Good morning, my darlings!
As I confessed last year, I read a great many more books than I ever manage to review. Sometimes it’s because I can’t think of anything to say, sometimes it’s because I would just rather read another book instead of writing about the one I just finished.
In the year 2015, I read a little more than 160 books.
(That’s my Goodreads count, but I’m not the best at remembering to put things in Goodreads. And I love to reread, which GR doesn’t account for.)
A lot of my 2015 reads were okay, some of them were terrible, and several of them were excellent.
Here are the best books I read in 2015, in no particular order:
I just reviewed this, so please see that post for a much more articulate discussion of my love for this book.
Beautifully written, fantastically creative fantasy novel about a unique family who travel time and space by navigating into the worlds they find on maps – even fictional maps.
I am so happy for the young women of the future that Dumplin’ now exists to warm their hearts.
This book is wonderful. About a teenage girl and her mother, who discover together that the word is wider than they thought.
So in Rainbow Rowell’s book Fangirl (a superfavorite of mine) the main character is writing an epic fanfiction novel about a Harry Potter-esque character that exists in her world, named Simon Snow. Carry On is a real book that Rainbow Rowell wrote to tell the story that Cath was writing about the doubly fictional Simon Snow in Fangirl.
I don’t mind telling you that I was skeptical about Carry On – I wasn’t convinced it could turn out as something worth standing on its own. But I love love love loved it. I’m going to buy my own copy and read it a hundred times.
This comes out in the spring, and you should order it now. A book about a trans girl written by a trans woman; this piercingly genuine story should be a must read for everyone.
I loved the first book of this series, but found numbers 2 and 3 to be less amazing (still good, though). This is the fourth and final book in the series, and it was so amazing that it made love the rest of it even more.
I usually love Tessa Dare’s romances, but this one is extra amazing. I just read it for a second time and I’m pretty sure I need to own it. It’s a heaping helping of glorious nonsense. Warning: contains sex.
It’s so boring of me to recommend a book that everyone’s already talking about (this was Obama’s favorite book of 2015) but I can’t deny that Groff hit it out of the park on this one. Raw and beautiful.
10. Shadowshaper by .
When I reviewed this, I gave it a 7/10 . I actually was really surprised when I went back and saw that – I would definitely rate it higher now, based on how it’s stayed with me (and how much I liked the author when I met him at Book Riot Live). This book is something unique, and that matters.
11. I’ll Give You the Sun by .
This book – a Printz award winner – is bright and vivid and gorgeous and I loved it. It’s about love and family and art and truth.
This is one of the ones that doesn’t come out until 2016. It’s Science Fiction – which you know I don’t normally like – but it’s so well done I couldn’t resist it. Creative and brilliantly written.
I just realized that every single one of these except for Shadowshaper was written by a woman.That wasn’t intentional, but I like it.
What about you, my dears? What are the best books you read in 2015? I’m always looking for more.
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