My Best Books of 2015

Best Books of 2015

As another great year of reading comes to a close it is time to recap our favourite reads.

My Best Books of 2015

In The Morning I'll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty Resistance is Futile by Jenny T Colgan

It seems I was a hard marker this year, only awarding 5 stars to two titles, both audiobooks.

Within In The Morning I’ll Be Gone Adrian McKinty achieves the seemingly impossible, credibly balancing frank acknowledgement of the futility of the situation in Ireland at that time with a stirring case for human spirit and endeavour in the face of it all. Gerard Doyle’s narration is first class, bringing Sean Duffy to life with his Irish brogue and deadpan irony, making this an addictive listening experience. Find out more…

Jenny T Colgan’s Resistance Is Futile is a romantic comedy come save-the-world adventure with a rebellious, geeky tone that I could ‘totally’ see being on the big screen. Think Bridget Jones meets The Big Bang Theory meets Independence Day and a vibe reminiscent of The Goonies. And the audio narration by Lucy Price-Lewis? Compulsive listening for me, often into the wee hours, chuckling to myself no less. Her distinction between character voices and comic timing was of a very high standard. Find out more…

I awarded 4.5+ stars to 11 titles in 2015.

Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic Fever of Animals by Miles Allinson Present Darkness by Malla Nunn

From standout debuts from Australian authors, Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic and Fever of Animals by Miles Allinson, and my first experience of the work of Malla Nunn (Present Darknessthe latest title in her very successful Detective Emmanuel Cooper Series) through to the modern classics Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde

I was impressed by the short form writings of Charlotte Wood in Nanoparticles and Richard Nash’s essay What Is The Business of Literature?, and thoroughly entertained by the quantum physics thriller Superposition by David Walton.

Nanoparticles big what is the business of literature Superposition by David Walton

I was enthralled by Hiromi Kawakami’s Strange Weather in Tokyo and charmed by one of my long time favourite authors Jojo Moyes, The One Plus One in audio.

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami The One Plus One audio

In reflection, I am pleased to see how broadly I am reading these days. Long may that trend continue…

Check out the 26 titles I awarded 4+ Stars to in 2015.

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Did any of these titles make your Best Books of 2015 list?

Which titles do you recommend for my 2016 reading list?