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2015 Reading Roundup!

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2015 Reading Roundup!

OK, I’m quite late on doing this this year – I’ve been distracted by thinking about what I’m going to nominate for the Hugos (my first year doing so). More on that to-come!

However, better late than never! Here are my collected opinions on the best books I read in 2015 (regardless of when they were published).

In 2015 I read a total of 163 complete books, not counting magazines, cookbooks, shorts, travel guides, graphic novels, things I didn’t finish; &c.

My favorites were:

Best Fantasy (tie!) –
The Fifth Season – NK Jemisin:
The Traitor Baru Cormorant – Seth Dickinson:
Best Served Cold – Joe Abercrombie:

Best Fantasy Novella (tie!) –
Of Sorrow and Such – Angela Slatter:
Wylding Hall – Elizabeth Hand:

Best Sci-fi –
The Peripheral – William Gibson:

Best Historical Fiction –
The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth:

Best Horror –
We have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson:

Best Mystery –
The Mysterious Disappearance of the Reluctant Book Fairy – Elizabeth George:

Best Steampunk/Victorian –
Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho:

Best Fairy Tale (tie!) –
The Seventh Bride – T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon):
Uprooted – Naomi Novik:

Best Cli-fi Thriller –
The Water Knife – Paolo Bacigalupi:

Best Entry into an Ongoing Series –
Fitz & the Fool – Robin Hobb:

Best YA Sci-fi –
More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera:

Best YA Fantasy –
Sunbolt – Intisar Khanani:

Best Short Story Collection from a Single Author (tie!) –
Three Moments of an Explosion – China Mieville:
Sourdough and Other Stories – Angela Slatter:

Best Anthology of Stories which are in the Public Domain:
Victorian Fairy Tales:

Best Childhood Re-read:
The Hero and The Crown – Robin McKinley:


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