I have had a truly amazing year! I started this blog a year ago yesterday – my first post was actually my 2014 favorites and unfavorites. I also quit my job to concentrate on school. Found a part-time job that I actually love. Bought a new car. Met some of my all-time favorite authors (Pierce Brown and Neil Gaiman). Hit the halfway point in grad-school (which is also a little bit terrifying). Started getting ARCs from publishers. Met a bunch of wonderful readers and fellow bloggers. Watched some great movies. Read some even better books. And even started a book club.
I can’t believe this blog is a year old! Before I delve into my favorite books of the year, I just want to say thank you to all my amazing readers – you make this blog worth writing. And to my fellow bloggers – thank you for all your support over this past year, I’ve truly felt welcome in the book blogging community, and that’s amazing!
And now, without further ado, here are the fifteen (ok, fine, I cheated a tiny bit, it’s actually eighteen) best books I read in 2015:
15. Alice by Christina Henry. I really enjoyed this book inspired by Alice in Wonderland! It was interesting and dark, and reminded me a lot of some of my other favorite books, specifically, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I loved it!
14. Language of the Bear and Through the Narrows by Nathanael Green and Evan Ronan. Ok, technically this is two books, but they’re a series and I couldn’t pick a favorite. While I loved all of the books on this list, these two have some of the most beautiful writing. I loved them!
13. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. To be honest, I didn’t love this book all that much when I read it. But that was back in January/February, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I think this is going to be one of those books that stays with me a long time. If you haven’t read it, you definitely should!
12. Slade House by David Mitchell. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of horror. But this, this was beautiful. The story was intriguing and exciting and scary without being too disturbing. I loved how it was woven through time, and how the story played out. I read two Mitchell books this year, and I liked this more than Cloud Atlas, which should tell you something.
11. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I read The Rosie Project in a single sitting. I thought the story was fun and cute, and compared to the rest of the books on this list, it was a nice, light read.
10. Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman. After devouring over half of Gaiman’s novels last year, I finally got myself a copy of his graphic novel series: The Sandman. And it was just as good as everyone’s been saying it was. Which is to say, amazing.
9. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I actually ended up reading two Austen books this year, which brings my total up to three (half of her major works). This one was my favorite. It’s short and sweet, and very relatable (who doesn’t love a heroine with a talent for putting her foot in her mouth?). Plus, it contains my favorite Austen quote: “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
8. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This book was amazing! It’s about survival and humanity and it’s just wonderful. The story and writing are both beautiful – it truly is epic.
7. Uprooted by Naomi Novik. A few months ago, I realized it had been a while since I’d read a book that is purely fantasy. So, after seeing this one everywhere, I picked it up. And I absolutely loved it!
6. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. I love this book so much! It’s a really interesting fantasy novel that takes place in three parallel Londons. I really enjoy books with well-written villains (too many concentrate on the heroes) and this one is no exception!
5. The Diviners by Libba Bray. I love Libba Bray! And this book was incredible! It came me up all night reading, which is usually the sign of a good book. And the antagonist is truly terrifying, which was awesome – he’s a serial-killing ghost in 1920s New York.
4. Saga (Vol. 1-3) by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. This is cheating a bit, because I can’t pick a favorite! I read the first three volumes of the Saga series this year, and enjoyed them all (I can’t wait to read the most recent two volumes)! These graphic novels are so interesting and exciting and funny. They might not be for everyone, but I love them!
3. Vicious by V. E. Schwab. This was another book that took me a little bit by surprise. It’s a little bit fantasy/sci-fi, and within a few chapters, it had completely sucked me in. It’s pure magic!
2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I’d been hearing about this one for a while before I finally picked it up, and it did not disappoint! I really loved this book, and will probably be rereading it again soon, because it’s just that good!
1. Golden Son by Pierce Brown. My number one book of the year. The first book in this series was amazing. But this one completely destroyed me. It was the first book I read this year, and I still haven’t gotten over it. It’s just so good! I will be rereading it soon, because the final book in the trilogy comes on in February.
And those are my favorite books of 2015! I can’t believe this year is over, but I’m looking forward to some really great books and experiences in 2016. I hope you all had a great year, that your next year is even better, and that you all have a safe and happy New Years!
Let me know what your favorite read was in the comments!