Do you like to read? What about e-read? If you answered yes and yes, welcome to the club. According to Kobo’s Trends study, more than 13 billion electronic pages were turned worldwide in 2015. And Canadians led the pack with 38 pages read per day! That’s a lot of adjectives to take in and we’re doing it with bestselling books—on our Kobo.

Collectively, there’s no doubt that the Brazen Woman community contributed to all that page turning, especially when it comes to the bestselling books of 2015. When it comes to women and what we read, we’ve learned a few things. For one, we’ve got limited time so it’s essential that we love a story or it’s in danger of getting tossed aside part way through. Plus, women tend to pick books based on recommendations. So it’s no wonder that some of our most shared articles from 2015 were book reviews.

Some other things we learned? We love books with buzz: book-to-movie adaptations, erotica, romance, and popular fictions. Oh, and we also kinda dig celeb memoir and of course, smart women. And amazingly, we’ve learned that one of our favourite books ever is on Kobo’s variance list. Note: That’s code for most hated or most loved, depending on the person, in case you were wondering.

Want to know which virtual spines to crack to join the cool readers’ club? We’ve got it all here plus what we’ll be downloading to our e-readers before year’s end. Read on.

Kobo’s Top 3 Bestselling Books From 2015

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN BY PAULA HAWKINS The Girl on the Train

This intriguing thriller by a talented first-time author was the number one bestseller on Kobo. And we know why. While it’s definitely on-trend in with its cast of whacked out crazy people, we couldn’t stop obsessively page-flipping because it was just plain too good to put down. If you haven’t jumped on this train, you should. At the very least, read it before the movie comes out.

Preview: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. 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 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

 

GREY BY E.L. JAMES Grey by EL James

Capitalizing on our love of all things filthy, and to make the most of the release of the film version of her megahit trilogy, E.L. James produced a companion novel to Fifty Shades of Grey, as told from the Main Man’s perspective. We were on the fence as to whether the book was a rebuttal to criticisms of abusive stalker behaviour or a genuine effort to re-tell a story that spawned a genre, but we didn’t really care since it was the second most read book of the year on Kobo.

Preview: Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.   Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

 

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE BY ANTHONY DOERR All the Light We Cannot See

Pulitzer Prize Winner. Bestseller. Goodreads Readers Choice Winner. “Thrilling, stunning, gorgeous, dazzling”. We’re feeling very guilty right now. We have this novel downloaded to our Kobo but got so busy, we never made it past the first page. Well, the apology should be to ourselves because this novel has been touted as one of the best books of 2015. Let’s make a deal to set all others aside until we reach the end.

Preview: Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Our Fave from the Variance List

SHANTARAM BY GREGORY DAVID ROBERTS Shantaram

We were shocked to find this novel on Kobo’s Love/Hate list. Why? We think it’s one of the best books we’ve ever read. Like ever. But let’s be open minded. Fact is, it’s raw, honest, and complicated. And it’s massive. But if you’re a fan of interesting characters, exotic locales, and big, fat, epic novels, then make this one your holiday read.

Preview: Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere. As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city’s poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas—this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

Non-Fiction and Memoir

Some other notable books from 2015 include these juicy celeb memoirs and self-help books. Let’s all resolve to read more words from real life that will help us be our best selves.

Re-organizing and ditching the clutter with The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Making the most of our time with What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam

Sparking our smarts with This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Getting creative with Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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