Unlike last year, when I gave you top tens for all my favourite genres, this year I’ll just give you my overall top ten of favourite books for 2015! Making this top ten was actually not that easy. Although there were a lot of 4 and 5 star books last year (44 out of 63!), I somehow feel not that many books really stood out, if that makes sense? Despite that, I read a lot of excellent books and was able to make a top ten, so here is my list of books I’d wholeheartedly recommend!
Top Ten of Books Read In 2015
- Harry Potter(series) by J.K. Rowling
This is cheating, because these books will forever by my #1, no matter how often I read them.
- The Dark Forest (Three-Body #2) by Cixin Liu
This is definitely my favourite read of the year, along with The Three-Body Problem. This book is among the best science fiction I ever read and I can’t wait for the last volume.
- The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
This is one of those books that I read as a child, and then read again this year. It’s gorgeous, it’s a classic, and it’s just been translated to English in 2013 so you can all read it!
- Slade House by David Mitchell
I loved this little book. Reading another Mitchell always feels like coming home (which is easy because of what Mitchell does to his characters).
- Read Real Japanese Fiction edited by Michael Emmerich
Loved the way this book is set up, loved the selection of short stories. Great little book for Japanese language learners.
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I read this book when I had the flu (haha). Really enjoyed this book, its pace, the way it skipped between different times, and it was completely believable. Loved it.
- Genocide of One by Kazuaki Takano
This was the surprise of the year. I had no expectations and then this book blew me away.
- Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman
Ah, this book. I adored the first book, Seraphina, but the second part in the duology didn’t start out as fantastic as I had hoped and I got worried. But Hartman didn’t disappoint and oh, these books, my poor heart.
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
This book is both absolutely adorable, and has a few very unexpected aspects to it that make it interesting for adults too.
- The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2) by Robert Galbraith
This is the only 4 star book on this list (despite me rating several other books with 5 stars). I guess it slipped onto the list because it’s one of the last books I read in 2015. I didn’t really like the first part in the series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, it was a disappointment. So I was bracing myself for The Silkworm, because I really want to like these books. And thankfully I really enjoyed this one (+ loved the theme).