Top Ten Tuesday #60 – Top Reads of 2015

Posted December 15, 2015 by Lillian in Features / 7 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

With only 16 days left in 2015, I can’t help but reflect on what I’ve read this year. This works great as it coincides with this week’s topic: “Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015 (you can do it by only 2015 releases, overall , by genre (top ten fantasy books I read in 2015), etc. however you choose to make your BEST list).” According to Goodreads, I’ve read 163 books so far this year, 67 of those being 5 star 😀

 

Since I’ve read so much this year, I decided to just stick with the top 10 15 books I read in 2015. 2015 has been a catch up year (so to speak) for me in that I’ve been reading and catching up on all the series that came out during my dark years….aka college. As always these are in no particular order, covers link to Amazon (affiliate) and titles link to review.

My Top Reads of 2015

Book Cover for "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I have put off reading this series for years because of how big the books were. BUT this year I finally caved. I scored the entire series on my kindle cheap when they were on sale early in the year, even managing to get book one free. I LOVED the first one! In fact I loved it so much that I’m afraid to continue the series. It was perfect!!! I haven’t read anymore of the series because I don’t want to ruin Jamie and Claire.

Book Cover for "Graceling" by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

This is another series that I put off reading and I can honestly say I don’t know why!! I love epic fantasy and this series is that. I adored book one and devoured the last two in the series. I REALLY hope the author continues to write more from the Graceling Realm. I know I’ll read them!

Book Cover for "Obsidian" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I finally managed to read the Lux series. I was a bit leery to do so as the whole alien love thing just isn’t my cup of tea, BUT I’m happy to say that JLA does it brilliantly! I love me some Daemon Black 😀 I honestly didn’t know while I was reading the series if I wanted to punch him or hug him. He and Katy are great!

Book Cover for "Throne of Glass" by Sarah J. Mass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

When you hear the name Sarah J Maas, you inevitably link it with high fantasy. This series is amazing!!! I have loved every word of every book in this series. I honestly can’t tell you which is my favorite as I read the entire series to date this year and rated all four (plus the prequel novellas) 5 stars 😀 Seriously though Celaena is kick-a**!

Book cover for "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Mass

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I just realized I didn’t write a review for this one…weird as it is one of my favorites for this year!!! Sarah J Maas delivered another great series with this one loosely (very loosely) based off Beauty and the Beast. It’s fantasy at it’s best!

Book Cover for "Winter" by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer

My review for this is coming on Saturday and I can tell you it was amazing!!! I didn’t start reading the Lunar Chronicles until this year and fell in love with the girls: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and now Winter. I loved them all!!! And Meyer’s blend of fairy tale, fantasy, dystopian, and scifi is brilliant! She’s a new favorite of mine and I can’t wait to read her new series next year.

Book Cover for "The Selection" by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

I’ve actually owned this book since 2012 and I put off reading it because it just didn’t interest me. I don’t like the show The Bachelor and this sounded like a poor attempt at a book with the same topic. I’m happy to say I was wrong!! This book is SO much more than a romance. It’s filled with political intrigue, dystopian elements, and of course romance too 😉 WHY did I wait SO long to start this series?!

Book Cover for "Snow Like Ashes" by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

While the second book of the series came out in October and really suffered middle child syndrome, the first book is STILL one of my favorites of the year. The world building, the characters, and the general series story line hooked me! I can’t wait to see this series through to its conclusion.

Book Cover for "Ensnared" by A.G. Howard

Ensnared by A.G. Howard

Howard’s series on Wonderland hooked me this year! I didn’t start reading it until just a few days before this book was released in January AND I loved all three, but Ensnared is my favorite. I loved seeing Alyssa come into her powers and fight in the Looking Glass world. And Morpheus *swoon* Who knew the Caterpillar would be my favorite character 😉

Book Cover for "The Infinite" by Lori M. Lee

The Infinite by Lori M. Lee

THIS series has a little something for everyone! I loved the author’s blend of mythology and fantasy into making her own world. The world-building is phenomenal and the characters are real (don’t argue they are!!!!) I really cannot wait for more from this author and I know I will not be forgetting this book anytime soon.

Book Cover for "The Codex" by Joe Duck

The Codex: An Angel’s Guide to Seducing a Human by Joe Duck

Let’s be real for a second….when a new indie author sends you a book and asks you to read it, do you say yes? I did for this one. Though I’ll admit I was really hesitant. I wasn’t at all sure I’d like it, but I wanted to give it a go. I’m here to tell you that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book! It’s a diamond in the rough and a MUST READ. It’s borderline satire and one of (if not THE) funniest book I read this year. Honestly, GO read it!!!

Book Cover for "A Thousand Pieces of You" by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

I adored this book!!! It was everything I wanted and didn’t know I liked. The author’s world-building with different dimensions and characters in these parallel universes…just amazing! I loved the scenes in Russia. It was my favorite part of the entire book AND yes I cried like a baby reading it 😀 I NEED to get my hands on the second book ASAP!

Book Cover for "Red Queen" by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Can I say that I think this one is my favorite from the year? AND it’s from a debut author 😀 I absolutely loved Red Queen. It’s the perfect mix of fantasy and dystopian. I loved the whole class divide based on the color of their blood and then the main character Mare coming in and blowing them all away. I cannot wait for Glass Sword (only one more month!!).

Book Cover for "Esther" by Rebecca Kanner

Esther by Rebecca Kanner

I am a sucker for historical fiction and I LOVED this book! The author did such a good job of taking the historical aspects and what is known about the time period Queen Esther lived in and blending it with the Biblical account of Queen Esther. It was great and by far a book I won’t forget anytime soon. I just got my hands on a copy of the author’s book about Noah’s wife. Can’t wait to start it 😀

Book Cover for "Inherit the Stars" by Tessa Elwood

Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood

I read this book in one sitting! It is set in space, the characters are human/humanoid. Honestly I LOVE science fiction and this book took all my favorite elements of scifi and blended them with all my favorite elements in dystopians. I adored this book, the characters, the world-building, the fast-paced plot….just all of it. I can’t wait for more!

Your Turn! What’s your favorite book from 2015?


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7 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #60 – Top Reads of 2015

  1. Wow re: the Duck read. I have said yes to those requests a few times, but mostly to my own detriment. It is so exciting to hear that this landed you one of the best books of the year! Yey!

    I am seeing Winter on a lot of lists this year. Eventually I will reach maximum saturation and buy it. Or maybe I’ll just wait until it shows up at the used book store. If so many people are reading it, it is bound to show up there eventually…

    Graceling is on my to-read list as well.

    My top ten list is here, if you’re interested: http://www.bookpunks.com/year-books-best-books-2015/

  2. I was the same with The Selection series but then I fell in love with it! It’s so brilliant. I also really enjoyed Red Queen, which is in my TTT this week too. Aside from that you’ve just given me lots more to add to my TBR 😀