With 2015 winding down, the RT editors thought December would be a good time to reflect on what each of us read this year and which books stuck with us long after we finished them. All month long, the editors will be sharing our personal favorites reads of the year, in no particular order. Today RT Editor Sarah McDaniel Dyer lists her top reads of the year:
Playing by the Greeks Rules by Sarah Morgan — This modern take on Cinderella left me wishing for my own Greek Island. Morgan’s book is down right fun. It’s the perfect escapist fiction for a cold winter night.
Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren — Have you read the rest of the Wild Seasons series? If not what are you waiting for? Oliver stole my heart in the first book and watching his and Lola’s tongue tied romance was spectacular.
Our Lady of Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke — This book takes a pretty unique look at what it means to be human in a totally inhospitable landscape. I don’t often find science fiction noir that I enjoy, but this book was so unique and the characters so well written I had trouble putting it down.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy — This book was an absolute joy to read. It easily could have become an “issues” book, but Willowdean just isn’t that kind of character. There’s a lot of depth in this book and the takeaway message about accepting yourself and what friendship and relationships should be is a great thing to read at any age.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates — There’s no way to read this book and not come away changed. Coates has earned his place in the literary elite with this letter to his son. While some of what he talks about is disheartening, there’s also a lot of hope to be found. This was probably the most profound and powerful book I read this year.
Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen — Outside of sloths, this book has pretty much everything I love. It’s a paranormal Western with a non-binary multiracial protagonist with a big destiny. Nettie Lonesome is the definition of a badass and I can’t wait to read more from her. Vultures also introduced me to the Comanche monster, the Cannibal Owl, and that alone would have been worth the read. But the book’s message about finding or creating your tribe is what really won me over.
“The Grownup” by Gillian Flynn — My only complaint about this novella is that it was not longer. It’s a raunchy tale of a hooker-turned-psychic who bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to “cleanse” a client’s house. Flynn is a master of the psychological thriller, and this novella and the questions it poses will stay with you long after you’ve shut down your kindle.
Bitch Planet Vol. 1 Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue Deconnick — If there’s one thing I love in my comics it’s flipping the script on exploitive gender constructs. This comic isn’t just good it’s necessary; we need more commentary like this in our media.
Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause — As a person with lots of irrational fears I found this book alternately hilarious and terrifying. Realizing that at least one other person shares my specific fears about ice skates, for example, was pretty rad. It’s one of the more creative comics I’ve come across.
USA by Saul Williams — Part poetry, part screenplay, this book is a lyrical take on American woes. I’ve always loved Williams’s music and poetry, and USA did not disappoint. The way Williams describes certain problems within our society is both creative and deeply intellectual. If Hip Hop and Slam Poetry are your style, you’re going to want to pick this up.
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