Today the topic of Top Ten Tuedays is Top 10 books read so far in 2015.

It was hard to choose the best books. Fortunately, I’ve read a lot of good books this year.

1, Catherynne M. Valente: The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden
I’m currently reading the second book in this duology. They’re wonderful fantasy, inspired by the tales told in the 1001 Nights and they have an unusual structure, tales within tales.

2, Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Masterminds
Masterminds ends the eight book series Anniversary Day Saga. I’m a fan of Rusch and she delivers an excellent ending, this time too. In fact, I really enjoyed the books leading to this tone, too.

3, Howard Pyle: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Robin Hood is one of my favorite folkheroes and Pyle’s lighthearted retelling of the stories are very good.

4, Karen Lowachee: Warchild
A haunting book where the protagonist is orphaned very young and has to endure a lot.

5, Scott E. Tabert: A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk
Another very fun book. A stand-alone alternate history steampunk clearly inspired by the Shakespeare play in the title.

6, Diane Duane: Dark Mirror
My first tie-in book this year! Duane’s Star Trek: the Next Generation book is a chilling (in a good way) journey to the Mirror universe where our familiar heroes aren’t.

7, Terry Pratchett: Witches Abroad
Pratchett’s three witches tackle fairy tales coming alive.

8, Elizabeth Bear: One-Eyed Jack

Set in Las Vegas and it deals with characters who are archtypes from spy movies.

9, MeiLin Miranda: The Machine God
A steampunk book where the main character is a linguist and it’s not centered on violence.

10, Clay and Susan Griffith: The Rift Walker
The second book in the Vampire Empire series was just as much fun as the first one.

Best comics:
While the Excalibur reread was fun, I really enjoyed the Elfquest reread the best.