My favorite (new) reads of 2015 are as follows, in no particular order. I didn’t read that much this year – I didn’t have time. But it was still hard to whittle it down to a manageable least. I read a lot of AMAZING books this year. I usually pick just five, but it is so hard. I read a total of 49 books this year.
Two are non-fiction, which is higher than usual, as I don’t read a lot of non-fiction. And one is a classic. So the following is the top ten list:
- Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
- Fairs’ Point by Melissa Scott
- Undercity by Catherine Asaro
- The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley
- Stories of the Raksura, Vol 2, by Martha Wells
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat, by Bee Wilson
- Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages by Guy Deutscher
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Skyborn by David Dalgish
I have whittled it down to top 5. Like so:
1) Skyborn by David Dalgish
Skyborn was pretty amazing. People fly and have powers and living on floating islands. There are rules for making war and the description of training of a soldier is very good. Almost the whole story, in fact. Floating all around all the personal angst/difficulty of that are hints of an explosive political situation. I loved it.
2) The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley
I thought this book was going to a typical grimdark and violent and bloody, with lots of people dying and betrayal. And it is all that. I am not a fan of grimdark, but this one is really good.
3) Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
I was of two minds of putting this in the top 5. It didn’t blow me away like the first one, but it was still good. If I wasn’t comparing it to the first, it wouldn’t have come up wanting and I wouldn’t have thought twice about putting it here. So here it is.
4) Stories of the Raksura, Vol 2, by Martha Wells
Vol 2 wasn’t as good as Vol 1, but still great and still worth many rereads. It is a collection of stories and it explores the world in more depth.
5) Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This was amazing. It is a like a gritty fairy tale and I would love to see a movie made out of this. I think Disney would do good with this one.
Best books of 2014: https://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/best-books-of-2014/
Best books of 2013: https://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/best-reads-of-2013/
Best books of 2012: https://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/best-reads-of-2012/