Best Novel of the Year

A Man Called Ove – Fredrick Backman

Best Non-Fiction of 2015

Improbable Libraries – Alex Johnson

The Orchid Thief – Susan Orlean

The Mole People – Jennifer Toth

Best Literary Novel

Lila – Marilynne Robinson

Terrific Reads – Fiction

All the Light we cannot see – Anthony Doerr

Breath – Tim Winton

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North

Best South African Novel

A Slim Green Silence – Beverley Ryecroft

Best Translated Novel

The Discreet Hero – Mario Vargas Llhosa

Best Indian Novel

The Story Hour – Thrity Umrigaar

Longest, most difficult read

Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon

Best Memoir

The Diving – Helen Walne

Best Thriller

I am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes

Best Fantasy

Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store – Robin Sloan

Best Avant Garde Novel

The Familiar – One rainy day in May – Mark Z Danielewski

Wittiest Book

Table Talk – A A Gill


The Little Paris Book Shop – Nina George

Zoo Time – Howard Jacobson
Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

Leaving Before the Rains Come – Alexandra Fuller

The Ocean at the end of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

FOOTNOTE: . Try as I might, I just couldn’t limit my list to a measly ten books  … I hope my faithful readers have managed to struggle to the end of my l-o-o-o-n-g list.



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11 responses to “MY 2015 READING YEAR IN REVIEW

  1. Alison, I am impressed that you always manage to read so many books! 🙂


  2. Lindsey van Heerden

    Thanks for the pointers!


  3. elainee

    Thanks for your list. Agree mostly  (those I’ve read) except for Lila which I gave up halfway so irritated by heroine who was so damded prickly all the time  l enjoyed the previous two books by that author. Also didn’t finish I am pilgrim -not my scene.  Just read Still life with breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlem. Very good Xxx

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  4. Sweet Life of Sumi Singh

    Impeccable list Alison! I always look forward to your recommendations!


  5. I appreciate your categorised list! Happy holidays!


  6. That’s very kind of you. Glad you liked it.

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  7. This is so very interesting and a source of ideas. I always buy or download more books I can keep up with and I am always looking for reliable readers’ suggestions. Our only overlap this years seems to be Anthony Doerr so many titles still to explore. Happy 2016!

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  8. I have “A Man Called Ove” on the shelf! Also “Lila”, although I didn’t enjoy “Gilead” or the number two, unlike the rest of the world – am determined to read this soon and see if I can see something I missed with the others. x

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  9. I made it to the end of Anthony Doerr but it was a struggle. Your listing of Improbable Libraries had me scurrying to find out more about this book since I love anything to do with libraries. What a great idea for a book. So sad that while librarians around the world are coming up with ingenious ideas to create new library spaces the uk government seems intent on closing them down.

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