2015 Reading

I read 50 books this year. My goal last year: read at least 50 books. I guess that’s good, except I didn’t realize I’d read so little in 2014.

My reading shifted a bit. I read more science fiction and fantasy (19) than romance (16). Most of the romances were historical (13), the others contemporary (3). I didn’t have any sff romance listed, although certainly a lot of my sff reading had romantic elements.

Standout reads of the year:

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I was a little surprised by how taken I was given the women’s-fiction feel and frothy voice. But the storytelling itself makes this an absolute page turner, and (I felt anyway) there was a lot of insight into families and relationships. Quite moving.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. My favorite post-apocalyptic-set in a long time. Mandel is juggling a lot of threads here, dealing with the past and present as a troupe of actors makes its way across different communities. I was riveted.

The Just City by Jo Walton. Perhaps the most unusual concept and book I read this year—with time travel, Socrates, robots, a planned community, and more. Deeply concerned with issues of consent. I know nothing about philosophy by the way, and I’d be curious how those who do know philosophy would enjoy it. I went right on to the second book, also good.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Historical fiction with a twist, in that the main character’s life unwinds when she dies and we go back before the danger point and move forward in a different way. Despite this quite science-fictional conceit, it read as historical fiction to me. I found Atkinson to be a keen observer of her characters, and I liked the sequel, A God in Ruins, as well.

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. I loved this so hard. Perhaps my funnest read of the year, though clearly not every book is meant to be a fun read. But the entertainment value was high, all the while interrogating colonialism, racism, and slavery. Zacharias’s life pulled on all my heartstrings despite (or because of) his restrained character. Note: important romantic subplot will appeal to romance readers.

A Virtuous Ruby by Piper Huguley. I haven’t been so taken by an author’s voice. Huguley is writing romance in 1900s America, when racism was rife, life was not easy, and the characters just leap off the page. I was pulled right into the world, rooting for Ruby all the way—an immersive read. The first in Huguley’s Migrations of the Hearts series, said title referring to the Great Migration.

Imperial Radch by Ann Leckie. (Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, Ancillary Mercy.) It was fun and rewarding to revisit books 1 & 2, and book 3 satisfied me, although I’m not entirely sure it’s objectively as strong as the first two books. Although given my happy and satisfied reaction, maybe that’s a silly thing to say. Hugely rewarding SF series, highly recommended.

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Other things to note:

40/50 books were published in the last ten years. I should find some older books in 2016.

My only Canadian books were non-fiction. I should a) read non-Canadian non-fiction, and b) Canadian fiction. However, you define such things.

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