2015 was a great year of reading for me. According to my Goodreads “Year in Books” I read 82 books, 28,187 pages, and rated those books an average of 3.4 out 5 of stars. That rating is slightly skewed because I read a lot of books that were required for class and it is rare for them to get a high rating unfortunately. Out of those 82 books which ones were my favorites?
- Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
This is a book by a blogger which might not sound good, but it is a fantastic read. I have never read Lawson’s blog, but buying her book is a risk that paid off for me. Maybe check out her blog to see if you like her writing style before you invest time and money into it. Furiously Happy is a humorous look at coping with mental illness and life in general. I laughed out loud multiple times and I could relate to many things Lawson writes about. Though I like this book a lot I like, but when it came to making this list I simply like other things I read this year a bit better.
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
This is a kind of graphic memoir that is also by a blogger. I’ve been a fan of Brosh’s blog for quite some time so it is no surprise that I enjoy her book so much. If you don’t like her humor then you most likely will not like this so again I suggest viewing her blog before you buy/try it. Brosh writes mostly about growing up and her struggles with mental health. (Definitely a pattern here.) My only real issue with the book is that there isn’t enough new content for old fans of her writing. Maybe about half of the stories are already published on her blog. Though I’m glad new fans still get to experience my old favorites I want more new stuff!
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first audio book I have ever listened to. After listening I knew I had to buy the physical copy and the other two books in the series. This book haunted me for weeks after I read it. It was a chilling mystery with somewhat slow building plot. For most of the year I had this book rated as four stars. I loved the plot and the characters, but something kept it from being a five star read. However, it is now December and I can’t remember what that thing was. Also, I have spent most of the year craving another book like this one. For those reasons I upped my rating to five and it has a solid place on this list.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
This is the first book I read in 2015 and it put the year off to a great start. It is about a man who is recounting his childhood adventures. The lines of reality and fantasy are often blurred in his retelling. This book is always interesting, often funny, and sometimes sad. I love the plot, the atmosphere, and every character in this book. It makes me nostalgic for my childhood and for my time spent reading the book every time I think of it.
- Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Such a fun and amazing read! This book is my first experience with Pratchett’s writing. He is one author I know I will love, but I just don’t know what to start with from him. Good Omens is about the apocalypse which includes the four horsemen and the Antichrist, of course. I absolutely love the writing, the humor, and just… everything. By the end the only thing I wanted from it was more of everything.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book got me out of a reading slump and made me fall in love with reading all over again. It is also the first book I reviewed on this blog. It is absolutely beautiful. It isn’t perfect, but I love it. The atmosphere is breath taking and the plot is a slow burning, but beautiful tale. You can read more in depth thoughts on this in my full review. I’m so glad I read this book because it is now one of my all time favorite reads.
- Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples
This. Is. Amazing. I love everything about this series. Everything. Two lovers from opposing sides of a galactic war fall in love and hilarity and drama ensues. It may not sound original or even interesting, but it is. IT IS. The character are so alive. While reading (and rereading) I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love. The art is great and the writing is so sharp. There may be a lot of hype around this series, but I think it measures up to it easily. My full review says a lot more about it, but damn it was great.
I look forward to another great year of reading in 2016.I already have a lot of books from Christmas that I can’t wait to jump into. I hope I can keep up with this blog and have another Top 5 next year! Happy New Year and here’s to 2016!