2015 Books in Review

2015 Books in Review

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2015 was a bad year. A really bad year. We’re in fact going to pretend that it pretty much didn’t happen at all. I didn’t read much, and what I did read was for comfort- a lot of rereads, because rereads aren’t challenging. They are safe and make you feel like the other shit in your life is maybe not as bad as it could be. And so. 2016 will be a much better year for reading.

Terry Pratchett died this year. He has always been both a comfort read and a read for when times are tough. We will miss him. Mercedes Lackey is one of my ultimate comfort reads. And when all else fails, I listen to Jim Dale read me Harry Potter and it feels like everything will be ok. And then I read the Enchanted Forest Chronicles even though the voices are awful. Really just awful.

The links below are to my reviews of said books on Book Punks, if you want to hear more about my reading.

City of Glass, Cassandra Clare
Grave Peril, Jim Butcher
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Summer Knight, Jim Butcher
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
Magic Kingdom for Sale, Terry Brooks (reread, audio)
Magic’s Pawn, Mercedes Lackey (reread, audio)
Sleeping Beauty, Mercedes Lackey
Hogfather, Terry Pratchett (reread)
The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
Off to be the Wizard, Scott Meyer
Beauty and the Werewolf, Mercedes Lackey
The Color of Magic, Terry Pratchett (reread)
Uprooted, Naomi Novik
Harry Potter (1-7), JK Rowling (reread, audio)
Among Others, Jo Walton
Arrows of the Queen, Mercedes Lackey (reread, audio)
Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett
You’re Always Weird on the Internet, Felicia Day
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimon (reread, audio)
Dealing with Dragons, Patricia Wrede (reread, audio)
Searching for Dragons, Patricia Wrede (reread, audio)
Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver
The Black Unicorn, Terry Brooks (reread)
Death Masks, Jim Butcher
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
The Lady and the Sharks, Eugenie Clark

Favorites of the year? All recommendations, really. Loved Ready Player One. And Among Others. And then there was Uprooted, the best book of the year by far, and one very accidentally put in my hands. I really fell for You’re Always Weird on the Internet. And unexpectedly I really enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I also have to say that as a mostly audiobook listener (NEVER thought those words would emerge from my mouth) I really enjoy listening to the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. It is not anything mind blowing. But they are highly entertaining, especially as read by James Marsters. James Marsters! It’s the real reason I started listening and they have quickly become fun, fast paced, laugh out loud books to listen to while I work. So there.

Numbers? 34. Mostly repeats. Enh. Next year will be better. I’ve already finished three audiobooks and it’s only January, so YAY for me!

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