The best of the best of the best 2015

Today I’m posting my top 10 list of favourite books for 2015 – these may not be books published in 2015 but are chosen from amongst those I read  this year.

Before I begin I must say that I’ve had a fantastic year in books which is a combination of maybe becoming a bit better at making my choices and also having a lot of rather brilliant blogger buddies whose opinions I trust.  This definitely makes for a very happy reader!  This list was very difficult to make, given the above, choosing 10 books from almost 120 is not easy but after consideration these are my choices (in no particular order):

  1. The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence
  2. Twelve Kings by Bradley P Beaulieu
  3. The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston
  4. The Just City by Jo Walton
  5. Golden Son by Pierce Brown
  6. The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams
  7. Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz
  8. The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis
  9. Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier
  10. The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

I feel that I should also make a special mention, purely by way of cheating and adding a few extra books into the mix, for :

  1. Murder by Sarah Pinborough
  2. Midnight’s Silence by Teresa Frohock
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  4. The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M H Boroson
  5. When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord

A big hearty thank you to all the wonderful authors out there.  A warm round of applause to the publishers and a massive virtual hug to all the bloggers out there who have lent me your ear this year, for all your advice and support and for being awesome.

I wish all good things for all of you for 2016 : here’s hoping for lots of good books and good health 😀




23 Responses to “The best of the best of the best 2015”

  1. Danya @ Fine Print

    Three cheers for Dreamer’s Pool! You need to read Tower of Thorns ASAP, it’s sooo good! The Just City is one that I really wanted to get to in 2015 but didn’t, so I’m going to make a serious effort to get my hands on a copy this month. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can’t wait to pick it up to be honest! I think you would love The Just City – it’s just so thought provoking and well done. I much preferred this to Among Others – although that was a very popular book it just didn’t work as well for me.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    So many great books…that I haven’t read! LOL. Now I have a list of 2015 books that I didn’t get to, that I need to read:-) There are just too many, right??

    • @lynnsbooks

      There are too many – but we like it that way. Better to have lots of good books with not enough time to read them I suppose than lots of mediocre books and too much time!
      These end of year lists though – they just about kill me off. I want them all. I think I read something of yours about resolving not to have blogger envy – I need to get on with that too. I’m like a child in a sweet shop sometimes. I need to be more reasonable – it’s just… difficult.
      Lynn 😀

  3. jessicabookworm

    Thank you and I wish you happiness, health and more great reading in 2016 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ditto Jessica. I’m going to try and do better with my Classics as well – in fact, given that I’m reading Vintage Sci fi this month perhaps I should update my list and change a couple of books – that way I could kill two birds with one stone!
      Happiness, health and love for 2016. 😀
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        Changing your Classics list to suit your Sci-Fi reading sounds like a good plan to me.

      • @lynnsbooks

        it would help me to achieve more – feels a little like cheating but it isn’t really (I hope not anyway!)

      • jessicabookworm

        I’ve changed my list in the past. I don’t think its cheating – its a challenge to read more classics not specific classics.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Okay – good. Thanks Jessica 😀

      • @lynnsbooks

        Actually, I did think about a few rereads as well – maybe some Sherlock – I love those stories.

      • jessicabookworm

        I haven’t any re-reads on my list but I know many people who have. I would already enjoy re-reading some Sherlock Holmes. I am looking forward to the special New Year episode of the BBC’s series tonight 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        Enjoy 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    “Twelve Kings” was easily the best fantasy book I read this year, and now I need to get to “Shards of Haven” as soon as I can because it’s been making doe eyes at me for far too long… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really enjoyed Twelve Kings – I thought it was awesome. Shards of Heaven is great too.
      Lynn 😀

  5. nrlymrtl

    I’ve been meaning to read The Mechanical. So many books and so little time!

  6. samoak

    I haven’t read any of these books, but I’m going to add quite a few onto my wishlist for 2016. I hope you have another great reading year!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Let’s hope that it’s a great reading year for both of us – in fact everyone!!
      Happy 2016 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Happy New Year! Hooray for great books, and I think you’re right; 2015 was an extraordinary year for me too, and I think it’s because we’re all getting into the blogging groove and choosing the books we know we love – and 100% agreed with getting good recs from other bloggers and book-loving buddies 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – 2015 was great. I looked through my list and virtually all the books were good. Very few that I could say I didn’t enjoy. I’m definitely a lot more careful about which books I choose now and that and the fact that I trust the bloggers I know has made a big difference. 😀

  8. BookHarpy

    I got sidetracked reading Dreamer’s Pool but what I got to read so far is soooo good. Also a definite 🙌🏼 to Six of Crows!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved both those – hope you get back to Dreamer’s Pool soon.
      Lynn 😀

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