Ah, the “best” lists in social media. So, so many. So, so few parameters defined. Let’s change that up.
Books on this list are fiction that I have read in 2015. Why, yes, I did re-read two Jane Austen novels. Because that’s just how I roll. Some are classics, some were published just this year. A lot of them you’ll see featured in my earlier blog entries. Any book that makes it onto any “best” list of mine is going to be strong on character development and dialogue. I also care about good writing and careful attention to historically-accurate details.
Have you noticed how many “best” lists are “ten best,” “twenty best,” or some other multiple of ten? Well, I’m not going to do that. I’m going to list my best books, in order by the author’s last name, and then I’m going to stop. I hope the number of books on my list ends up being a prime number. I love those.
Without further ado:
The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault
Emma by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
Armadale by Wilkie Collins
The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan (Book One in The Fall of the Gaslit Empire series)
Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan (Book Two in The Fall of the Gaslit Empire series)
The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi
The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter (Book One in the Noctis Magicae series)
Lady of Magick by Sylvia Izzo Hunter (Book Two in the Noctis Magicae series)
Missing Reels by Farran Smith Nehme
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
The Complete Stories by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Illusionists by Rosie Thomas
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine
Service With a Smile by P.G. Wodehouse
Small Blessings by Martha Woodruff
Okay, you know what? That’s seventeen books, it’s a prime number, and I’m stopping here. I have had one terrific year of reading.
Happy Reading in 2016, everyone!