Alright alright alright, here are my favorite books of 2015, keep your shirt on.
Please note! Some of these books were written this year, some weren’t.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: While I wouldn’t say this is necessarily the best book I read all year, it’s definitely the one that I enjoyed the most. Hunt it down immediately if you love BSG and peeing-your-pants-just-a-little thrilling science fiction written in almost entirely in various forms of communication and documentation sounds neat to you. Nikki really liked the audiobook version, but I am here to tell you that the print version is just gorgeous. dahling.
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson: Sigh. This is like a golden nugget that will get stuck in your heart and glow for all time. File under wild west epic journeys and epic feats of cross dressing.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: Here’s another cross pollinator for me and Nikki. Christmas just happened and I wish I had more young women in my life to have gifted this graphic novel, because it’s so subversive and wonderful and ah. Just such a treat.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: Are you tired of people claiming something is “the next Harry Potter,” or whatever? Well, this isn’t going to be a series so I guess it technically can’t be the next HP, but it does have a lot of intentional similarities and is one of the only books that has come close to capturing that sense of whimsy. If you are still bummed that HP isn’t this eternal thing, then read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
Deathless by Catheryne Valente: writing like buttah in this saucy retelling of the Koschei the Deathless folktale. I read this thanks to Nikki and I challenging each other to read good things this year, even though I’m the only one who actually fulfilled my challenge. Or half of it. Whatever. Ahem.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: I’ve read a lot of books, and I’ve never read writing like this. You know it’s gotta be good if I am putting a contemporary realist novel in my top books list.
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby: Weird, eerie, and thoughtful, this mish mash of genres 100% deserves all the hype it’s gotten this year.
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray: Probably my most anticipated book of 2015, and well worth the wait. It’s creepy and dense with fascinating character studies of the roaring 20s in New York City.
Carsick by John Waters: I listed to this one on audiobook and I highly recommend you do the same if you, like me, were baptized in John Waters. I blast laughed several times while driving to work.
Looking at this list, I feel a bit bad about how white it is, which makes me realize I have to do a better job of reading more diversely in the coming year and beyond. While I did read quite a few books by people of color, I can’t say that any of them made it into my favesies list, which just means I need to make a point of reading more books written by people who aren’t white. It’s a good reading goal to have, I think.