According to my reading spreadsheet, which I update much more religiously than my LibraryThing page, I read 61 books this year, including a handful of novellas. It’s a crime-novel-heavy batch of books I read this year, and I didn’t blog about the handful of young adult or contemporary fiction books I read. Most of them made me quite weepy (The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor and Park). I’ve come up with six favorites for the year, and my list will start with the one title I failed to review on the blog:
- Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason was a fabulous read that was also emotionally devastating (the historical storyline and the story of Erlendur and his brother). I’m not sure what kept me from reviewing it, but suffice it to say that it earned the awards it received.
- Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland is a very action-filled second outing in the Emily Tempest series set in the Northern Territory of Australia.
- Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White is my only non-crime novel pick of the year. It’s a teen-going-off-to-college drama, a much-delayed entry in the President’s Daughter series that takes place after Meg was kidnapped.
- Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes is not a book I expected to love. It’s a trippy, gruesome serial killer story set in contemporary Detroit. Beukes writes well from many different perspectives.
- The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham was my first Allingham. It’s a very impressive story about post-World War II London.
- Lorraine Connection by Dominique Manotti is a smart political thriller that starts with a horrible industrial accident in a television factory.
I read books set in four new countries this year: Colombia, Peru, Switzerland, and Austria, and I hope to read more widely geographically-speaking in the coming year as well. Much like my Excel reading log, my blog pages logging all my reads geographically could use updating, and that’s another goal for the year.
But enough about the organizational side of the blog. I want to take a moment at the end of the year to thank you all for reading. Your comments and your own blogs have taken me down some interesting reading paths this year, for which I am grateful. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015.