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Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2015

In no particular order. Prompt from The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Burial Rites – Hannah Kent

Beautifully written, well researched historical fiction. Review here.

2. Unnatural Habits – Kerry Greenwood

Slightly cheating as this was a re-read, but I think this might be my favourite Phryne Fisher book.

3. A Vision of Fire – Gillian Anderson & Jeff Rovin

Surprisingly good, and I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel due at the end of the year.

4. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

I love the structure of the book and the writing is wonderful.

5. Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds and How They Changed the World – Tim Low

I keep spewing random bird facts whenever Australian birds are even tangentially related to the conversation. Review here.

6. The Fictional Woman – Tara Moss

An important reminder of why the world still needs feminism. Review here.

7. Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague – Geraldine Brooks

This one also surprised me, the blurb makes it sound like some appalling historical romance, but it is so much better than that. Review here.

8. The Paper Garden: Mrs Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 – Molly Peacock

An examination of Mrs Mary Delany’s life (born 1700) and her beautiful paper flower collages, interspersed with the author’s memoirs.

9. Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain – Judith Flanders

Tourism as we know it began in Victorian Britain, along with train travel, trips to the seaside, concerts performed by professional musicians and other nowadays commonplace leisure activities.

10. The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber

I haven’t quite finished reading this yet, but it’s incredibly readable even though it is more than 800 pages long.

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