I can’t tell you how hard it was to narrow this down. I read some truly amazing books this year and I don’t like leaving some of them out! And, since it’s my list anyway, I decided to do my top ten percent. I love that I can do things my way around here! So, without further ado….
These are in no particular order. I had a hard time picking 15, putting them in any sort of order would be debilitating.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss – I have never read a book quite like this. It’s pure character study. It’s PTSD and depression. It’s fear and shyness. It’s love and delight. It’s beautiful.
An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay – This book ripped my guts out. And no, not in a good way. It forced me to look at other cultures…more closely. And in more than one way.
The Martian by Andy Weir, read by R.C. Bray – This book was just a heck of a lot of fun to listen to. R.C. Bray’s reading was completely perfect.
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown – This book was just complete fun. So glad Andi talked me into it.
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – This book was just a crazy CRAZY fun ride. I couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks after I finished it. Reminded me so much of Neil Gaiman.
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, read by David Horovitch – My first Ishiguro and I fell hard. The language, the characters, the story…I just loved it. And Horovitch was such a great reader for it.
Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson, read by Orlagh Cassidy – I don’t normally read thrillers or mysteries, but somehow this book called to me, I answered, and woooooo am I glad I did. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole ride and wow, I enjoyed it.
The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips – What can I say? I like quirky.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest, by J. Ryan Stradal, read by Amy Ryan, Michael Stuhlbarg – I don’t know how I would have felt about this book if I had read it, but listening to it left me enchanted. Any book that includes food is usually a winner with me, but I really loved this series of stories that made up the…uh…story.
The Shore by Sara Taylor – Another story told through a series of stories, this book centers around one family and one small island off the coast of Virginia. Many generations are explored. And the writing. The writing! Superb.
The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs – The last book by Sir Terry. The last Tiffany Aching story. The love. The tears. I just…I can’t talk about it.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman, read by George Newbern – If you happen to love “Character with a Heart of Gold” stories, particularly “Curmudgeon with a Heart of Gold,” this is your book. Oh my good golly geez did I love this book. Once I got into it….
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, read by Lenny Henry – This book is a sideways follow-up to Gaiman’s book American Gods and I admit, I resisted reading it for a long time. I wanted to listen to it and I wanted Neil Gaiman to read it. What a fool I was, because Y’ALL. Lenny Henry was totes perfect. PERFECT.
Armada by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton – For me, Armada was just as completely bonkers fun as Ready Player One.
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler – Librarian? Old, mysterious book? What’s not to love?
Read any of these? What did you think? What made your list for 2015?