Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Best Books I Read in 2015.
Last week I posted my top ten new-to-me authors; this week, I’m listing the 10 best new releases I read this year. (In other words, I’m not including books published before 2015. Except I couldn’t help mentioning a few standouts at the bottom of the post.)
- Uprooted (Naomi Novik) This fantasy novel, an original fairy tale sprinkled with familiar elements, blew me away. Powerful, deep, and satisfying, Uprooted is probably the best book I read all year. (review to come)
- A Curious Beginning (Deanna Raybourn) Raybourn kicks off a new and promising series with this historical mystery (with romantic overtones) set in Victorian England. https://bookwyrmshoard.com/book-reviews/a-curious-beginning-deanna-raybourn/
- Winter (Marissa Meyer) What can I say about the fourth and final book of the Lunar Chronicles, except that I loved it and I didn’t want it to end? (review to come)
- Beastkeeper (Cat Hellisen) Beastkeeper is gorgeously written and darker than I expected; it plays with the “Beauty and the Beast” tale without being in any sense a retelling.
- Valiant (Sarah McGuire) is a marvelous, MG, gender-bending retelling of “The Brave Little Tailor” that charmed me from the first page.
- Home by Nightfall (Charles Finch) maintains the high standards I’ve come to expect from this historical mystery series, and introduces more moral ambiguity than I’ve seen in any of Finch’s books so far.
- Orphan Train (Christina Baker Kline) Orphan Train is a beautiful, heartwrenching, and ultimately hopeful book. I’m so thankful my book group chose it, since I never would have picked it up on my own.
- The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan) Riordan’s latest brings the Norse myths to life — literally. I was hoping for something as fun and exciting as the Percy Jackson books, and I got it.
- The Rogue Not Taken (Sarah Maclean) may be the best historical romance I’ve read this year, though it has some stiff competition from Tessa Dare, Lisa Kleypas, and Mary Balogh.
- Murder at Barclay Meadow (Wendy Sand Eckel) Eckel’s well-written sort-of-cozy mystery eschews the light-and-funny approach in favor of a deeper, more realistic exploration of the main character’s feelings.
Honorable Mention (4.5 stars and 4 stars)
- When a Scot Ties the Knot (Tessa Dare)
- A Thousand Nights (E.K. Johnston)
- Cold-hearted Rake (Lisa Kleypas)
- Newt’s Emerald (Garth Nix)
- A Desperate Fortune (Susanna Kearsley) (review to come)
- Book Scavenger (Jennifer Chambliss Bertman)
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a few books that came out prior to 2015, but that I read for the first time this year: The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern), The Martian (Andy Wier), and Summers at Castle Auburn (Sharon Shinn), all three of which really deserved to be on this list.