying a negative view of your question at all. This is simply something I have thought a great deal about after reading this article from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/books/review/is-there-a-double-standard-for-judging-domestic-themes-in-fiction.html?_r=0 . It is certainly food for thought.

    Ben reads a majority of the books I read after I finish them, assuming I liked a book enough to recommend it. I’m having a hard time recalling from this list which ones he read specifically, but I do know that of the most recent set (the last six pictured) we both loved and greatly enjoyed discussing Silver Linings Playbook and Missoula. Otherwise, maybe just let your husband peruse the list, read reviews, and see what piques his interest. I hope that helps a bit!

  • Hannah

    Those are good points. Thanks!

  • Erika Robinson

    I read Tiny Beautiful Things after your recommendation this summer. And WOW. it was seriously a life changing book. I found myself opening it and reading the passages that spoke to me over and over again since I first read it. I’ve also given it as college gradation gifts to two of my friends and they were blown away and felt that it was exactly what they needed to hear. And I am since obsessed with Cheryl Strayed. She is so lovely. I would also recommend her podcast Dear Sugar, if you haven’t already listened. Thanks for more recommendations. Maybe I can find more time to read this year, but it’s usually hard to read literature when I’m reading textbooks all day long. Ah, lovely life as a graduate student.

  • I read 100 books in 2014 and 115 in 2015 but somehow our lists don’t overlap much (I think I only read 6 of these). Reading over my lunch break was one of my favorite ways to sneak it in before I started staying home with our son (and I still read during most nap times!). Finally adding “All the Light We Cannot See” to my to-read since. Seen it recommended too many places to ignore!

  • ellysaysopa

    If you’re interested in giving other graphic novels a try, I really loved (the complete) Persepolis and Fun Home: A Tragicomic. I have other books by those same authors on my to-read list for this year.

  • Annie

    I love to hear that so much! I truly adore that book and though I don’t often purchase books anymore, that one was an absolute must own. If you haven’t read Listening is an Act of Love yet, I think you will feel similarly about it. It was the absolute perfect book for me to end the year with and I loved it on the same level as Tiny Beautiful Things.

  • Annie

    Thanks Jen! I am so happy you like this post!

  • Maggie

    I love this post, Annie! Long-time reader here, both of your lovely blog and of many books. I’d love to follow along with what you’re reading on Goodreads –are you accepting new friends? (If so, what’s your username?)

  • Annie

    I almost never read poetry either but to me, Brown Girl Dreaming doesn’t read like poetry. It’s a very fast read either way so you’ll know quickly whether you’ll like it or not. Thanks for the rec on The Martian! If there is a movie that was adapted from a book, I generally try to read the book (and end up not seeing the movie usually since they typically disappoint). This has been added to my list!

  • kellyp19

    Thanks so much for compiling this list! I’m always looking for new books and I added quite a few of these to my library list. Tiny, Beautiful Things is my absolute favorite book – I’ve read it several times now and recommended it to literally everyone I know. It actually changed my whole perspective – I really approach life from a less judgmental and more loving place (towards myself AND others) and I feel so much better for having made that paradigm shift. I’m now stuck on the podcast (which is also good, but perhaps not *quite* as life-changing for me). Happy reading in 2016!

  • Annie

    Thanks Elly!

  • Katelyn Knowles

    I just started Fates and Furies then I’m going to read All the Light We Cannot See. This year, I’m trying to read/reread some of the classics, such as Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby.

  • Annie

    I just added you using your email address. Hope that’s cool! :)

  • Paloma R

    Hi Annie, I’ve been a long-time reader (essentially since the beginning) but have never had the courage to comment until now. Absolutely love your blog and I use your recipes/recommendations all the time. I am a huge reader and have joined the Goodreads challenge this year (hoping to read 60 books). I actually read a bunch of these books and if I haven’t read it already then it is on my “to-read” list. Are you accepting any friend requests on Goodreads? I’d love to follow along and see what you’re planning on reading this year! :)

  • Annie

    I love love love to hear that! I couldn’t agree more. It truly is a life changing book!

  • Annie

    Hi Paloma! Wow, thanks for being such a faithful reader for so many years! It means more than you know. I just added you as a friend on Goodreads. I am looking forward to following along and seeing your progress on the reading challenge. Yay!

