It’s that time again, when with the help of Goodreads I can look over my favorite books of the last year.
At the end of 2014 the 8 books I chose as my favorites were a 50/50 split between traditionally published and indie published authors. You can read last year’s selections here. This year there are more indies than trad published titles.
Now according to Goodreads I read 34 books in 2015. Here is a summary of my favorites in no particular order. Click on the covers to read my original reviews on Goodreads. All the books I’m highlighting here I gave either 4 or 5 stars to.
I began the year with a wonderful book I received for my birthday from my good friend, Larry.
I adored this book and have since shared it with my husband and my son and would really love some day to have a chance to meet James and Bob. Look out for the movie that should be coming out sometime in the next year and read the book, seriously guys read the book!
I began and ended the year with Michelle Proulx’s wonderful Imminent Danger series. As an avid Douglas Adams fan I adore Proulx’s fast paced and funny space opera and anxiously await book 3.
Next on the list is a joyous quirky fantasy by indie author, M.A. Ray. I read books one and two this year along with a number of M.A. Ray’s companion short stories. The third book and M.A. Ray’s new book, The High King’s Will are on my reading list for 2016.
I cannot go a year without reading a Neil Gaiman book, and this year it was it the delightful tale of Nobody Owens and how “it takes a graveyard to raise a child.” One of Gaiman’s best.
Just look at that cover folks! Voodoo Butterfly is the only book I have ever bought on the strength of its cover. It’s mesmerizing. As is the story that immerses you into the world of Voodoo in New Orleans.
I read quite a few books during my annual summer trip to visit my mother in Israel, but this was the one that stood out the most. Jen Ponce creates a kick-ass heroine in Devany Miller and I look forward to continuing the series in 2016.
Talking of series – this year Misha Burnett bid farewell to James and Catskinner in the final book of the The Book of Lost Doors, Gingerbread Wolves. For those of you who like speculative fiction that doesn’t quite fit into anyone pigeonhole, I encourage you to check out Misha’s books.
Bigfoot, check. Unicorn, check. Vampire, check. What if all those myths and many more were true, and what if they’re kind of getting out of control. Mike Wolff’s Guiding Council was a fun romp that reminded me a fair bit of a Pratchett tale (a huge compliment as I love Pratchett). I’m looking forward to book 2 which I recently downloaded for my tablet.
Sometimes when you read a book, you know it’s going to take off and you’re excited about being one of the first to discover the next big thing! That’s how I felt reading Christopher Mannino’s School of Deaths. A must for lovers of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or might I say, P.A.W.S.!
So that’s it – my favorite books of those I read in 2015. So Happy New Year folks and Happy Reading!