My favorite books of 2015

Last year I read a lot of books. In total I read 168. This seems like a lot, but I also read a lot of thin books, a Patrick Modiano for example is mostly around 200 pages. And during a reading slump during the Summer I read a lot of Agatha Christie, and I can easily read three of those in one day.

I read 20 books from French authors (I really discovered French literature this year!), I read 17 books about Italy or by Italian writers. I read 33 non-fiction books and 21 thrillers.

So, what are my favorite books of 2015?

First the fiction, my absolute favorite was Monsieur Linh and his child by Philippe Claudel (here). I think this will also be in my list of favorite books of all times, so very very beautiful. If you have not read it already, I urge you to do so!

I also loved A private affair by Beppe Fenoglio (here)
The two Dutch covers of my favorite books of 2015.
There is also a Dutch book in my top-3, but since this was not translated, I did not review it over here.

As for non-fiction, three books come to mind immediately.
First the excellent and definate biography about Marilyn Monroe Icon by Gary Vitacco-Robles (here)

Secondly another biography, this time about Caravaggio by Andrew Graham-Dixon (here)

And finally The edge of the world by Michael Pye, such a good recount of Europan history (here)
The non fiction top 3
Other categories
I also loved the thriller The Axman's Jazz by Ray Celestin  about a serial killer in New Orleans during the roaring twenties. (here)

I had a few books I absolutely hated this year, but on the whole I read more books I liked than books I disliked.

So what are my plans for 2016? I do not make plans where reading is concerned. I do not make a plan to match the amount of books this year, or to read a certain type of books.
I intend to go on as I did this year, just to read the books I want to read when I want to read them.

So, here is to a lot of new and beautiful books in 2016!!


  1. Thank you for pointing out your favourites and linking to your reviews - I shall read them soon! It's always fun to get an idea of what others read - very inspiring! - I haven't read many books this year for different reasons, but hope to get more reading done in 2016. I have just purchased a non-fiction book about public shaming that looks very, very interesting, so that's one of the next on my pile (I have two others that I want to read before, though). Like you, I just read what I want to read. I don't usually go with trends or aim at a certain number of books that I'd like to finish. I know that concept works well for some people - not for me, though. So, happy new year to you, and happy reading :-)

    1. Thank you, Ginette, I also like the lists at the end of the year to get some inspiration and learn about some books I might have missed during the year.
      I tried following a reading-challenge once or twice, but I did not like it. Then I decided just to read what I wanted, disregarding trends, hypes, challenges and memes.
      A very good year for you as well with many beautiful books!

      Kind regards,

  2. Reading what you want when you want to read it is ALWAYS the best plan! Congrats on reading so many good books this year. Hope you find as many to like in 2016. :) Have a Happy New Year!

    1. I was really lucky this year with the many beautiful books I read. So thank you and a very happy 2016 for you as well, with many beautiful books.

      Kind regards,


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