2015 was a really weird reading year for me. My tastes have been changing and I went through a lot of trial and error with genre’s and books. I read a lot of books that I was disappointed in this year, but I also found some new favorites!
Making this list made me super excited for 2016 because I am starting to feel like I am happy with my reading again. I am excited for sequels for a lot of these, and i’m excited to read more in similar genre’s.
These are books I read in 2015, not necessarily published in 2015.They are listed in chronological order. #10 being a really really good book, and #1 being my absolute favorite book of the year. I rated all of these books 5/5 stars. They are ranked on personal enjoyment not really on any literary standards. They will all be linked to their respective Goodreads pages (add them they’re fabulous)
I had 21 books that I rated 5 stars throughout the year. Here are the 10 I narrowed it down to!
10. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. November 15th. I had no expectations going in to this book which actually allowed me to enjoy it. I think a lot of the people who are ending up not liking it built up what they thought it would be in their heads, and it’ different. I loved how it was a play on Harry Potter while also being original and this cast of characters blew me away!
9. Be with Me by J. Lynn (Wait for You, #2). July 21st. This year was my introduction to New Adult. I read the first 3 in this series and loved them, but this one was for sure my favorite of the 3. The most realistic pairing and I loved the whole dynamic. I plan on continuing this series in 2016!
8. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. December 7th. This book sat on my shelf for ages! Over a year (maybe two)! I read Since You’ve Been Gone and loved it, but I was still dreading this one a little. WHY???? When I finally got to it I absolutely loved it. The road trip itself was interesting even though real road trips seem to drag out. I loved the relationships in this book, family, romantic, friendships, all of it. It was less juvenile than I thought it would be. If you’ve been putting this off too, read it!
7. Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, #3). August 14th. This series gets better and better with each book. I love the way everything works together adding new characters each time and being able to follow a fairytale while also expanding on the existing story. I have yet to finish Fairest and Winter. Priorities for early in the coming year. Maybe they’ll get a spot on my 2016 list.
6. Undivided by Neal Shusterman (Unwind Dystology, #4). January 10th. This was the first new-to-me book I read in 2015. I reread the first 3 books in the series to lead up to this finale. This is one of the series that got me back into reading my sophomore year of high school so I hold it close to my heart, and I got to finish it finally!
5. Another Day by David Levithan (Every Day, #2). September 6th. This is a sequel that follows the same events as the first book from another character’s perspective. Usually I’m not the biggest fan of books like that but Every Day held the spot for my #1 book of 2014. I held off rereading Every Day so my memory of the book was a little faded which allowed me to enjoy this new installment more. It didn’t make my #1 of 2015, but both making my top 10 lists has to count for something!
4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, #0.1 – #0.5). June 26th. A bind-up of novellas made my list! (They were that good.) I finished these in 2015. I had read the first 3 novellas previously and reread and finally completed all of them this year. These are 100% necessary for the Throne of Glass series. They give so much backstory for things that are hinted at in the rest of the books. Read them anytime after Throne of Glass, but for sure before Heir of Fire.
3. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. May 28th. This was my first New Adult book, and my first Colleen Hoover. Maybe that hinders my opinion because now I’m in love with the genre but this book blew me away. I am 18 so this book applied to my age range and I loved the relationship even though I can acknowledge that it was problematic. If you are interested in this genre I would also recommend starting here as I did!
2. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. June 2nd. Another book I have owned for ages and was dreading a little. I ended up reading this book in one day, and it’s not the smallest thing. This is put here purely on enjoyment because I was sucked into this while reading it.
1.The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre (Deanna Madden, #1). September 28th. An erotic thriller stole my #1 spot?! This book completely blew me away. It was an erotic novel without being relationship based, she is a cam girl so all sexual acts are essentially over a computer. The plot of this book had me completely gripped. If you are 17+ check this out. It won’t disappoint!!
What was your favorite book of the year? Have opinions about the books I talked about? Let me know! Positive or negative!
My Top 5 of the Year (So Far) – posted late June
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