Top 10 Reads of 2015

Top 10Of the 32 books I read this year, here is my Top Ten List.

Note that these are books I READ in 2015, and NOT necessarily books that were published in 2015. (Only one of the titles in my Top 10, “Seveneves”, came out in 2015).

# cover title author my rating genre series info
1 The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch The Lies of Locke Lamora Scott Lynch 5 out of 5 stars epic fantasy 1st
2 Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson Mistborn: The Final Empire Brandon Sanderson 5 out of 5 stars epic fantasy 1st
3 Name of the Wind Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss 5 out of 5 stars epic fantasy 1st
4 Red Seas Under Red Skies Red Seas Under Red Skies Scott Lynch 5 out of 5 stars epic fantasy 2nd
5 The Martian The Martian Andy Weir 5 out of 5 stars hard sci-fi stand-alone
6 Small Gods - Terry Pratchett Small Gods Terry Pratchett 4 out of 5 stars humor fantasy 13th (but stand-alone)
7 The Last Colony The Last Colony John Scalzi 4 out of 5 stars sci-fi 3rd
8 Caliban's War cover Caliban’s War James S.A. Corey 4 out of 5 stars space opera sci-fi 2nd
9 providence-rider The Providence Rider Robert McCammon 4 out of 5 stars historical thriller 4th
10 Seveneves by Neal Stephenson Seveneves Neal Stephenson 4 out of 5 stars hard sci-fi stand-alone

Honorable Mention: The Churn by James S.A. Corey. As a short novella I thought sticking it in among the full novels wasn’t entirely fair, but by my rating (of 5 stars) I would place it between my #5 & #6 pick above.

Anything I rate as 5 stars (I LOVED it) I consider pretty awesome, but the books in positions 2 to 4 I consider VERY close ties and it was hard to put any one before another. Likewise there were a LOT of 4 star reads (I REALLY liked it) in this years list. Picking the best of those to fill out my top 10 list was tough, so I decided to give a good cross section of authors. There were a couple of 4-star classic sci-fi books and few more James S.A. Corey “The Expanse” books and novellas that were hard not to include.

I included info on genre and series info as I was a little surprised to note that the stuff I really like is usually in a series (guess I can’t get enough of a good thing). And while an avid (or rabid) sci-fi fan, this year a number of excellent fantasy books captured my best reads. Also of note the only author to appear in my Top 10 twice is Scott Lynch. I am so loving his “Gentleman Bastard” series. Right now I have just started the 3rd in the series, The Republic of Thieves, but doubt I will finish it before the end of the year. I also plan on reading more of Patrick Rothfuss‘ “The Kingkiller Chronicle” series as soon as possible.

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