In review: 2015 so far…


This week over at the Broke and the Bookish the Top Ten Tuesday topic for discussion is:

‘Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

This should be an interesting week checking out everyone’s ‘best of so far!  I must admit it wasn’t as easy to choose as I hoped as I’ve read such a lot of good books so far this year but these are my choices so far listed in the order in which I read them:

  1. The Just City by Jo Walton – thought provoking
  2. The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams – great characters and action
  3. Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz – so unique and compelling
  4. The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis – excellent and gripping story
  5. Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier – beautifully written and fairytale(esque)
  6. Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu, The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu (bit of a cheat here but I read all three in fairly short order – bit like reading Lord of the Rings all in one go – so, not really a cheat at all when you think about it!) – really original, full of action
  7. When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord – strange and yet unputdownable
  8. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell – good action, good characters, plenty of humour
  9. The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence – fantastic story arc, amazing ending, great writing
  10. The Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan – action packed and wonderful characters

And – because I’ve already got my 10 – an honorary mention to:

Death House by Sarah Pinborough – unique, beautiful writing, emotional

19 Responses to “In review: 2015 so far…”

  1. Jazmin Jade

    I loved Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier so I will have to pick up Dreamer’s Pool since it made your list. Great list 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Daughter of the Forest I’ve had for ages on my kindle and I’m really looking forward to reading it – eventually! Dreamer’s Pool was so good – I hope you like it.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Elizabeth

    I haven’t heard of any of these. I’ll have to read some reviews and see what I’d like to try. That’s what I like about TTT, I find new things to read.
    Here’s my TTT.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah – TTT – perhaps it should be called ‘Explode my TBR Tuesday’ instead!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Carl V. Anderson

    I have got to get caught up with the Tao books. Loved the first one.

    My Best so far would be:

    Slow Regard of Silent Things (Patrick Rothfuss)
    The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury)
    Trigger Warning (Neil Gaiman)
    Galactic North (Alastair Reynolds)
    The Uplift War (David Brin)

    • lynnsbooks

      The Tao books were so good. I really enjoyed reading them in quick succession in fact I think that’s going to be one of my new things – waiting till a series finishes that everyone loves and then picking it up and reading them all fairly close together.
      Slow Regard was a lovely book. I haven’t read the Martian Chronicles – will have to go and take a look. I did recently buy Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine which I’m really looking forward to and will be my third book of his.
      I haven’t read Trigger Warning but I’ve heard lots of good things about it. Plus, Neil Gaiman.
      Are you planning on reading Armada – I’ve just picked it up now – really keen to see how it stands up to Ready Player One.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Ria

    Some excellent books on that list, for sure!

    • lynnsbooks

      I’ve been lucky with my books so far this year – I hope it continues.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    Awesome list Lynn! When We Were Animals almost made my list. And The Mechanical and Flex are two I just haven’t had time to read, but maybe I can get to them in the second half of the year.

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s so difficult to keep up with all these books isn’t it! When We were Animals was so unexpected. I really enjoyed it.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

    Traitor’s Blade & The Liar’s Key were both great reads. I picked up the first in Anthony Ryan’s series a little while back, so time to catch up soon.

    • lynnsbooks

      I’ve really enjoyed the whole series by Anthony Ryan – and it was a bit of a surprise because I resisted picking it up for ages for some strange reason – just stubbornness!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    All excellent books and I’m so excited to see Dreamer’s Pool. It deserves to be on all the lists 🙂 Hopefully I can get to Flex and When We Were Animals later this year.

  8. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    I heard great things about the Tao series, and it sounds so good! I don’t own any of the books, but now that the series is complete, I may go out and get them.

  9. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Great picks! When We Were Animals, The Mechanical and The Just City all made my list 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Cool! They were such good books weren’t they – and, actually a bit unexpected for those particular three books you mention because I really didn’t have a clue what they were about when I picked them up. I love it when that happens.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Danya @ Fine Print

    Ooooh Dreamer’s Pool, what an ace pick. Whenever I think about Tower of Thorns coming out this Fall I feel positively giddy with excitement! 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I can’t wait for Tower of Thorns. I loved Dreamer’s Pool and in fact bought Daughter of the Forest immediately I finished – I just need to find time to pick it up!
      Lynn 😀

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