Tuesday, December 29, 2015

#AMonthofFaves: Favorite Books of 2015

It's time! It's time for favorite books of 2015! I split these into fiction, non, and comics. And away we go....



Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel was the first book I read in 2015, and it's stuck with me.

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay was brutal, challenging, and rewarding.

The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain was a delight.

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz grabbed me by the hair.

The Shore by Sara Taylor is the best mish-mash of story and novel.

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King was disturbing and engrossing.

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett made me feel like a kid, and it made me cry...a lot.


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates should be required reading.

The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson humbled me.

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine made me happy and ashamed and careful. It's also hard to categorize since it's fiction, non, and a variety of forms all wrapped up into one.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso inspired me to follow my happiness in the workplace.

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman opened my mind to lots of things I just didn't know.


Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro fired me up, and Kelly Sue DeConnick MADE comics for me this year.

Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios blew me over with its mythical feel and became an all-time fave.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson pushes boundaries in the most delightful ways, and it's damn beautiful.  
What were your favorite books this year? Check out Girlxoxo.com and TravelingWithT.com to see what my cohostesses are loving! 


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  1. Go backlist books (for your fiction winners)! Station Eleven and An Untamed State were both favorites of mine from 2014.

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    1. Yesss, my trusty backlist. I love 'em so! Station Eleven and An Untamed State were both great books to start the year.

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  2. I've only read one of those books. These lists are making me feel very under read.

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    1. LOL, there are just too many books!

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  3. The Shore DEFINITELY makes my faves of 2015 as well! I'm not going to get it together to make a bunch of lists this year, but I do so enjoy checking out everyone else's!

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    1. Yayyyy! I can only swing one list. More is terror. lol

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  4. I haven't read most of these yet. However, I loved Station Eleven too.

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    1. I'm glad to hear it! I generally forget books (more often than I'd like to admit), but the details of Station Eleven remain so vivid. That's saying a lot!

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  5. I read Station Eleven at the start of this year, too! I also really enjoyed it. I feel like I read many great books at the start of the year and then right at the end, but the middle of the year feels quite forgettable to me...

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    1. I feel the same way. There was definitely a lull in the middle, though that was also the most stressful part of the year for me.

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  6. Pretty Deadly didn't blow me away and that made me sad. I am hoping volume 2 will connect better!

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    1. Awww, I hope so, too! It was weird to start with, but flipping back through it once I was done once through really got me.

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    2. I have big plans to read all of my comics over again in 2016, so, fingers crossed a reread clicks!

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  7. Citizen made my list too!

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  8. I have heard good things about a bunch of these and own a couple of them. However, like Kathy, I'm feeling very unread. Or maybe I just read in different genres. That's it. LOL

    Hope you guys are OK up I35. What a Christmas weather season, right? We had the A/C on Xmas Day and now the heat and sleet and hail in the same night. It was beyond weird. Happy New Year to you, Andi!

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    1. And there are too many books to go around! lol

      We are doing ok up here. The area hardest hit by tornadoes is an area we frequent, and I dread going there in a week or so and seeing the destruction. So sad.

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  9. Station Eleven made my list too! I've just added The Red Notebook and #GirlBoss to my TBR.

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    1. I hope you love them both! The Red Notebook is an especially quick, fun read.

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  10. So many good books! I loved An Untamed State so much...and I think everyone knows how I feel about The Shore ;)

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    1. LOL, yes! I can't thank you enough for loving The Shore and enabling me to pick it up.

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  11. Andi, there are so many great books here; I want to read them ALL!!! GAH! Like you, Station Eleven was the first book I read in 2015 and it set a pretty high bar; even though it was published last year, it's still high on my list for 2015. I've been on the fence about #GIRLBOSS so I think I'll give it a try soon! Thanks so much for sharing these!

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    1. We have a case of the gobbledybooks! Wanting to read them all at once, that is. I hope you enjoy #GIRLBOSS when you get around to it! And cheers to Station Eleven...a solid way to have started the year.

