The Best of 2015


As the year draws to a close, I must reveal the winners of my Top Reads for 2015, or as I affectionately coined them, “The Boodies.”  The music industry has the Grammy’s.  Broadway has the Tony’s.  ESPN has the ESPY’s.  And Chuck Buda has the Boodies.  The Boodies are awarded to my favorite books – books that I have personally read this year, regardless of what year the works were originally published.

This list is my own opinion and in no way reflects poorly on all the other books I read throughout the year.  So many titles were extremely valuable to me but I had to draw the line somewhere.  Like a Miss Universe host recently admitted, I take full responsibility for reading off this card.podium-1060918__180

The envelope please…

Best Horror Books

  1. The Girl on the Glider by Brian Keene
  2. Hell, Texas by Tim Miller
  3. The Freakshow by Bryan Smith
  4. Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer (Dying Days) by Armand Rosamilia
  5. The Skin Show by Kristopher Rufty

Best Thriller Books

  1. The List – A Thriller by J.A. Konrath and Jack Kilborn
  2. Stone of Fire (ARKANE Book 1) by J.F. Penn
  3. House 23 (A Suspense Mystery Thriller) by Eli Yance
  4. Predatory Instinct: A Thriller by Michael McBride
  5. Wanted (A Private Investigator Series of Crime and Suspense Thrillers, Book 1) by Nick Stephenson

Best Writing Books

  1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  2. Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success)(The Smarter Artist Book 1) by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant
  3. Nine Day Novel-Authorphobia: Laugh at Your Fear of Writing: Suck Less for Author Success (Writing Fiction Basics Book 0) by Steve Windsor
  4. Gotta Read It! – Five Simple Steps to a Fiction Pitch That Sells by Libbie Hawker
  5. How to Make A Living with Your Writing: Books, Blogging and More (Books for Writers 2) by Joanna Penn

Best Non-Fiction Books

  1. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)(The Miracle Morning Book Series 1) by Hal Elrod
  2. Chasing the Ripper by Patricia Cornwell
  3. Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos by Michio Kaku
  4. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  5. George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager

Best Fiction (General)

  1. The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman
  2. Gaslight (A Soho Noir Thriller) by Mark Dawson
  3. Mystery Walk by Robert R. McCammon
  4. Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
  5. A is for Antichrist (A-Z of Horror Book 1) by Iain Rob Wright

Wildcard Category

  1. American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle and Scott McEwen
  2. Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell
  3. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt
  4. The Universe Doesn’t Give a Flying F–k About You (Epic Series Book 1) by J. Truant
  5. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

I hope you enjoyed reading this list as much as I did putting it together.  It wasn’t easy.  There are still so many great authors and works out there.  And honestly, I have found the books of lesser-known, independent authors to be very good reads.  So don’t be afraid to browse new artists and give them a try.  You will be glad you did.

Drop me a note to let me know what your favorite reads were in 2015.

I will be taking the next week off to enjoy my family time, but stay tuned for early January when I come back with more surprises for 2016.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!