Of 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||Scott Lynch||epic fantasy||1st|
|2||Mistborn: The Final Empire||Brandon Sanderson||epic fantasy||1st|
|3||Name of the Wind||Patrick Rothfuss||epic fantasy||1st|
|4||Red Seas Under Red Skies||Scott Lynch||epic fantasy||2nd|
|5||The Martian||Andy Weir||hard sci-fi||stand-alone|
|6||Small Gods||Terry Pratchett||humor fantasy||13th (but stand-alone)|
|7||The Last Colony||John Scalzi||sci-fi||3rd|
|8||Caliban’s War||James S.A. Corey||space opera sci-fi||2nd|
|9||The Providence Rider||Robert McCammon||historical thriller||4th|
|10||Seveneves||Neal Stephenson||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.