My Best Books of 2015

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, when I reveal the best books I read in 2015!

But first, the reading totals chart:

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Biography 1 3 2 3 2
Fantasy 1 3 5 2 2 2
Fiction 3 5 3 4 2 3 1
Historical fiction 3
Non-fiction 5 7 4 6 4 18 10
Sci-fi 7 3 6 7 1 6 8
YA 1 5 1 1 2 1
Grand Total 18 26 21 23 11 29 25

Not bad, not bad.

I recently mused a bit on books and mortality – given my current age and reading habits, it is unlikely I will have read 1000 more books before I die.  On one hand, that’s a lot of books; but on the other hand, that only a fraction of the total number of books published in a single day.  I wish there was a good way of knowing which books would be the most enjoyable before you spend the time reading them…

 

Anyway, without further ado…the awards!

Best fiction: The Martian.   Now I just gotta go see the movie!

Fiction runner-up: Victus: The Fall of Barcelona.   Interesting time period and bittersweet story.

Best non-fiction: To Conquer the Air.  Yeah, go Wilbur!

Non-fiction runner-up: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874 – 1932.  Pretty good overview of pre-WWII 20th century history.

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