Here it is, my Top 10 list of the year. It’s in no particular order, four non-fiction & six fiction titles. Unsurprisingly, only one book was published this year! Lots of long, involving books this year & several listened to on audio. I wonder if that’s why they’re my favourites? Long books take longer to read so I can live inside the world of the book for longer. Long books on audio take even longer. If I included rereads in my Top 10, which I don’t, there would have been several more I could have added but I’ve restricted myself to books I read for the first time in 2015.
It’s an incredibly hot day again in Melbourne, heading towards 40C so I’ll just get on with it so I can get out of my hot study & into the living room with the air conditioner & a glass of iced tea.
Selected Letters of Willa Cather – ed by Andrew Jewell & Janis Stout. I love reading letters & I love Willa Cather’s fiction so this was perfect.
The Life of Charles Dickens – John Forster. The first biography by his best friend & literary advisor.
Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdós. He was the Spanish Dickens but virtually unknown outside Spain. This is the story of two women in love with the same unworthy man. Great characters & a wonderful portrait of 19th century Madrid.
Victoria : a life – A N Wilson. Affectionate portrait of Victoria emphasizing her German background. I didn’t think I needed to read another biography of Victoria until I started listening to this one.
An Infamous Army – Georgette Heyer. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Waterloo. As well as an exhaustive account of the battle, there’s plenty of romance & wit as well.
The Usurper – Judith Gautier. 17th century Japan & a story that had everything from picnics, battles to fairytales. Another book I would never have discovered without my 19th century bookgroup.
An Old Captivity – Nevil Shute. The story of a voyage into the unknown & into the past but grounded in the meticulous practical detail of Shute’s writing about engineering & flying.
The Golden Age of Murder – Martin Edwards. A meticulous history of the origins of the Detection Club that also investigates the lives & personalities of the writers of the Golden Age. A prodigious work of scholarship from a lifetime of reading & writing on the subject.
The Deepening Stream – Dorothy Canfield Fisher. A book that had been recommended to me several times before I finally got around to reading it. what took me so long? A brilliant psychological portrait of a young woman coming of age in the US & in France during WWI.
Well, there it is. I’ve been enjoying other Top 10 lists around the blogosphere & I look forward to reading more of them. Happy New Year!