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06 January 2016 @ 09:04 pm
2015 Big Book List  
The new things that I read in 2015 - not including comics, because otherwise we really will be here all day, although there are the things that I read as graphic novels. This is just a list, although arranged in at least some kind of rec order. My reviews and book chatter is over here at goodreads. I tend to rate some books higher overall if I enjoyed them regardless of some faults and then there's those, like New Avengers: The Reunion, that are so bad they're good, but no, really, I can't rate them any higher even if I'm enjoying myself laughing.

Fantastic = the best of the best. The ones that I felt the urge to tell everyone about, multiple times, including strangers on the bus. The ones that I bought other people because I had to share. The ones that I really, really enjoyed.
Great = the best of the rest. Books that I would reread, or lodged themselves in my head so thoroughly that rereading might be redundant.
Good = books that I enjoyed, but since book-lovers can't afford everything these ones you could save your money on and find them in the library.
Okay = books are books and therefore wonderful, but I can't help feeling that these ones could have been better.
The Bottom of the Pile = well if you have nothing else to read


Fantastic

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
Last Night in Montreal by Emily St John Mandel
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
The Martian by Andy Weir
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
Alif the Unseen by G Willow Wilson
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield (non-fiction)
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (short story collection)
How The Marquis Got His Coat Back by Neil Gaiman (short story)
Speak Easy by Catherynne M Valente (novella)
Forsaken by Kelley Armstrong (novella set at the end of the Otherworld series)
Habibi by Craig Thompson (graphic novel)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (graphic novel)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (non-fiction, graphic novel)
Briar by Chris Wildgoose & Benjamin Read (graphic novel)
Porcelain: Bone China by Chris Wildgoose & Benjamin Read (graphic novel, 2 in series)
The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean (picture book)
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell (illustrated short story)
The Fox And The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith (picture book)


Great

the long way to a small angry planet by Becky Chambers
When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Bell Jar by Slyvia Plath
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Sand by Hugh Howey
Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong (3 in series)
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (1 in series)
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (1 in series)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers
The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett (last in series)
Cuckoo Song for Frances Hardinge
The Death House by Sarah Pinborough
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (it’s… read Fangirl first)
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Superheroes Anonymous by Lexie Dunne (1 in series)
Supervillains Anonymous by Lexie Dunne (2 in series)
Men Explain Things to Me and Other Essays by Rebeca Solnit (non-fiction)
Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science by Philippe Squarzoni (non-fiction, graphic novel)
Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury (non-fiction)
Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi (non-fiction, graphic novel)
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (graphic novel)
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki (graphic novel)
Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola & Emily Carroll (illustrated short story)
Lumberjanes: Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke A Allen & Maarta Laiho (graphic novels)
Lumberjanes: Volume 2 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke Allen, & Maarta Laiho (graphic novel)
Injection by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey & Jordi Bellaire (graphic novel)
Neverwhere by Mike Carey (graphic novel)


Good

Mind Games by Teri Terry
Growing Wings by Laurel Winter
White Boots by Noel Streatfield
End of Days by Susan Ee (last in trilogy)
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Half A King by Joe Abercrombie (1 in trilogy)
Katy by Jacqueline Wilson
Sunstone by Stjepan Sejic (graphic novel)
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson (3 in series)
Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson (2 in series)
Confessions of a Showman by Gerry Cottle (non-fiction)
Lost At Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley (graphic novel)
Civil War by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines & Morry Hollowell (graphic novel)


Okay

White Tiger by Kylie Chan (1 in series)
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (2 in series)
Umbral by Anthony Johnston & Christopher Mitten (graphic novel)
New Avengers: The Reunion by Jim McCann & David Lopez (graphic novel)


The Bottom

Runaways volumes 5-11 (graphic novels)
Astonishing X Men: Exogenesis by Warren Ellis & Kaare Andrews (graphic novel)



Comics mentions for things I'm loving: Bitch Planet, Saga, Lazarus, Pretty Deadly, The Beauty, The Wicked & The Devine, Giant Days, Southern Cross, East of West, I tried some of Isobelle Greenberg's things at Thought Bubble and she's amazing... A lot of Image! I'm trying to teach myself to wait for more trades when it comes to Marvel, although I've been trying some first issues of their new lines. (All new All New Hawkeye was a sad disappointment. Doctor Strange was amusing. The first issue of The Vision was cleverly creepy.)

Any recommendations from your 2015 reads?
 
 
 
Atlas of Cloudsfranztastisch on January 6th, 2016 10:16 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to find that the books I've lent you all rate highly. :D
inkvoices: girl readinginkvoices on January 12th, 2016 06:32 pm (UTC)
You lent me really good books! :D

Edited at 2016-01-12 06:33 pm (UTC)