I was trying to think of the best way to do this. Do I only talk about my favorite books published in 2015 or do I just talk about all the books I’ve read this year? Because with that qualification my lists change. So because this is my blog…my rules and I can do whatever I want.
- Sunstone Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Stjepan Šejić. I can’t talk about one without the other. Šejić is crafting a beautiful love story that is wonderfully written and has gorgeous artwork. I will probably be adding Vol 3 on the next best of the year list.
- How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz. I feel like this one is a bit of a gimme. It takes place in Santa Cruz (my town!) among other locations and it’s an interesting story about a friendship between three women that starts in college (UCSC!) and goes through some rocky times. I loved it.
- Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski. This list is actually in no particular order, but if it was, this book would have been at the top. Right from the introduction I was impressed. There is so much information that I’m thinking I’m going to definitely go back to it. I wanted to buy a pallet of these books and hand them off to not only every woman I know, but also the straight men. Pick up this book NOW!
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This was a fun book. It had shades (heh) of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman for me and I loved that book. I want the sequel in my hands now!
- Half Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older. I read a lot of urban fantasy and this was such a great addition to the genre. I love that it is a blend of UF and also noir. The world building was richly developed and the characters were fully realized. I am looking forward to Shadowshaper, his YA book that takes place in the same world while I wait for the second book in the series.
Total favorite books by the month.
- January – Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. I had a wonderful time reading this.
- February – Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. I generally am not into poetry, but this one blew my mind. I need to buy a copy for my house.
- March – Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Mind blown with this. My first Butler and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Definitely need to add more of her to my life.
- April – Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King. This was the YA book I would have wanted to read when I was a teenager. Real characters going through emotions that I went through. I like the fantasy stuff, don’t get me wrong, but to get such a perfect bit of what we go through, is important. I’m looking forward to holding this one for my boys to read when they’re old enough.
- May – I can’t pick just one. May was a great month for reading.
- No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay. Remember what I said about poetry before? I saw Kay’s TedTalk and was so moved that I immediately bought her book and devoured it. Look her up! “Hiroshima” and “B” are amazeballs.
- Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans. Oh man. I have so many hopes for short stories and often just can’t get them. This is not one of them. I checked it out at the library and now want my own copy.
- June – I held off from publishing this until almost the last minute just in case I was going to find a better June book. I like to keep my options open. Alas, I was right, and my weekend in San Francisco for PRIDE resulted in ZERO reading. I did buy a book, but did not read more than a couple pages while we were waiting for the parade to start. However, Come As You Are wins which I technically finished in the first part of June. See above for the reasons why.
What are the best books you’ve read so far this year? Ones written this year or just that you’ve read, back list or not count. It’s your choice! Did anything surprise you?