Here’s my idiosyncratic list of what I liked in 2015.
Hands Down Best Fiction: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Best Non-Fiction: Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman.
Best Book That I Wish I Had Written: Euphoria by Lily King.
Best Book I Should Have Read Sooner: A Visit From The Good Squad by Jennifer Egan.
Best Laugh Out Loud Funny Book: Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher.
Best New To Me Author: Christos Tsiolkas. I read Barracuda and am desperate to read more by him.
Best Allegedly Science Fiction: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.
Best Title: The Mother Who Loved All Her Children, Until They Moved Back In by Ludmilla Petrushevshaya.
These covers all look so pretty together! I just started the audio of Euphoria, and I’m liking it so far. I’m glad you had a great reading year!
I hope you love it. Like LOVE it.
Do you mean 2014? Or have you been time travelling?
Well that’s embarrassing! Thanks for doing my proofreading for me.
Most of these are still on my list. That last one is a good title! Happy New Year! 🙂
I love that The Sparrow is the Best Allegedly Science Fiction. 100% accurate. And so excited that you loved Euphoria…it’s such a great book.
Euphoria was the best. Will post a review later this week.
Great categories. 🙂 I really apparently need to read ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE. Basically every reader I trust has loved it. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD is also high on my list.
I didn’t want to read All The Light, but just a few pages in and i knew it was going to be great. I’m recommending it to everyone, so go read it now!
We’re in heated agreement on the Doerr – I just loved it (but still can’t get the words around why… It was just perfect in so many ways).
I’m a huge fan of Tsiolkas – he makes for gritty, uncomfortable reading. If you haven’t read The Slap, put it on the list.
I still haven’t read Goon Squad – it’s a serious gap in my reading as so many trusted reading friends rate it very highly.
And agree, Dear Committee Members was great fun.
Enjoy your 2015 reading year!
The Slap is high on my list to read. Tsiolkas does uncomfortable so well. And i was actually floored by Goon Squad. I wish i’d read it sooner. And who knows why Doerr is so great, but he is.
I second the recommendation for The Slap – I loved it!
I’m so thrilled whenever I see The Sparrow on someone’s list! And I have All the Light We Cannot See waiting on my ereader. Maybe I’ll tackle it in January.
Tackle Doerr. It is a long book that will take no time to read. It’s that good.
I loved The Sparrow and Visit from the Goon Squad! I really want to read Euphoria and All the Light We Cannot See. Happy 2015!
Well get busy! Happy reading in 2015.
All the Light and Euphoria were so great!! I keep hearing positive comments about The Sparrow so will have to get on that. Happy New Year!
Seriously, The Sparrow blew my mind. Blew my head right off. A.maz.ing. Make reading it your goal for 2015.
I simply HAVE to get to the Doerr. Ugh. Why haven’t I? You have a great list here, even the covers are gorgeous 😀
Oh, I love your list. Once I read “All the Light….” I knew that nothing could compare for me this year. It was also my number one pick. Euphoria was the best, seemingly under read book of the year. And, like you, I’ve had the Goon Squad on my “to read” list for ages and haven’t gotten there. Now I will. Thanks for your beautiful blog.
A Visit From The Good Squad and The Sparrow are two of my favorites!!!
Doerr and The Sparrow are very high up my TBR. I have no idea why I haven’t read them as so many trusted sources love them. Hopefully I’ll love them as much as you did. Have a fantastic 2015!
I’ve never heard of The Mother Who Loved All Her Children, Until They Moved Back – but it sounds like a really fun year! What a great 2014 reading year for you, here’s to many more books in 2015!
I believe it is a collection of Russian short stories.
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Best allegedly Science Fiction. 🙂 Glad The Sparrow made your list! And I MUST read All the Light We Cannot See!
Ha! “Allegedly science-fiction” is the perfect description of The Sparrow. Glad to see it on your best-of list!
I still have to read Euphoria…
Love your blog – great layout, easy to navigate, engaging reviews. I read ‘All the Light we Cannot See’ recently, loved it. Looking forward to see what other book tastes we have in common.
I’m glad you like the look of my blog. I’ve just been toying with the idea of changing it, but maybe i’ll put that off for a while.
What were you planning to change? I’m quite new to blogging and the one thing that strikes me about yours is that it is very original in its styling.
Oh I don’t know. Every now and then I look at the different templates available on WP. I’ve had this design for a year and WP has added some new templates since then. Whenever I get bored I start looking for a change.