Top Ten Favourite Books Of 2015 (So Far)
I feel like I’m finally getting to grips with reading this year – I had a great start to 2015 with reading and blogging, but hit a slump in the Spring, but it’s beginning to feel like I’m back on track again! So, here are the top ten books I’ve read in 2015 (so far):
1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas – While this wasn’t my favourite in the series so far, it was definitely still a fantastic read – it develops the plot, and introduces new characters, setting the scene and the pace for the next book. I can’t get over how much I love this series!
2. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay – Mixing things up with a non-fiction text, I found this book of essays to be very accessible, well written, humorous and at times very emotional. I really enjoyed this read and want to get my hands on some more accessible feminist texts as a result!
3. Before I Go by Colleen Oakley – I originally picked this one up for review because it was described as being the next PS I Love You. It’s been a long time since I’ve read Cecelia Ahern’s offering, but I adored that book and was in the mood for a weepy. I reviewed this with Brandie for our Babes and Books feature, and I reached out and interviewed the author, Colleen Oakley.
4. How (Not) To Fall In Love by Lisa Brown Roberts – I think this is a really underrated YA contemporary! I took part in a blog tour for this one, and sometimes with those you manage to strike gold, this was one of those times. Great character development, great swoons, an all-round fab contemporary read.
5. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – I haven’t actually gotten around to reviewing this one on the blog (holding out for a Babes and Books review!). This was a gift for my Birthday in February from Stefani. It’s contemporary YA (crossover NA), but with much more grit than I’d be used to reading in contemporaries, with elements of the military, poverty, and mental health issues.
6. Confess by Colleen Hoover – Did you think Ms Hoover wasn’t going to make it on this list? Really?! Confess was one of my most anticipated reads for 2015, and it didn’t disappoint. There was a mysterious storyline, a swoon-worthy male lead, actual artwork included in the novel based on the confessions of real-life readers… Hoover’s imagination and originality continues to astound!
7. Slammed by Colleen Hoover – Hoover makes the list twice this year with one of her backlist offerings – Slammed was the first novel she published (which features slam, or spoken word poetry, get your mind out of the gutter!). This novel. There are so few words to describe how much I loved this series. OK, there’s two. Will Cooper.
8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – Another I need to get around to reviewing, I have review backlog going on at the minute… ACOTAR, as it has become affectionately called, is a fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It’s also considered NA Fantasy. Maas hit it out of the ball park with this one as far as I’m concerned and I can’t wait for the rest of the series! (PS that cover though).
9. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – My surprise of the year so far was reading and ADORING this book. I tend to shy away from classics, but challenged myself to take some more of them on. This was a 5* read for me, such a deeply thought provoking, and yet highly enjoyable read, and one I know I’ll read again and again (if I ever manage to get around to rereading that is…).
10. The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success by Dr. Kevin Dutton and Andy McNabb – Finishing off with another non-fiction book – when I was going through the books I’ve read so far this year, this one kept sticking out to me. Probably not because I remember large chunks of it verbatim, nor did I think it was perfect, but the essence of the book has stayed with me for a couple of months now, and I’ve thought back to some of the key points on more than one occasion, even putting it into practice, and that has to count for something!
Making this list has got me very excited for the books I’ll read in the rest of 2015 (which is going in FAR too quickly I might add!). Have you read and loved any of these books? Have recommendations for me based on them? Share your TTT post in the comments, we all know I need more books for my TBR…