Top Ten Favourite Books of 2015
When I put together my Top Ten Favourite Books of 2014, I used the books I rated 5*, and a few others that just missed the 5* rating, but stayed with me throughout the year. I’m going to use the same approach this year, and I’ll also include my Top Ten Tuesday Favourite Books of 2015 So Far post, to see if there have been any changes in my list throughout the second half of the year (spoiler alert – there are!). Books that made the “so far” list but haven’t made this one are highly note-worthy, I just wanted to challenge myself to stick to ten for this list.
1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas – This isn’t my favourite of the series, but it was still a great read. The plot developed so much in this novel, and I loved the introduction of new characters. I also preferred this to Queen of Shadows because Maas keeps wrecking my heart the longer this series goes on.
2. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay – I really enjoyed reading this collection of essays and struggled to put it down! It opened the floodgates for me with feminism and made me want to gobble up anything to do with the subject. Accessible, humorous and smart, this is a must read.
3. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – When I read this book, I initially felt a little underwhelmed because of the unreal hype it was receiving at the time. However, I still really enjoyed it, and as the year has gone on this story has stayed with me in a MASSIVE way. I fully recommend this contemporary read, which was a Birthday present from the fabulous, Stef.
4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – This book came highly recommended from Lindsey and Brandie, and it did not disappoint. In fact, I think this is my #1 favourite book of the year. Emotional, hard hitting, beautifully written, fabulous pacing, complex characters, this book has it all AND it made my dad cry. That’s HUGE.
5. The Proposal by Tasmina Perry – I picked this book up on a whim when doing the grocery shop, and I am SO glad I did. It’s only had 535 ratings and 80 reviews on Goodreads! This book is fantastic and needs more love immediately. Dual POV historical/contemporary fiction, featuring relationships, road trips, and débutantes.
6 & 7. Confess and Slammed by Colleen Hoover – I read a lot of Hoover books this year, and as much as I wanted to, I couldn’t include all of them in this list. Confess was one of my most anticipated reads for 2015. There was a mysterious storyline, a swoon-worthy male lead, and actual artwork included in the novel based on the confessions of real-life readers. Slammed was Hoover’s first novel, and we can clearly see how her writing has developed and improved since then. However, Will Cooper is possibly my favourite fictional guy ever, and slammed poetry, or spoken word poetry, has become my new love thanks to this read. Hoover’s originality knows no bounds!
8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – An NA Fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast that has the most ridiculously beautiful cover ever. This book has fantastic world-building, complex family dynamics, a gripping plot, a romance with great potential… Sigh… Maas has done it again!
9. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – I LOVED this book. It was deeply thought provoking, and yet highly enjoyable. I know I’ll read this again and again. (Yes, I have read Go Set A Watchman, and yes, I’m going to pretend it never happened. I need to review it yet, but basically, I can see the merit in reading it as a first manuscript that eventually led to the beauty that is TKAMB, but in no way
is it my should it be considered the sequel.
10. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – This book made me spit venom (in the best way possible!). Very well written in all of its gut wrenching and anger inducing glory (so much so, it inspired me to write #NotAskingForIt). Just do yourself a favour and pick up this book! After finishing it, I also got my hands on O’Neill’s debut, Only Ever Yours, which is also a fab read (and I’m only cheating a little bit by including another book in here!).
Have you read any of my favourite books from this year? What did you think of them? And what have been your Top Ten reads of 2015? Leave me a link to your post in the comments, and get chatting!