My Fave Fifteen Reads of 2015

The end of the year calls for the inevitable “best of” list.

For the past ten years or so, I’ve kept a list of all the books I’ve read, not only because I’m a compulsive list maker, but also because whenever anyone asks me what I’ve read recently I usually can’t remember anything beyond the Us Magazine I read last week at the orthodontist’s office…

Plus the list gives me a nice sense of achievement. I may not have accomplished a lot this year, but at least I read a ton of books!

I tried to pick my Top Ten books of the year, but I just couldn’t narrow it down, so instead, here are my Fave Fifteen Reads of 2015, and why I loved them.

  1. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: younger son of royalty forced into leadership, with goblins!
  2. The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson: crazy, dysfunctional, eccentric family fun
  3. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan: mysterious books in a mysterious bookstore
  4. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker: magical, inventive and satisfying
  5. The Bees by Laline Paull: original; you’ll never look at bees the same way again
  6. How about never, is never good for you? by Bob Mankoff: funny and informative, for anyone who loves the cartoons in The New Yorker
  7. Paper Towns by John Green: it’s John Green! (And, it’s almost as good as An Abundance of Katherines)
  8. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby: it’s Nick Hornby! What’s not to like?
  9. Older, Faster, Stronger by Margaret Webb: inspirational, pure and simple. (I have more to say about this book – stay tuned…)
  10. The principles of uncertainty by Maira Kalman: I love her paintings, I love her story, I love her quirky way with words
  11. Flash Boys by Michael Lewis: you would think it would be impossible to weave an interesting story about high frequency traders, but Lewis somehow does it
  12. Let’s pretend this never happened by Jenny Lawson: I’ve mentioned this before – so hilarious
  13. Information doesn’t want to be free by Cory Doctorow: this book will intrigue you and make you paranoid in equal measure
  14. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer: a saga about life and friendship and talent and dreams. It’s one of those stories that stays with you.
  15. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith: the latest installment of my favourite detective series. See here for more on this one.

Read anything good this year? Let me know – it’s almost time to start my 2016 list…

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