It’s still time for round-ups; 2015 was not a fantastic year for me on the reading front but I did read some books I really enjoyed. Here are my top five with my review at the time and any comment in italics:
â€œA God in Ruinsâ€ by Kate Atkinson
I think Kate Atkinson is a wonderful writer. This book is superb. The ending is really clever and stays with you. Slightly too much information about flying planes in the war for me, but that is a minor quibble.
â€œFaithful Placeâ€ by Tana French
I read four Tana French novels last year and they were all superb. I would read any of her books and, alas, I have read all of her published novels to date. They were all equally good, really but I just picked this one as representative as I came across it first when searching the archive.
Tana French writes detective stories which are not normally my cup of tea but I love the way she writes and I find the plots really clever also. This one is about a detective from the wrong side of the tracks whose past comes back to haunt him.
â€œSisterhoodâ€ by Curtis Sittenfeld
This is very good. Not a lot of plot but the writing and characters are brilliant enough to get you over that. And even though it features psychic twins it is not at all clichÃ©d. Truly.
â€œWe are all Completely Beside Ourselvesâ€ by Karen Joy Fowler
Nicely written with clever interesting ideas. Better if you donâ€™t know the twist, which I didnâ€™t.
â€œBeing Mortalâ€ by Atul Gawande
This is a bit depressing, if you have elderly or sick relatives. Atul Gawande is a doctor who thinks a lot. He is very interesting and always writes beautifully. Bits of this book originally appeared elsewhere and it doesnâ€™t hang together as well as it might but overall it is very good.