In a happy coincidence, I gave five books 5 stars in 2015.
I reviewed 70 books on this blog this year. Only five of them got 5 stars. I don’t feel able to say any of them is “better” than the others. However, I will rank them according to how wide an audience I think would enjoy them (my total guess here… other opinions are available!).
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So here we go. Counting down…
5. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (reviewed 21st December 2015)
The only reason I’ve placed this last in terms of recommendability (I’m not sure that’s a word, oh hell, let’s just pretend it is) is that I suspect the formatting won’t appeal to everyone. Plus, some readers have problems getting along with sci-fi (I’ll come back to this when we get to The Martian).
4. Vicious by V.E. Schwab (reviewed 10th July 2015)
Again, only lower down the recommendability scale because if you can’t stand any supernatural shenanigans you might not rate this book.
3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (reviewed 4th June 2015)
Middle of the recommendability scale because those who prefer not to read fantasy might not enjoy this as much as I did. And anyone with problems reading about blood. Seriously: if you have issues with blood, stay away.
2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (reviewed 7th July 2015)
This relatively short and deceptively simple story is as close to perfection as I’ve seen this year. Engaging, sympathetic characters, a strong plot with consistent themes, layers of complexity, real heart… It’s likely to make you cry, although hopefully cathartic tears.
Only not at the top of the recommendability scale because this book might not be a good idea if you’ve been (recently) bereaved or have dealt/are dealing with any of the health issues in the book. It might prove more traumatic than cathartic.
1. The Martian by Andy Weir (reviewed 18th August 2015)
I think anyone who read The Martian would enjoy it. They might not give it the full five stars, but I can’t imagine anyone not finding this involving, funny and hopeful. It also makes you realize how hopeless you’d be if you were stranded anywhere, let alone Mars. And how useful duct tape is.
Those were my top 5 books of 2015! Did you read any of these? What did you make of them?
What were your favourite books this year? Let me know in the comments and leave me links to your “2015 in review” posts so I can check them out 🙂