Top 2015 Books (So Far)

Hm. Difficult topic for me this week, because I’ve only read 34 books* so far in 2015, and ten would be a pretty huge chunk! I don’t want to cheat and pad my numbers by including rereads of favorites (like the Raven Cycle!). Instead, I’m just going to list those new-to-me books that have particularly stood out from the rest. In order of when I read them:

all_joy1. All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior – Very first book of the year, and it remains one of my favorites this year. Nonfiction about the effects of parenting in the modern age on parents.

2. Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover – Very unusual YA gender-bending fantasy! I absolutely loved every minute of this one.

3. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke – Almost five years after my first attempt to read this book, I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook. I hope to own it – and the print version – someday, and I plan to enjoy the story many times! Also, I’m loving the TV series so far.

bodykeepsscore4. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk – I read this not long after I was diagnosed with complex PTSD, because of the diagnosis, and I learned so much from it, both about the illness and about myself.

5. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley – Totally blown away by the careful characterization, world-building, friendships, and plotting of this YA contemporary fantasy.

*As of 6/25/15. I’m sure I’ve finished off a couple audiobooks in the days since then, but as I’ll be traveling all those days and won’t likely have access to internet/my blog by today, I’m pre-scheduling this and not counting any audiobooks I finish en route toward this count/post. Though if I’m lucky, I acquired a new favorite-of-the-year during this trip! *thinks wishful thoughts*


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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16 Responses to Top 2015 Books (So Far)

  1. danicapage says:

    I haven’t read any of these, but they look good.

    Great list! Thanks for sharing.

    Here are my Top 10 for the year

    And here’s a a $30 giveaway at Aamazon


  2. Lindsay says:

    I’ve owned “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” for years and years and have never gotten around to reading it. I bought it on a whim from the bargain shelf at Barnes and Noble, and since then it has just sat on a shelf looking spooky and gothic. I’m hoping to finally get to it this year. i’m glad you enjoyed it so much!


  3. Trish says:

    Ditto what Lindsay said about Jonathan Strange. It’s just SO BIG. I’ve been considering just getting the ebook…I hate doing that, though when I already have a copy. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! Was hoping maybe my library or Scribd had a copy of the audio, but it doesn’t.

    Also really want to read All Fun No Joy!


  4. Literary Feline says:

    I am so glad you liked Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Even after having read it years ago, I still think back fondly on the book. Someday I hope to reread it. I’ve been hearing so much about Magonia lately. I guess it’s time it goes on my wish list.


  5. Jenn says:

    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell was fantastic. I only just finished it, otherwise it definitely would have made my Top Ten list. Such a unique and memorable book.

    Both YA fantasies sound interesting too. Must take note of them!


  6. Trisha says:

    I have got to read Strange and Norrell…but it’s sooooo long, and I have like five minutes a week to read.


  7. Brona says:

    All Joy and No Fun was a fascinating book – you’re the first blogger (other than myself) that I’ve seen review it 🙂

    My Top 10:


  8. I think I own Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell too . . . sad that I don’t know for sure! In any event, the length is intimidating to me. I don’t necessarily stay away from books that big, but it has to be something I truly want to read.


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