I’ve read plenty of books this year and here were the ones I thought were the best. I like to read a wide variety, so yeah a lot of these books are complete opposites. In no particular order:
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Growing up and the lack of wanting to? That’s been done over and over again! True, but Black’s children’s book does so in a pretty unique way. Keep in mind, the creepy doll isn’t the major part of the book – instead, it’s more of a tool to help the protagonists.
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
This one didn’t have me sold when I first started reading it, but as the narrative progresses it began to draw me in. The story is told by a confused and rambling narrator but the novel is brilliantly crafted with many layers. Most of the characters aren’t likable at all – but they sure are fascinating.
Off Season by Jack Ketchum
Cannibals, one of the greatest subjects in horror. Ketchum’s novel is one of the best examples of that subject done perfectly.
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
A book filled with plenty of adventure, magic, fun, drama and all that good stuff. It’s a children’s book but adults should really enjoy it too. Seriously, this should be on the same level as Harry Potter.
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
Let’s just say I read this with some others…and they hated it. Well, not me, I loved it. Dreiser’s prose might be terrible to some but it drew me into the amazing story.
The Killing Kind by Bryan Smith
A fun, engrossing horror novel. On the back of the book it’s compared to the movies The Devil’s Rejects and Natural Born Killers. This is an accurate comparison. As a fan of those films (Well, more so Devil’s Rejects) this book was a nice treat. Road trip horror done right.
The End of Alice by A.M Homes
Just an all around disturbing and weird book. Imagine Lolita and American Psycho combined.
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The characters have some goofy names but the story is solid. Milkman’s quest to find his family history really captures the African American struggle in terms of genealogy and identity.
The Resurrectionist by Wrath James White
Good premise, gory, brutal and an overall gem of a horror novel. I like that their seems to be more sympathy and characterization given to the victims of the novel, something a lot of horror books and movies don’t do.
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Funny, sad and basically a perfect children’s novel. It captures the reader’s attention right from the start and as the story unfolds they’ll want to learn more and more.
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The narrative’s constant praising of Sara annoyed me at first. However, building her up so high just made her fall into poverty more interesting. It was a true test of character she succeeded in. By the end, I was rooting for her.
Well those were the best books I’ve read in 2015. I guess I should note that just because I read these in 2015, that doesn’t mean they were released in 2015, of course. 🙂