2015


Bold – favorite and/or best books of the year
* – from my personal collection
  1. Tortall and Other Lands, Tamora Pierce (Kindle)
  2. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
  3. The Very Dead of Winter, Mary Hocking
  4. Silverwing, Kenneth Oppel
  5. *Moominpappa's Memoirs (Moomins #4), Tove Jansson
  6. Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan
  7. The Rector, Mrs. Oliphant
  8. The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1), Michael Scott
  9. *Watership Down, Richard Adams (re-read)
  10. *Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte (re-read)
  11. September Girls, Bennett Madison
  12. Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld
  13. *The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
  14. A Creature of Moonlight, Rebecca Hahn
  15. *The Golden Arrow, Mary Webb
  16. *Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark is Rising #1), Susan Cooper (re-read)
  17. The Pastor's Wife, Elizabeth von Arnim (Kindle)
  18. The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (Hero's Guide #1), Christopher Healy (Kindle)
  19. The Magicians, Lev Grossman (Kindle)
  20. The Penderwicks in Spring (Penderwicks #4), Jeanne Birdsall
  21. Winter Sonata, Dorothy Edwards
  22. *Moominsummer Madness (Moomins #5), Tove Jansson
  23. *Dune, Frank Herbert (re-read)
  24. Fly By Night, Frances Hardinge
  25. Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde
  26. The Greengage Summer, Rumer Godden
  27. The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, E. K. Johnston (Kindle)
  28. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton (Kindle; re-read)
  29. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Kindle)
  30. Stray (Touchstone #1), Andrea K. Host (Kindle)
  31. 1066 and All That, Walter Carruthers Sellar and Robert Julian Yeatman
  32. Outside Over There, Maurice Sendak
  33. When the Sea is Rising Red, Cat Hellisen
  34. Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard (Kindle)
  35. *The Wedding Group, Elizabeth Taylor
  36. Charm & Strange, Stephanie Kuehn
  37. *Moominland Midwinter (Moomins #6), Tove Jansson
  38. Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1), Gail Carriger (Kindle)
  39. Tooth and Claw, Jo Walton
  40. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz (Kindle)
  41. The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1), Rae Carson (Kindle)
  42. The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle (Hero's Guide #2), Christopher Healy (Kindle)
  43. White Man, Yellow Man: Two Novellas, Shusaku Endo
  44. The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater (Kindle)
  45. The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2), Rae Carson (Kindle)
  46. The Golden Age, Kenneth Grahame (Kindle)
  47. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance #1), N. K. Jemisin
  48. The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance #2), N. K. Jemisin
  49. The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3), Rae Carson (Kindle)
  50. The Shadow Cats (Fire and Thorns Novella #1), Rae Carson (Kindle)
  51. The Kingdom of the Gods (Inheritance #3), N. K. Jemisin
  52. Liar, Justine Larbalestier
  53. Jellicoe Road, Melina Marchetta
  54. The Shattered Mountain (Fire and Thorns Novella #2), Rae Carson (Kindle)
  55. The King's Guard (Fire and Thorns Novella #3), Rae Carson (Kindle)
  56. *Elizabeth and Her German Garden, Elizabeth von Arnim (re-read)
  57. The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, transl. Ken Liu
  58. Gifts, Ursula K. Le Guin
  59. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton (Kindle)
  60. Zahrah the Windseeker, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
  61. Among Others, Jo Walton
  62. The Thief (The Queen's Thief #1), Megan Whalen Turner
  63. The City in the Lake, Rachel Neumeier
  64. Greenglass House, Kate Milford (Kindle)
  65. Shadows on the Moon, Zoe Marriott
  66. Clockwork Heart, Dru Pagliassotti
  67. The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell
  68. Harry, A History, Melissa Anelli
  69. Wake, Anna Hope
  70. Children of God, Mary Doria Russell
  71. The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw (Hero's Guide #3), Christopher Healy (Kindle)
  72. Bellwether, Connie Willis
  73. I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
  74. The Cranes Dance, Meg Howrey
  75. *High Rising, Angela Thirkell
  76. The Snow Spider (The Magician Trilogy #1), Jenny Nimmo
  77. The Anthologist, Nicholson Baker
  78. *Tales from Moominvalley (Moomins #7), Tove Jansson
  79. City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1), Cassandra Clare (Kindle)
  80. A Natural History of Dragons (Memoirs of Lady Trent #1), Marie Brennan
  81. We Were Liars, E. Lockhart (Kindle)
  82. The Tropic of Serpents (Memoirs of Lady Trent #2), Marie Brennan
  83. Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoirs of Lady Trent #3), Marie Brennan
  84. Dawn (Xenogenesis #1), Octavia E. Butler (re-read)
  85. Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis #2), Octavia E. Butler
  86. Imago (Xenogenesis #3), Octavia E. Butler
  87. The Martian, Andy Weir
  88. Ramona and Her Mother (Ramona #5), Beverly Cleary (Kindle)
  89. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona #6), Beverly Cleary (Kindle)
  90. *The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger (re-read)
  91. Ramona Forever (Ramona #7), Beverly Cleary (Kindle)
  92. *The World My Wilderness, Rose Macaulay
  93. Silk, Alessandro Baricco
  94. *Moominpappa at Sea (Moomins #8), Tove Jansson
  95. Ramona's World (Ramona #8), Beverly Cleary (Kindle)
  96. Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman (Kindle)
  97. Life in Outer Space, Melissa Keil
  98. *A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  99. *Quidditch Through the Ages, J. K. Rowling
  100. *Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, J. K. Rowling
  101. *The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J. K. Rowling
  102. *Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels #1), Anne Bishop (re-read)
  103. *Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels #2), Anne Bishop (re-read)
  104. *Queen of the Darkness (Black Jewels #3), Anne Bishop (re-read)
  105. *Guard Your Daughters, Diana Tutton (re-read)
  106. *Excellent Women, Barbara Pym (re-read)
  107. *Moominvalley in November (Moomins #9)
  108. Mamma, Diana Tutton
  109. Orphans of Chaos, John C. Wright
  110. Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
  111. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  112. Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet #1), R. J. Anderson
  113. *All Passion Spent, Vita Sackville-West (re-read)
  114. The Mezzanine, Nicholson Baker
  115. The Hollow Kingdom, Clare B. Dunkel
  116. The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy, Sam Maggs
  117. Jinx, Sage Blackwood (Kindle)

