It’s been a truly fantastic year of 2015 releases and books that I finally picked up this year. It’s always the hardest thing to pick my top favourites and I really struggled with this one! But in 2015, I found some of my favourite reads, I cried to these books, I hugged and felt SO much with these books, I held my breath and was absolutely exhilarated with these books and these characters found their ways into my heart. All of these books touched me in such a profound way that I’m pleased to give them the title of the top 10 favourite books of the year!
10. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Our Discussion Review
Jenna and Aila will agree with me but Simon and Baz are one of, if not THE OTP of the year for me. Although it had a slow start, the longing that Simon felt for Baz and just the amount of adorable encounters that just made your heart MELT when they kissed was so adorable. I love their banter and their antagonistic relationship! Check out our discussion review here.
9. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review
What really made Illuminae shine was the unique way the story was told, through a compilation of news articles, chat logs, surveillance reports and A.I. language. Featuring the feisty Kady, the loyal Ezra and AIDAN, the most interesting A.I. character you’ve never met, Illuminae is a thrilling space adventure.
8. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes – Review
I loved the uniqueness of this book so much! It’s about a disabled character, a girl with no hands escaping from a cult who finds her place in juvie prison. Diverse, heart wrenching and a story that negates the perception of weak disabled characters. It really taught me a lot about strength and what it means to believe in yourself.
7. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli – Review
My other favourite OTP of the year is Simon and Blue, who communicate through super cute chat logs as they find out that they’re falling for each other. Their flirting banter, constant thoughts for each other and total adorableness was such a great drawcard of this book! This is a really great LGBT read and I loved it so much.
6. Night Film by Marisha Pessl – Review
The best thriller that I’ve read this year, Night Film is immersive, haunting and addictive. At over 600+ pages, it never felt too long building an intriguing back story of the renowned film director, Robert Kordorva and his penchant for realistic horror. The mystery kept me guessing and the snippets of news stories and other items definitely brought it all to life.
5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Review
Being a massive fan of the Throne of Glass series, I was a bit wary going into this one, unsure of whether it was going to live up to her other series. But oh my gosh, this one was SO good! Feyre was a wonderful artistic hunter and the three new fae warriors here were totally HOT *fans self*. Although it starts off slowly, it gets pretty epic towards the end!
4. Golden Son by Pierce Brown – Review
While Red Rising was mainly about the world building and an insular war games of the Institute, Golden Son was so much more epic, with war, politics, revolution and a power play between the ruthless Darrow, his allies and friends. If you loved An Ember in the Ashes, you’ve seen nothing yet. This series is about the brutal Greco-Roman setting but in space, and it’s freaking brilliant.
3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Review
Being the second Beauty and the Beast retelling I’ve read this year, Uprooted was completely off the charts when it came to epic world building. The friendship between the selfless and charming Agneiszka and her loyal and beautiful best friend Kasia is part of what makes this book awesome. Capped off with a restrained suitor, an evil forest and an awesome magic system, this book was epic all round.
2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Review
Ready Player One is one of my favourite books OF ALL TIME. The virtual reality, the gaming and 80’s pop culture references, the endearing characters and the exciting search for the holy grail. It was such a Jeann book and my gosh, you HAVE to read this! Also the movie is coming out, directed by Steven Spielberg.
1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – Review
Completely surprising no one, Queen of Shadows was my absolute favourite book this year. This is the book combines the epicness of the multiple characters and the kingdoms in Heir of Fire, but brings everyone from Throne of Glass and Heir of Fire together. Packed with romantic development, absolutely epic fighting battles and so many feels, I was captivated from the very first page. I’m so pleased that this won the Goodreads Choice Award for the best YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy!
Honourable Mentions: Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Review), Winter by Marissa Meyer (Review to come.)
Are any of these your favourite reads as well?