I’d have to say I had a pretty solid year in books for 2015. I hope 2016 is as fruitful! I read 43 books. The vast majority were good or great. I discovered new authors, both traditional and indie. After reading 100% female authors in 2014 as a New Year’s Resolution, I pledged to continue striving to keep my reading list gender-balanced. Setting a few inapplicable titles aside, I read 28 books by male authors and 12 by females, for a 70/30 split. Nothing to write home about, but it’s much more balanced than my previous years, by focused effort. My favorites for the year were Flowers for Algernon, The Shell Collector, Lolita, Isaac’s Storm, Persepolis, Another Country, Night in Funland, The Cruelest Miles, and Ship Fever. My newest favorite indie author discoveries were Dan Buri, David Hull, and the very talented Jaq Hazell.
Without a doubt though, the best book I read in 2015 was the last. Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child truly took my breath away. This debut novel made it to the finalist round of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize judging, an exclusive group of only three books each year.
Click the links below for more information about each book on Goodreads!