2015 -A Reader’s Year in Review

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I was asked to send my top three books in for a friend’s blog, and it got me thinking of the books I’ve read in 2015.

I read forty-five books this year, which is probably higher than normal. I have a few reasons for reading what I did this year. I’m starting a publishing company and the first book is about a haunted hotel, so I read a few books dealing with haunted buildings: The Elementals by Michael McDowell, ‘salems Lot by Stephen King, and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. They were all fantastic reads, and I think they helped me get a feeling for the setting a little better.

I also read eleven books by SFF Chrons authors this year. Endeavour by Ralph Kern, Soldier’s Sympathy by Chris Guillory, Oracle by Susan Bolton, Pelquin’s Comet by Ian Whates, Beautiful Intelligence by Stephen Palmer, The Last War by Alex Davis, Abendau’s Heir and Inish Carraig by Jo Zebedee, Swords and Scoundrels and Legends and Liars by Julia Knight, and The Heir to the North by Stephen Poore.

They were all great books, which all deserve notice. I always get excited when I see a Chrons author getting a book published, like a proud family member. I already have four more Chrons books on the kindle to read in 2016.

I also read a lot of Sci-Fi this year, because it is semi new and fresh to me. I read Scalzi, Clarke, Jennifer Wells, Stephen Moss, Nick Webb, Ralph Kern, and Andy Weir,  loving each of the books I devoured.

Then I tried to read outside my regular SFF box (though thrillers and horrors aren’t too far out of the box), and read four Stephen King books, Dark Places and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, then recently The Girl on the Train. I had to see what type of book was getting the accolades Paula Hawkins was garnering, and after reading it, I understood. I also just finished The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.

Of course I also read my first reading love, fantasy books. I read a Sanderson, a Butcher, Anthony Ryan, Django Wexler, Abecrombie, Julia Knight, and Hobb. Also read Lord of the Rings for the first time ever! Not nearly as many fantasy books as usual but I do have a bunch on the kindle waiting to be read.

So the year was much more diverse than my usual, and I would say it was one of my favorite reading years. So as I said on Juliana’s blog , here are my favs.

Top Three

Robin Hobb: Fool’s Quest. She is my one of if not my favorite author, and though the book could have been condensed in the middle by a couple hundred pages, the ending was enough to push this to one of my top reads of the year. She is one of the authors I can’t wait to read.

Stephen King: Salem’s Lot. I am a huge King fan and since he has so many books, I have really only read maybe a third of them. This was a wonderful book, and it was hard to believe it was published fourty years ago. If you haven’t read this book…do it!

Arthur C Clarke: Rendezvous with Rama. This was my first Clarke experience, and it was a great one. The sense of tension and build up was palpable. It ended slightly disappointing but the book was so good, it was inspiring. I also read Childhood’s End after it, and really enjoyed it too.

What does 2016 bring for me? I’m not too sure so far. I do have a lot of books on my Kindle and on the bookshelf. I do plan on reading some more Arthur C Clarke, who I am reading right now, and I also want to read a few more Stephen King books this year as well.

What were your favorite reads of the year?

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