Best Books of 2015 So Far According to Carlisa

Posted June 30, 2015 by Carlisa in Features, Top Ten Tuesday / 34 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

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*

firefightFirefight by Brandon Sanderson

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 Meye22489107r

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 anythingSaint 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.


Vanishing Girls by Lauren Olvanishing girlsiver

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

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 studyPoison 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 Eathe importance of being earnestrnest 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 Namecode name verity 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 programThe 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.



daughter of smoke and boneThe Daughter Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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?

  • Zed Amadeo

    Woah, you met two of the authors on this list? That’s awesome! Looks like I’ll have to pick up a copy of The 5th Wave before the movie comes out. I wonder if the cover already has one of those “the book that inspired the movie” stickers on it…

    • They probably do but hopefully you’ll find one without it! But it’s good. I’ve heard the sequel isn’t as good as the first, but I’m still excited to read it!

  • The only one I’ve read on here is The Daughter of Smoke and Bone which I totally agree with. It’s such a great series! I have a few of these others on my to-read list.

    • Yes! I got them from the library when I read them and now I’m itching to buy my own and put them on my shelf. Such good world-building and creative and intricate characters.

  • I really want to read Vanishing Girl! I’ll hopefully get around to it soon! 🙂 Looks like you’ve had a great year of reading so far.

    • Vanishing Girls got a lot of mixed reviews, but I’m glad I was on the side that really liked it. Endings are like my kryptonite. If an ending blows me away, my view of the entire book usually heightens.

  • Lisa @ Captivated Reader

    Nice list this week!! I want to read POISON STUDY BY MARIA SNYDER.

    Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week:

    • You should! It’s not one of my ultimate favorite books but the story and characters are intriguing and I’m excited to continue with the series.

  • Laura Avery

    Great list I am sure but I haven’t read any! I love this topic as it opens up so many possibilities

    • I hope you’ll read some of them eventually because they’re beautiful and I love them. And yes, I agree. I loved reading people’s list this week because it had a lot of variety. And by seeing what their favorite books have been really lets you get to know the blogger a little more.

  • Great pick! I really want to read The Program and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Both seems interesting 🙂

    • Yes, you really should read those. They’re really well-written.

  • VanessaIsen!

    I was just going to ask!

    • I just read your mind, I guess!

  • I agree with you 100% on Fairest. I do hope we maybe see some type of redemption for Levana in Winter though. Maybe some small show of remorse or anything like that. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part.

    I haven’t read any of the others on your list but quite a few are on my TBR. Good to know you enjoyed them. Great list!
    Amanda @ i solemnly swear

    • I’m really intrigued into how Marissa Meyer is going to end the series. Is Levana going to die? See the error of her ways and change? Who knows? Meyer could take it many ways so I’m veeeery excited to see what happens.

  • Melissa

    I haven’t read “Fairest” yet and I feel like I should. I love The Lunar Chronicles! Also, “Code Name Verity” has been on my radar for a while…perhaps I should grab it this summer 🙂

    • If you love the Lunar Chronicles, you NEED to read Fairest. It gives you so much perspective into the story and where Levana is coming from. Many times I was reading and had those little lightbulb moments, like “Ahhhhhh, that makes sense!” So, yes. Read it.

  • Teisha McRae

    Oh my! Your blog is just gorgeous and your graphics are perfection! Teach me your ways! 🙂 I’ve been dying to read Saint Anything. Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite contemporary authors (she graduated from and later taught at my alma mater). I’m currently reading The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Everyone seems to love him, so I’m trying to see what all of the hype is about. And, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is another one that I have put off for way too long. Love your picks! Great list!

    • Thanks Teisha! I usually use Canva but I’m hoping to start designing them myself with InDesign in the fall.

      Saint Anything is beautiful. If you love Sarah Dessen, you’ll love it for sure. No doubt about that. And I LOVE the Final Empire. I don’t think they’re for everyone though, but the world building is beautiful and it’s just beautiful overall. Gah, I wish I had time to re-read that series over again. Soon, hopefully.

  • Danielle @ Love at First Page

    Fairest! Okay, I didn’t love it, but it was great being back in that world and I JUST CAN’T WAIT FOR WINTER. Also, I plan to read DoSaB in August and Saint Anything soon! 😀
    Great list!

    • I just love getting to know and hear from different characters in stories. So I loved hearing Levana’s story and her life…even though I hate her a lot. But Winter, yes! I need it! All 800+ pages!

  • THE PROGRAM IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME! Sorry. I got really excited. I don’t see many people talk about it! The Remedy is my favourite of the series so far. GAH so good!! I cannot wait for The Epidemic!

    • YES!! I just read The Program in May I think I fell in love with the storytelling. Seriously, it’s SO good. And I agree, I don’t think it’s appreciated as much as it should be. I think people are wary of reading more dystopian because the genre is kind of becoming cliche. But The Program is unique and wonderful and intriguing. So glad you love it so much!

      Also, Suzanne Young is coming out with a new book this November and I’m super excited! It’s not in the Program series, but I’m just excited to read a new story by Young. Have you heard of that one? Hotel Ruby, it’s called.

      • Don’t even get me started on Hotel Ruby!! I am so excited! I just love Suzanne Young in general. Have you read her A Need so Beautiful series? It’s not rated as high, but I would like to give it a try.

        • I haven’t read that one! Or heard of them, actually…Are they older?

  • LOVE this list! Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of my favourite books EVER–so I’m glad to hear you liked it as well. And wasn’t CODE NAME VERITY just beautiful? Gah. That book tore at my heart.

    • Ah, yes! I got the DoSaB series from the library when I read them but now I’m aching to buy my own copies to get on my shelf.

      And, yes about Code Name Verity! So beautiful and so powerful.

  • Britt @ Not So Teen Reads

    There’s a ton of great books on this list and a few that I’ve been meaning to read for a while (The Lunar Chronicles, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone). It’s good to see that I’ve picked out some good ones. I’ll have to bump them up on my list!

    • I’m glad you’re going to read those because they’re WONDERFUL.

  • You definitely have some of my favorites on here. I absolutely adored Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It is one of my favorite fantasy books ever and it got me addicted to a darker style of story-telling. I also love The 5th Wave, when though I am terrified for the movie. The book was so brilliant, and mind-bending, and such as original take on the classic alien invasion story. I really hope that Hollywood does not ruin it.
    I have not read anything by Sanderson yet, but I have heard pretty much everyone screaming praises about him. So, I will try my best to find Steelheart and devour it as soon as possible.
    Such a great list, Carlisa!

    • I agree about the 5th Wave! Waiting for a beloved book to become a movie is *hard* because you know it might not turn out as good as the book. Most of the time books aren’t as good as the books. Buuuuut despite that, I still love to see the movie adaptations because they show an interesting side of a story. I just looked up the director and it looks like this is his first BIG movie. Which can be good or bad. Ahhh.

      And yes, read Sanderson. Steelheart is a good way to get into him because it’s YA. The Mistborn series is beautiful but it’s adult (so just denser) and is lengthier. But they’re totally worth it if you’re a fantasy fan. Really beautiful and intricate world-building. And the best ending to a trilogy that I’ve seen. Everything came together so well. Man, now I’m craving a re-read.

  • Hmmmm interesting! I’ll have to check them out!

  • Aya K

    Hi there 🙂
    These sound great! Definitely adding some of these to my TBR.