In late December 2014, I set myself a task; to read 50 books in 2015. I didn’t quite make it (I read 38 books which was about 76%) but I am quite impressed with how many books I actually read despite a rather busy and crazy year.
In honour of those 38 books, I’ve picked my top 10 and they are listed below in no particular order. The reviews for each book are attached so you can read my actual review for each in more depth.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I adored this book. I still adore this book. This book has actually made it on to my top books of all time list. It was funny, relatable, full of feels and expertly written. Rowell shows her excellence and has created a memorable and truly fantastic book. With a relatable and lovable main character it’s impossible not to empathise with Cath. It’s so nice to have an author align themselves and write directly for their audience; Rowell created for us an epic homage to a group often forgotten.
2. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
The perfect conclusion to the Bloodlines series, Mead proved that she is the god that the YA audiences have declared her. This was one of my highly anticipated releases of this year and this book delivered. Mead always shocks me with her conclusions of her series and she did it again this time too. This had me glued to the pages and while I tried hard to ration it so I could make it last, I couldn’t help it and ended up reading it too quickly.
3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
This book took me so by surprise, mostly because I wasn’t aware it was out, but also because the story line and plot twists were so unexpected. A good unexpected. I loved hearing and learning more about Blue and loved how all of the boys developed as characters. The sheer skill and amount of mythology that Stiefvater packed in made for an eventful and gripping story. This series honestly just keeps getting better and I cant wait to get my grubby paws on the last book in the series in 2016.
4. Poison Study by Maria V Snyder
This book was like a drug; the more I read, the more I had to read. I’ve always been a bit skeptical of fantasy romances set in a period time frame, but this book man…. trust me on this one, this book is awesome. This is a stellar first book of a series and I have become a devout follower of the series this year. Yelena is refreshing and bad-ass. Valek gives me nosebleeds and the Commander is believable and boss. The characters are all strong, well-developed and easy to cheer on. Snyder’s skill is phenomenal.
5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
This book introduced me to Sarah J Maas and I am eternally grateful to be on board the Maas train. How could I resist a book with the pretty cover and it being a retelling of one of my childhood fairy tales? This book ticked all the boxes; perfectly timed and plotted character and world building, nice and spiritedly moving plot, interesting and unexpected plot twists and a final battle/action sequence that made me almost rip the pages I was holding them so tight. Seriously, if you haven’t read this book then you need to immediately. There’s a reason this book has so much hype; it’s earned it.
6. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
There is one word to describe this book; fun. This book had me in stitches. It’s rare that you find a badass girly girl hero that’s worth her salt, but Hawkins delivers. Harper Price is a sassy pleasure who can kick a mans ass without smudging her lipstick. This is what an action film would be like if it was made for women. The ending is perfect and this book just makes me want to float away on a pink fluffy cloud. I’m desperately waiting on the second book to be turned into paperback so I can create a matching set and read it. If it’s anything like this one? It’s bound to be good.
7. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
I’m sure some people may be shocked that I chose the second book in this series rather than the first, but guv, trust me, THIS BOOK THO. This book sends the first book in the corner to cry in time out. I just cant even with this book. This book is a non stop train ride to epic-ville. Celaena earns her tough guy card and kicks some serious ass. Did I expect the grand reveal about her past? Yes, I kinda had been expecting it for a while, but I still loved the moment of reveal. I’m so glad Maas gave up on the love triangle because this book moved so much better free from it.
Review to be posted in 2016
8. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I was desperate for this book since I found out about it in January. Finally it came in November. This book was everything I hoped it would be and more. Rowell’s skills, impossibly, got better. The plot was snappy but well placed. The characters were fitting fan-girling material and immediately likeable. Rowell just understands her audience and the world within she’s writing in; she’s just too good and pure for this world. I loved that slow burn that she created between Simon and Baz and LOVED that final get-together moment. Bless Rowell and this book. This definitely goes into my top books of all time. I am just so overwhelmed with feels I cant even string two thoughts together about this book.
Review to be posted in 2016
9. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
A lengthy book and a book that demands your time and appreciation, but definitely worth it. This book was both gripping and a pleasure to read. I loved the gritty sci-fi feel, loved the concept and the dystopian world it worked in. Using a side of fantasy usually kicked to the curb, I loved Shannon’s distinctions between the different types of clairvoyant. While in the beginning the world and the different clairvoyants types were more than a bit confusing, you eventually find your feet just as the heroine looses hers. I loved trying to solve the mystery of this book. Hopefully 2016 will allow me enough time to dedicate to this book’s sequel. It’s plain to see why this book is so well loved.
10. The Archived by V. E Schwab
This book was a pleasure to read. The mythology was so new and refreshing that the pages seemed to fly by. The overwhelming mystery was compelling and it became an addiction to try and unravel it. The penultimate culmination was fantastic and definitely warrants a series. After lusting after this book for a while, I’m glad I indulged this year and brought it. After having a shaky start to Schwab’s work earlier in the year, this book was certainly redeeming. Fantastic!
Review to be posted in 2016.
Ms Marvel Vol. 1 and 2 by G Willow Willson and et al.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
So those are my top 10 of 2015. I would like to thank you, dear reader, for sticking with me through a stop-and-go sort of year and thank you for reading my crazy thoughts and rants. I hope you’ve had a spectacular year full of good books.
2016 on the Undecided Bookworm will contain more reviews to line up with my new reading challenge for the up coming year. I will also be focusing on writing more general blog posts and have lots of ideas ready to discuss and explore. Stay tuned for the reviews of books I read in late 2015 which will becoming early in the new year and look out for the first review of 2016.