The 25 Best Books of 2015

December 18, 2015 • Featured

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: cozy fireplaces, twinkling lights, and the release of the year’s highly anticipated “Best Of” lists. It should come as no surprise that we at Scribd are pretty big fans of the written (and spoken!) word, so we asked around the office: What was the best book you read this year? Here are the answers, plus a quote that shows off exactly what we loved about it.

 

between the world and me blog

“I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world.”

 

 


i am malala blog

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

 

 


modern romance blog

“Like most fedora wearers, he had a lot of inexplicable confidence.”

 

 


red queen blog

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”

 

 


predictably irrational blog

“We usually think of ourselves as sitting in the driver’s seat, with ultimate control over the decisions we make and the direction our life takes; but, alas, this perception has more to do with our desires—with how we want to view ourselves—than with reality.”

 

 


ruins blog

“Nobody has some kind of inescapable path for their life. This mug was made from clay, and that clay could have been anything at all until somebody made it into a mug. People aren’t mugs, we are clay. Living, breathing, thinking, feeling clay, and we can shape ourselves into anything…”

 

 


thinking fast and slow blog

“A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.”

 

 


the paradox of choice blog

“As a culture, we are enamored of freedom, self-determination, and variety, and we are reluctant to give up any of our options. But clinging tenaciously to all the choices available to us contributes to bad decisions, to anxiety, stress, and dissatisfaction—even to clinical depression.”

 

 


zero to one blog

“Doing something different is what’s truly good for society… The best projects are likely to be overlooked, not trumpeted by a crowd.”

 

 


one more thing blog

“I was sad that summer was over. But I was happy that it was over for my enemies, too.”

 

 


big magic blog

“What is creative living? Any life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.”

 

 


the firm blog

“But… back in my village, we had an expression: if you offer peanuts, you get monkeys.”

 

 


if you knew then what i know now blog

“What I know for certain right now is that I love him, and I need to tell him this fact before we return to our separate houses.”

 

 


dust howey blog

“Gravity is a bitch until she’s on your side.”

 

 


the windup girl blog

“Politics is ugly. Never doubt what small men will do for great power.”

 

 


the disaster artist blog

“No one interprets the world the way Tommy Wiseau does. He is the key to ‘The Room’s’ mystery as well as the engine of its success. Despite ‘The Room’s’ reputation as ‘the “Citizen Kane” of bad movies,’ Tommy continues to believe that his is the greatest film of all time.”

 

 


hatching twitter blog

“Some people are destined for greatness; others fall up a hill to get there.”

 

 


the lathe of heaven blog

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”

 

 


the gauguin connection blog

“Saying what is truly on your mind, giving your honest opinion and answering questions truthfully is an overwhelmingly bad thing to do in a social setting. Being polite and diplomatic relies heavily on your skills to twist the truth…”

 

 


creativity inc blog

“A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and criticisms. Lack of candor, if left unchecked, ultimately leads to dysfunctional environments.”

 

 


fates and furies blog

“There’s no difference. It’s a question of perspective. Storytelling is a landscape, and tragedy is comedy is drama. It simply depends on how you frame what you’re seeing.”

 

 


mislaid blog

“Gradually her fear faded to the existential angst that incessantly haunts all mankind in modernity.”

 

 


these united states blog

“The 20th-century history of the United States raises the question of whether the American dream of an expanding middle class was a historical accident.”

 

 


only forward blog

“My mother taught me what little I know of kindness, and my father showed me that there is magic in a book, that anything can lie between the covers, that though they are so quiet and still every one is like a gate.”

 

 

“Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to kick off 2016 with a few of these reads? Head on over to Scribd for the gift that keeps on giving—no wrapping paper required.