So let me just tell you that YOU CAN’T MAKE ME CHOOSE AND LIST BOOKS. YOU JUST CAN’T. *screeches* (This is why I do so bad with Top Ten Tuesdays //sobs.) But, being the end of the year I guess I shall have to make an exception. So this list took me thirty minutes to make and it first started with listing all the beautiful book I’ve read that were published in 2015. And then crossing off the ones that were the series finales because there were like 4 in there and of course they were amazing so that’s not fair. And then making sure there was a mix of genres in there. And ugh, suffice it to say this was a pretty hard list to make. Without further ado, LET US COUNT DOWN.
10. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadow –Review
Lost queen of a kingdom. Secret and intriguing romance. Political intrigue. A world where magic is banned.
Oh em gee so the ending of this book will probably make you hyperventilate like it is doing to me right now. With a great, well-developed setting and main characters that are on a mission, no matter how manipulative they can be, this fantasy read will is just full of fun.
9. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed- Review
YES to diversity! Beautiful representation of a Pakistani family. Cute romance. So, so realistic and eye-opening.
I only wanted a couple of contemporaries on this list to make room for fantasies (ha sorry not sorry) and this one was one that stood out. It’s a fairly short read, but really hit close to home with having a family with deep, traditional values that affect the main character’s life.
8. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore – Review
Beautiful, diverse characters. Intriguing plot that keeps your eyes attached to the page. Descriptive scenes that create a beautiful picture.
This quiet, subtle book with its magical realism was just so beautiful to read. The characters’ relationships with their families sometimes broke my heart but the gorgeous and satisfying ending was worth it.
7. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly – Review
Accurate historical setting. Dynamic characters that fight the social system. A mystery with multiple murders involved. Forbidden romance.
I didn’t think a historical book would end up on this list, but this one was just unputdownable. Reading about the characters solve the murder mystery is full of excitement and thrills as they piece the clues together.
6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell- Our Discussion Review | My Review
CUTEST COUPLE TO EVER BE A THING. Fun magical world. A wizard with just too much power in him. So otp it physically pains me.
Despite this book using elements of many others, it totally stands out on its own. I can’t think of SnowBaz without grinning and I love how the characters’ relationships develop throughout the book.
5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – Review
Stunning retelling. GIVE ME ALL THE FOODS. Snarky characters with wit and charm. Intriguing plot with hints of magic.
The superb writing in this book really sucked me into the story as I read about scrumptious food and a dazzling setting. Oh me oh my, I also fell in love with the characters and their unique charm. Definitely a retelling that I will be rereading as the years come by.
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
Multiple Londons. A coat with various functions. Give me some of that magic bruh. Superb dynamic characters and nonstop action.
The clever world in this book as well as the fun characters just make it shine. Add to it nonstop magic and gorgeous magic, and you’re in for a wild ride.. Recommended for a binge-read because you’ll find that it is extremely hard to put down once you start.
3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Jeann’s Review | My Review
Absolutely enchanting. Will suck you in and never let go. Amazing characters. If you’re a fantasy fan and haven’t picked this up, I suggest you stop reading this post and do so right now.
I was surprised in the best of ways by this book. The fantastical world and brilliant characters make for a wonderful read.
2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Jeann’s Review
Explosions. Spaceships. Intergalactic warfare. A romance through space. A dangerous virus outbreak. Upcoming movie.
The unique format of Illuminae was what caught my attention, but the actual story inside made me crazy for more.
1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- Review
Dangerous heists. Amazingly amazing characters that pull on your heartstrings. Romances that you can’t help but ship. Action that leaves you on the edge of your seat.
Do not miss out on Bardugo’s most recent and (in my opinion) best book. I absolutely adore all the characters in this one and am biting my nails for the sequel.
Do any of these books coincide with your own top books of 2015? I’d love to know!