2015 started with for me with joining, enthusiastically, my first group - 2015: The Year of Reading Women
; this helped me encounter many fantastic people and read many books ranging from mesmerising to disappointing.
It ended with a huge crisis, major culling of to-read
lists, elimination of my too-depressing-to-consider
shelf (the very presence of which was the first sign that books I gravitate towards don't agree with me), and an intention to read less and more discriminatingly next year. More contentment, less 'all intelligent people seem to be reading that!' compulsion.
Favourite fiction of 2015:
A Month in the Country
The Custom of the Country
Memoirs of Hadrian
Favourite non fiction of 2015:
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays
The Quest for Corvo
There also were some inevitable disappointments (Nightwood being the greatest), and books I was really conflicted about (primarily Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal), which produced some good reviews.
(Inserting links doesn't work for some reason; I'll come back to add these later).