2015 is coming to an end, and I have to say that it's been a fantastic year.
Between building a happy family, watching my children grow up, and becoming a better person.. I have lived many lives through reading almost 80 books this year! As I reflect on all of the books that I have read throughout the year, I can't believe how many of them have been fantasy reads. Let me be honest though, I never used to read any fantasy books so I had a lot of catching up to do! There was a lot of contemporaries, dystopian, and a couple of celebrity memoirs thrown in there also. Here's a look back of my year thanks to Goodreads.
Here are my top 10 favorite books that were released in 2015!
Most of them were very popular, and if you're like me - I can be a bit hesitant when it comes to the hype surrounding books, but I assure you that all of the books on my list lived up to the hype for me.
#10 || Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
If you've been following me for awhile then you know that I love Mindy Kaling, I aspire to be her in many ways. Her writing is still brilliant in Why Not Me? - it's incredibly truthful while still being hilarious. I found out more about who she is, and how she manages to live her busy life all while trying to still have a life, through this book. I enjoyed every minute of it.
#9 || First & Then by Emma Mills
One of my favorite contemporaries I've ever read! I loved how the story was inspired by Pride & Prejudice and Friday Night Lights - it was present through the story, but it still felt unique on it's own. It was such a cute and fun book to read! I enjoyed all of the characters and their relationships in the book, especially the swoon-worthy romance!
#8 || Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
This was the first time I've read a book told in this context, and it was awesome! There were so many twists and revelations that I couldn't help but enjoy this book! The characters were easy to love, and AIDAN has to be one of the coolest characters I've ever read about. It was the best rollercoaster ride of emotions I've been on this year!
#7 || Hello? by Liza M. Wiemer
This was the book that taught me the most about myself this year. It was such a beautiful story, and incredibly inspiring. I fell in love with these characters and their lives, and enjoyed how their stories intertwined with one another's. You can read my review here.
#6 || The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The most surprising read that I enjoyed this year! I seriously didn't think I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did.. I loved it. Ahdieh writes in such a beautiful way that it was hard to not love this world and the characters within. The story felt fresh and unique. You can read my review here.
#5 || An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
What an epic story this book was! I instantly fell in love with these characters, especially our main ones - Laia and Elias - even if they make stupid decisions because it helps make them more real and relatable! There was never a dull moment set in this crazy world.
#4 || All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This story will forever have a place in my heart. I love how honest it is, and how it tackles mental illness in a beautiful and inspiring way. Violet and Finch are unique characters, and I love them very much. You can read my review here.
#3 || Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I have to be honest.. The cover was the thing that drew me to this book in the first place. The people behind this series' covers are amazing.. but besides the beautiful cover - this book was one of the best. Red Queen took everything I love in YA and put it all together. Having a monarchy, set in a dystopian world, and yet there is a fantasy element in the story as well. I loved every minute of this book, and that twist in the end was heartbreaking! You can read my review here.
#2 || Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series to date. This world is so awesome to read about, and I am in love with every one of the characters in this series. I can't believe this was the last book, and it sure lived up to a great series ending! I'm sad to say good-bye to this world and the characters, but I look forward to going back and re-reading the whole series over again one day!
#1 || Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My favorite book of 2015 is Six of Crows! I loved everything about this book - the characters, the world, the twists, and the intriguing story that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! It's beautifully written, and you are able to fall in love with these characters and the world around them easily. You can read my review here.
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That was my 2015 year of reading, and I can't want to dive into all of the new books coming out in 2016! Thank you to all the fantastic authors who continue to provide my reading soul with great books. What was your favorite read of 2015?