Best Books of 2015

2015 was a great year in books for me. Some of my favorite authors blew me away again, and I discovered some new favorites. Instead of doing a full blog wrap-up (which I felt would be very repetitive) I decided to just look at the books I read this year and to highlight my favorites.

I never set a goal of how many books I wanted to read this year, but my unofficial, personal goal was 70. I met it, so yay!

Books read: 74

Books DNF-ed: 5

Here are fifteen of my favorites:

  1. Love and Other Unknown Variables

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An incredibly romantic story of love and life that left me laughing through tears. My review here.

2. For Darkness Shows the Stars

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An unique dystopian novel with incredible world building and interesting characters. My review here.

3. Since You’ve Been Gone

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This story was my favorite contemporary story of the year. I related to Sloane so much, I loved all the different facets of the story, and I can’t wait to read it again. My review here.

4. Uprooted

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I literally could not put this book down. I loved the magic, I loved the world building, and I was obsessed with the romance. A must read. My review here.

5. Dangerous Girls

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Though I am conflicted on the ending, this book is undeniably an impressive work of fiction. Creepy and haunting, I’ll remember the last pages of this book probably forever. My review here.

6. Firefight (Reckoners #2)

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It’s Brandon Sanderson–what more do I need to say? The Reckoners series only got better in this book, and I loved the new setting. My review here.

7. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

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Another book that will stay with me. The concept of a voiceless MC was perfectly pulled off in this story. I loved the complexity of the story, and, of course, the romance was swoon-worthy. My review here.

8. The Wrath and the Dawn

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This book is amazing. Shazi is one of my favorite characters ever, her romance was Khalid was well constructed and sweet, and the next book in the series is going to rip my heart out. My review here.

9. Sorcerer to the Crown

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This story was more subtle and subdued than my normal YA, but I loved the characters and the magic, and it did an amazing job of weaving discussions of sexism and racism into its plot. My review here.

10. Black Dove, White Raven

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Elizabeth Wein destroyed my heart again. Definitely the best historical fiction book I read this year. My review here.

11. Illuminae

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THIS BOOK. There aren’t words for the adrenaline rush that was this book. Also–graphic design goals. My review here.

12. Heir of Fire (ToG #3)

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ROWAN. AELIN. I love this book sooooo much. Seriously, this was the book that sold me on the series. My review here.

13. Queen of Shadows (ToG #4)

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More ROWAN and AELIN. And Celaena came back for a bit (which was a little disturbing). This series just keeps getting better. My review here.

14. Fire

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This was a reread, but it definitely makes the list. I love the plainspoken complexity of this story. My review here.

15. A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Sarah J. Maas blew me away, again. I’m in love with Feyre’s character, and I can’t wait to see where this story goes. My review here.

How was your 2015? Did you read any of these books?

What should I read in 2016?

10 thoughts on “Best Books of 2015

  1. Since You’ve Been Gone and the Throne of Glass series were some of my favourites this year too! I just bought The Wrath and the Dawn and I hope to also get to Uprooted soon. Great list!

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  2. So many of those are awesome books (esp Sarah J Maas haha). I really want to read Uprooted, I keep hearing fantastic things about it! Have you read The Martian by Andy Weird? I read it recently and wow, amazing,

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