the most wonderful time of the year…

…is when we get to make lists about our favourite things! I love lists. I love lists that I get to colour coordinate even more, let’s be real, because that is who I am, butI was very restrained and didn’t just get virtual highlighter happy all over this page. *pushes colouring pencils to one side*

So! Some of my favourite reads of the year.

 

I am aware this is cheating but hey, it’s my list. This year I read all of KJ Charles’s published work pretty much as soon as I could get them onto my kindle and so picking just one for this list was an actual impossibility.

I love Big Fancy/Old Dark House stories generally and Think of England is a masterclass of one. In addition, it boasts the a spy story, a wounded soldier, a wonderful example of Thought They Were Straight, a daring rescue, and a crying scene that I had to reread roughly a thousand times. I also love a horror/paranormal story alongside my romance and there is a scene in The Magpie Lord that my friends and I have not been able to stop talking about – they are to a person grossed out by it; it’s my favourite scene of the book. Yes. The hair scene. That’s my favourite. This is not news but if you’re looking for somewhere to start reading historical queer romance, I don’t think there could be a better place to start than with KJ Charles.

Everyone I know and love seems to love Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series and I just can’t get into them, despite the siren call of dragons. HOWEVER, I loved Uprooted from the opening paragraph and have been recommending it to anyone that would listen since then. It’s a fairytale with world-building so good it made me almost physically ache and a genuinely unsettling threat. Uprooted also has central m/f reluctant mentor/student relationship that has such incredible building trust and respect. Automatic recommendation. It’s incredible.

God. What can I even say about Song of Achilles? I have been lost to Greek/Roman myths since being a small M and to Achilles and Patroclus since before I started a Classics degree and encountered a billion academics telling me that they couldn’t possibly have been a couple, and, if they were, only Patroclus was into it. This book was like everything I could have wanted from a myth retelling: beautiful, queer, and constant. It was a breath of fresh air and gorgeously written to boot. (I maintain that this has a happy ending, to the extent that any telling of the Achilles/Patroclus story can, but my girlfriend vehemently disagrees. YMMV!)

 

Honourable Mentions:

For Real – Alexis Hall

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – Natasha Pulley

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

 

My Christmas list was also roughly 90% books and I’m not back at work now until January soooooo…. books! More of them in my eyes before the year’s out. What a great way to round off 2015 😀

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