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  12. I love your explanations after each title. I did that last year but had so many this year!!

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    1. I couldn't swing more than a sentence! I got tired just thinking about it!

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  13. I've been trying to narrow my lists down. I read a lot of amazing nonfic this year, so figuring out that particular list is HARD.

    I'll have to check out The Red Notebook. I hadn't heard of it!

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    1. I'm pretty envious. I read some great non-fiction, but I wish I'd read even MORE! The Red Notebook is a quick, charming read from one of my favorite publishers...Gallic!

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  14. 2016 hasn't even started yet and already I'm bored so if you loved the Stephen King then I need to jump in and be freaked out. Anything to get my blood going at this point!

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    1. Do itttt! It's four novellas (and my edition had a bonus story). Very good stuff.

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  15. The only one I have heard of is Station Eleven.

    The Butterfly Mosque looks good...love the cover.

    Thanks for sharing, and happy reading in 2016!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My A Month of Faves

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    1. The Butterfly Mosque was so good! Cover and all. :)

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  16. Agh, I haven't read any of your faves, but I do have a bunch already in my possession - Hello Station Eleven and An Untamed State. Only now my wish list is bigger too... ;-)

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    1. LOL, you can't go wrong with those two, in my opinion!

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  17. Citizen was one of my 2 favorite books of the year, and one of my favorites of all time. It's just one of the books that will stay with me. I am looking anxiously forward to reading Between the World and me and An Untamed State. I keep seeing people talking about Station Eleven and I keep ignoring it. Your recommendation has made me decide to read it.

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    1. I hope you love all of the books you've mentioned here. Citizen is definitely one I'll re-read, and you can't go wrong with Between the World and Me and An Untamed State. Station Eleven was a stunner. Even though it was the first book I read in 2015, I still remember SO many of the details.

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  18. I feel like I would much rather read Station Eleven than All the Light We Cannot See for book club. Oh well.

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    1. I tried All the Light We Cannot See, and I was interested at first, but it fizzled for me and I DNFed it. I feel like that might've been mostly a cranky reading mood. I hope you have better luck with it!

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  19. Alright. I'm getting #girlboss before the year is out.

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  20. I loved An Untamed State and The Shore very much also. Like how you split up the lists. One can never have too many fave book lists!

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    1. So true! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  21. I plan to read Between the World and Me, since I keep hearing great things about it. I also need to remember to snag a copy of The Red Notebook. I looked at it after you mentioned you were reading it, but never got around to getting a copy.

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    1. Ahhh, The Red Notebook is just so lovely. Gallic does everything right. Enjoy Between the World and Me when you get to it!

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  22. The Shore on my wish list, but Between the World and Me was definitely a favorite.

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    1. I think you will LOVE The Shore. I hope so anyway. :D

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  23. Aww, Station Eleven is SO good. And how have I not read The Butterfly Mosque yet?? I love G. Willow Wilson.


    Yayyyy for such a good reading year!

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    1. You need to get on that because her writing is impeccable. No surprise there, right? So good!

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  24. Such wonderful choices! Station Eleven was one of my best books for 2014, and Nimona has topped my list of best 2015 books. I've been recommending those two to everyone, pretty much every chance I've gotten!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you loved Nimona as much as I did. I'm almost certain I'll re-read it this year. I'm surprised I haven't already.

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  25. So fun to read your list - I keep seeing several of these on a lot of lists. Station Eleven is one I hoe to read this year! Here's to a great year of books in 2016!

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    1. Oh gosh, it was so good, and it was one of those books that grabbed me from the first line.

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  26. Adding The Butterfly Mosque to my TBR list, although already had several on the list.

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    1. It's really a wonderful nonfiction pick. Love her story and the way she describes her conversion to Islam.

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  27. Love reading everyone's top reads lists - it's kind of the time I really add books to my wish list because I can really see what people loved most.

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    1. Same here! There have been a few books I just can't resist anymore since they're on so many lists.

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