Hello my fellow bookworms, 2015 was a great reading year for me where I finished 62 books. It was hard to dwindle it down to 10 but after much thought here are my choices (ordered alphabetically by author):
- Inferno by Dan Brown – another gripping thriller that follows Professor Robert Langdon through the history, art and symbols of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. I loved the historical settings of Florence, Venice and Istanbul.
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – a creepy and atmospheric mystery set out on the foggy, lonely moors with a diabolical hound! A cosy and comforting read which I simply loved.
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – I have fond memories of watching the film as a child. A charming children’s classic with a sweet moral and physical transformation for the little orphan Mary.
- Mariana by Susanna Kearsley – a beautiful dual time period novel of life, love and history; all with Kearsley’s comforting, beautiful and familiar writing style.
- The Wanderers by Cheryl Mahoney – a well written, witty and charming adventure that pokes fun lovingly at well-known fairy tale tropes. This was my first read by author and fellow blogger Cheryl.
- Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier – a dark and gothic historical-tale which had me gripped, fascinated and repulsed in equal measure from the start. I can’t wait to read more by Daphne du Maurier.
- The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit – I again have fond memories of watching the film as a child, so this was another charming trip down memory lane and a perfect read in the lead up to Christmas.
- Victorian Fairy Tales edited by Michael Newton – an enchanting collection of fairy tales from some well loved classic authors; some of my favourites stories were by William Makepeace Thackeray, George Macdonald, Mary de Morgan and Edith Nesbit.
- Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (re-read) – Pratchett’s madcap and hilarious take on Macbeth, which is a wonderfully theatrical, fun and hilarious adventure; and a really comforting re-read. I’d forgotten how good this was!
- The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien (re-read) – an epic, intricate and enchanting adventure that again swept me off to the stunning, magical Middle-Earth. Re-reading this was like catching up with some old friends; particularly the adorable Samwise Gamgee.
With so many great reads in 2015 honorary mentions must also go to novels: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley, The Storyteller and Her Sisters by Cheryl Mahoney, The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien, The Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart and Allegiant by Veronica Roth. And non-fictions: The Praying Woman’s Devotional by Stormie Omartian, Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran, and My Autobiography by Guy Martin.
Have you read any of these? What was your favourite reads of 2015?