  • Karen

    I just finished reading Americanuh after you recommended it in your last things I’m loving post. I adored it so much, probably my second favorite book of the year (The Martian is first). This post gave me lots of new titles to look into, thanks. It also got me to go back and rate a bunch of my recent reads on goodreads which I have been negating lately. Are you taking friend requests?

  • Stacey T

    Hi Annie –

    I have been a reader for about five years, but never posted a comment. I’ve started to a few times but always felt a little silly. Paloma’s note below gave me a final push! I just wanted to say that I really love your blog – I typically read it before my work day starts, with a cup of coffee in hand, and it feels like catching up with a friend for a few minutes. I’ve cheered along the big moments, grieved along the sad ones. My husband is a testicular cancer survivor, and your story and encouragement to be healthy as a cancer survivor has really helped guide us the last few years. I’ve definitely pushed my cooking abilities (complicated recipes used to scare me) and making things from scratch, although I still can do a bit more with both. Last but not least, I live in ATL but spent most of 2013 in Columbus for work, where of course I discovered Jeni’s. I am truly obsessed and was so excited to see you are too! The day I learned she was opening a shop here, I literally screamed.

    I thought this year was one of your best blog years, as you combined recipes with a more personal voice. Love them all, including this post! I’m a big reader but I never did Goodreads – but signed up for it after I read this, especially to keep a list of books I want to read. Shooting for 40 next year. I think a few readers mentioned this but The Nightingale is incredible, as well as Fates and Furies. If you see Luckiest Girl Alive on any recommendation lists, turn away immediately! Worst book I read this year and I’m still not sure why I bothered finishing it. It got a big push from media/Hollywood but it was just terrible.

    Thanks again for all the work you put into the blog! And sorry this is such a long post – I guess that’s what happened when you don’t comment for five years. :)

  • MJ

    Hey Annie! Love your blog and I’m happy to say I’ve read a few on your list. Would love to follow you on GR, love getting new insights for books. I wish I had time to take the 2016 challenge but knitting often wins out in the evenings. I’m getting back into a few pages before bed- thanks for the recs!

  • Kelsey Tritabaugh

    I’m not sure what age/s your child/ren are but my favorite chapter books that I read aloud to my 7 year old son this year were: The One and Only Ivan, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Noah Barleywater Runs Away, and the Invention of Hugo Cabret. Right now I”m reading Tumtum & Nutmeg with my 4 1/2 year old daughter and we’re loving it so far!

  • Kelsey Tritabaugh

    Thanks so much for your post! I’ve been reading your blog for years and most recently my husband created our 4 course New Year’s Eve meal all from recipes from your blog!

    Last year was the first year I set a GoodReads challenge for myself after feeling like I was slipping too much into computer time every evening after getting our kids to bed instead of reading. Last year I aimed from 33 (my age) and got to 27. This year I surpassed my goal of 34 and hit 52 books! I’ve read many of your suggestions and several more are on my to-read list so look forward to them. I’d also love to be “friends” on Goodreads if you’d like. A few of my favorites of 2015:
    Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
    The Day the World Came to Town
    The Rosie Project
    The Secret of Violet Grant
    A Man Called Ove (my #1 of the year!)

  • I’m envious of all you have read! Hoping to more books in 2016. Cheers!

  • Danita Day

    Thanks for posting this list Annie. I’ve read 3 of these and have some on my shelfari list. Some of my reading time is used keeping up with magazine subscriptions so my yearly book total looks low compared to many on this thread even though I read every day.

  • sweettoothduo

    I’ve checked so many of these out of the library in groups. Some I have read. Others had to be returned before I got to them. Since many of my opinions seem to be similiar to yours, I will pick up some of these. (I always finish books, but I got 3/4 of the way through Mr Penumbra and was perfectly okay not finishing it.)

    Now I have a fresh list of books.
    I’m rereading classics now. Just finished Jane Eyre, and reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

    Recommendation: Mudbound. I am rarely surprised in books, ever. This one had foreshadowing, but it still held a ton of surprises. He characters were all really dynamic too.

  • Annie

    I am so happy to hear you enjoyed Americanah as much as I did! I haven’t read The Martian yet but it is on the list now. I just added you on Goodreads and am looking forward to following along with what you read!

