Was one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2015 to read more? And did that go about as well as resolutions usually do? No worries. There’s still time to enjoy the rich bounty of great books from 2015. And it was quite a year for books. Harper Lee’s long-awaited Go Set A Watchman was released, and Paula Hawkins’ The Girl On The Train took readers by storm. But there are many more great reads that you might have missed during the year.
For instance, Helen Macdonald found deep insights into the nature of life and death by caring for a fierce goshawk. xkcd’s Randall Munroe created an illustrated guide to just about everything in the known universe. And my beloved podcast Welcome to Night Vale released a weird, lovely novel about the nature of time, families, and piñatas filled with bees. Basically, 2015 was a banner year for memoirs, historical fiction, and inspirational books alike.
So here is a quick list of some of the year’s highlights for my fellow readers. There’s still time to knock out a book or two before the year’s end, and at least a few of these titles are bound to spark your interest. Get that e-reader charged up, download a new audiobook, or even — gasp — visit your local bookstore or library for these reads. And here’s to another year of fantastic literary escapes.