Favourite Reads of 2015

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We've come to that time of year again where you're inundated with lists of people's favourite books/TV shows/films/videogames of the year go live, and yes, here I will be briefly (hopefully) chatting about my favorite things I've read in the year of 2015. The list is noticeably shorter than last year; I've definitely become more aware of what books I genuinely enjoy and sought out more engaging reads than simply fun or 'literary' ones. I've provided links to reviews I've written on the books where possible if any of them catch your eye! Wishing you all a very lovely festive break and looking forward to hearing all about what bookish presents you receive.

Warning: wall of text follows.

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud - Reviewed in Recent Reads #5 - A gorgeous and touching graphic novel that I still feel very lucky to have had signed by the author himself when I met him at an event.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Short review in Summer Books, Part One - Say what you will, I will never tire of inspirational books about travelling women.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress) - Review coming when series completed - I'm yet to read Fairest and Winter, but I am eager to read more of this inventive and fun series.

The Female Man by Joanna Russ - One of the three books I wrote my master's dissertation on, and, unlike many books I've studied before, it stood up to bouts and bouts of re-reading and dissecting. It's such a cleverly constructed book, even if out of date in some values, and has really inspired me creatively. Thumbs up, Joanna Russ.

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer- Review posted here - An absolutely stunning read that I constantly find myself wanting to re-read to get that feeling back. Please give this book a go.

Rat Queens Volumes 1 and 2 - Reviewed in April and May 2015 Reads - This has been such a good year for graphic novels for me. I think Rat Queens is absolutely revolutionary in female-led comics and I really can't wait to see what comes next for this rag-tag band of lady adventurers.

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks- Review can be found here and interview with the author can be found here - Even just thinking about this nearly brings a tear to my eye.

The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno- Reviewed here - I really do regret having this on my shelf for so long unread. A darker and more mysterious sibling of Wes Anderson films.

All of Saga - No explanation needed. I still need to pick up the fifth volume.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves) - Raven Boys review can be found here, and a short review of Dream Thieves can be found here - Desperately needing to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue before the final installment of the series is released next year.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert- Reviewed here - I will always be a Liz Gilbert fan.

You by Caroline Kepnes- Short review found here - Up there in my 'most terrifying books of the year' list, and one I would recommend to anybody. Maybe not for the faint-hearted. Another book on this list with a sequel I am yet to have picked up.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer- Quick review written here - The strangest book I read this year.

Volume 1 and 2 of The Sandman by Neil Gaiman - Re-reads, but still wonderful. I'm really enjoying getting back into this series right from the beginning. It's probably my favorite graphic novel series of all time.

M x

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