My favorite books of 2015

The past few months have been a blur — mostly due to the new house — so going over everything I’ve read this year proved to be a nice surprise. I had forgotten how many great books there were!

In order of when I read them:

Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1) My Heart and Other Black Holes The Storyspinner (The Keepers' Chronicles, #1) Black Dove, White Raven Lexicon: A Novel An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) Bone Gap Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) The Walls Around Us Chasing the Sun Conviction Yes Please


  • A particularly lovely treat is that several of of my favorite reads this year were written by friends of mine, including Jasmine Warga, Becky Wallace, Natalia Sylvester and Kelly Loy Gilbert. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking to read the work of people you know in real life, because what if you don’t like it? (Awkward…) Fortunately, with each of these books, I could tell I was in good hands from page 1.
  • LEXICON was a book that Andy discovered on a whim, devoured, then urged me to read so that we could discuss it. That doesn’t happen often.
  • The author of BONE GAP is an “agent sister” of mine, and I’m honored to think that Tina has as much faith in me as she does in Laura Ruby, whose writing is so lyrical and fierce.
  • Once again, I’m trying more audiobooks. (Including SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT and YES PLEASE from above.) In our old neighborhood, I could hold a book or my phone and read while I walked Riley, because there were only a couple streets and virtually no traffic. But our new neighborhood is much busier and more urban, so listening to books is a safer way to go. Unfortunately I don’t have the best attention span when it comes to audio, and I’m picky about narrators/voices. For that reason, nonfiction seems to work best for me.

What were your favorite books of 2015?

If you’re interested, here are the roundups from previous years.

6 responses to “My favorite books of 2015”

  1. Jonathan Avatar

    Still trying to get through War and Peace so didn’t have as much time to read contemporary fiction! And I still have about 200 pages. So that was my year in books, haha.

    1. Kristan Avatar

      WAR AND PEACE? Yowza! Good luck.

  2. Shari Avatar

    Isn’t YES PLEASE great? I listened to it on audio, too, and really thought that Amy’s narration brought it to life!

    1. Kristan Avatar

      Hehe, part of the reason I went for it in audio is because I saw on GoodReads that you had enjoyed it! :)

  3. Yogadog Avatar

    I recently read “The Map of Time” by Felix Palma and was very impressed. It’s a wild ride with time travel, fake time travel, HG Wells, Jack the Ripper, the Elephant Man, James Joyce and a cast of lesser known characters. It kept me well entertained. Of course, I was on pain meds while I was reading. So there’s that.

    1. Kristan Avatar

      Sounds like an ambitious tale! Just the premise reminds me a bit of Jasper Fforde’s THE EYRE AFFAIR, which I loved.