Back in April I did a list of my favourite books of the year so far, and as it’s now July time for another update.
For the months April through June, I read a total of twenty nine books, some of which were really, really rather short. I’ve also started but not as yet finished six other titles. Nothing about this is an exact science.
So, in the order I preferred them when I wrote the list ten minutes ago (and, of course, it may be subject to change), here’s my top thirteen books for 2015 so far, with new entries shown in bold:-
The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings – Angela Slatter (Tartarus Press)
The Death House – Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)
Fearful Symmetries – Edited by Ellen Datlow (CZP)
Gifts for the One Who Comes After – Helen Marshall (CZP)
Ghosters – Ralph Robert Moore (Sentence Publishing)
Probably Monsters – Ray Cluley (CZP)
Blood 20: Tales of Vampire Horror – Tanith Lee (Telos Publishing)
Signal to Noise – Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
The Spectral Book of Horror Stories – Edited by Mark Morris (Spectral Press)
The Curious Case of H. P. Lovecraft – Paul Roland (Plexus)
Weirder Shadows over Innsmouth – Edited by Stephen Jones (Titan Books)
Shadows over Innsmouth – Edited by Stephen Jones (Titan Books)
Dreams of Shreds & Tatters – Amanda Downum (Solaris)
It breaks down as three novels, five collections, one biography, and four anthologies. Publishers Titan Books and Solaris appear twice on the list, and CZP has three listings, while editor Stephen Jones is the only individual with two credits.
I’m too lazy to check publications dates, but quite a few of the titles listed weren’t first published in 2015, so it is a ‘best of Pete’s reading in 2015’ rather than ‘Pete’s best of the year’ (a not too subtle distinction) and, of course, I only read a fraction of what gets published.