I’ve still got a lot of books that I need to review from my baby-feeding-haze at the end of last year, but I have come up with a list of favourites from 2015! Two of them are the same as my list from May – the start of the year was certainly the best for books for me! Here they are: City On Fire – Garth Risk Hallberg
I probably wouldn’t have embarked on this if id known how long it was (thanks, kindle) but I’m so glad I did! A complete marvel of a book with an astoundingly crafted interconnected plot.
Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho
This book was the kind of thing I wish for every time I embark on a fantasy book. Just tremendously fun, with a really fun world, interesting characters and a pleasing plot. It’s extremely readable and fun if not of huge literary merit.
Skin – Ilke Tampke
Whereas this combines an excellent fantasy story with literary merit as well as stonkingky good cover design. I read this iron-age fantasy masterpiece twice this year and leant it out too. Deeply recommended!
All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
This isn’t a new book from this year but I only encountered it this year. Telling the story of a deaf boy and blind girl in the run up to and start of the war with themes and plots that connect them it’s a masterpiece showing a different ways to encounter the world and the importance of personal choice. I loved it.
The Chimes – Anna Smaill
This is another fantasy novel with literary clout. It starts with an impressive interplay of narrative and memory, and creates an amazing world where music has replaced language, and controls life. Main character Simon goes on an epic journey to find links to the old world and to break the power of the Chimes. Just excellent- it’s been leant out three times already!
I’d recommend any of these and look forward to another year of excellent reads!