Top Ten Books I Missed Reading last 2015


“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t.

But I am tweaking it! 😀

Here’s the ten books I would want to read last year, but wasn’t able to do so! 

P.S. The first three books were my first reads for 2015! 😀

1. We Are Called to Rise: A Novel by Laura McBride

We Are Called to Rise

An immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker at home in the darker corners of Las Vegas. A wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can’t remember getting. By the time we realize how these voices will connect, the impossible and perhaps the unbearable has already happened. 

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

3. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

5. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

8. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

South of the Border, West of the Sun

Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime – beginning in Japanese – has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, two daughters, and an enviable career as the proprietor of two jazz clubs. Yet a nagging sense of inauthenticity about his success threatens Hajime’s happiness. And a boyhood memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto clouds his heart.

9. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

P.S. I Love You

Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

I believe they are not all 2015 releases?

Nonetheless, I will be reading all these books this year!

How about you?

What are the books that you missed reading last year?

Share it to me!


32 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Missed Reading last 2015”

  1. I have to read that New JK Rowling and the Big Little Lies. I’m finding my reading list continually growing right now too much. I want to read an Ember in Ashes by Sabaar Tahir, The Ocean at End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman. There are more but will start there. Great blog.

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    1. Hi there, Mandi! 🙂
      I am now reading Career of Evil and it starts in a very gross and creepy manner. (Which is good for a crime mystery fan like ;))
      I would love to read Ocean at the End of the Lane, too! 😀

      Thank you for reading, dear!

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  2. I’m with Amy! You really, Really, REALLY need to read Simon! I think you’ll also like To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Books that I have but haven’t read yet: Career of Evil, the entire Lunar Chronicles, the third and fourth books of the Throne of Glass series – Plus The Assassins Blade, The Court of Thorns and Roses, also by Maas, and a few others. I really need to get busy!

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    1. I will, guys, calm down! HAHA! 😀 Thank you for pushing me read those books. I bet I will really really love them!

      I am not reading Career of Evil and it is… creepy and gross! 😀

      Good luck on your reading journey this year!

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  3. Terrific list — and I think I’ve read more than half! 🙂 I loved Big Little Lies, Fangirl, Simon… oh, they’re all so great. TKAM is just the masterpiece everyone says it is!

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    1. Wow! That’s awesome to know! 😀 I’ve read Fangirl and it was really good. 🙂 Good to know you love Big Little Lies! I am quite afraid to read it because I love Liane’s The Husband’s Secret and I thought I might get disappointed with Big Little Lies. But I think I won’t. 🙂

      Thank you, Lisa! And yes, I will read TKAM! 😀


  4. Awesome! You listed some books I’ve never even heard of. Seems that the TBR pile keeps on piling… 😀 I loved Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot and I think I might have to try another book by her as well. 🙂

    I read P.S. I Love You ages ago and I liked a lot. Then I saw the trailer of the movie and decided not to watch it because they completely changed it. I really hope you haven’t seen the movie. 🙂 Although a friend of mine (a movie enthusiast) really liked the movie but she has not read the book.

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    1. Yay! I think TBR will continue to grow, Irene! 😀

      My first experience with Liane was The Husband’s Secret and I will surely recommend it to you! 😀 It’s great, I mean really really great! 🙂 I also have What Alice Forgot in my e-reader. Is it good?

      I haven’t seen even the trailer of P.S. I Love You. I actually have no idea that it has a movie! 😀 HAHA! I think we, readers, are really biased with books, we always see them sacred and if the movie will be entirely different with the book, we’ll hate it! HAHA

      Thank you for reading and for leaving your insightful thoughts, Irene! 🙂


  5. Very interesting list. I must admit that looking at all these lists of books that we ‘wanted’ to get to but didn’t it’s very hard on the tbr and also a tiny bit miserable because it just makes you realise you simply can’t read them all!
    Lynn 😀

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    1. Glad to know someone like me! 😀 In fact, I haven’t read any Harry Potter book nor watch any of its movies. 😀
      BUT! I do love Cormoran Strike series. I’ve read the first two and I am currently reading Career of Evil. I can’t say which is the best but this Career of Evil has, for me, the creepiest opening chapter!


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