1. Best Fiction: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I don’t think anyone will argue with me on this pick. Gone Girl was one of the best-selling fiction books of the year, spending 8 weeks at #1 on the NY Times List. It has all the makings of a great movie too, which Reese Witherspoon is currently producing, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. I probably read the whole book in one weekend, and it was the most attended meet up of my book club. You won’t be able to put this one down.
2. Best Non-fiction: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO) took a lot of hits for this book encouraging women to “lean in” to their careers, sit at the table, don’t leave before you leave, and make your partner a partner. She’s been criticized as only being relevant to white, upper middle class women with nannies and six-figure salaries like herself (although I’m guessing hers is more seven figures), but I took away this main point: that our businesses, our lives, and our world is more complete when women are equally represented in the workplace. The Amazon #2 bestselling book of the year.
3. Best Spiritual: What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell
4. Best Self-help/Psychology: I Thought it Was Just Me (but it wasn’t) by Brene Brown
5. Best Daily Read: Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
What other books did you read this year that changed your life?