2015 is a rare year. Its best book happens to be my third best book ever. So no contest as to who sits at the top of the Bookwitch Best of 2015 Books list. It’s
Sally Gardner with her The Door That Led to Where. Among many stunning books, this is the stunningest of them all. The Door That Led to Where is a novel that has it all, to my mind. Just getting it out to look at again as I write this, I feel all twitchy.
It is red. Perhaps that is a sign I can re-read it over Christmas? It’s been almost a year. (And on a different note, I was pleased to see Sally’s book finally reviewed in the Guardian this weekend. High time indeed. And I’m not the only one to think so.)
So, now that this obvious choice has been announced, I come to the rest. Eight books stand out as having been that little bit more ‘stand-outy’ than others. They are books that made me feel all warm inside as I read them. (Apart from Helen Grant’s book which made my blood go cold. In a good way.)
These warm ones are, in alphabetical order:
Stephen Davies, Blood & Ink
Helen Grant, Urban Legends
Andy Mulligan, Liquidator
Sally Nicholls, An Island of Our Own
Andrew Norriss, Jessica’s Ghost
Ellen Renner, Outcaste
Jenny Valentine, Fire Colour One
Elizabeth Wein, Black Dove White Raven
On the longlist were another 25 books, so the tip of the iceberg was pretty big. But the point of a best of list is that it is a litte bit short.
Thank you to all who wrote these, my bestest books of the year. You make a difference.