We recently polled the Bloggers Get Social Facebook group to see what books were their FAVORITES from the past year. We split up their answers into TWO blog posts! This one will focus on fiction and non-fiction reads. If you are looking for a book club to join or a challenge to follow, we are ALWAYS reading in the Facebook group! From blog books to fiction, we totally welcome the chance to talk about reading.
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty- A woman who “has it all” finds a letter written by her husband, meant to be read in the event of his death, while he’s still alive. It contains a life-altering secret that affects the lives of many.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- A woman in a picture perfect marriage disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary and her husband is the prime suspect. Pressure from the police, media, and the victim’s parents mount, but did he really kill her?
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- In this critically acclaimed novel, a terminally ill teen meets her match at a support group. The two celebrate life and love with a twist at the story’s end.
- The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth- If you like The Hunger Games, you’ll like this book trilogy that tells the dystopian tale of the power of choice in a “perfect society.” Expect suspense and romance in this YA story.
- The Legend Series by Marie Lu- Yet another YA trilogy set in a dystopian world, this story centers on a tragic turn of events that brings two unlikely teens together, exposing a corrupt government and spawning a rebellion.
- Dred Chronicles by Ann Aguirre- It’s every man for himself on this prison ship floating in space. This sci-fi trilogy has romance, action and suspense.
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness- A modern day witch and her vampire leading man discover an enchanted manuscript leading to a fantastical underworld.
- The Panther by Nelson DeMille- Follow task force agents in this novel, as they track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther.
- The Reader by Bernhard Schlink- This novel about love and secrets set in post-war Germany, made it to Oprah’s Book Club list.
- The Jewel by Amy Ewing- This period drama tells the story of a servant at a royal estate, just trying to survive, but the twists and turns come when forbidden love ensues.
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr- This Pulitzer prize-winning novel is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
- Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford- A socialite wannabe’s world comes tumbling down around her in this funny beach read.
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton- A grieving woman sets out on an unexpected journey into her family’s past, after inheriting an intriguing book of fairytales in this novel.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern- Behind the scenes of the circus, two dueling magicians fight to be number one in a fierce competition, only to fall in love in the process, affecting the lives of many.
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews- A hilarious look at both high school and death, two amateur film-makers befriend a girl with leukemia and decide to make a movie for her when she chooses to end her treatment in this novel.
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins- A woman sees something shocking while on her commute and reports it to the police, but now intertwined in the investigation, she wonders if she did more harm than good in this critically acclaimed, psychological thriller.
- High-Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman- This romance suspense novel centers around an ex-lawyer and her former Marine bodyguard, who protects her from an obsessed stalker. Can the culprit be caught in time for Christmas?
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn- A reporter must face the demons of her past in order to cover a big story (the murders of two preteen girls in her small hometown) in this best-selling novel.
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn- A woman finds herself on the run from a killer, years after putting her brother behind bars for murdering her mother and sister.
- The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds- A teen who’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, meets a girl who’s been through a lot more, yet handles it a lot better. Able to finally relate with someone, she may help ease the pain.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho- An Andalusian shepherd boy travels in search of treasure and learns unexpected lessons along the way.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty- Three women are at different crossroads, but wind up in the same place in this murder mystery.
- Room by Emma Donoghue- A woman is taken captive and, unimaginably, gives birth to her captor’s son while in his custody. The mother and son live in captivity for years until they finally make a break for it in this suspenseful, yet heartwarming story.
- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan- A kid from the wrong side of the tracks finds out he’s actually the son of a Norse god and that the Viking myths are true.
- The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne- The main character takes on a second identity to start a business, helping clueless bachelors navigate their social lives, but when one seems to be falling for her, she’ll have to come clean.
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah- This story, set in France during WWII, sheds light on the women’s war, telling the tale of two sisters’ love, loss and resiliency.
- The Martian by Andy Weir- After a dust storm nearly kills an astronaut on Mars, and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, he finds himself stranded with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive.
- You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day- This funny and inspirational memoir shares the rags-to-riches story of the author’s rise to internet stardom.
- Self-Inflicted Wounds by Aisha Tyler- In this book, the actress talks about valuable lessons learned by making huge mistakes and experiencing personal humiliation.
- Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? by Mindy Kaling- Get inside the head of one of comedy’s biggest It girls. Kaling tells stories from her childhood and throughout her career in this side-splitting book.
- North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person- This compelling and emotional memoir shares the story of the author’s atypical, off-the-grid childhood, living with a teen mother, and what happens when the author goes off on her own in search of “normal.”
- Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling- Rowling addresses some of life’s most important questions, including the benefits of failure, after delivering her famously moving, 2008, Harvard University commencement speech.
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai- The Nobel Peace Prize nominee tells the story of how she was shot by the Taliban at point-blank range for standing up for education in Pakistan.
- Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes- One of Hollywood’s most powerful women challenged herself to say yes to anything that scared her for a solid year, and she shares insights into how dramatically her life changed for doing so.
- Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow by Eleanor Alexander- In this true and tragic love story, Alexander takes a look at love letters, diaries and autobiographies of America’s most noted African-American literary couple.
- Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling- In this funny collection of essays, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment in her adult life.
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler- In this smart, inspirational and funny book, we get a glimpse inside the life and mind of one of comedy’s leading ladies.
What books are on your to-read list? Did you see your favorite listed here?
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