Books to Read in 2015: Fiction

Earlier this year, I gave my list of 5 nonfiction books to read in 2015. I made it through most of the list, but I needed a little escape from the truth and reality.

My fiction faves are usually more realistic, but there are a couple surprises on my list for 2015.

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Here are 5 fiction books to read in 2015:

1. Go Set a Watchman: A Novel by Harper Lee

As a reading teacher who teaches Go Set a Watchman: A Novel, how could this not be the top book on my list?

Of course, I will read Harper Lee’s original release this school year again and again, but I cannot wait to hear Scout’s voice return in the so-called sequel that will be released in July. Yes, I have already pre-ordered Go Set a Watchman: A Novel.

Harper Lee’s latest novel was said to be penned in mid-1950s, prior to To Kill a Mockingbird. Since an editor believed Scout’s childlike perspective was more appealing, it was rewritten in what became TKAM. Go Set a Watchman: A Novel takes place 20 years later.

Although there has been some speculation on whether or not Harper Lee is comfortable and lucid enough to authorize this release, those close to her say her brain is sharp but she wants to remain out of the spotlight. Sounds like a certain TKAM character, don’t you think?

2. The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins

Psychological thrillers haven’t topped my list since the days of Mary Higgins Clark and John Grisham .

After reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn over Christmas, I craved some more fictitious drama.

Since this book is being halted as the next best thing for Gone Girl fans, I couldn’t resist putting it on my list.

The female protagonist takes the same train every day, seeing the perfect lives of the suburbanites around her. Then something changes, and nothing will be the same. Sounds like a book that can keep me engaged and wanting more, just like with Gillian Flynn’s thriller.

3. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

When I lost my grandfather at 15, I only knew him as a man affected by this horrible disease, Alzheimer’s. The story of Alice Howland as portrayed by Julianne Moore in the motion picture that won her an Oscar, is a story that is close to my heart. As I watch friends see their parents succumb to this horrific disease, I wonder how we can bring awareness and additional medical advancement to help wipe out Alzheimer’s and dementia related diseases. This story, as painful as it may be to read, is one that needs to be told.

4. We Are Water: A Novel (P.S.) by Wally Lamb

This novel was released in 2014, so I am a little late to the party. When it comes to Wally Lamb novels, they are always on my list. Very few authors can write 900+ pages that I can’t put down. This novel is told in alternating perspectives, which Lamb does so well. Whether he is narrating as a scared young woman through adolescence into adulthood like in She’s Come Undone or spinning a tale of Columbine High School in 1999 in The Hour I First Believed, Lamb’s voice is always what keeps me reading. In this novel about a family torn apart, I am sure it will hold my interest like all of Lamb’s works.

5. Paper Towns by John Green

Of course, I had to put a young adult novel on the list. After reading The Fault in Our Stars, I am ready to devour the rest of Green’s works. I will start with this story of friendship and mystery before I move on to the rest of his repertoire.

What is on your fiction list for 2015?

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14 comments for “Books to Read in 2015: Fiction

  1. Kim
    March 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I think we have similar taste in books so I’m totally copying your list and adding them all onto mine, though, Still Alice may be too heavy for me – I lost my grandpa to the disease too.
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  2. March 31, 2015 at 12:00 am

    These all look really interesting. I’m very curious about the Harper Lee book and hope the hype doesn’t overshadow what I hope will be really good writing.
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  3. March 31, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I am not familiar with any of these reads. Definitely great to know to keep on my summer reading list!

  4. March 31, 2015 at 7:58 am

    I just ordered the Dovekeepers–I really want to read that one-I may even stay awake and watch it on TV. It sounds like you would enjoy the book I just reviewed-Unravelled-go take a look. There are just so many that I know I have already promised to read and review that it would be impossible to list them all. I read everything from romance to psychological to cozies. I just love reading!!
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  5. March 31, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    You did some pretty great convincing here for me to read these too. I’ll start with Girl on the Train because psychological thrillers are my favorite!
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  6. katherine
    March 31, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I haven’t heard of any of these but thanks for the suggestions!

  7. Debbie Denny
    April 1, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Great list of books to read. I have to add a couple to my list,

  8. Rosey
    April 1, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I’d like to read and see Still Alice. I’ve got my box of tissues ready. 😉

  9. April 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I love reading. Summer is a great time to get a list and read.

  10. Mary jo
    May 12, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Alzheimers is a terrible disease, taking it’s toll on the minds of the elderly and some not so old. We just need to remember they are still needing to be Loved and find it hard to understand how to Love anyone with their mind deteriorating. Patience is the best gift of Love you can give them. Thanks Jen for the tribute to your Grandpa. Love, Mom

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