2015 was a good year for books. I did a lot of rereading this year, with Harry Potter! I reread each one, and it was one of my favorite things about books this year.
I think everyone is familiar with Harry Potter, already, so I won’t introduce you to that one. I’ll always post about Harry Potter if I get the chance, though. You never know when you’ll need some in your life.
I read some other fabulous books, which you may or may not have heard of.
I love fantasy and sci-fi short stories. In fact, that’s almost the only short stories I’ve read. Besides that fact, though, is that Neil Gaiman is my favorite author, and anytime he puts out a new book, I feel excited.
Part of my excitement this year was that I ordered a signed, first edition copy of this book. Neeerrrrrrd. He signed it in purple pen. This was even better than that one time he accepted my friend request on Last.FM.
It is a collection of his short stories. He has several, and I recommend them all. If you’ve never read any, Smoke and Mirrors is a good place to start, although you could start with any of them.
While I’m on that note, I might as well mention American Gods. This was a reread for me, and another of my favorites.
They are supposed to make this into a TV series at some point. Is this still happening? It needs to happen.
The story is that Shadow, recently released from prison, comes home to unexpected news about his wife and is then pulled along as a player in a plot amongst almost-forgotten gods.
This is the only book I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell, so far. Man, was it sweet.
It is about a guy working in IT who begins reading emails from a coworker as part of his job to filter emails. Before he knows it, he learns about things going on in her and her coworker’s lives.
I liked the conversations between two best friends through email. If you ever talk to anyone through email at work, you will see similarities. I also cried huge tears at the end.
This is a book about how the creators of Pixar run a team of creative people and how they have done business. I enjoyed learning some of the background of Pixar; the Disney-Pixar merge part was especially interesting.
It’s also about lessons in business, and although I’m not in business, it gave me a good idea of how managers should do things. It also kind of spoiled me, because I compare other employers to Pixar and think that it’s not the way Pixar would do things.
I’ve recommended this before, but you should check it out. It’s a book about love and communication in the modern world. It surprised me with interesting discussions and made me laugh.
This is a short stories collection, with retellings of classic tales. I mentioned that I am a fan of fantasy and sci-fi short stories, and this has both. Some are much better than others, but I enjoyed them all.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Martian by Andy Weir
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
You’re Never Weird On the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
I’m linking up with Steph today for Show Us Your Books.