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15 Best of 2015
I had more than 15 5 star books (after all I did read 130 this year) but here are my top 15 picks.
1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (I just couldn’t put this down, it is very unique and left me breathless. I loved it so much 7 people got copies for Christmas – and print copies too. This is a book you have to own physically).
2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (2015 saw me pick up the amazing Red Rising, that I’d first read in 2014 in anticipation of the sequel. I also listened to the audiobook. A year has been too long to wait for Morning Star).
3. Golden Son by Pierce Brown (My first read of Golden Son caught me a little by surprise because of the time gap between the events of Red Rising but this expansion to the world has made me even more anxious to read the conclusion to the trilogy. This also got a second read via audio – Tim is a brilliant narrator).
3. The Death House by Sarah Pinborough (recommended to me by @catrad this is a beautiful read that bought me to tears and has made Sarah one of my must read authors).
4. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (One of my last reads, reminded me of the Death House in tone – just beautiful).
5. Am I Normal Yet? (The Normal Series 1) By Holly Bourne (A great contemporary read that explores mental health and feminism. Made me want to join the Spinster Club).
6. Asking for It by Louise O’Neill (I have actually reviewed this one here because this book is so important).
7. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (I met Melinda before this book was released. She has a wicked sense of humour and this book is wickedly fantastical).
8. Demon Road by Derek Landy (I read this after listening to the entire Skulduggery Pleasant series last year and loved it even more than those).
9. It’s About Love by Steven Camden (Steven’s second book blew me away. A love story between Luke and Leia – who aren’t secretly brother and sister. Yes, it’s about love but also about so much more).
10. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (The third Cormoron Strike book was my favourite. It was very creepy – some chapters are written from the killer’s perspective, but because it focused so much on Strike and his partner Robin we got to really see their characters develop).
12. Geek Girl – All Wrapped Up by Holly Smale (Geek Girl 4: All That Glitters also came out this year but this short Christmas story about Harriet and Nick’s first date just made me feel all warm and snuggly. It was perfect…although not for them).
13. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (I read this really early in the year and will need a re-read before the sequel but the setting of this really stood out).
14. Soulmates by Holly Bourne (Not what I was expecting from a book called Soulmates. Such a fabulous idea and along with reading Holly’s other two books I have another addition to my must read author list).
15. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling Illustrated by Jim Kay (This book is beautiful and the illustrations really bring an extra touch of magic to a story I am very familiar with now).
I also read my first Pratchett books – admittedly ones I’ve already seen televised Hogfather/Going Postal and I will be reading more in 2016. Sad I left it so late to join the Discworld.
16 Anticipated in 2016
I’ve still got lots of 2015 releases to catch up on but that won’t stop me getting the following.
1. Gemina (The Illuminae Files) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Seriously need this book but it won’t be released until later in the year. Oh well, I’ll just re-read Illuminae then).
2. Morning Star by Pierce Brown (conclusion to the Red Rising trilogy. I have a Cosplay of Mustang to work on and am hoping that I can get my series signed by Pierce – when we find out his UK tour dates).
3. How Hard Can Love Be? (The Normal Series 2) by Holly Bourne (We move onto Amber’s story and I am looking forward to reading more by Holly).
4. The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter 2) by Melinda Salisbury (A broader look at the world Melinda has created. I’m excited to delve in).
5. 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough (Must read author now but the synopsis alone makes me shiver).
6. Desolation (Demon Road 2) by Derek Landy (Evil, Hell Hounds on motorbikes, sounds so Supernatural. Perfect).
7. Geek Girl 5: Head Over Heels by Holly Smale (I simply love this series and its protagonist Harriet).
8. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (More about Laia and Elias – I love their names and their story so far).
9. Rebel of the Sands by Alywn Hamilton (I first heard about this at YALC and the sampler made me very anxious to read more).
10. Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows 2) by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows wasn’t just about the heist but the characters too and I want to know more about them all).
11. Did I Mention I Miss You? By Estelle Maskame (I’d heard so much about the first two books in the series – abbreviated online to DIMILY and DIMINY – that I read them both over Christmas and hey, I’m invested now).
12. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (World Book Day UK Book) (I came across this title, don’t really know much about it but loved Carry On this year so I’ll definitely be getting this).
13. Mind Your Head – Juno Dawson (A non-fiction book on mental health by the author of This Book is Gay. Really interested to read this, another important topic to open up to teens).
14. City of Blades (The Divine Cities 2) by Robert Jackson Bennett (I read the first book a couple of years ago and want to see where things go).
15. This is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang (Loved her first book, hoping this one is as powerful)
16. Riders by Veronica Rossi (The Under the Never Sky series has been one of my favourites and this new series about a teen becoming one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse sounds right up my alley).
And will we get Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Illustrated ???
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is also a sneaky 2016 extra because I’ve already read it. I was lucky to get hold of an ARC. Read it people you will love it, and it’s out next week.
And I’m sure there are many more I’ve seen and want to read or that I don’t know about. I’ve already found some 2017 releases I’m already excited about.
So, what books from 2015 did I miss and what do I need to add to my wish list for 2016?