I hate to say it, but 2015 wasn’t the best reading year for me. 2014 had way more favorites and made it hard for me to pick my best reads. This year, I couldn’t even find five. I made a post back in June about why I was having such a hard time, and now upon reflection, I think it took a bigger tole than I had originally thought. Luckily for me, the two new additions to our family have helped me gain some happiness back, so I’m looking forward to 2016 being a much better year. I also hope to read more this year, which will help grow my list of possible outstanding books.
So without further ado, here’s my top three favorite books I read in 2015:
My absolute, hands down favorite was The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs. I loved everything about it, and I cannot recommend this book enough. You. Must. Read it!
For me, the voice of the main character in As The Crow Flies by Robin Lythgoe made me fall in love with this book. I wouldn’t say the plot was new, but the tone was delightful, and I loved every moment of it!
Sometimes you just need a light, entertaining read, and The Sorceress’s Orc by Elaine Corvidae provided just that. It’s not complicated, but it’s fun and keeps one’s interest. For a break from heaving reading, I highly recommend this book.
These next books might not have made the top of my list, but they are definitely worth mentioning:
City of Burning Shadows by Barbara J. Webb was a sci-fi book that I actually enjoyed, a rarity for me. I much prefer fantasy, but this book didn’t go so far that I had no hopes of understanding it. It kept the world very accessible for those not accustomed to sci-fi. If you want to venture into that genre, I highly recommend this book. If you’re already a lover of sci-fi, I really think you’d enjoy it.
The Shadow Saga by Jon Sprunk started out really strong for me, but I lost some enthusiasm toward the end of the trilogy. Regardless, for fantasy lovers, I think you should give it a read.
Shower of Stones by Zachary Jernigan was … how should I say … complicated? Thought provoking? I’m not sure exactly how to describe it, but for anyone looking for a book that branches — no, flees — from the standard storylines, you have to check out Jernigan’s work. I’ve said it before: I will read anything he writes. It’s definitely a book you should spend time with.
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher was a disappointment, but if you love Butcher’s writing like I do, the read won’t be a total loss for you. I think as the series progresses it will get better, and I have no regrets reading this book.
I hope you give some of these books a try, and I hope 2016 turns out to be a great year for us all.
P.S. Here’s some pics of our new additions. The gray and white one is Adok, and the red and white is Nali.