Top Ten Best Books of 2015 (in my humble and very correct opinion)

Posted December 15, 2015 by Carlisa in Features, Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

2015 is coming to a close. That is crazy. You know what I realized the other day. In four little years, it’ll be the 2020’s. We will no longer be able to say the “20s” and know that we mean the 1920s. We’ll have to make that distinction. Isn’t that weird?

Anyway, 2015 was a good year. Of mostly school, but also almost an entire year of book blogging! (*cue the confetti*) Throughout the year, I’ve been exposed to a lot of really, really phenomenal books and authors that I’ve never experienced before. Of course, there have also been some duds, but you know…you win some, you lose some. But anyway, today’s TTT prompt is Top Ten Best Books of 2015. These aren’t necessarily new releases, but just my top ten favorite books that I read this year!

PS I have 21 books on my “favorites of 2015” Goodreads shelf, so I’m cutting it down to ten and IT’S HARD, GUYS.

my book of life the assassin's blade daughter of smoke and bone the program the wrath & the dawn

My Book of Life By Angel by Martine Leavitt

This book was so incredible and beautiful. And powerful. And you should probably just go read it. It’s written in free verse, too, so it’s really fast but it’ll make an impact on you, I promise. Here’s my review.

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The blogging world introduced me to the glory of the Throne of Glass series. This is just the prequel, but it’s totally my favorite. And it ripped out my heart and crushed it into tiny little pieces. But, you know, in the best way possible. Here’s my review.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I LOVED THIS SERIES. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It was beautiful and magical and mythical and just phenomenal. Like seriously. I love Karou, the main character. And her BFF Zuzana is one of the best secondary characters I’ve ever read (throughout the entire series). Taylor just took me places that I never would’ve imagined and it was lovely. Here’s my review.

The Program by Suzanne Young

I read this duology this summer and  then also read the prequel duology. And everything is just awesome. And twisted. This book will leave you trusting no one. Is it weird that I love that? Unreliable narrators are some of my favorites ever. And my mind was just twisted and overall blown. AHHH SO EXCITED FOR THE EPIDEMIC IN A FEW MONTHS. (Also here’s my review).

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

This book was super beautiful. It’s a retelling of the One Thousand and One Nights and it’s just beautiful (I know I already said it’s beautiful, but that time I said it in italics which is completely different). I fell in love with Shazi and her story. So good. So so so so so good.

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

This was probably my #1 most anticipated book of 2015. It was the end of a wonderful series and it was seriously the best ending there could have been. I’m probably going to be posting a review soon—hopefully…if I can formulate the right words. But it was lovely and wonderful and exciting and suspenseful and magical and PERFECT.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I don’t know why I haven’t picked up this book before, but it was a magical little treat. I read it for a presentation I did on Neil Gaiman in my YA lit class and it was just really good. And the illustrations by Dave McKean are beautiful and haunting all at the same time.

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

This is also one where I really don’t know why I haven’t picked it up before. I also read this for my YA lit class for the “YA book published before 1920” requirement. And it was lovely. Anne is the cutest thing. She’s also feisty and so, so dramatic…but that’s why we all love her, right? I’m super excited to continue on with this series.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

This was such a fun read. It’s a play written back in the day and it’s hilarious. I read it for my Transatlantic Literary History class back in like February or March, but it’s seriously so funny. There are some lines in there that just got me.

Also, if you haven’t seen the movie adaptation with Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon…like, what are you doing with your life? GO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

I love anything and everything Sarah Dessen. I’ve read her books since seventh grade, so maybe part of it is nostalgia? I don’t know, and I really don’t care. I just enjoy them too much. Here’s my review of this one!


What were your favorite books of 2015? Tell me in the comments and link me to your TTT posts!


  • Signourney

    Great list. Winter was so great. So was The Graveyard Book! I really need to read The Wrath and the Dawn.

    • YES, you should definitely read the Wrath and the Dawn. I need to re-read it before the sequel comes out!

  • Jazz

    I both really want to read and really dont want to read Winter. I am so excited for it but I dont want it to end!

    My TTT http://jazminjade.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/top-ten-tuesday-best-books-of-2015-so-far/

    • Ahhh you should read it. It was just perfect.

  • Great list!! So excited that you loved The Program, it was really good! And it’s not weird at all to love twisted stories where you can trust no one, I love that, too! :p

    • Have you read the entire series? The new one comes out in May (I think?) and I’m so so so excited.

      • Not yet, I didn’t read The Remedy and the Recovery, but I might! Are they good? 😀

  • Anne of Green Gables! I love that book so much. I’m always excited when I see people have read and enjoyed it. 🙂 Daughter of Smoke and Bone is amazing, too. Great list!

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer
    My TTT: http://sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca/2015/12/top-ten-tuesday-favourite-contemporary.html

    • Yes, I adored Anne! She was just adorable.

      Thanks for visiting!

  • I have been wanting to read The Program for so long! I don’t know why I haven’t yet haha. Great choices! 🙂

    Here is my TTT!

    • Uh yeah, you should definitely read it. It’ll twist your mind. And the new one comes out in May, I think. So you have time to catch up 😉

  • Lefty Book Lover

    Saint Anything made my list today, too. I too have been reading Dessen since about middle school, and I still adore everything she puts out. Sarah Dessen is the one author name my dad always recognizes when it comes to the books I buy lol. I also really loved The Program, though I didn’t read that this year. Great list!

    My TTT!

    • Yay, I’m glad I’m not the only one who has been reading Dessen for so long! I actually got to meet her this past summer and it was wonderful.

      Have you read the entire Program series? The new one comes out soon and I’m so so so excited.

      • I’m so jealous that you got to meet her!

        And no, I haven’t. I read The Program when it was first released, and I never bought the second one. I really wanted to, though. I just haven’t gotten around to it.

  • Winter was soooo amazing. It’s going to be hard to find another series to replace it in my heart… oh wait, it’ll probably be her new series 😉 great list!

    • AHH, I forgot about her new series until just this moment and now my heart is again happy. Meyer is coming near me for the Stars Above tour and I’m so excited! I love her a lot a lot a lot. Thanks for visiting Samantha!

  • MeezCarrie

    The Wrath & The Dawn and the Lunar Chronicles are among my must reads for 2016! My TTT

  • Making top 10 lists is always so hard (I totally cheated with my list, hehe) I also included Wrath and the dawn and Winter! I absolutely loved them, I was so happy with the conclusion of the Lunar Chronicles. Daughter of smoke and bone + Assassin’s blade are two fantastic books as well.

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    Mel@thedailyprophecy

  • I still have to read The Wrath and the Dawn! I actually won a copy, and I intended to start it this week, but I tried to start my 2016 ARCs.

    I also loved Winter, but I feel like I should have reread the series before I read it. Even though I only read them all last summer (2014), I forgot a lot! 🙁