MY FAVORITE FICTION OF 2015
Not all released in 2015, but of the 106 books I read last year, these are my top 10 in the order I read them. (Most of these pictures come from my Instagram, where I usually post what I'm currently reading. Feel free to follow! kristinhines)
- •Trigger Warning by Neil GaimanI love Gaiman. This book of short stories was exactly as creepy as I wanted it to be, and often funny also. Brilliant.
- •Cuckoo's Calling/The Silkworm by Robert GalbraithAka JK Rowling. I finally got around to these and I'm in love. It's somewhat maddening that Jo is such a genius who can create the magical world of Harry Potter AND the world of these novels/characters. Excited to read the 3rd one this year.
- •Anne of Green Gables by LM MontgomeryI spent a lot of my reading time this year catching up on classics I should've read as a kid but somehow never got around to. SO many of them were absolutely delightful, but this one tops them all. Anne Shirley is my hero.
- •Station Eleven by Emily St. John MandelI was instantly drawn in to the world of this novel and I didn't want to stop reading. I started it on a mission trip and, no matter how exhausted I was at the end of every day, I just had to get in at least a few chapters before crashing.
- •The Martian by Andy WeirProbably my favorite book of the whole year. It was exciting, hilarious, emotional, gripping...just wonderful. And bonus: the movie was gorgeous and I loved it.
- •The Good Girl by Mary KubicaThe story of what happened before and after a young woman who'd been kidnapped was found. It's told by 3 narrators - the investigating cop, the mother, and the kidnapper. Great storytelling, great mystery.
- •Black-Eyed Susans by Julia HeaberlinWe picked this for my book club based solely on its description on Amazon. But once I started reading, I realized it takes place in Ft. Worth, Texas - my city! I was drawn in by the fantastic story, but it was a little extra bit of fun to know so many of the places described.
- •The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd AlexanderThis series was recommended to me right here on ListApp by @ChrisK! The most I knew about it before was that Disney made a movie called The Black Cauldron which was based on a book. I didn't know there was a whole series and I didn't know I'd love it so much.
- •A Damsel in Distress by PG WodehouseI discovered Wodehouse at the end of 2014 and every book I read makes me love him more. This is the first I've read that isn't a Jeeves book, and it's probably my favorite of his so far.
- •The Beginning of Everything by Robyn SchneiderAnother book club pick. I read almost the whole thing on a flight and wished we could taxi a little longer so I could finish. In some ways it's a predictable YA novel, but in other ways it really surprised me.