By Iola GoultonIt's that time of year again, when we look back and review the books we've read this year, to determine which were the best—in a purely subjective sense, of course. Here are my picks of the ten best novels I read in 2015, in no particular order:
I read close to 150 novels in 2015, which means a lot of them started sounding similar. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean the books I've chosen as my favourite fiction reads were the novels what were a little out of the ordinary, with unique plots and outstanding writing.
1. Same by Katrina RoeI don't often review children's books, but I was thrilled to receive Same for review (and the two-year-old I passed my copy on to apparently loves it!). Click here to read my review.
2. A Worthy Pursuit by Karen WitemeyerThis is probably the most 'traditional' CBA book I read this year, although one of the reasons I enjoy Karen Witemeyer's historical western romances is her use of humour, which does raise her work above the norm. Click here to read my review.
3. Kept By Sally BradleySeveral people recommended Kept to me, and it more than lived up to the high expectations. Click here to read my review.
4. Jaded by Varina DenmanAnother novel recommended by friends, this time by Andrea Grigg. Outstanding. Click here to read my review.
5. The Captive Imposter by Dawn CrandallThe historical romance from Dawn Crandall, the final book in her debut trilogy, appealed to me both because of the unique plot and her convincing use of first person point of view. Click here to read my review.
6. Feast for Thieves by Marcus BrothertonFeast for Thieves was won the 2015 Christy Award for First Novel, no doubt because of the unique combination of unique plot and author voice. Click here to read my review.
7. I Always Cry at Weddings by Sara GoffI've read I Always Cry at Weddings, but haven't reviewed it. Narelle Atkins has, and I echo all her comments. Click here to read Narelle's review.
8. A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter
Something unusual: a Regency romance written by an American author that isn't full of Americanisms (one of my pet hates). Click here to read my review.
9. One Last Thing by Rebecca St John and Nancy Rue
An eye-opening novel highlighting a modern problem. Highly recommended. Click here to read my review.
10. Making Marion by Beth MoranBritish chick-lit at its finest. Helen Fielding meets Marion Keyes, but from a subtle Christian point of view. Click here to read my review.
What was your favourite fiction read of 2015?
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I love reading, and read and review around 150 Christian books each year on my blog. I'm a Top 25 Reviewer at Christian Book, in the Top 1% of reviewers at Goodreads, and have an Amazon Reviewer Rank that floats around 2500