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15 Fantastic Books of 2015

Did you miss some of the biggest buzzworthy reads of 2015? We’ve compiled a list of some of the year’s most thought-provoking books—so get reading!

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As we begin 2016 and think about resolutions and new beginnings, you may be thinking of picking up a new book. If you do, your brain will thank you! Reading may improve your memory, emotions, and your ability to feel empathy.

We’ve scoured the Web and our own offices to find some intriguing books you can dive into this year. Whether your pick up a paperback, swipe a tablet, or listen by audio, we think you’ll find something that will nourish your noodle.


Fiction Books

  • The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. A psychological thriller set in the environs of London is full of complications and betrayals. (Description: nytimes.com)

  • Finders Keepers, by Stephen King. A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes much too far. (Description: barnesandnoble.com)

  • The Revenant, by Michael Punke. Left for dead after a mauling, the master tracker Hugh Glass is consumed by a singular desire for revenge; an inspiration for the 2015 film. (Description: nytimes.com)


Nonfiction Books

  • Thing Explainerby Randall Munroe. Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help. (Description: amazon.com)

  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson. Now a New York Times bestseller and from the author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. (Description amazon.com)

  • Why Not Me, by Mindy Kaling. From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal. (Description: barnesandnoble.com)


 Children's Books

  • Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, by Duncan Tonatiuh. Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras—skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities—came to be. (Description: barnesandnoble.com)

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Greg Rucka. Illustrated by Phil Noto. We couldn’t leave out Star Wars, could we?

  • Big Bear Little Chair, written and illustrated by Lizi Boyd. In this artful and deceptively simple book, master book creator Lizi Boyd is at it again. Using her inimitable style to expand upon a familiar concept, she has created a compendium of unexpected opposites that is also a charming and emotionally warm story about Big Bear, little bear, and the stories that bring them together. (Description: amazon.com)


Health Books

  • Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson. A humorous treatment of the author's life with depression and anxiety disorder. (Description: nytimes.com)

  • Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ, by Giulia Enders. A cheeky, up-close and personal guide to the secrets and science of our digestive system. (Description: barnesandnoble.com)

  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande. In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine cannot only improve life but also the process of its ending. (Description: barnesandnoble.com)


More Great Books

These books may not have been published in 2015, but they’ve had people, including us, buzzing.

    The Five Dysfunction of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni. [This] is a business book by consultant and speaker Patrick Lencioni. It describes the many pitfalls that teams face as they seek to “row together.” (Description: wikipedia.org)

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. (Description: amazon.com)

    Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, by Susannah Cahalan. An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.

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