There were a lot of great books released in 2015, and I didn’t read nearly as many of them as I would have liked. But I liked enough of them to do an end-of-the-year favorites post, so that’s what I’m doing. I will have an ultimate 2015 favorites list up in a few days, but I thought I’d share this with you now.
Here are my top fifteen 2015 book releases:
15. Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg. I really enjoyed this book of short stories – Eisenberg’s humor is so amazingly awkward, and I am really looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next!
14. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. This book reminded me a lot of The Fault in Our Stars, which will always have a special place in my heart. I don’t read a lot of contemporary YA, but I liked the twist in this one, and I’ve been really interested in how a lot of YA books are dealing with mental illness. So this one got a thumbs-up from me.
13. Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins. This book was a really interesting historical/contemporary hybrid young adult novel. I enjoyed the story, but I particularly liked the unconventional ending of this book.
12. The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley. I just really loved the snarky humor in this book. I also enjoyed that it was set in a time period I don’t often read about, and that it highlighted a not-so-savory element of history.
11. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood. This was a great take on dystopian, because it exposes the flaws in what some would consider an attempt at a utopian society. This book went in a completely different direction than I was expecting, but I loved it.
10. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I actually read both of the books in this series this year (the other is The Diviners), and loved them both. The Diviners was a bit more interesting in my opinion, but I still love the series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
9. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This was a big release this year, and I picked it up because I saw a lot of people comparing it to Gone Girl. I really liked it, and everyone I’ve recommended it to really liked it, and I’m excited to see the movie adaptation!
8. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Albertalli somehow managed to write a sweet, YA book that managed to be the perfect amount of corny without being annoying. If you’re looking for a great contemporary YA read, I would highly recommend this one!
7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This book got some mixed reviews this year, but I really enjoyed it! It reminded me a lot of some of my other favorite books, and while I’m usually good at guessing plot twists (a side-effect from reading so much), Aveyard managed to completely surprise me. Which I loved.
6. Language of the Bear by Nathanael Green and Evan Ronan. I rarely read Native American or Colonial history, so this is not really a book I would have chosen for myself. But, one of the authors sent me a copy and after reading a few pages, I was completely hooked! It took me back to my early American history classes in college, and was just a really great story. I’m currently in the middle of reading the sequel, which I’m sure would make this list if I had finished it in time.
5. Alice by Christina Henry. A retelling of one of my favorite classics (Alice in Wonderland) that reminded me of one of my favorite contemporary novels (Neverwhere)? Sold. This book was great!
4. Slade House by David Mitchell. This is another book that got some mixed reviews, but I’ll say it: I liked it more than Cloud Atlas. This book swept me off my feet in an intricate tale of magic and horror, and I loved it!
3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that was purely fantasy. This book made me remember why I love it! It was a bit fairytale-esque, and a bit terrifying, but ultimately amazing!
2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. I honestly don’t even know how to describe this book other than that it was incredible. There is adventure, magic, terrifying villains, and a couple of badass heroes. You should read it.
1. Golden Son by Pierce Brown. If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a few days, you’re probably aware that I am a bit obsessed with this series. The first one was incredible, but this one was even better! I can’t wait until the final book in the trilogy comes out in February.
And those are my top fifteen 2015 book releases! Keep an eye out for my complete 2015 favorites list (taken from all the books I read this year). And let me know what your favorite 2015 release is in the comments!