Fav books of 2015

Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I take part in when I can think up answers! It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week they suggest a new book-related topic. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!

This week I’m talking about my favorite books of 2015. It was difficult to choose just 10 so i have a number of  honorable mention books, too! Here they are and in no particular order (and all the links are to my reviews of the books):

Science Fiction

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

  • I loved the gamer vibe and the game world within the world even though I’m not really a gamer. I also loved that the main character had to become an expert in 1980’s culture.

The Martian by Andy Weir

  • The ingenuity and perseverance of astronaut Mark Watney is what stands out when I think about this book. And since I listened to the book the great narration of R.C. Bray is also a standout.

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi–Old Man’s War #2

  • I love this series by John Scalzi. I read the third book in the series this year, too, but reading about the “Ghost Brigade”–the special forces of the human military was my favorite.

Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan–Generation V #4

  • This has been such a good urban fantasy series. The vampires are different and Fort (short for Fortitude) as the youngest vampire in his family is a great character. And Suzume is so much fun.
  • I was sad to read this might be the last book in this series.

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs–Alpha & Omega #4

  • Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors. I think I’ve read all her books. I love both this series and the Mercy Thompson series which are both set in the same urban fantasy world.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

  • This is the first book I’ve read by Naomi Novik. It’s a stand-alone fantasy and completely different from her long-running fantasy Temeraire series. I plan to start reading that series, too!

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

  • Another author who has written a number of books, but this is the first book I’ve read by her.
  • When I think of this book the unique setting and unique character of Karen Memory stand out.

The Siren Depths by Martha Wells–The Books of the Raksura #3

  • Such a wonderful series and this was such a good finish to the trilogy. (Though I’m excited to see that Ms. Wells is expanding the series and book 4 will come out in 2016.)
  • The world created in these books is unique and I love reading about both the Raksura and the many different groups of groundlings.

Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie–Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James #13

  • I love this series. I started reading them in 2014 and read five of the books this year. It’s hard to pick a favorite in the five I read, but this is certainly one of my favorites!
  • I love these police procedural mysteries and the way Ms. Crombie often weaves in the present day with the history of the area she writes about in England.
  • I’m equally a fan of the relationship between Duncan and Gemma.

Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern–The Country Club Murders #2

  • Julie Mulhern is one of my favorite new to me authors this year and I read both books in this series.
  • It’s a good mystery series with interesting mysteries and good characters.
Honorable Mentions

The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal

  • Science fiction, a short story and the first book I read by Ms. Kowal.
  • I don’t read a lot of short stories, but I really enjoyed it and the way the story was complete in such a short format.

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch–Peter Grant #5

  • This is one of my favorite series.
  • The books keep getting better and better. It’s a combination of police procedural and urban fantasy.

One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron–Heartstrikers #2

  • I love this urban fantasy series. The dragons and other characters are unique and fun to read about.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (I haven’t reviewed it yet)

  • Such a fun and interesting science fiction. I love all the characters and species in this book.

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

  • Ms. Kearsley writes such interesting historical fiction which bring the history to life for me.
  • Her books are actually kind of hard to categorize–there’s romance, paranormal elements, history and the present day all in her books. And her writing just brings the setting and characters to life.

Lock In by John Scalzi–Lock In #1

  • Another John Scalzi book I read and the beginning of an interesting new science fiction series set in our world in the near future.
  • This first book has a police procedural vibe as well as the medical condition called the Hayden Syndrome and the way the society has managed it. That makes this new series so interesting and unique.

What are your favorite books this year?