Reading Citadel has been doing some book digging in order to bring you book recommendations of books that made headlines back in 2015. Yes, six years sounds like a lot of time however in the literary world it is not! And as a perk, some of the books are at a very good price (on sale) and are in paperback, and ebook format. So go ahead and see which book miss you back in 2015 so that you can be added to your list of 2022 books to read!
There are so many great books being released every week and with anticipation, we forget that great books already exist! So we visited the year 2015 and the books that had great reviews and made headlines and brought them to you.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Publisher : Tor Books Publication date : February 24, 2015 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Young Adult
I read this book and I loved it! I recommended and a full review on this book by me can be found here https://themariparklife.com/2021/10/10/book-review-a-darker-shade-of-magic-by-v-e-schawb/
As found in Amazon and Goodreads the stories goes:
“Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. “
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive”
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Publisher : Riverhead Books Publication date : January 13, 2015 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Genre: Fiction / Thriller - Suspense - Mystery
I read this book and I liked it. I read it a couple of years ago and I have not seen the movie, however, the book is truly a suspense book that keeps you hanging until the very last page. As per the Amazon and Goodreads the main plot is:
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life–as she sees it–is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publisher : Text Publishing Co; UK ed. edition Publication date: July 16, 2015 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Genre: Nonfiction / Memoir - Biography
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
Publisher : Vintage Publication date: October 13, 2015) Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Genre: Fiction - Mystery
New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown’s punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor—and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve.
When the blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever. City on Fire is an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ’n’ roll: about what people need from each other in order to live—and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place.
The Book of Lost and Found: A Novel by Lucy Foley
Publisher : Little, Brown and Company Publication date : August 25, 2015 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Genre: Fiction / Historical - Relationships
Kate Darling’s enigmatic mother — a once-famous ballerina — has passed away, leaving Kate bereft. When her grandmother falls ill and bequeaths to Kate a small portrait of a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Kate’s mother, Kate uncovers a mystery that may upend everything she thought she knew.
Kate’s journey to find the true identity of the woman in the portrait takes her to some of the world’s most iconic and indulgent locales, revealing a love story that began in the wild 1920s and was disrupted by war and could now spark new love for Kate. Alternating between Kate’s present-day hunt and voices from the past, The Book of Lost and Found casts light on family secrets and love — both lost and found.
Red Queen (Book#1) by Victoria Aveyard
Publisher : HarperTeen; Reprint edition Publication date: February 10, 2015 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Genre: Fiction / Young Adult - Fantasy - Mystery - Thriller
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.
One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
The Simon vs. The Homo Sapiense Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Publisher : Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition Publication date : April 7, 2015 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Genre: Fiction / Young Adult - LGBTQ+
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 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.
Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.
Big Magic Creative living beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher : Publisher : Riverhead Books Publication date : September 22, 2015 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Genre: Nonfiction - Creativity and Self-improvement Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint edition Publication date : September 29, 2015 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Genre: Fiction - Thriller - Mystery - Suspense Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed. The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Publisher : Flatiron Books; 1st edition Publication date : September 22, 2015 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Genre: Nonfiction - Depression - Self Improvement
Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are – the beautiful and the flawed – and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny’s mom says, “Maybe ‘crazy’ isn’t so bad after all.” Sometimes crazy is just right.
Hope these books bring you some ideas for your weekly reading!