  • Annie

    Stacey, I am so happy you finally decided to comment! Your comment just made my day yesterday! I’m thrilled I could provide even a little inspiration with cooking and staying healthy. That is so awesome!

    I was just in ATL last week visiting Josie and of course, had to visit Jeni’s. (Not sure if you follow on instagram – if so, you already know that.) I can assure you if we ever get a Jeni’s in Indy, I will definitely scream and probably happy dance the rest of the day. I am thoroughly obsessed.

    I definitely felt a pull to transition the voice and focus of the blog last year to make it more personal and allow me to continue feeling inspired, so I am very glad that came across and that you think the change was a good thing!

    Thanks for reading and I hope you comment more often! I always love hearing from you awesome readers :)

  • Annie

    I just added you on Goodreads! I know, the balance between knitting versus reading is always a hard one for me too!

  • Annie

    Aw, I love that! What recipes did you guys make for the NYE meal?

    I just added you on Goodreads! Thanks for the recs as well. I started Being Mortal in Medicine last year and read about half before my digital hold expired. I will probably try to finish it this year. I haven’t read any of the others though, so I will have to check those out. Thanks!

  • Erica

    Loved this post, Annie! I set a goal on Goodreads this year, and while I didn’t meet it, it did make me read more! Trying again this year. I’ve read many of the books on your list and many of the others are on my to read list. I’ve never done an audiobook before, I may have to try that out! I just started The Nightingale that everyone is talking about.

    Like you, I loved Silver Linings Playbook and HATED the movie. It was such a letdown. Hope to follow along with your challenge this year!

  • Annie

    Gah! I am SO glad someone gets what I’m saying about Silver Linings Playbook! I adored the book – it made me laugh out loud often but was still very tender and moving. The characters were perfection. I usually don’t see movies of books I love because they are generally letdowns but because this one had Jennifer Lawrence and because I had heard such good things about it, I decided to try it. I was so mad at how wrong it all seemed that I turned it off about 30 minutes in. I just couldn’t take it!

  • Rebecca D. Martin

    Thank you for this!

  • Anne

    You’ve inspired me to revive my 6-years-dormant Goodreads account and add some of the books that you and the commenters have recommended :) I have two recommendations for you from my favorites of last year: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, which I loved more than I’ll Give You the Sun; and Euphoria, by Lily King, which sent me reading all of her books that the library carried.

  • Amy

    I read several of these last year as well. I LOVED The Night Circus. It made me wish it was a real thing! I also loved the Miss Peregrine’s series (the 3rd book came out this year and I re-read the first two in preparation). I read 21 books this last year and I hope to read that many if not more this year. Your list has given me some great ideas. Thank you. :)

  • Maheswari Raja

    I am an avid reader and have been following your blog for many years now.Love the list!I am on good reads but have never taken a challenge before,but this post inspired me to do so:)I am also a physician,I love baking and I like to knit though I am not as advanced as you!I just wish I could pull off knitting and reading at the same time!Thanks again for the list-I have added all your recommendations to my to read list.I got my daughter and niece books based on your recommendations for Christmas!Keep up the good work!Happy New Year!

  • Stephanie

    Happy New Year! I want to thank you for creating your wonderful blog and being such a positive inspiration for so many of us. This post has inspired me to join Goodreads and make reading a priority in my life again. I’m happily looking forward to everything you have coming up this year!!

  • Annie

    Yay! Glad this inspired you to revive the Goodreads account. Mine lay dormant for a while too but I am so glad I’m back at it now! I have had Euphoria on my list for a while – glad to know you enjoyed it! I will have to check out The Sky is Everywhere too. Thank you!

  • Annie

    Thank you Stephanie :) Have fun on Goodreads. I think you will love it!

  • Rob

    Excellent recommendations! They FINALLY got the Kindle version of Tiny Beautiful Things added to the catalog over at the County library so I just got on the waiting list. It is amazing how much reading you can get done if you keep your book with you. Makes the ride home on the train go by in a blink.

  • WendyLouHoo

    Hi Annie, I would love to be friends on Goodreads. Thank you for putting this reading list together and for all that you do. Most of my favorite recipes have come from your beautiful blog. Wendy

  • Annie

    Great! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I totally agree, if you keep your book with you most of the time, you can get so much reading done in the odd little moments when you are stuck waiting for things.

