Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - a wonderful tale from World War II, seen from the two teenager’s point of view. I would also like to mention Jan-Philipp Sendker’s The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, a lovely story on a daughter’s search for her father’s past.
Fiction/Classics: Lady Audley's Secret by M.E. Braddon - difficult to choose here as well, but this was quite a positive surprise for me, so it has to be this one.
Fiction/Historical fiction: Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites by Franny Moyle. I read a lot of good historical fiction this year, so difficult to choose here as well. I choose this one though, since for me, it was an introduction to the Pre-Raphaelites and their fascinating world and paintings. I have read more historical fiction about them and still have a few to go.
Non-Fiction: Jag tänker på Linné - Han som såg allt (Carl von Linné) by Karin Berglund. This book about Carl von Linné, the botanist from the 18th century who sorted our flora and fauna into an orderly system, is a master piece and made me see him in a different light. A man dedicated to his main interest in his life and his never tiring pursuit of organising nature.
Non-Fiction/Biography: Daughter of Earth and Water: A Biography
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by Noel Gerson. The biography about Mary Shelley is superb and I am full of admiration for this outstanding woman, who was so far ahead of her time.
Non-Fiction/Historical: A Brief History of the Celts by Peter Berresford Ellis. It is a fascinating story about a people who did not leave very much in writing for us to understand their culture. However, Peter Berresford Ellis manages to put their culture together into a fascinating tale of a people who created a highly developed culture for their times.
Mystery: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I read many more mystery books than I normally do. Many of them very good. I really liked this book and the slow developments in the story that make you continuously review you idea of what is going on.
If I have to choose one book that I consider the best read in 2015 it will be:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr