I may have posted my favourite reads of 2015, but my annual wrap-up would not be complete without yet more lists and numbers. Right??
I mentioned earlier that I’ve read fewer new-to-me authors during 2015 compared to previous years – I ended up reading 20 new-to-me authors this year (I’m counting two writing duos in that 20).
The authors that I’m really glad I discovered this year:
- Alex Gabriel: Her M/M paranormal romance LOVE FOR THE COLD-BLOODED was superherotastic fun, and I’ve been slowly making my way through her backlist this year.
- Jen Frederick: I know, I know. Despite (or because of?) the DA affair this year, I picked up her NA sports romance, SACKED, this year and really enjoyed it – I was particularly amused by how she introduced that old twins trope to NA romance.
- Genevieve Cogman: Obviously. My squeeing about her Invisible Library books may have been a bit of a giveaway.
- Lynn Kurland: Another rather obvious entry – her first Nine Kingdoms fantasy romance trilogy was one of my favourites of the year.
- Sabaa Tahir: Her AN EMBER IN THE ASHES was one of those much-hyped YA fantasy debuts, and rightly so, IMO. I’m looking forward to its sequel in 2016.
- Zen Cho: I didn’t adore her SORCERER TO THE CROWN as much as everyone did, but loved her voice in the short story collection SPIRITS ABROAD.
- Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: I picked up a copy of ILLUMINAE after the buzz and loved this epistolary SF tale. The illustrations in the book didn’t hurt (tip: you need the physical copy of this book – I’ve looked, and the Kindle edition is listed as being 195MB in size *blinks*)
Authors most glommed in 2015
Ha – Kate Sherwood by a mile, I read ten of her backlist books over the year. Followed by Kate Elliott (five books), Amy Jo Cousins and Patrice Greenwood (four books each).
I also read all the 2015 new releases by Kelly Hunter, KJ Charles, and Josh Lanyon – they each released four novels / novellas / shorts. Hurray for non-traditional publishing!
And the numbers…
(a.k.a the section of little interest to anyone but myself)
I did some number-crunching in my trusty Excel spreadsheet…
- I read a total of 156 books over 2015, which is pretty much on par with previous years.
- Just over one-fifth were YA/NA books, again similar to 2014.
Here’s the breakdown by genre (note 2010 and 2011 numbers are skewed as I had YA under Other; from 2012 onwards, I just flag them under their respective genres):
And finally, my 2015 by month:
I could pretend to analyse the month-on-month differences, but really, by now, I’m just including this graph because I always do (nothing like habit, right?).
And that’s it for 2015! I’m (slooowly) logging all books read onto my Goodreads Read in 2015 shelf, but seeing that it took me all year to finish off my 2014 reads, it may be a while…