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Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My books are Things We Say In The Dark, The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

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Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My books are Things We Say In The Dark, The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

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Best Books of 2015

29th Dec 2015 in Books

This year I read 197 books. I tried to do a top 5, or even a top 10, but to be honest 197 books is a LOT of books (I did months of solo travelling and overnights in hotels, meaning lots of reading), and it was too hard to choose. So here is a highly personal, not-very-scientifically-chosen list of my 38 favourites.

 

Books out in 2015:

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  • Best Twist Ending: Our Endless Numbered Days, Claire Fuller
  • Best Novel in Second Person: Scorper, Rob Magnuson Smith
  • Best Can’t-Stop-Reading-Once-You’ve-Started: The Exit, Helen Fitzgerald
  • Best Warms-Yer-Cockles Novel: Vigilante, Shelley Harris
  • Best Short Stories About Loneliness: An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It, Jessie Greengrass
  • Best Non-Fiction About the Internet: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

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  • Best Semi-Autobiographical Novel By A Writer I Did an Event With: Girl At War, Sara Novic
  • Best Novella: The Lost Art of Sinking, Naomi Booth
  • Best Novel About Circuses and the Sea: The Book of Speculation, Erika Swyler
  • Best Book by a Canadian Author: Etta & Otto & Russell & James, Emma Hooper
  • Best Worldbuilding in a Children’s Novel: Lockwood & Co: The Hollow Boy, Jonathan Stroud
  • Best Worldbuilding in a YA Novel: Ruin & Rising, Leigh Bardugo

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  • Best Mystery Novel About Suffragettes: The Hourglass Factory, Lucy Ribchester
  • Best Novel About Contemporary Feminist Issues: Fishnet, Kirstin Innes
  • Best Finnish-Set Horror That I Really Shouldn’t Have Read While Staying in a Creepy Attic Room in Finland: The Black Tongue, Marko Hautala
  • Best Fairytale Parody: Undermajordomo Minor, Patrick deWitt

 

Books Out Before 2015:

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  • Best Christmas-Themed Horror: NOS4R2, Joe Hill
  • Best Feminist Dystopia: Only Ever Yours, Louise O’Neill
  • Best Historical YA About Girls With Their Tongues Cut Out: All the Truth That’s in Me, Julie Berry
  • Best Novel in Short Stories: The Spinning Heart, Donal Ryan
  • Best Memoir About the Dyatlov Pass Incident: Dead Mountain, Donnie Eichar
  • Best Novel That Made Me Do Proper Sobbing Gasping Crying: Days of Grace, Catherine Hall

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  • Best Modern Point-Horror Style Horror: Say Her Name, James Dawson
  • Best Book With No Words: The Arrival, Shaun Tan
  • Best Poetry/Nature/Social History Crossover: Holloway, Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood & Dan Richards
  • Best Short Stories About Bears: Bears of England, Mick Jackson
  • Best Made-Me-Angry Essays: Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit
  • Best Spec-Fic Short Stories: The Poison Eaters, Holly Black

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  • Best Essays About the Strange Personal Lives of Children’s Writers: Don’t Tell the Grown-Ups, Alison Lurie
  • Best Memoir About Books: How to be a Heroine, Samantha Ellis
  • Best Horror With an Unreliable Narrator: Remainder, Tom McCarthy
  • Best Haunted House Novel: Nyctophobia, Christopher Fowler
  • Best Sensory-Deprivation Horror: Bird Box, Josh Malerman
  • Best Book I Wish I’d Written: The Ice Queen, Alice Hoffman

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  • Best Comic Book: Bitch Planet, Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • Best Classic Children’s Book: Skellig, David Almond
  • Best Book About Selkies: Orkney, Amy Sackville
  • Best YA Magical Realism: Imaginary Girls, Nova Ren Suma

 

What were your favourite reads in 2015?

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