I didn’t actually get to read very many books that were published in 2015; I’m going to post the 2015 releases that I should have read but didn’t next week (and hang my head in shame since most of the biggest books of the year are on that list). So this is a list of my favorite books that I read in 2015, but may have been published before then.
#10 : The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
I’m honestly surprised that this made my list. I expected to really hate it when I started reading it, but I read it in one day. I devoured it. I felt like it wasn’t a terribly unrealistic read, which is unusual with YA Contemporary, at least, the ones that I’ve read. The DUFF deals with a lot of interesting issues: self-esteem, kids dealing with their parents’ divorce, how sleeping with someone can affect you…check out my full review HERE.
#9 : Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illuminae is one of those books that is really unique and unusual that just blows you away; I was able to pick up a physical copy the other day (I read an eARC the first time around), and if you’re planning on reading this book (which everyone should), then you should definitely get the physical copy. It’s unlike any book on your shelf. There are so many fascinating illustrated pages and the format of almost every page is different. It’s really a wonder to behold. Check out my full review of this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller HERE.
#8 : Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
I read a ton of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy in 2015, and Moon Called was definitely one of my favorites. It’s a plot-driven story, rather than romance driven, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t romance. Mercy is an awesome protagonist, who can take care of herself, but still relies on her community to help her out when she needs it. If you’re a fan of Urban Fantasy, you cannot do better than Moon Called. Check out my full review HERE.
#7 : The Hidden Library and The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons
This series is killing it. It’s so awesome and unique and interesting and I think everyone should read it. I really adore Heather Lyons’ writing and her awesome imagination. This is a sort of Alice in Wonderland retelling with a lot of other awesome fantasy action thrown in. If you haven’t read it (or anything by Heather Lyons for that matter), then you need to pick it up ASAP. Check out my review of The Hidden Library and The Forgotten Mountain.
#6 : Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
So…this one surprised me. It was my first real Historical Romance books and I adored it. I love Sarah MacLean and I fully intend on reading the rest of her books in 2016. Nine Rules is witty, very romantic (of course), and absolutely adorable with an extremely likable heroine. So much fun. See my full review HERE.
#5 : Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
I’ve loved this series from the beginning, and I love each of the couples, but really, Annith and Balthazar may be my favorite. I adored their story, and I even want to read it again (re-reads are unusual for me). This is a really great read for fans of historical romance with some fantasy thrown in. And assassin nuns. See my full review HERE.
#4 : The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I picked up The Wrath and the Dawn from the library on a whim. And immediately fell in love. It’s a retelling of 1001 Nights, and it’s one of the most romantic, lovely stories I read all year. Khalid, the ruler of the land is marrying young women one day and killing them the next morning. Sharzhad wants revenge and so she volunteers to be his next wife; but she has a plan that will keep her alive past sunrise. See my full review HERE.
#3 : The Burning Sky and The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
How much do I love this series?? It’s so witty and adorable and charming…it’s got serious conflict but the whole thing is also sort of a charming English romp…like Chronicles of Narnia sort of. I love the tone. It’s one of my favorite things about this romantic fantasy series. Definitely one of my faves of 2015. The Immortal Heights is sitting on my shelf next in line to be read, and I can’t wait! Check out my review of The Burning Sky.
#2 : Soulless by Gail Carriger
I feel like I’ve recommended this book more than any other this year. It’s absolutely hysterical, charmingly romantic, a mix of steampunk, fantasy, and historical romance…what more could you ask for in a book? I adore it, and can’t wait to read the second one. Easily one of my very favorite books of the year. See my review HERE.
#1 : A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
This was my most anticipated book of 2015, and it came out being my favorite read of the year. It’s essentially a fairy romance, so if that’s not your thing, you’ll probably disagree with me. But I loved it. So many beautiful descriptions, a great romance, lots of magic. I’m dying to get the second one. See my full review HERE.
So there they are, my favorite reads of 2015. Some honorable mentions (and there are so many, I read so many amazing books this year): The Virtual Arcana Series by Karen Amanda Hooper, Firefight by Brandon Sanderson, The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters, A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn, Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, and Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons.