2015 in Books

Firstly – thank you! The response to my last post has been so wonderfully overwhelming. I got so many supportive and wonderful comments, texts, and messages from so many friends, teammates, and family members. There’s nothing better than realizing you really aren’t alone.

My medication has not involved any crazy side effects so far, which I’m happy about, but it will still take time for it to kick in really thoroughly. So I’m still spending a lot of time at home, but doing my best to take care of myself and get out when I can.

And since that’s the case for this New Year’s Eve, I thought it was only fitting to end the year talking about my reading for 2015.

According to Goodreads, my totals for the year were 61 books, with 18,886 pages. Although many of them were good, I generally only take the ones that really stuck in my mind as the absolute best of the year.

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Carry On – by Rainbow Rowell: I squealed through this entire book because reading it was such a delightful experience. Probably my happiest reading experience of the year. Meta-commentary on fiction, fantasy, and language, with a great love story.

California Bones – by Greg Van Eeckhout: This was a weird little book that stuck in my head so thoroughly that it had to make the list. It’s set in Southern CA, and doesn’t just use landmarks, but really delves into the mythology and ethos of Los Angeles. A great fantasy with some really horrific touches, and a unique magic system that I haven’t seen in fiction before.

Parable of the Sower – by Octavia Butler: This book was so relevant to current events that I had to keep flipping to the Library of Congress data page to see when it was written. Water shortages, political unrest, and religious riots all combine to make a futuristic story with a beautiful take on humanity and our future. This book should be mentioned more as a relevant and timely sci-fi novel.

The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue – by Maggie Stiefvater: I….don’t even know what to say about these books.

That’s a lie.

I have tried to read several Maggie Stiefvater books several times. I’d even tried to read The Raven Boys at least 3 times in previous years. It just never really clicked, and always seemed to move too slowly.

For some reason, I picked up The Raven Boys on Christmas Eve, and it was AMAZING. It’s fantastic fantasy on par with the best of Neil Gaiman. The kind of books that you finish, and can’t imagine a world in which these books don’t exist. Some of the best characters, story, and writing that I’ve ever come across. I can’t wait until April when the last book in the cycle is set to be released.

 

I’m having a quiet New Year’s Eve in with my books…I hope that whatever you’re doing is enjoyable and safe. Here’s to a 2016 that is better than the year before.

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