GOTG’s Book List for 2015
We recently read this interesting list of books recommended by some of the top Ted Talk speakers, so some of the GOTG writers decided to share our book recommendations for 2015. Please share in the comments your book list recommendations!
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell – Though published in 1996, the themes within The Sparrow still resonate today. On its face it is an allegory of for missionaries, but looking deeper you see it questions faith, spiritually, God, humanity and so much more. It’s even more interesting when you start to see the very polarizing reviews of this book. It’s certainly an interesting read.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman -I should first acknowledge that I am a huge fan of Gaiman and he can do almost no wrong in my eyes, so take this as you will:
I cried at the prologue and I cried at the epilogue. It’s a beautiful story. There is so much to take away from it. It’s the kind of story that will mean different things to different people and likely mean something different to me each time I read it, depending on other circumstances in my life. It really is a magical tale woven through memories of hope, loss, childhood, and so much more. I loved it.
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews This one is perhaps the best paranormal fantasy book I’ve ever read (much better series than Sookie Stackhouse)
The Razorland Trilogy (Enclave, Outpost, and Horde) by Ann Aguirre is a great entry into the popular young adult dystopian genre. Fans of the Hunger Games will find this trilogy interesting and very satisfying. I actually enjoyed it much more than I did the Hunger Games.
Shawna Malvini Redden:
Brain on Fire: My month of Madness – This is a story of a woman journalist who goes insane for a month and is committed. Really compelling look at mental health care and advocacy. Could not put it down!
Dearie: The Remarkable life of Julia Child – I’m currently working on a review of this one. One of the best books I’ve ever read. Julia was an astoundingly talented and hysterical woman who didn’t get her start in life until late 30s, early 40s.
I read a TON of books last year. So it’s hard to pick…if you want the whole list, you can check it out here.
Love Life By Rob Lowe – Rob Lowe is an awesome writer. I actually really liked his first memoir too. I listened the audio on this one, which is even better because he is reading it.
The Happiness of Pursuit By Chris Guillebeau – I really enjoyed reading this account of different people that are pursuing different quests all over the world. From the author who visited every country, to a man who walked across the United States to a woman who planned 10,000 knitting projects. The drive these people have was faciscating.
Overwhelmed: Work Love and Play When No One Has The Time By Brigid Schulte – This book was not what I expected. I thought it would be more self-help, esoteric “this is how you find more time” but it was a fascinating read, THOROUGHLY researched with great info for working families and anyone who’s trying to find more time in their day-to-days. Also, it makes me want to live in Denmark.
Chantel Marie Elder:
Feed by Matthew Tobin Anderson – A friend recommended this book and while it was written in 2002 it was ahead of its time. This book takes place in the not so distant future – 70% of the population has every social networking site and all smart phone functions implanted in to their head. Space travel is commonplace and the earth is in a state of disrepair. Add teenage love and turmoil, along with political undertones and you have a quick and easy page turner. I read it in a hot tub for 3 hours and was left with a mixture of excitement for space travel and terrified for the future of smart phones and social networking.
If you like to laugh. A lot.
Girl Walks into a Bar… by Rachel Dratch
The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Yes Please by Amy Poehler