Best Books of 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s topic: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015. Last year I skipped picking my favorite books of the year because I thought it would be extremely hard to narrow down. Instead I made a list of all the books I read that I rated 5 stars. This year I challenged myself to pick my favorite books of the year by participating in this week’s topic. It was actually quite a lot easier than I expected. Without further ado here are my Top 10:

Amy & Roger's Epic DetourAmy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Read from May 19 to 20, 2015 // Rated 5 stars

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way. (Goodreads)

My full review Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

CressCress by Marissa Meyer

Read from February 11 to 16, 2015 // Rated 5 stars

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. (Goodreads)

My full review Cress by Marissa Meyer

DramaDrama by Raina Telgemeier

Read from July 03 to 04, 2015 // Rated 5 stars

PLACES, EVERYONE!

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! (Goodreads)

HopelessHopeless by Colleen Hoover

Read from May 30 to June 02, 2015 // Rated 5 stars

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever. (Goodreads)

SagaSaga Volumes 1-5 by Brain K. Vaughn

Volume 1 — Read on January 31, 2015 // Rated 5 stars

Volume 2 — Read on February 20, 2015 // Rated 4 stars

Volume 3 — Read from February 20 to 21, 2015 // Rated 5 stars

Volume 4 — Read on February 21, 2015 // Rated 4 stars

Volume 5 — Read from October 13 to 14, 2015 // Rated 5 stars

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. (Goodreads)

My full reviews:

Saga, Volume 1 by Brain K. Vaughan

Saga, Volume 2 by Brain K. Vaughan

Saga, Volume 3 by Brain K. Vaughan

Saga, Volume 4 by Brain K. Vaughan

Saga Volume 5 by Brian K Vaughan

Tears of TessTears of Tess by Peppers Winters

Read from March 04 to 07, 2015 // Rated 5 stars

“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?

A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough. (Goodreads)

My full review Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1) by Pepper Winters

The GiverThe Giver by Lois Lowry

Read on November 08, 2015 // Rated 5 stars

Featuring photographic artwork from the feature film on the cover, this handsome edition of The Giver is perfect for fans of the movie and the literary classic. Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery Medal–winning tale has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on Jonas who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. (Goodreads)

My full review The Giver by Lois Lowry

The GrownupThe Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Read on November 04, 2015 // Rated 5 stars

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it. (Goodreads)

My full review The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Start of Me and YouThe Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Read from May 28 to 30, 2015 // Rated 5 stars

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamicsThe Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live? (Goodreads)

My full review The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Through the Ever NightThrough the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Read from April 05 to 08, 2015 // Rated 5 stars

It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, can their love survive through the ever night? (Goodreads)

My full review Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

 

What are your Top 10 favorite books you read this year?

16 thoughts on “Best Books of 2015

  1. SQUEEE. I love the Giver and Cress so so much. <3 I read Fairest and Winter this year and they're both DEFINITELY at the top of my loved-books-list for this year. hehe. and I reread the Giver and omg that book never gets old. (Actually the movie inspired me to reread it…I adored that movie!)
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. I enjoyed Winter (I did read it last month), and I do have a review coming next week, but I didn’t love it as much as I did the other books in the series. The Giver blew my mind. I never heard anyone talk about it so it was never really on my radar until I found it at a free bookstore when I was visiting my parents. So I randomly bought it, needed a short book to read right before a read-a-thon and GOSH it became my favorite book of all time! I have yet to see the movie, but I hear it’s good so I will definitely check it out. My dad is giving me the boxed quartet for Christmas so I am sure I will be re-reading in the new year! I have read the second book, Gathering Blue and it was interesting as well. Thanks for stopping by I love your blog 🙂

    1. I know people who started crushing on Throne in Scarlet and I was just like no. Then he finally started growing on me in Cress, but by Winter I really love him. He is so snarky and fun.

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