You guys! Never in my 10 years of blogging or in my 15 years of tracking my reading, I don’t think I have ever read 90 books by the halfway point in the year. It. Feels. AWESOME.
However, it makes it really hard to pick 10 favorites. I have read so many great books! I can’t imagine how much worse it will be at the end of the year. So, I’m dialing it up to 11. Here are my 11 favorite books, so far, in 2015.
Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow – this gorgeously written book damn near broke my heart. I cried several times. Love love love it.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – I literally finished this book YESTERDAY. Kick ass girl who can shapeshift into any form she wants? Honor, loyalty, love? Check, check, check.
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – YOU GUYS. I can’t tell you HOW MUCH I identified with this book. I just LOVED IT. Loved it. Seriously, DO YOU GET IT? I LOVE THIS BOOK. I need to reread it now.
Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey – This has been my year for nonfiction. I’ve read more this year than I’ve probably read in the last 10. I LOVE it. And Anna Lyndsey’s story, of being confined to her pitch dark house because of extreme photosensitivity, is easily one of my favorites. The writing is gorgeous, the story moving. It’s a winner. Even if it makes me so very sad. (my review)
It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario – Wow. Another nonfiction book! And wow, what a story. Addario is a war photographer who has visited so many war-torn countries and covered so many wars. I learned more from her about these situations around the world than I probably ever have from a newscast. Such a great book.
Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley – Friends, I’d like to you meet Katie. Katie, friends. Katie is my new best friend. That lives in a book. I LOVE HER, OKAY? She can cook, she has a house spirit who looks like a really blonde Björk, and she completely ROCKS. Don’t judge me.
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro – My first experience with Ishiguro and it was magical. (my review)
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – OMG this blew my socks off, skirt up, I went head over heels. (my review)
Cinnamon & Gunpowder by Eli Brown – Fiery redhead pirate women FTW! Goodness, this book was fun. (my review)
The Martian by Andy Weir – Edge of my seat CRAZY suspense. LOVED. IT.
An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay – Holy cow what a novel. Powerfully, yet poetically written, this book broke my heart. (my review)
How about you? What have been your favorite books so far this year? Why?