Favourite Books in 2015

I didn’t try to limit myself this year in terms of how many books made the cut. No cuts. Out of just over 200 books read during the year, there were lots of hits, and a few misses, but just over 40 of them stood out for me as books I’d like to revisit sometime. Any books I rated 4.5 stars and up is included in this list; a four-and-a-half star rating, in my personal system automatically pointing to my favourites of the year, that I’d want to read again, and five stars indicating my all-time favourites (which I would read “again, and again… and again!”). So here is my list of

Favourites of 2015:

                                                

 

★★★★★ Five-star reads:
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal (review)
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (review)
Les gens de l’ours by LB (manuscript)
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
West with the Night by Beryl Markham (review)

★★★★½ and up, in reading order:
Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (review)
The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace
Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen
Clockwork by Philip Pullman (review)
Lamentation by C. J. Sansom
The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier (review)
The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
Small Gods: Discworld #13 by Terry Pratchett (review)
Fräulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther by Elizabeth von Arnim (review)
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (reread – tutored read with Liz)
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (reread)
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
The Leopard by Guisepe Di Lampedusa
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham (review—sort of)
The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble (review)
The Accursed Kings: The Iron King (Part 1) by Maurice Druon
The Accursed Kings: The Strangled Queen (Part 2) by Maurice Druon
The Accursed Kings: The Royal Succession (Part 4) by Maurice Druon
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (reread)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (mini-review)
Nothing Like the Sun by Anthony Burgess (review)
The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield
Parle-leur de batailles de rois et d’éléphants by Mathias Enard (review)
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (reread)
Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan (comments)
Farthing by Jo Walton
Cecilia by Fanny Burney
Le liseur du 6h27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent (review)
Man-Tiger by Eka Kurniawan
Rumpole at Christmas by John Mortimer (comments)
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (comments)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (comments)

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