As we enter the new year, I already have a list of to-read books in order of priority that I must read from my book shelf. Now that I have finished graduate school, I have more time to start reading these books and others. Here is a look at the top 15 books on my to-read shelf for the 2015 year you can expect reviews on:
- A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Even though I started it the last week of 2014, I intend to focus on this book as the first completed book of 2015. The last of the Song of Ice and Fire series published for now… I am so excited to be caught up!
- Defending Jacob by William Landay – This is our January book club pick, and the next book I will be taking on after A Dance with Dragons. This book was nominated by a couple of book club members, and I am looking forward to reading it. A father defending his son against a murder conviction… this book is supposed to be suspenseful.
- All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – This book was listed on the New York Times top 10 of 2014 list and voted on as the best historical fiction of 2014 by Goodreads readers. It supposed to be good, and the historical fiction lover in me is excited to read it. I received the book during our white-elephant book exchange for our book club holiday party… bring it on!
- Dracula by Bram Stoker – I have wanted to read this book for so long. I was obsessed with the NBC TV series and I love Dracula movies. I can’t wait to read the classic tale of the man.
- The Hunger Games books 1-3 by Suzanne Collins – I am embarrassed to say I have not yet read this series! After coming across book 1 recently at a book sale at the local library, I bought it and asked for books 2-3 for Christmas. I intend to start these soon to see what the excitement is all about!
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – I loved Gone Girl and Sharp Objects. Flynn’s writing-style is unique, suspenseful, and wickedly twisted. Looking forward to reading her third book in the new year…
- The Chardonnay Charades by Ellen Crosby – The first book of our book club was The Merlot Murders by Crosby. The Chardonnay Charades is the next of her series, and I heard she incorporates a lot of Civil War history into this book. Her series is based in Virginia wine country, a fitting location to go along with the VA Wine and Book Club!
- A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett – My book shelf would not be complete without a new Ken Follett book! I chose this one as the first of my to-read from him in 2015 because I came across it at the library book sale and did not already own it. Set in 1866 London, the story sounds suspenseful and full of Follett’s tricks and twists.
- Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt by Mark Will-Weber – The history lover in me was so excited when I saw this book. New in 2014, follow the presidents and the role alcohol played in U.S. history. I enjoyed The History of the World in Six Glasses and imagine this has a similar take. Looking forward to finding out!
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – This is a different book on my list from the above… More of a self-help, how-to. My boss gave me this book, and it is on my list for books to start and finish in early 2015. This book has been around since 1936 and is supposed to be a good and helpful read to lead to success in business.
- Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara – Another set of authors I love (Jeff and Michael Shaara) for their historical fictions that take place during the American Revolution and Civil War. I came across this book in a library book sale and instantly picked it up. This one is on the American Revolution, a period of history I focused on in grad school and find fascinating to study and read about. Looking forward to see what Jeff Shaara has in store for us this time!
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – A classic I received this past Christmas. It has been on my to-read list a while, and 2015 is the year I intend to tackle it!
- P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern – This is one of my favorite movies, and I am looking forward to reading the book to see how it compares. I came across this book at the thrift store and added it to my book shelf… now it’s time to read it! I am especially looking forward to the tales of Ireland… after visiting the country for about three weeks, I have been meaning to go back. It is a beautiful place, and probably one of the reasons the movie is one of my all-time favorites. Maybe the book will become one of mine as well.
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – This book has been on my to-read list for almost a year. I also came across this book at the thrift store and have been meaning to read it. After reading The Night Circus, I have been meaning to read this one (another circus-placed book).
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – Another book that has been on my to-read shelf for over a year. I have wanted to pick this book up for a while because of my love for hiking at the Appalachian Trail. We live so close to the trail and have a couple of camp spots along the trail we would like to visit more. Now that school is over, there is nothing holding me back from reading this book… finally.
So there you have it… 15 books I am planning on reading this 2015! I am not much for new years’ resolutions, but I will try and hold true to this list to make sure I tackle all of these books this year. Cheers to the new year and happy reading!