Although I’ve not had as much time for reading this year as I would have liked, I have read some absolutely fantastic books.
So here’s some of my favourite books that I’ve read in 2015…
The Slow Regard of Silent Things
This is a spinoff novella from The Kingkiller Chronicles, exploring the bizarre, dream-like, and strangely heartwarming life and routines of Auri, a side character from the series. Now, I’ll admit, I am in the camp of people that love anything Rothfuss does. He could wipe his arse on paper and I’d buy it, but this book is simply beautiful. It breaks just about every writing rule there is, but it just works. I wouldn’t recommend it if you haven’t read The Kingkiller Chronicles, but for Rothfuss fans, it’s a must.
Another signature thriller with an intricate plotline and a touch of fantasy. I’ve loved Lauren Beukes since reading Zoo City, and this book surpassed my expectations. It astounds me how many plot lines Beukes manages to keep hold of, to plait together. I would love to pick her brains about her method of plotting her books. I honestly couldn’t put this down. And when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about reading it.
John Ajvide Lindqvist
Although Let The Right One In has been sat on my overwhelmingly huge to-be-read pile for ages, this is the only Lindqvist book that I’ve read so far. This is a dark and desperate story of a father whose young daughter disappears into thin air, and his journey to find her. Fantastical and odd, this book is a little slow-moving at times, with an ending that raises as many questions as it answers, but it definitely deserves its place here.
The Death House
This was my first experience of Pinborough’s work, and I only picked it up because she was a guest author at Edge Lit in July, and I wanted to read something of hers before I attended. And I’m so glad I chose this. I have to name this as my book of the year. It’s a post zombie apocalypse novel, but nothing like what you’d expect from the genre. It’s tender, heartbreaking, but somehow, ultimately optimistic. But I’ll warn you; read it with a box of tissues. I’ve cried over several books, but this is the first to leave me sobbing.
The Strings of Murder
Oscar de Muriel
This debut novel is a Victorian gothic murder mystery, with a less-than-usual killer. In fact, it also boasts some less-than-usual detectives. Unlikely CID partners, Frey and McGray, are the perfect double-act mix of comedy and genius, pulling the story at one heck of a pace, and with relentless tension. It kept me guessing to the end, questioning what I’d ‘seen’, questioning what I believed, questioning everything. I cannot wait for the release of the next in the series, due in February.
I bought this book because so many people had been raving about it, and because it’s set in North Devon, my home county. And I wasn’t disappointed. Erratically paced, the book covers just a few hours in time, and you live every moment of it. In high definition, with your nose truly up against the glass. It’s gritty, it’s visceral, it’s voyeuristic. One of those things you don’t really want to watch, but you simply can’t look away from.