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Books of the Year 2015 (Part Three)

The third and final part of my showcase of favourite books read last year is here!  Whilst I haven’t quite been able to make this list up to a nice, rounded 75, I hope that you still find something (or things!) of interest.

51. The Moving Toyshop – Edmund Crispin (fiction; Vintage) – thoughts (BookTube)
52. The Collector – John Fowles (fiction; Vintage)
53. The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am – Kjersti A. Skomsvold (fiction; Dalkey Archive Press) – thoughts (BookTube)
54. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky (fiction; Penguin)
55. The Aspern Papers – Henry James (fiction; Oxford World’s Classics)
418ame2gt4l-_sx309_bo1204203200_56. A Passionate Apprentice: The Early Journals – Virginia Woolf (non-fiction; Pimlico)
57. All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity – Marshall Berman (non-fiction; Verso)
58. Public Library and Other Stories – Ali Smith (short stories; Penguin) – thoughts
59. Dimanche and Other Stories – Irene Nemirovsky (short stories; Virago)
60. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver (fiction; Serpent’s Tail)
61. The Children Who Lived in a Barn – Eleanor Graham (fiction; Persephone)
62. Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill (fiction; Granta)
63. Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner (fiction; Virago) (re-read)
64. The Charleston Bulletin Supplements – Virginia Woolf and Quentin Bell (non-fiction; British Library)
65. How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman (fiction; Vintage)
66. The Death of Bees – Lisa O’Donnell (fiction; Windmill Books)
67. All the Days and Nights – William Maxwell (short stories; Vintage)
68. The Chateau – William Maxwell (fiction; Vintage)
69. Nightwood – Djuna Barnes (fiction; Faber & Faber)
70. Streetwalking the Metropolis: Women, the City and Modernity – Deborah L. Parsons (non-fiction; Oxford University Press)
71. On Not Knowing Greek – Virginia Woolf (non-fiction; Hesperus)
72. Truth is Not Sober and Other Stories – Winifred Holtby (short-stories; Blackthorn Press)

 

Which were your top books of 2015?

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Books of the Year 2015 (Part Two)

Following on from yesterday’s post, here is the second part of my favourite reads of 2015.

26. Save Me the Waltz – Zelda Fitzgerald (fiction; Vintage) – thoughts
27. Bastard Out of Carolina – Dorothy Allison (fiction; Penguin) – thoughts
28. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote (non-fiction; Penguin) – thoughts | thoughts (BookTube)
29. The Iceberg: A Memoir – Marion Coutts  (non-fiction; Atlantic Books) – thoughts (BookTube)
30. How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran (fiction; Ebury Press) – thoughts (BookTube)
31. Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th-Century Women Writers – Lesley McDowell (non-fiction; Gerald Duckworth and Co. Ltd.) – thoughts (BookTube)
32. The Little Friend – Donna Tartt (fiction; Bloomsbury) – thoughts (BookTube)
33. J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys – Andrew Birkin (non-fiction; Yale University Press) – thoughts (BookTube)9781447241218
34. Bid Me to Live – H.D. (fiction; University Press of Florida) – thoughts (BookTube)
35. Hold Your Own – Kate Tempest (poetry; Pan Macmillan) – thoughts (BookTube)
36. H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald (non-fiction; Vintage) – thoughts (BookTube)
37. Hostages to Fortune – Elizabeth Cambridge (fiction; Persephone) – thoughts (BookTube)
38. How to be a Woman – Caitlin Moran (non-fiction; Ebury Publishing) – thoughts (BookTube)
39. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud (fiction; Penguin)
40. Moving Through Modernity: Space and Geography in Modernism – Andrew Thacker (non-fiction; Manchester University Press) – thoughts (BookTube)
41. Living – Henry Green (fiction; Vintage) – thoughts
42. The First Person and Other Stories – Ali Smith (short stories; Penguin)
43. Tales of the Islanders – Charlotte Bronte (fiction; Hesperus Press) – thoughts (BookTube)
44. Death on the Cherwell – Mavis Doriel Hay (fiction; British Library Crime Classics) – thoughts (BookTube)
45. Fish Can Sing – Halldor Laxness (fiction; Vintage) – thoughts (BookTube)
46. Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff (fiction; William Heinemann)  – thoughts (BookTube)
47. Stoner – John Williams (fiction; Vintage) – thoughts (BookTube/blog)
48. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf (fiction; Penguin)  (re-read)
49. The Panopticon – Jenni Fagan (fiction; Windmill Books) – thoughts (BookTube)
50. Saplings – Noel Streatfeild (fiction; Persephone) – thoughts (BookTube/blog)

Stay tuned for the third and final part tomorrow!

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Books of the Year 2015 (Part One)

It is perhaps a little late to be posting a list of the best books which I read in 2015, but with going on holiday and starting back at University, I haven’t really had chance to collate anything as yet!  I began some not so good books last year, certainly, but since I decided to give up on reading tomes if they have failed to hook me by page fifty, I can honestly say that my final reading list for the year was filled with some absolute gems.  I have split this into three parts so that I can really make the most of book recommendations (and I’m sure it will be refreshing to not have to read yet another ‘One From the Archive’ post for a few days!).

The books below are in no particular order, other than they follow the pattern in which I read them in.  I haven’t split them up into fiction or non-fiction, or different genres, so please forgive me if you are a more organised reader than I!  I believe that all of the following reads will grip and intrigue, and the stories which they present – made up or otherwise – are sure to stick with you for some time.  Rather than copy the blurbs, or write my gushing thoughts about them, I have merely typed up a little list, but if blog reviews exist, I have linked them accordingly.
1. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky (fiction; Wordsworth Classics) – thoughts
2. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt (fiction; Little, Brown and Company)
3. When I Forgot – Elina Hirvonen (fiction; Granta) 9781846148484
4. The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri (fiction; Bloomsbury)
5. Through the Woods – Emily Carroll (graphic novel; Margaret K. McElderry Books) – thoughts (BookTube)
6. Ragnarok – A.S. Byatt (fiction; Canongate)
7. East of Eden – John Steinbeck (fiction; Penguin) – thoughts (BookTube)
8. The Years – Virginia Woolf (fiction; Oxford World’s Classics)
9. Tove Jansson: Work and Love – Tuula Karjalainen (non-fiction; Penguin) – thoughts
10. Diving Belles – Lucy Wood (short stories; Bloomsbury) – thoughts (BookTube)
11. A Murder is Announced – Agatha Christie (fiction; HarperCollins)
12. Cold Spring Harbor – Richard Yates (fiction; Vintage) – thoughts
13. Confronting the Classics – Mary Beard (non-fiction; Profile Books Ltd.) – thoughts (BookTube)
14. Fun Home – Alison Bechdel (graphic novel; Houghton Mifflin)
15. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien (fiction; HarperCollins) – thoughts | thoughts (BookTube)
16. A Very Long Engagement – Sebastien Japrisot (fiction; Vintage) – thoughts (BookTube)
17. Family Roundabout – Richmal Crompton (fiction; Persephone) – thoughts (BookTube)
978000723020418. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin (fiction; Penguin) – thoughts
19. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel (fiction; HarperCollins)
20. Someone at a Distance – Dorothy Whipple (fiction; Persephone) – thoughts
21. A Russian Journal – John Steinbeck (non-fiction; Penguin)
22. Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman – Friedrich Christian Delius (fiction; Peirene) – thoughts (BookTube)
23. Her – Harriet Lane (fiction; Orion) – thoughts (BookTube)
24. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie (fiction; HarperCollins) – thoughts
25. Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis (fiction; Vintage)

Stay tuned for part two tomorrow!