As I’m looking back on the books I read the previous year, there were some winners and some losers. Let’s start with my favorites of the year. Click on the link to read my full review.
Middle grade fiction:
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo – all about a young girl moving to a new town and trying to make friends.
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron – another book about a young girl trying to find her place in the world.
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – the first in a new series focusing on Norse mythology.
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli – was a great read aloud about a kid trying to find a home.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – such a good book about growing up, relationships, and being there for a friend.
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein – a WWII book that shows women played a larger role than they often get credit for.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London – a classic adventure story about the gold rush in 1890s in the Yukon.
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett – a Discworld book that should be read by everyone who enjoys fantasy or humorous books.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – a nested book with stories running from the 1800s to the future of humanity.
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey – this is definitely for adults, in a magical Earth, slightly fantastical setting. The second book was just as good.
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – a book about a bookseller on an island who is drawn into life by a child left at his store.
Okay, So Look by Micah Edwards – a highly amusing retelling of Genesis.
Play by Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaughan – all about the importance of play in everyone’s life, children and adults.
As for the worst of 2015, I did much better this year picking random books. There were only two I didn’t finish – Pallas by L. Neil Smith, because of its female characters who were too quick to jump into bed with the main character, and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, because I found it boring and full of too many similar characters.