Happy (belated) New Year! As 2016 begins, I thought I’d take a few minutes to reflect on some of the books that I enjoyed most in 2015. These aren’t necessarily books that were released in 2015, but rather ones that I read over the course of the year. In no particular order, here were some of my favorites:
These days, most of what I read is sci-fi and fantasy, so it may come as a surprise that one of my favorites of the year was something completely outside of my usual genres. Furiously Happy is the story of the author’s struggle with depression. It’s also hilarious, and had me laughing out loud the entire time I was reading it. Lawson is such a positive and optimistic person no matter what she’s going through, and I found her attitude inspirational.
A band of street urchins attempt to break into an icy fortress in an alternate version of Eastern Europe. The characterization in Six of Crows blew me away, as even seemingly minor characters were compellingly written and had complex motivations. I’ve been recommending this to almost everyone I know.
For months, Exquisite Captive kept popping up in my Amazon suggestions, and one day I caved and bought it. Turns out that Amazon knows me well, and I absolutely devoured this young adult novel about an enslaved jinni, whose story is a parallel of Anastasia Romanov. This is one series that I look forward to continuing in the upcoming year!
I’ve also been reading an indie series that I am completely fangirling out about. It’s called The Paean of Sundered Dreams, and it’s a multi-genre shared world Lovecraftian saga set in worlds that are dealing with the arrival of Eldrich beings. All of the stories are interconnected, and the more of them you read, the more you start to understand the big picture rather than just what the characters themselves know. The universe reminds me a little bit of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere, but unlike the Cosmere, the books are not 1000+ page doorstops.
This novel provided a fascinating glimpse into the life of fashion icon Coco Chanel, from facing childhood adversity to building a business empire. Chanel was an extraordinary woman living in tumultuous times, and it was a pleasure to read her life story.
What were your favorite books of 2015, and what are you looking forward to reading in the new year?