Get your gift cards ready, because here it is: our annual list of favorite books! We read many, many 2015 releases (and sampled many more), and here are the ones we feel you shouldn’t miss.
There are certainly some books I just didn’t get to that I know would’ve made an appearance here (Simon Vs.the Homo Sapiens Agenda immediately springs to mind). It was particularly hard to keep up with reading during the last several months of the year thanks to my starting library school. You must let me know what else is missing from my list!
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher Stace
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
The Awesome by Eva Darrows
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Books read: 140
Layla’s Favorite 2015 Releases
2015 has been a tough and strange year for me, but I’ve had some great books (and great readers) to keep me company. It will come as a shock to no one, I imagine, that there’s a fair number of science fiction and fantasy books on my list, and also, that Naomi Novik’s Uprooted topped it. What *did* surprise me most about the books I read this year was how many wonderful contemporaries there were. (Maybe I’m turning into a fan of contemporaries? I started reading Sarah Dessen this year and, ahh, I love her now! Is this what I’ve been missing out on?) In any case. I’ve been trying to think about what ties all of these together, and all I can say is that while all these books might share certain qualities (strong women! awesome world-building! lyrical prose!), they’re the books that have kept me up at night, gotten through to me emotionally, and made me excited to keep reading and blogging about literature with you all.
Favorite Young Adult
1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
3. Devoted by Rachel Mathieu
4. The Last Time We Said Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
5. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
6. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
7. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
9. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
10. Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton
… yes, this list is all YA and no romance because most of the romance I loved this year (Cara McKenna, I’m looking at you), wasn’t published in 2015. Except Lucy Parker’s Act Like It, which was, and is great, and everyone should read that. Can I add that to my list as a Bonus Jonas?
Wendy’s Favorite 2015 Releases
In a way, it’s not even fair that I’m posting a list because there are so many books I didn’t get to read in time. It’s been a tough year online and off, and I’ve had very little time to read and very little head space to devote to as many books as I would have liked, so I got through far fewer than I’d planned. But I still squeaked in a respectable number! And I’m hoping to do a few round-ups early next year with mini reviews as well, particularly for books that aren’t bestsellers and romance books. Yes, romance–Layla and I have been planning to start monthly romance posts, but next year it will actually happen. I swear it.
But without further ado, here are the books that touched me, thrilled me, killed me this year.
1. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
3. The Last Time We Said Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
4. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
7. George by Alex Gino
8. Crosstown Crush by Cara McKenna
9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Most Disappointing Reads: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, Soundless by Richelle Mead. And bear with me here, but two of my top 10 books also make this list for one major flaw in each: Queen of Shadows primarily for View Spoiler »(the disintegration of poor Chaol Westfall’s character) « Hide Spoiler, and Everything, Everything for View Spoiler »(the disappointing “she’s not sick after all” reveal.) « Hide Spoiler
A few books I should’ve read by now and might’ve made this post: Vision in Silver, The Invasion of the Tearling, Of Dreams and Rust, The Lie Tree, The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, The Whisper by Aaron Starmer, The Immortal Heights, Uprooted, and basically Kim and Layla’s entire lists. I’m so sorry, books, I tried my best, but I’ll get to you soon! As Anne says, tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it. (Yet.)
In other reading news: this is the year I finally got through Harry Potter (almost! I’m nearly through with Deathly Hallows), and I’ve been furiously reading books from/set in the 40s, 50s, and 60s as well. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings. View Spoiler » Who am I kidding? It brings The Raven King! The Winner’s Kiss! Lady Midnight! My Lady Jane! The Glittering Court! Ahhhh! It’s going to be amazing. « Hide Spoiler
Books Read: 200