Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Best of 2015 - Finally

In prior years, I've made my best-of list before the very end of the year. Sometimes that's been fine. Other times, I've ended the year with a book I wish I would have put on the list. Like this year. Tana French's Faithful Place nudged out her The Secret Place at the end. I actually read four of her books this year and I liked all of them a lot. But Faithful Place stood out.

Some books appear on both my fiction and audiobook lists. My nonfiction reads were a big disappointment in 2015, very few standouts. Hoping to improve on that in 2016! The books are in no particular order other than that Station Eleven and Life After Life are definitely my two favorites books of the year. Were any of these hits with you?

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Faithful Place by Tana French
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Last Night At The Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert
Room by Emily Donoghue
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami

Brain On Fire by Susannah Catalan
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Tiger Heart by Katrell Christie

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Room by Emily Donoghue
A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Finn by Jon Clinch
The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi Durrow
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Froer


  1. Life After Life was also one of my best reads in 2015. I've been waiting for a library reservation to come through for the second in the series of Tana French and I can collect it this week. With a pile of TBR books on my shelf and more time to read now that the festivities are over I'm a happy person. Thanks once again for your book reviews in 2015. Happy reading in 2016!

  2. Totally agree with you on the Tana French books!

  3. I read Station Eleven and The Girl on the Train this year, but they just missed my best of list. Room and A visit From the Goon Squad were on my audio favorites list a couple years ago! Several more here on my to read list.

  4. I've read a few from your list--Girl on the Train just this year (which I enjoyed). I liked Room and loved Let's Pretend This Never Happened. Several others of your favorites are books in my TBR pile or on my wish list. So that's something to look forward to. :-)

    I hope you have a great 2016, Lisa!

  5. All of the books on your list that I've read (Life After Life, Station Eleven, & Room are also in my list of favourites. That tells me I'd do well to read some of the other books on your list! :-)

  6. I've loved all of Tana French's books, but Faithful Place might be my favorite of all. I'm ready for her next one. :-)

  7. Kafka on the Shore is one of my favorites! I'm pretty slim to none on my non-fiction reads, too. I'm shooting for reading one every month in 2016.