2015 has been an amazing year for books, normally I make a disclaimer stating that these are just the books I have read this year, not books that have been released in 2015. But a surprising number were actually released in 2015.
You may also notice that I split my fiction section into fiction and science-fiction, this is purely because if I hadn’t my favourite fiction books would have been all science-fiction which excludes all the amazing non sci-fi books I’ve read this year.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. The way I find good books is by reading them on a train, if I have to put the book down because of too many feels/ not wanting to look stupid in front of other people, then the book is a good one. I was basically unable to read this book on the train because one of the characters made me want to giggle so much. I won’t tell you which character but I will give you a clue, it involves cats.
The Rook by Daniel o’Malley. In this you basically have a main character who loses her memory and has to try and figure out what happened to her while trying to run the fantasy version of Torchwood. It was really hilarious.
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. This was a really interesting book. It is made of two parts, you have a YA magical realism story and you have the story of the fictional author living in New York writing the story you’re reading. I really loved this for the little insights you got into the publishing world.
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. This book has one of the most accurate depictions of depression that I’ve ever seen. It was a really great read and the author has been using it as a way of getting people to be more open about depression which I think is a fantastic thing.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. I feel kind of bad admitting it but I totally expected to not like this simply because it had been nominated for the Man Booker Award. I am so glad to say that this book was fantastic and you need to read it if you like animals.
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. This is partly a handbook for those with depression/ anxiety and partly Matt Haig’s account of his experience with depression. Really good, a must read for people with depression.
Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Hemingsley. This was a really interesting non-fiction about running marathons. It also touches on the mental aspect of running and technical stuff (injurys, clothing, shoes ect).
Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It was interesting to see the similarities between the book and the show but I mostly enjoyed it because reading about life in a women’s prison was really fascinating.
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. This is partly Amanda Palmer’s autobiography and partly her TED talk which she did about crowdfunding and asking people for money. It was fantastic.
Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew. I love Kate Mulgrew. When I found out she had written an autobiography I immediately went out and bought a copy. You may disagree with me and think this book isn’t good enough to make it onto a ‘best of year’ list, but at one point in my life I was basically obsessed with Kate Mulgrew and still am a little bit.
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. This is the story of a minister who travels halfway across the galaxy to teach a bunch of aliens about the bible. I don’t know how to describe this book but it’s fantastic and brings up some really interesting questions about religion (also the cover is really pretty).
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. I’m not even going to tell you what this book is about other than that the first line is “The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.” If that isn’t enough then I don’t think you’ll like it.
Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald. I don’t know how to describe this book other than it’s the story of a family who own a helium mining industry on the moon. It’s amazing. Like I got over my fear of talking to people just so I could talk to the author about this book because it’s that good. Also it’s being made into a TV show.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This book is a fantastic post apocalyptic story. Like really really good. Like seriously you guys if you only read one book from this list make it this one.
The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. This book was basically an episode of Star Trek, it does that really clever thing Star Trek was known for where it takes very modern issues like class and race and puts it into a futuristic setting.
I must also mention At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen, A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki and The Martian by Andy Weir. All of which would have been on this list if I hadn’t forgotten about them.