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Top 3 Books Of 2015

Updated on October 28, 2015

How I Chose The Top 3 Books Of 2015

I looked over the Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and New York Times Best Sellers lists and found these three books were in all three top ten lists.

I went a step further and read each of the books so that I could give a summary and review on each one.

Each of these books kept me engaged. I could not put them down once I began reading them. I highly recommend that you read them too!

The top 3 books of 2015 include: 1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, 2. The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and 3. GUT by Giulia Enders.

The Girl On The Train

1. The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train was a suspenseful murder mystery written by Paula Hawkins. There were so many twists and turns.

I would start thinking that one person was the murderer and then the story would unfold and then another person looked guilty.

The main character is Rachel, a divorced, alcoholic that lost her job, but rides the train into London each day so her roommate does not find out that she is without a job.

Rachel sees the same couple sitting in their front yard from her window each day while on the train.

One day she sees something off and the next day, the woman that she sees from the train is on the news. The woman is missing and the police are trying to find her.

Megan is the woman that is missing. On the outside, she looked like a happy housewife, but she had her own secrets.

Anna is the woman that Rachel's ex-husband left her for. She lives a few doors down from Megan.

When Megan goes missing, Rachel thinks she can help solve the mystery. She feels like she knows Megan and her husband since she saw them from the train window everyday in their front yard having coffee. She decided to do her own detective work to find out where Megan is.

Can you guess who did if Megan is alive and what happened? There are so many twists that this story keeps you guessing until the end.

The Girl On The Train


2. The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up

The life-changing magic of tidying up, the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing is a top-seller this year.

It was written by Marie Kondo, a Japanese cleaning consultant who revolutionized the KonMari Method of cleaning, decluttering and organizing homes.

The idea is simple: declutter first, then organize. By only keeping those things that spark joy, a household can usually get rid of 1/4 to 1/2 of its contents with no problem.

Marie Kondo suggests decluttering your home all at once. Put each item in your hand or touch it and say "does this bring joy to me". If it does not, it goes in the do not keep pile. Get rid of things quickly before you have time to rethink it.

She recommends decluttering by category. Start with clothes, then move on to books, papers, miscellaneous items and at the very end, sentimental items.

As you reduce your belongings, it becomes easier to keep things in order. It is easier to find things and you are only surrounded by those things that bring you joy.

Japanese Garden

Does this bring you joy?
Does this bring you joy? | Source

3. GUT

I found this book on Europe's best seller list. Luckily, I was able to find the English version here in the United States.

GUT was written by Giulia Enders. This book gives the inside story of our body's most underrated organ, the gut.

Giulia talks about how everything that comes in and goes out of our bodies effects or is effected by our gut.

This book was very interesting in our age of frequent food allergies, intolerances, sensitivities and the abundant use of antibiotics, probiotics and prebiotics.

This book explains how the gut effects your immune system and emotions. It also talks about how gut bacteria can effect things like food allergies and intolerances and how different foods can effect our gut.

I thought this book would be dry, but it was very humorous and informative which made it easy to read.

The Girl On The Train

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      caseymel 2 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks FatBoyThin! I will not tell you anything about 'The Girl On The Train' except that it is worth reading.

      Today is my decluttering day. I can't wait to use the tips I found in 'The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up'!

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      I didn't read your review of 'The Girl on the Train' since it's on my list of books-to-read and I don't want to pre-judge anything, however, the other two sound fascinating - particularly liked 'The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up'. I love the idea of chucking away anything that doesn't bring me joy. Hmm. That's going to be a lot of stuff! Great Hub.