I didn’t read much this year. For the first time in 5 years I didn’t reach my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I know, fuck goodreads and reading challenges, but I like to keep track of my reading and setting a challenge on Goodreads is the easiest way for me to do this. So, not a lot of quality reading time this year and even less time to keep up this blog of course.
Despite all that, here are my favorite 15 books of 2015 in alphabetical order (by author’s last name):
- Mosquitoland (David Arnold): I’m a sucker for road trip books.
- Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates): if you haven’t read this, why the hell not?
- Zita the Spacegirl (Ben Hatke): kid and me loved this series.
- The Return of Zita the Spacegirl (Ben Hatke): 3rd of the trilogy and very sad to reach the end of the series. We have now begun reading Cleopatra in Space and the Amulet series together.
- I Crawl Through It (A.S. King): bold, beautiful and completely wacky, but very readable.
- The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch: At the Edge of Empire (Daniel Kraus): I am still reading this, but it’s so good it would be on this list anyway
- Perfectly Good White Boy (Carrie Mesrobian): not the first book I read of Mesrobian (that was Sex and Violence), but this is my favorite of hers.
- Cut Both Ways (Carrie Mesrobian): Carrie is my new fake girlfriend.
- I’ll Give You the Sun (Jandy Nelson): a good (yet predictable in hindsight) Printz winner. That being said, I really loved this book.
- Challenger Deep (Neal Shusterman): hard man, very hard, but so good. I hope this gets some Printz love.
- The Alex Crow (Andrew Smith): So pertinent. And also read this here.
- Stand Off (Andrew Smith): Do I need to explain? Really? Do I? Okay: the Abernathy. Plus: Middle Grade spin off?
- Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel): thank you, Janna Rosenkranz for the tip.
- We All Looked Up (Tommy Wallach): Some good old fashioned apocalyptic fun. Brilliant!
- The Martian (Andy Weir): never has a science-y book been more fun.