After a disappointing 2014 in which I read more than a book a week but didn’t really enjoy any of them, 2015 was a pretty good reading year for me. I revisited an old favorite, finished a wonderful series, started a couple of new ones, and discovered some new authors that I plan on reading more of. You can see the complete list of books I read this past year by clicking the source link at the bottom of the post but I’ll cover a few of the highlights here.
Early in the year, I read the beautiful first book of Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series.
I will definitely be reading the rest of that series in the near future and anything else Ms. Marillier has written. I read a couple of books written by favorite authors that were disappointing but no one can be brilliant all the time. Right? Then I slogged through Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
I don’t recommend it. At the recommendation of my mother and one of my librarian friends, I read Ruth Reichl’s first novel, Delicious. That one I would recommend. It has lovable characters, history, romance, self-discovery and lots of food.
The All Souls trilogy is a magical series filled with romance, history, and magic. My favorite installment of the series was the second, Shadow of Night because of all the historical characters Diana and Matthew encounter. This summer, because I am a massive St. Louis Cardinals fan, I deviated from my usual focus on fiction to read Mike Matheny’s wonderful The Matheny Manifesto.
I continued Jasper Fforde’s Tuesday Next series with the second book, Lost in a Good Book, which I enjoyed much more than I had the first book of the series. I also really enjoyed Katherine Reay’s second novel, Lizzy & Jane, which is a touching and humorous story of sisterly love.
And I discovered Gail Carriger and her delightful Parasol Protectorate series; another new series I plan on reading more of this year.
With so many great reads from 2015, it should be difficult to choose my favorite but only one can be my favorite read of the year. As it turns out, the choice wasn’t that difficult. A couple of years after it was such a big hit with a slightly younger audience, I finally read Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.
I don’t remember the last time I identified so thoroughly with a character. I recognized myself in Cath so I appreciated her journey of self-discovery and growth immensely.