Ah, 2015. WE’RE HALFWAY THROUGH 2015, PEOPLE. This is not a drill. Oh my gosh. How did this happen? I really don’t know. My life is running away from me, you guys. But 2015 has been a good reading year for me. I started exclusively book blogging and with that came a somehow faster reading time for me which results in more fabulous books. And since I started book blogging, I’ve become aware of so many different backlist/new books I need to read. So, here we go with my best books of 2015 so far. *Hint: Click on the pictures for my oh-so-eloquently written reviews/Goodreads pages*
This book is fabulous and is a great sequel to Steelheart. Steelheart was actually my first Brandon Sanderson and I have since fallen in love with his amazing world building and lovely characters. And by lovely I mean kick-butt.
But Firefight made me yearn for Calamity, the third in the series that’s going to be coming out next year. Seriously, I got to the End page and it says “Coming Spring 2016!” And I about freaked out. Okay, I did freak out but all is good now because time is going so fast anyways…it’s going to be next Spring before I know it.
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Fairest is awesome. I love getting to know what a character (other than the MC) is thinking and this book gives me that opportunity. In a very creepy and Oh-my-gosh-this-girl-is-psycho kind of way.
But I loved getting to know her backstory and though it doesn’t excuse her crazy Evil Queen tendencies…it does explain them. And I at first thought this was going to be like Disney’s Maleficient and we’re going to find out Levana is actually a good person, blah blah blah. Nope. That does not happen. Nope. Hate her guts.
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen is one of my all-time favorite authors. AND I MET HER NBD. But seriously, I read one of her books for the first time in seventh grade and have loved her since. She writes such realistic characters who aren’t always going through this huge, dramatic ordeals. They’re just real. And I love that. And Saint Anything is no disappointment. Ever since I read this, though, I’ve been craving a massive Dessen binge read…which might still happen if I find the time later this summer.
It’s interesting because I actually gave this book a 3.5. But the ending. WHAT THE HECK THE ENDING. Just thinking about it makes me want to re-read it. I need to re-read it. I made my mom read it as soon as I got home for the summer and I watched her as she read that ending to see her reaction.
Oh my word, I’m so weird. Sometimes I don’t realize it until I type things out like that…but anyways. I really did like it, despite my 3.5 rating (which is a positive rating, people!). And I also met Lauren Oliver and she signed this book so it’s like my baby.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The extremely-poetic language through me off at first–one of my bookish pet peeves, actually–but I quickly got over it because the story is awesome. Seriously.
And it’s gotten some mixed reviews and I can totally see where people are coming from. But all I know is, I loved it despite it’s flaws, which isn’t something I can usually say.
Aaaaaaand the movie comes out in January, so get reading, people!
Poison Study by Maria Snyder
This is another book that doesn’t give five stars from me because it’s preeeeetty predictable…but I still loved it. The story was enticing and awesome. I’ve read the sequel since and I want to keep going with this world, for sure!
Seriously, it’s a good book with a kick-butt heroine and I romance (that you can see from a mile away but you still swoon over).
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
I read this for one of my classes actually but I loved it. It’s a classic play but it’s satirically hilarious. Seriously, so so funny.
And there’s a movie version on Netflix with Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. Yeah, you know you want to go watch it.
(Go watch it).
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This book is a backlisted one that people were raving about, so I picked it up and loved it. It’s really heartfelt and emotional and just raw.
While also telling the beautiful tale of friendship that lasts despite trials. And I mean some big freaking trials.
Trials like Nazis and World War II.
Read this book.
The Program by Suzanne Young
I just read this series and it’s awesome. I raved about them enough in my reviews, so just go check those out. But seriously, it’s filled with these unreliable narrators and action and you never really know what’s going to happen all set in this unique dystopian world. Bah. So good.
I think this may be my all-time favorite series of the year so far…that might just be because I just finished them like three days ago, but still. I loved Taylor’s writing. Hilarious yet deep and unique and fantastical yet familiar…just beautiful. You should go read my rave reviews of this, too. Here is my review for the third one where I also show you my reactions reading the entire series in gif form. Because I love gifs, if you haven’t been able to tell.
So, what do you think? Did any of these books make your list? What books have been your favorites of 2015?