Top Ten Tuesday: Our Top Ten 2015 Releases

Posted December 15, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Lyn, Maryam, Top Ten Tuesday / 9 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Top Ten 2015 Books

Out with the old, and in with the new. The year 2016 is nearing, creeping closer. You can’t escape it. You can’t run. You can’t hide.

This turned dark quickly…

On a brighter note, this year was filled with great books from new and veteran writers. The YA train is running full speed ahead, and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. This week, Maryam and I present our favorite 2015 releases.

Lyn’s Releases

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I cannot praise this novel enough. I was thirsty for an epic high fantasy, and Uprooted delivered. I thought I knew the story when I opened it up, but I was wrong. I was so, so wrong. This book took a tired formula, kept the bare bones, and completely revamped the entire “wrong chosen one” formula. And the romance. THE ROMANCE. Look, I don’t normally swoon. But when the peppered-in romance scenes are red hot, you can’t help BUT to turn into mush.

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Here is another novel that took the gay online romance to the next level. This author did not treat her subject matter with a one-train mind. The novel touched on a whole bundle of social shortfalls, while still keeping the heart of the book intact and beating. Simon could turn from flirty, to series, to cute, and to relevant with a smooth, seamless transition.  Albertalli delivered a relevant, hard hitting novel while provided a totally adorkable story line, proving that her writing skills exceed expectations.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
I had no idea I was going to love this one so much. I was really excited to read it when it releases, but I had no idea that this one was going to stick with me for this long. Minnow Bly is hard to categorize into the morality wheel: is it about redemption? It is a warning about rabid, fear-fuels ideas? It is a protest against the judicial system? Is it a novel about the pros and cons of young love? Or is it all of the above? I choose the last option. Here is yet another book that doesn’t stick with one large theme, but instead threads together a whole tapestry of social issues, and produces a novel that is bittersweet and realistic, while holding onto hope and friendship until the end.

All The Rage by Courtney Summers
I make it no secret agenda that Summers is my favorite contemporary writer. I have yet to see her deliver a book about the darker side of social privileges that beats me over the head. She never panders, but instead leads you through a maze of feelings until you are ready to either break down and give up on life, or Hulk out on the double standards of our culture. She doesn’t beat you over the head with her message. She goes for the heart of the subject matter, and leaves a trail of rage-inducing themes where ever she goes.  Just like any other life-saving procedure, the reader needs to push past the pain to become stronger. The message is heart wrenching, but it is for the better. You are reading her stories while millions actually live them. Give these people a chance – read this book.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
People either loved or hated this one. I consider myself part of the first category.  It is amazing that Ness wrote a book with a male protagonist that made my “best of” list. He can write a male MC like no other. His theme of non-chosen, non-special teens might have come across as cheesy, but Ness knows how to combine different elements to produce something that is humorous and heart breaking. If you can make it past the therapy scene, then congrats – you are a stronger person than I.


Maryam’s Books

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
YUP YES. I think, thanks to this book, Leigh actually became one of my favorite authors of all time, because I just really devour whatever she wrote. This is the BEST book I’ve read in 2015 because it’s unique and introduced me to many different characters in which I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I mean, hi, Nina is my spirit animal.
Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Of course this book had to be second. It broke my heart into a thousand teeny pieces.
Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond
AAAAH, a modern day version of Lois Lane? Definitely. I totally totally love this book, and I could not forget how charmingly sarcastic and talkative Lois Lane was in this book. And the fact that it was about virtual gaming made it all the more amazing.
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
HELLLOOOOO amazing fantasy! This book was WOAH, and the world building was the BEST that I’ve read about. It was detailed, and intricate and amazing and YUP, you rock, Victoria!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Contemporaries, but I love Fantasy more. However, this book made me love contemporaries more HEHEH. The Start of Me and You was pretty much the SWEEEETEST love story I’ve ever read. Emery Lord = Queen of Contemporaries


What new books made your favorite list this year? Have you read and enjoyed any of our picks?

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