These ~best books of the year lists~ are like an instant reminder of how little reading I seemed to have done this year, and all of the great books I’ve missed. (A Little Life is laughing at me from the pile next to my bed — I SEE YOU). But it’s also a great time to look back at everything I was able to get to, which ended up being just over my goal of 50 books. That’s a lot for me, all things considered, so I’m not complaining or anything, really.
It honestly feels like it was only five minutes ago that we were at the halfway mark of the year, and I was trying to pick my favorites of the year so far. Unsurprisingly, some of those same books are on this list, but I’ve read some pretty amazing books since June. In no real order, here are my ten favorites from 2015!
9. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. You already know.
8. Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller. So moving, scary, chilling, etc., etc., LOVED IT.
7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This will be on so many lists, and as one of the first buzzed about books of the year, it still made a long-lasting impression on me! And, actually, the audiobook was what made it even better, if you ask me.
6. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum. Don’t call it ~*The Next Gone Girl*~ because it is so. much. more.
5. Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey. I will read everything Catherine Lacey writes from now on, and if I ever got a tattoo, it would more than likely be a quote from this book. Like 100% have thought it out.
4. You by Caroline Kepnes. Sorry, I’m still talking about this one. But, yes, I really mean it when I say you’ll love it!
3. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I was years late to this party, but I’m still glad I came.
2. The Fever by Megan Abbott. This introduced me to a writer I didn’t know I was missing out on!
1 Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg. Beautifully written, based on a true story, told through diary entries. All of my favorite things in one book!
This was definitely a very random list, and not in any order really at all, but it was definitely a great year for books!
What were your favorites this year??