  • Aimee

    I love everything about your blog from recipes, products, to fashion. Thanks to you, I’ve learned to cook, bake, discovered some of my new favorite things like (Boden, bumble and bumble and Rume bags(, and now lots of books to add to my Goodreads account for 2016. Just wanted to say thank you!

  • Natalie Stachon

    No kids + nights/weekends to myself (my husband is a chef) = lots of reading time for me!

    I do have a Goodreads account but I’ve never used it. If you would like to add me I promise to put some good recommendations on there for you!

  • cookie_o_clock

    I’m saving all these on my to-read list! Another tip I have for reading more is to always have a book on-deck. As I’ve started using my local library, this has been a little tricky to manage, so I’ll supplement with used paperbacks from Thriftbooks or Amazon. Having another book ready to go has really helped me increase my reading rate.

    If you liked Americanah you will also love Half A Yellow Sun. Other books I enjoyed this year:
    everything Rainbow Rowell (I read it all in 2015!)
    Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (The Husband’s Secret by her is also good)
    Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
    J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike detective series (written as Robert Galbraith)

  • Ashley

    Check out the Kitchen House. I’m totally sucked in!

  • Annie

    Just added you!

  • Annie

    Thank you so much Aimee :)

  • Annie

    I totally agree! I always have a book on deck and it helps a lot. Actually if I finish a book and don’t have a new one to start right away, I head straight for the library – I just can’t take it! And funny you should mention it but Half a Yellow Sun is my on deck book right now, while currently reading Me Before You :)

    Thanks for the other recs as well!

  • Annie

    Will do, thanks!

  • Alyssa

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve also set a 30 book goal for this year and now have a ton of great reading material ideas :)

    Right now I’m reading (well, listening) to Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. If you haven’t read it yet, I couldn’t recommend it more highly. I am in complete awe of this book. The character has one of the most incredible, heart-breaking, and inspiring stories I have ever read in my entire life.

  • Susanne

    I read several of these too! I have just started a 48-book reading challenge from my local library for 2016. I think I’ll make sure some of your recommendations are on my list for this year too! PS – Make sure you read Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Wall also!

  • Stacey T

    Thanks for the sweet reply, Annie! I read it yesterday morning (with coffee, of course) and it made MY day! And yes now that I’ve “broken the comment seal” I plan to chime in more often. :)

    I did see on Instagram that you were in ATL and went to Jeni’s, but the note was already long enough and I didn’t want to seem like too much of a stalker ha. I’m so glad you went to Decatur! Much like Indy it seems, ATL has really gone through a foodie renaissance the last few years. So many good places! And we actually have THREE Jeni’s – it’s amazing. I will cross my fingers for Indy, it seems like a logical choice for her to expand to at some point.

    Speaking of Instagram, personally I’d love to see a return of the “month in an Instragram” series!

    I could go on and on, but will reel in my “fangirl-dom” back haha. Just so excited to finally comment and hear back. Looking forward to all your posts this year!

  • Annie

    Yes, I adore Unbroken! I read that in 2014 I think, and that story will stay with me for a long, long time. Truly incredible.

  • Dawn

    I just want to chime in to echo what others are saying about how inspiring this post and your blog in general are. This is the only blog I follow regularly. I’m inspired by your talent and good taste and also by the creativity and enthusiasm you bring to maximizing your time (to a degree I can barely fathom), doing what you love, improving with the things you do, sharing your passions with others, and getting the most out of your life. Your posts have encouraged me to go farther in all sorts of areas – cooking, making things from scratch, environmental conservation, exercise, makeup – as well as with future goals such as traveling and crafting. Starting with the holiday break, I had been actively working on reading for pleasure more. However, when this post came out, I was sitting on the couch browsing the internet with my book untouched beside me. Of course I immediately put the computer down and picked the book back up! Anyway, please know that your efforts in creating this blog are very much valued, and I hope you will keep up this wonderful work indefinitely.

  • I have saved your list of books and hopefully read a few a them. Currently, I’m reading David Sedaris’s “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” and I love it! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  • Annie

    Dawn, thank you so much for this sweet comment! It was such a nice surprise to see this morning! I am so glad that I’m able to inspire you in this way and that you enjoy the blog. It makes me so happy! Your kind words are truly appreciated!

