On December 1st, Goodreads, a website where readers discuss their favorite books, has released a list of 2015’s best books, according to its community. Here are this year’s most popular reads!
Fiction: Go Set a Watchman By Harper Lee
This sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, set two decades later, tells of a grown up Scout Finch and her trip from New York back to her father in her hometown of Alabama. Throughout the novel, the reader see many familiar characters amid Scout’s rocky journey, where she learns of the truth of her close-knit family. This book, full of twists and turns, brings a nostalgic feeling to those who loved To Kill a Mockingbird, while introducing an entirely different plot.
Mystery: The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins
In this debut psychological thriller, Hawkins aims to please her readers. Rachel is a girl who follows the same cyclic routine everyday; she takes the same train to the same station, at the same time everyday. She watches the same couple eat breakfast on their deck. To her, they are living the perfect life that she lost. But her repetitive life is interrupted when she sees something she wasn’t supposed to. Now Rachel is entwined in a deep case, wondering if she did more harm than good. For all those mystery and thriller junkies out there, this is the novel for you.
Fantasy: Trigger Warning: Short Stories and Disturbances By Neil Gaiman
#1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to captivate and haunt with his third collection of short fiction, which has an exclusive American Gods story, “Black Dog.” In this anthology, Gaiman shatters the veil of reality to reveal the mysterious, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction – stories, verses, and a very special Doctor Who story written for the show’s fiftieth anniversary. The collection explores human vulnerability, and why it is often hidden.
Romance: Confess By Colleen Hoover
Auburn Reed has planned her entire life out, with no room for mistakes. But she falls in love with mysterious artist Owen Gentry from her studio, and her everything is interrupted. This romance novel tells of Auburn and Owen’s developing relationship and the problems they encounter as they learn more about each other’s pasts. Auburn is left having to decide if Owen is out to help her, or hurt her.
Humor: Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling
From the author of the creator, and star, of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal. In Kaling’s most recent book, she shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life. She tells stories from her own life – falling in love at work, attempting to be one of the first people in Hollywood to lose weight naturally, and believing that though she is different from many stars, she has as much talent as them. The book, with its comedic anecdotes, expresses Kaling’s most important message: nobody is perfect.
Best Young Adult: Queen of Shadows By Sarah J. Maas
This novel, the fourth of the Throne of Glass series, continues Celaena Sardothien’s trek back to her empire. She is hungry for vengeance against those who took everything and everyone she has come to love. Celaena is prepared to fight for her family, friends, and for the people of her kingdom. In Queen of Shadows, readers see a Celaena who has accepted her responsibility as Queen and is willing to make sacrifices for her supporters.
Memoir & Autobiography: A Work in Progress By Connor Franta
Youtube sensation, Connor Franta, shares his journey in an intimate memoir of his life outside of work. Franta tells of his Midwestern childhood, a personal struggle with self-acceptance, and his decision to fuse his passions and his career. His stories are endearing, as they inspire his young audience to be themselves in spite of a judgmental society.