My favorite reads of 2015

2015 was a good year, for a lot of reasons. My biggest change, bookishly-speaking, was that I (mostly) quit blogging and I completely quit accepting review copies. (Although I do still occasionally win Early Reviewer copies from Library Thing and review them on the site.) Because of that, I read a lot more of my own books this year, which was a very rewarding feeling. I also utilized my public library a lot more. Other than my Audible titles, I didn’t buy hardly any books for the first three-quarters of the year. I had read so many of my own books, and donated or given away most of them once I finished, that I was almost ready to bring a box of beloved, but packed away, titles up from the basement. But then my birthday came around, and I received some money and two Barnes & Noble gift cards. Boom! $75 spent on books and a lot less free space on the shelves. Oh, well, that’s a good problem to have – right?

Even though I’m not officially blogging any more, I knew I had to do my end-of-year favorites post. I’m not sure how many of you are still out there to read it, but here’s the list. These are books I read in 2015, but were not necessarily published this year.

Favorite historical fiction:
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
A Place in Time: Twenty Stories of the Port William Membership by Wendell Berry

Favorite contemporary fiction:
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Favorite fantasy:
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Favorite mystery/thriller titles:
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
The Gods of Gotham by Lindsay Faye
Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier
The Silkworm and Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Dreaming Spies by Laurie King
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Favorite science fiction:
The Fold by Peter Clines
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Redshirts by John Scalzi

Favorite nonfiction:
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Unoffendable by Brant Hansen

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8 Responses to My favorite reads of 2015

  1. BermudaOnion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I’ve read a few on your list and am anxious to get to The Swans of Fifth Avenue.

  2. Michelle says:

    Oh, I thoroughly enjoyed The Fold. I even used one of my Audible credits to get the audio version because I have heard amazing things about it.

    Your list is quite impressive. I haven’t even gotten to the new Melanie Benjamin novel yet, but the fact that you include it on your best-of list is a great sign!

    Have a good one, my friend!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Michelle – I think the new Benjamin is probably not out yet – I got an early copy from Library Thing. I love the way she writes about real people and makes me do research to find out more about them.

      I just bought Peter Clines’ 14 in print – hoping to get to it early in the New Year.

      Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Heather
    Twitter: BookAddictHeath

    I’m still here! I also loved several that you mentioned – The Nightingale, The Rosie Project (don’t read the sequel, I really disliked it and felt it almost ruined the first book for me), and the Galbraith books were all faves of mine when I read them.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Heather – I’ve heard that about the Rosie sequel, so I think I’m just going to stop while I’m ahead. 🙂

  4. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    I’ve read a couple that made your lists and agree they were great! It seems to me that no matter how much I purge my bookshelves I don’t seem to make any dents. I also can’t seem to stop buying books.

    Happy, happy new year to you!