  • Annie

    Ha! You are too funny. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t think you a stalker. And by the way, sorry I have not replied to your email yet. I saw it when we were driving down to ATL but I’m slow with email.

    I know, you guys have THREE Jeni’s locations and so does Chicago! This seems so unfair to me but I’m really hoping they will eventually come to Indy. You are right, we have had a foodie renaissance and it is awesome!

    Thanks for the feedback about the instagram post. I may just bring that back! You are sweet as can be and I so appreciate your comments. I hope to hear from you more often! And next time I’m visiting ATL we should meet up!

  • Suzannah

    I love all of your posts, but this one takes the cake (see what I did there)! I read many of the same books as you, and would rate many the same, particularly Wonder, The Glass Castle, Brown Girl Dreaming, and Tell the Wolves I’m Home. The only extreme exceptions were that I loved Mr. Penumbra but hated Tiny Beautiful Things! What am I missing there?! Everyone else loved it but I couldn’t stand it! Among my favorites this year were The Nightingale (as others have suggested), The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace (a memoir – really stuck with me), and The Pilgrim (I love thrillers for fast reads, but find many of them don’t really have well developed characters and plots…this one did). I had Why Not Me? in my library queue, but now I’ve added Everything I Never Told You and Missoula. Neither were on my radar, so thanks! I’d love to follow you on Goodreads as well!

  • Stephanie

    Hi Annie! Thanks for this post. I have totally bookmarked it for future reference. I set my goal at 24 books this year. I have a 15 month old so I’m hoping to get back into reading. I’d love to be friends on goodreads if you are accepting!

  • Katelyn Knowles

    Are you accepting new friends on goodreads? I would love to see what you’re reading!

  • Annie

    I just added you!

  • Annie

    Good for you! My reading definitely took a hit when I became a mom with being so tired all the time but you’ll get back into it, especially with the Goodreads goal to motivate you. I just added you on there!

  • Annie

    Thank you for the feedback. So glad you enjoyed the post! I just added you on Goodreads :)

  • Angie

    I really need to get on board with audiobooks! Maybe I’ll try a comedy book that way, to ease myself in! I’m totally doing a goodreads challenge this year, which may or may not be stupid, living with in-laws while building a new house.

    I was happy to see that you have Girl on the Train as a “worth a read”. I liked it, but I didn’t feel as wowed as everyone else. Have you read The Martian? The movie was great, but the book was phenomenal! As long as you don’t have a problem with f-bombs ;)

    I’m always looking for good book ideas, I’d love to follow you on Goodreads!

  • Kelsey Tritabaugh

    Our New Years Eve spread included the Rosemary Garlic White Bean Dip, an adaptation of the Crostini 3 ways, Crab Cakes, and the amazing Cabarnet-brasied short ribs with orecchiette as the main dish.

    I found Being Mortal to be a great audiobook so maybe you’d like finishing it that way. Being an RN in the specialty of bone marrow transplant, I definitely have experience with hospice and discussion on death & dying. I didn’t expect to enjoy the book as much as I did – it has left me wanting to have everyone I know read it!

  • Annie

    Just had to let you know…I am trying so hard to get the fashion post up but I am currently traveling for work and the wifi in my hotel suuuuuuucks. So, I apologize but this post will have to wait just a bit longer! It is almost finished though so once I am back to a secure internet connection, I will let it fly!

  • Megan

    Thanks for the update. Looking forward to it :)

  • Andrianna

    I second the recommendations for for the Cormoran Strike and Liane Moriarty novels. As far as Rainbow Rowell goes, I found Landline to be much better (and I related to it much more as it actually features adults!). I’ve set the rather ambitious goal of 75 books this year (I don’t have kids, so it’ll be a lot easier for me!) If you’re still open to adding Goodreads friends I’d love an add :) I believe I’m the only Andrianna from Seattle on the site.

  • Brandy Montes

    I also want to thank you for this post and your blog in general. I first started following your blog my first year of medical school, and here I am now a second year resident and still love all of your posts. I am really looking forward to reading again now that intern year is over :) I have a goodreads account, but have never really used it… Maybe I need to play around with it a bit more…
    Thanks again! You’re an inspiration!

