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 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.
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!