My Favorite Books in 2015

2015 was a good year for books. I did a lot of rereading this year, with Harry Potter! I reread each one, and it was one of my favorite things about books this year.

I think everyone is familiar with Harry Potter, already, so I won't introduce you to that one. I'll always post about Harry Potter if I get the chance, though. You never know when you'll need some in your life.
I read some other fabulous books, which you may or may not have heard of.

1. Trigger Warning - Neil Gaiman

I love fantasy and sci-fi short stories. In fact, that's almost the only short stories I've read. Besides that fact, though, is that Neil Gaiman is my favorite author, and anytime he puts out a new book, I feel excited.

Part of my excitement this year was that I ordered a signed, first edition copy of this book. Neeerrrrrrd. He signed it in purple pen. This was even better than that one time he accepted my friend request on Last.FM.
It is a collection of his short stories. He has several, and I recommend them all. If you've never read any, Smoke and Mirrors is a good place to start, although you could start with any of them.

2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

While I'm on that note, I might as well mention American Gods. This was a reread for me, and another of my favorites.

They are supposed to make this into a TV series at some point. Is this still happening? It needs to happen.

The story is that Shadow, recently released from prison, comes home to unexpected news about his wife and is then pulled along as a player in a plot amongst almost-forgotten gods.

3. Attachments - Rainbow Rowell

This is the only book I've read by Rainbow Rowell, so far. Man, was it sweet.

It is about a guy working in IT who begins reading emails from a coworker as part of his job to filter emails. Before he knows it, he learns about things going on in her and her coworker's lives.

I liked the conversations between two best friends through email. If you ever talk to anyone through email at work, you will see similarities. I also cried huge tears at the end.

4. Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

This is a book about how the creators of Pixar run a team of creative people and how they have done business. I enjoyed learning some of the background of Pixar; the Disney-Pixar merge part was especially interesting.

It's also about lessons in business, and although I'm not in business, it gave me a good idea of how managers should do things. It also kind of spoiled me, because I compare other employers to Pixar and think that it's not the way Pixar would do things.

5. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

I've recommended this before, but you should check it out. It's a book about love and communication in the modern world. It surprised me with interesting discussions and made me laugh.

6. Rags and Bones

This is a short stories collection, with retellings of classic tales. I mentioned that I am a fan of fantasy and sci-fi short stories, and this has both. Some are much better than others, but I enjoyed them all.

Also enjoyed:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Martian by Andy Weir
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
You're Never Weird On the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

I'm linking up with Steph today for Show Us Your Books.

13 comments:

  1. I, too, really enjoyed All the Light... and The Martian. After reading your post, I will add Attachments to my TBR. Have a wonderful New Year!

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  2. OK - I didnt know the guy who wrote Eleanor & Park wrote Attachments... heading to Amazon right now to get it!

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  3. How have I not read a single one of these books? Definitely need to add these to my must read list for 2016! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. yayyyy attachments. loved that book so hard. and i totally reread harry potter too. all the love.

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  5. Harry Potter will always be the best, all day everyday! I have yet to read a Rainbow Rowell book, but my friend from work who's recommended some of my favorite YA books so I think that I'd love them! American Gods sounds like an interesting read too!

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  6. I wish I liked Rainbow Rowell more. I am missing something there.

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  7. All the Light We Cannot See and The Martain were AMAZING!!!! So happy I just stumbled upon your blog :) Have you read the Book Thief? I think you would really like it!

    Amanda
    http://anchoredtosunshine.com

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  8. I started to re-ready Harry Potter this year too but only made it through 4 before my momentum shifted. Still I think I might need to finish the series to kick of 2016! Plus add some of these others, Attachments sounds right up my alley!

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  9. I will have to reread Harry Potter in 2016, it's about time! I've been thinking about reading Modern Romance, and after seeing your review I will have to add it to my list.

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  10. I haven't read any of these! I really want to read The Martian!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  11. I absolutely adore Aziz Ansar I definitely need to check out his book!

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  12. So jealous of your signed book! In purple, no less!

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  13. I just read All the Light and loved it. I connected and felt for all the characters.

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