My Favorite Books of 2015

My Favorite Books of 2015

With my months long reading slump, I feel as if I shouldn’t even share a “best of” list. I know reading 64 books is a lot to some people, but it’s my lowest number since I started tracking.  Rather than beat myself up about it, I will just accept my sad number. No matter how I feel about the amount of books I’ve read in 2015, I still want to share my favorite reads from this year.

Looking back at my list, I’m amazed I managed to read so much non-fiction this year. I’m usually a fast reader, but non-fiction slows me down because I want to absorb every word.

Note: some of these books were not published this year. It qualified because I read it in 2015.

My Favorite Books of 2015

(In no particular order)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonI don’t usually write about children’s books on this site, but this book deserves special mention. It’s won several well deserved awards: National Book Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, and John Newberry Honor. Just read it.

Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie HuangI don’t write in my books, but I flagged the hell out of this book. Huang is smart and an astute writer. His memoir will resonate for anyone who feels different from their family, not just those who are children of immigrants. My full review here.

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan So many dystopian novels want to punch you in the gut, but not this one. The characters’ quiet acceptance of their lives is eerie so when one decides to break free from social convention, it’s intense. My full review here.

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi OkoraforI bought this book on a whim and I’m glad I did. Okorafor is a masterful world builder in this dystopian/science fiction/fantasy novel. It’s a short read but she packs in a powerful story about race, class, and destiny. Read this one and all of her books! My full review here.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: I didn’t expect to enjoy this novel as much as I did. As you can see, I have a thing for badass heroines. Of course our Queen takes a bit of time to truly find her strength, but that’s a more interesting journey, right? My full review.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin I get that fantasy isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Jemisin’s books are intense and deserves multiple readings. She’s on my autobuy list. I can’t blurb about this book in just a couple of sentences so read my full review.

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero: This audiobook had been sitting in my account for months before I picked it up. This isn’t your typical self-help/motivational book. Sincero is funny and honest. Plus, I like being called a badass. My full review here.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins If I could binge read an audiobook, I would have with this one. But I’m glad I didn’t. I would have missed so many nuances in this version. There’s 3 narrators, one for each major female characters. I enjoyed the wild ride so much, I made my husband listen to it. He was hooked from the beginning. My full review.

What was your favorite read(s) this year?

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