Did not finish:
  1. Armadale, Wilkie Collins (started for my annual Wilkie Collins October read, but much less engaging than The Woman in White and The Moonstone)
  2. Eleanor, Jason Gurley (an impulse buy from an Amazon Kindle book sale. I'd been hoping for selkies or mermaids or something)
  3. Ill Wind (Weather Warden #1), Rachel Caine (couldn't be bothered picking it up again after my first reading session)
  4. The Naming (Pellinor #1), Alison Croggon (trying to pull off LOTR-style epicness but just managed tediousness)
  5. Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori #1), Lian Hearn (boring)
  6. Black Dove, White Raven, Elizabeth Wein (expected to love this; perhaps it couldn't grab me the way her WWII novels did because I didn't know anything about the political situation in Ethiopia)
  7. The Only Thing Worse Than Witches, Lauren Magaziner (too juvenile)
  8. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (loved the female-gendered pronouns! But I couldn't get into it)
  9. A Hero At the End of the World, Erin Claiborne (fabulous premise, poor execution)
  10. Patricia Brent, Spinster, Herbert George Jenkins (despite being so highly recommended by Simon at stuckinabook, I couldn't handle the problems of agency and consent)
  11. Wildwood Dancing, Juliet Marillier (just not in the mood for a fairy tale retelling, I suppose)
  12. Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock (very, very heavy on the Jungian philosophy, and I can't stand the "woman as fantastical Other" trope)
  13. Silver Phoenix, Cindy Pon (just not very well-written)
  14. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (despite the disappointment of the first one, I wanted to try again, but this series is officially a no for me)
  15. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein (the political machinations and the linguistic barrier were interesting, but when the book resolved these and turned instead to religion and sexuality, I lost interest, and then my sexism meter filled up)
  16. Mara, Daughter of the Nile, Eloise Jarvis McGraw (meh)
  17. All Men of Genius, Lev Ac Rosen (really meh, with really obnoxiously stilted fake Victorian prose)
  18. Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson (couldn't grab me - stereotypical fantasy tropes and bland characterization)
  19. Changeling, Delia Sherman (too juvenile. Also for some reason I thought the cover illustration was underwater, but instead it was set in an alternate New York City)
  20. Blackbringer (Faeries of Dreamdark #1), Laini Taylor (unlike R.J. Anderson's Knife, it didn't balance fairy violence with fairy culture and community, so it couldn't hold my attention)
  21. The Glass Casket, McCormick Templeman (paranormal meh)
  22. A College of Magics, Caroline Stevermer
  23. Emotionally Weird, Kate Atkinson (I adore a good campus novel. Somehow, though campus + drugs feels like a totally different genre to me, and I've never liked any of those)
  24. Green Rider, Kristen Britain (first-novel awkwardness compounded by fantasy naming awkwardness)
  25. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (I read the first chapter in one sitting, but then couldn't find the inclination to pick it up again)
  26. Sunshine, Robin McKinley (Sigh. I think I'm giving up on Robin McKinley. Her prose just feels slow to me, slow without beauty.)
  27. Magic or Madness, Justine Larbalestier (not in the right mood for Australian YA, I suppose)
  28. Finnikin of the Rock, Melina Marchetta (irritated by the writing style)
  29. The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1), N. K. Jemisin (fell victim to my month-of-many-rehearsals reading slump)
  30. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis (I should like this. There's no reason I wouldn't like a campus novel centered on a professor of medieval studies. But it's been nearly a month of not wanting to pick it up again, so I'm calling it.)
  31. The King of Elfland's Daughter, Lord Dunsany (on my reading list for my exploration of Faerie in fiction. Stereotypical and slow - I recognize that it played a huge role in creating its genre, but right now I don't feel like slogging through it.)
  32. The Chimes, Anna Smaill (I'm always looking for a book that does music terminology and music education right, and I'm always so disappointed that most of them don't manage it.)
  33. No One is Here Except All Of Us, Ramona Ausubel (too slow)
  34. The Book of Jhereg, Steven Brust (workaday writing without a plot or characters that grabbed me)
  35. Hild, Nicola Griffith (I think it's decided, historical fiction is not for me)
  36. Reflections On the Magic of Writing, Diana Wynne Jones (repetitive essays that don't contribute much insight into academic writing, which is what I'm doing these days)
  37. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke (680 pages in and I'm setting it aside. This book is just too long and drawn out, with a far more interesting beginning than middle.)
  38. A History of Glitter and Blood, Hannah Moskowitz (I should've been utterly entranced by this dark story of a war between dwarves and fairies, but I wasn't)

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