Mogsy: Best of 2015 and the Year in Review
What an amazing year in books! At the time of this writing, so far in 2015 I have read and logged a total of 209 titles onto Goodreads, which breaks down as follows:
- 2 serial episodes
- 4 anthologies/collections
- 9 novellas
- 194 novels
Here’s the Goodreads spread for what that looks like:
I apologize in advance for how haphazard this is going to be, but as you can probably imagine from looking at the above chart, narrowing down my Top 10 or even my Top 20 list of books to feature as the best read in 2015 is going to be tough, if not impossible. That’s why I’ve opted not to do a traditional list. Instead I’m going to break it down into different genres/categories and highlight all the books that were my favorites of the year, books that I thought were most memorable, and/or any books that I think should be getting more attention. All you have to know is, I loved them all!
You can see my reviews and more information about the books by clicking on the images and following the links.
Starting off with Fantasy, the biggest category, this year I discovered a new-to-me authors like Michael R. Fletcher, Ken Liu, and Seth Dickinson, and then there’s also The Fifth Season which made me wonder why it took me so long to finally read N.K. Jemisin!
I also found new favorite books by authors I’ve read before, like Skyborn, Black Wolves, Uprooted, Master of Plagues, and The Mechanical. Then it’s a parade of fantastic sequels! I always love it when a book lives up to or surpasses its predecessors, and this year Tower of Thorns, The Liar’s Key, and The Price of Valor all went above and beyond.
2015 was a great year for Science Fiction as well. Some highlights include the best Star Wars book I’ve ever read (Lost Stars), a pre-2015 book that blew me away (Dark Eden), my first adult sci-fi novel by Ian McDonald (Luna: New Moon) and another amazing Expanse sequel (Nemesis Games).
This year The BiblioSanctum also once again participated in the month-long Sci-Fi November event, and to see a more detailed list of all my top sci-fi reads this year, be sure to check out the Top Ten post I put together for the wrap up!
I felt it was a pretty light year for Horror, relative to previous years. Still, 2015 saw a couple of outstanding Horror reads, like Day Four by Sarah Lotz and The Fifth House of the Heart by new-to-me author Ben Tripp.
I didn’t read as many UF books this year, so the ones I loved were truly memorable. Flex was a fun surprise, and One Good Dragon Deserves Another is another self-published gem by Rachel Aaron. And finally, Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan is the amazing ending to her Generation V series and it was so good it made me cry!
Ryan Graudin surprised me with her adventurous Wolf by Wolf and Alan Michael Nelson did so as well with his horror/UF Hexed. There were some great sequels as well, like Earth Flight, Half the World, and Firefight. Despite my reservations, Illuminae ended up impressing the hell out of me, and this year I also finally started Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle – loved the first book!
Books Read in 2015…
Number of pages read:
Longest book: 780 pages
By a male author: 50.7%
By a female author: 44.4%
For review: 82.5%
On My Shelves (some crossover):
Science Fiction: 30.0%
Young Adult: 19.9%
Urban Fantasy: 16.9%
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