  • Kristin

    Per your recommendation, I am reading Missoula and tiny beautiful things. I hadn’t gotten out of the introduction of tbt before I knew that I needed to buy a copy of the book before I went any further, because I knew there was going to be a LOT of underlining, bracketing, and starring. I am reading the book slowly, so I can savor it. Wonderful book! And I think MIssoula needs to be required reading for everyone at some point…I am just not sure if that point is in high school, or immediately upon graduation. My 21 year old daughter started it too, and says it sounds like what happens at her state university. I think I am going to strongly encourage my son, who is a freshman in college, to read it as well. Thank you so much for your recommendations. I can’t believe how much these first two books have impacted me already.

  • Patti Weeks

    I read several of the books and completely agree with your evaluations, except “Yes Please”. I just couldn’t get through it (also on audiobook). I really wanted to like it because I love Amy Poehler. All the comments regarding Goodreads prompted me to set up an account. I’m willing to accept friend requests. My username is peeweex. You’ll see fiction, psychology/self-help, knitting, and cookbooks.

  • frangsty

    Hi, Annie! I love your book suggestions; I just requested to add you as a friend on Goodreads. Thanks for all of your lovely posts. Your blog is my go-to for desserts. As a vegetarian, I especially love that you are posting more vegetarian meals. Also, for Christmas my dad got me the The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen, thanks to your suggestion!

  • Annie

    Thank you so much! I so appreciate the feedback! I just accepted your friend request :)

  • Annie

    I heard the same from a friend and I was worried I would feel that way. While I didn’t love it (especially not as much as Mindy Kaling’s audiobooks), it was alright. But I agree, considering how much I love Amy Poehler, I was hoping for more. I will add you on Goodreads!

  • Annie

    I could not agree with your thoughts on both of these books. And yes, I think Missoula is one of those books that should be required reading for all humans. My kids will certainly be reading it someday. I will likely recommend it in high school since many kids that age engage in activities that necessitate them being well versed in matters of consent.

  • Annie

    I could not agree more with your thoughts on both of these books. And yes, I think Missoula is one of those books that should be required reading for all humans. My kids will certainly be reading it someday. I will likely recommend it in high school since many kids that age engage in activities that necessitate them being well versed in matters of consent.

  • Annie

    Thank you Brandy! Congrats on being done with intern year. It only gets better from here!

  • Annie

    Oh my gosh, SO agree about Girl on the Train. While I can’t say it would fall into the “don’t bother” category, I do not see what all the hype was about. It is just a standard thriller and not that hard to predict what would happen. People calling it the next Gone Girl probably didn’t help – no thriller will ever surpass Gone Girl in my mind.

  • Annie

    Oh, and I haven’t read The Martian yet but it is on hold for me at the library now thanks to so very many recommendations from my readers. And though my writing stays pretty clean in these parts, I definitely have no problem with f-bombs :)

  • Jodi Lee Kaemingk

    Having trouble finding you on Goodreads to add. Loved your list from 2015, I’ll have to add some to my list fro 2016. My goal is 25 books!

  • Annie

    I just added you!

  • Meghan

    Thanks for pulling this list together – I’ve added a few to my growing “must read” list. I’m also on Goodreads if you’re looking to add another friend.

  • Annie

    I tried searching for you using your email address but didn’t have any luck! Email me at annieseats at gmail dot com and I’ll get us hooked up on Goodreads one way or another!

  • Marissa

    Thanks for this inspiring list of books! I have read some that are listed and have added others to my library list! Right now I am listening to Tiny Beautiful Things on audiobook and it is gripping. I literally could not leave my car this morning.

  • Jennifer Pearson

    Are you adding friends on Goodreads?

  • Carolyn

    Hi Annie – Just wanted to say thanks SO much for doing this list – i reference it often. I have wanted to read more but the options seem overwhelming so this list really helps! I’ve read several on this list and they’re great…making my way through your “must reads”. I gave audiobooks a try on my overdrive app and love it! I hope you continue to do these as you read great books!

  • Lesley_Steeve

    I realize this is a very belated comment, but I’ve read 18 of those listed books! We have very similar tastes in books!

    Also, that library is beautiful (from the outside). Is that your city’s main library?

  • Annie

    Yes, it is! We are lucky to have such a beautiful library. It is just as lovely inside (at least I think so!)

  • Annie

    I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this post and it has been useful to you. Yes, because this post was so well received by so many, there will be lots more posts like this in the future. Thanks for the feedback!