Bookaddict24-7′s Favourite Books of 2015!
I’ve read some phenomenal books in 2015 and though all of my five-stars aren’t on here, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy most of the books I read this year. This was a hard list to narrow down, but unlike past years, I found this one to be a little easier, since the books I knew would be my top ten popped out from my list. The books appear in no particular order!
What were some of your favourite books of 2015? Let me know!
1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illuminae was probably one of the biggest surprises of the year. I’ve encountered a lot of books with tons of hype and have either been okay, or disappointing, but this young adult sci-fi/horror did not let me down. Massive in size, the book holds so much awesomeness told in such a unique way that I was immediately hooked. Go read it, seriously.
2. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
Following the trend of surprises of the year, What We Saw was definitely something I didn’t see coming. I have a habit of not reading the synopsis of books before jumping into the story and I am so glad I remained aloof with this one. The story is heart-wrenching and watching the protagonist struggle in a sure and biased society, I felt helpless. Hartzler’s novel explores victim blaming and slut shaming, offering the reader a truly important and relevant story of what really happens when communities are thrust into difficult and disturbing situations. Also, human nature is a real bitch.
3. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen is one of my auto-buy authors and for the last few years, I haven’t been too happy with her books, but this year. Wow. Dessen kills it with Saint Anything, a young adult book that I devoured in just a couple of days. It was so good. The premise was unique and a little darker than some of her other books, but it explores teen life in a way only Dessen could. There was a lot of love going around for this book the moment it was announced and it is well-deserved. Definitely one of Dessen’s best.
4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I can’t believe I only just got into this series this year. Throne of Glass is probably one of the series that really got me into fantasy this year–opening up my reading world in ways I never anticipated for the year. I’m only putting the first installment in the series here because I’m just going to say that the whole series was one of my favourite reads of the year. Cheating, I know, but eh. The intrigue, the dark themes, the magic, mystery, and games made me instantly love this and I ended up reading the book in a very short time.
5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen is so cool! I love books that make me excited to enter the fictional world and Aveyard’s debut most definitely does just that. I couldn’t put this one down. There’s this crazy scene near the end that completely had me cheering and completely losing my shit. Like I said, so freaking cool. If you like The Hunger Games, if you’ve imagined a harsher form of The Selection, and ever found X-Men exciting, then you might want to check this one out.
6. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This was a year of sci-fi and fantasy books for me. I couldn’t get enough for either genres and it was even harder to stay away once I read Cline’s debut novel. The only question I had for myself when I finished was, “Why didn’t I read this sooner?” While his latest, Armada, wasn’t bad, it just couldn’t live up to the hype of its predecessor. Ready Player One is definitely a sci-fi classic. If you’re into video games, 80′s references (who isn’t?), and addicting intrigue, then make sure you pick this one up in 2016!
7. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
The first installment in the Michael Vey series is probably my most “on the fence” book on this list because while I enjoyed it, I wasn’t sure if it was a favourite of the year. Looking back, however, I noticed that it was because of this book that I started reading a lot of other books, so I think it’s right to have the series starter on the list. Richard Paul Evans’s novel did something that very few young adult books do: it got me binge reading a YA series. Seriously, I couldn’t stop. I read all five books available (dammit, next Fall for book 6!!!!) in about a week and I came out forever changed. Now I have a weird craving for adventure and mystery. Such an underrated and lesser known series.
8. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Jennifer Niven’s debut was one of the first novels I read in 2015 and man, what a start to my year. Heartbreaking, honest, and unapologetic, All the Bright Places will give you hope, then tear you to pieces. Niven’s writing is both beautiful and unique. She manages to show the reader the fragility of relationships and that just because there are good moments and happy endings in some stories, it doesn’t mean that every story gets that kind of conclusion. Definitely a beautiful read that will remain important for many more years to come. Every book on this list has captured me in a different way and Niven’s novel stole me with its sad beauty.
9. The Martian by Andy Weir
Let me tell you something about Andy Weir’s The Martian: I don’t know how many times I’ve told customers at the bookstore that this book is hilarious and they’ve acted shocked every single time. Survivalist novels don’t need to always be super serious and Weir proves that with his witty protagonist. For those who’ve yet to read this, think of it as a wittier, smarter, and more fascinating Castaway–if it were set on mars (Tom Hanks film for those who don’t know–think Wilson, the volleyball with the bloody handprint face). Also, everything is scientifically accurate. And there’s an equally awesome movie!
10. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn was another surprise for me. With it, I learned how much I could enjoy fantasy if I tried to read books that are written by authors like Brandon Sanderson. Though the world is complex, Sanderson’s writing is so inclusive that I barely struggled to get my bearings. I really enjoyed this book and I still find myself in awe when explaining the cool synopsis to other potential readers.
1. Zack by Sawyer Bennett (It was a year of New Adult and this was definitely one of the best new adult books I read this year.)
2. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (Super weird, but beautifully written.)
3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Crazy cute!!)
4. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott (So sassy and fun! The sequel scarred me. Think The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, and Pokemon, all in one.)
5. Famous Last Words by Katie Alender (Definitely one of the best YA authors right now for creepy mysteries full of hauntings and murder.)
I hope you guys had an awesome 2015 and that you will have an even better 2016! There’s so many more days, weeks, months of reading ahead of you, I can only imagine all of the adventures you will all be experiencing with your future reads.
What were some of your favourite books of 2015?
P.S. If you’ve read any of these books, please feel free to let me know what you thought!