Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015
Where has 2015 gone??! Seriously, I can’t even believe how the past six months have just flown by. Before you know it, we’re going to be dodging Christmas carols on the radio and bemoaning that we have to write “2016” on everything.
I love this topic, because it is a nice chance to look back over the last 6 months of books and point out the novels that have set the bar for 2015. This week, Kara and I share our top mid-2015 picks.
When I closed the back cover after reading Stitching Snow, I knew I had found a new favorite. This novel had everything that I love to see in a book – a wonderful female MC, a slowly budding romance, a darker twist in the story, and finally, subtle humor. I quite enjoyed this book, but there is no doubt that I loved the drones, especially Dimwit, and the little pieces of snark and the injections of perfectly-timed hilarity made this book shine.
Everyone on my GR page was just fangirling over this novel. I loved the geeky aspect of Ready Player One, and since I had hit a small reading slump around this time, I thought it would be a great idea to pick it up. While the 80s references and the geek culture was a huge plus for the book, I was not prepared for such an innocent-appearing novel to discuss some hard hitting issues, such as feminism, race issues and gender equality. I loved this book. I loved that it made he cry during each pivotal scene. Ready Player One is a gem that makes me remember why I read for a hobby – for books just like this one.
This is an older book, but I have to add this one to the list. Chime was a readalong with another blogger. I love to do readalongs, and this book turned out to be one of the best for partner reading. The writing was whimsical, the story was provoking, and the characters gave me a lot to think about. I was surprised and excited by their growth, and my heart hurt when the big twist came barreling into the plot, totally tearing down everything I had believed in the story. This book is a sorely underrated novel, and the best magical realism novel I have read, to date.
It is no small secret that I am a huge Courtney Summers fan. I was overly ready to put my hands on her next novel. It is safe to say that All the Rage is my favorite contemporary novel of 2015. Leave it to Summers to write a gritty, realistic book on rape and the fallout that girls experience. This novel doesn’t hold back any punches. It is going to hurt, but there is no doubt that we need more literature like this in the field.
This is another book that has no grey areas when it comes to bloggers: you either loved it or hated it. I was quite shocked when I ended up loving A Court of Thorns and Roses. Sure, I wasn’t crazy about the main love interest, but I enjoyed the other male leads. The world building was beautiful, and I loved the pacing of the book. I love to look around the settings in a novel, and Maas’ new series allows you to experience her own fae world. Most of all, I just loved to watch Feyre’s growth, defeating her own demons as the story progressed.
What are your own favorites from 2015? Have you read any of the books on this list?