Happy New Year everyone! It’s a brand new year and here I am looking back at 2015. But I can’t do a favorite reads post of a year, when that year isn’t over yet. I might read a favorite in the eleventh hour!
I read more comics than usual in 2015 thanks to my Scribd subscription. One of my favorite comics was Princeless by Jeremy Whitley, starring one of my favorite new characters Adrienne and her side-kick dragon.
Another huge hit with everyone everywhere probably was Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson. I adore the diverse and so-well drawn characters, their feminist exclamations and how they encounter everything including dinosaurs! (yes I was that kid)
2015 was also the year I made a reluctant attempt at reading some YA literature. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell was snarky, suspenseful and hilarious and Penelope is a new favorite character. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz was beautifully-written and both books had romantic elements that I didn’t even mind so yay, I will continue reading YA this year.
I read lots of nonfiction for my thesis in 2015, but since it was mostly excerpts, I didnt count them in. Some of the non-fiction I read for fun was amazing and I wish I could include them in my thesis. I highly recommend Feminism and War if you understand feminism to be intersectional and as implicated in Western imperialism. If you don’t, it’s probably even more important that you read it.
Jared Ball’s I Mix What I Like tackles hip hop and the decolonial possibilities of mix-tapes. He investigates mainstream hip hop’s ties to empire and looks to mix-tapes and such for new ways of antiracist activism.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed Nnedi Okorafor is a new favorite author of mine. I loved both her novella Binti and her first-contact novel Lagos. Both position women of color and Nigeria as central to science fiction and are wonderfully imaginative.
I also loved Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson. I’ve found myself drawn to urban fantasy and this one adds women of color, post-apocalyptic Toronto.
Some of my favorite suspenseful reads were the latest Rivers of London book Foxglove Summer. I think this one was one of the best in the series, and I didn’t even balk at the addition of fairies and unicorns!
Another wonderful book was Annihilation, the first in the Southern Reach trilogy. Somehow it was both exciting and slowly paced, very creepy and had an all female explorer team.
One of the most hyped books of 2015, The Girl on the Train really was as good as everyone said. I loved the unlikeable protagonist Rachel and the different perspectives. Also one of my very first audiobooks!
A lot of my favorite works of 2015 were written by women of color or put women of color at the center of the story. I tried a horror story by Tananarive Due for the first time, never ever read The Good House before bed! I adored everything about The Cutting Season and will try more by Attica Locke this year. Sadly the only novel by Sabrina Vourvoulias so far, I loved the dystopic vision of Ink, so plausible and terrifying is her vision of the future. I rarely read whole books of poetry, but I raced through Amalia Ortiz’ Rant.Chant.Chisme. If you’re looking of powerful Xicana poetry, try this one. Or better yet watch her spoken word performances!
What were your favorite read of 2015? Let me know in the comments!