Top Ten Books I Read In 2015
This list was harder to come up with than I thought it would be. (I literally changed the image TWICE while I was writing this post and I’m still tempted to change it again now that I’m done.) I ended up not being able to go by ratings alone, but by how much the book impacted me (a couple of five stars got left out and a one that I rated 4.5 stars snuck in). It’s funny how that works, right? Over time, the books that mean the most to you kind of evolve.
Anyway, this is the list I finally came up with. Of course, not all of these came out in 2015, but I read them this year.
(Links go to my reviews)
1. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
I love how this book taught me so much about something new without making me feel like I was just sitting down and learning. This book opened my eyes to new perspectives, which I love.
2. Truest by Jackie Lee Sommers
This book was such a surprise to me because I really didn’t know what to expect, and it took me on this fantastic journey. I also loved that it had some beautiful messages about God and faith without being the least bit preachy or off-putting.
3. Undivided by Neal Shusterman
I couldn’t NOT include the conclusion to this brilliant series. I know I took too long to read it (that darn fear of finishing series!), but Shusterman gave the story an epic conclusion!
4. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
This book was incredibly impactful. I remember feeling physically ill when reading it – in some ways I hated the story, but it was such an important one. I want everyone to read this book!
5. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This was one of those books that I almost left off the list because it was actually a 4.5 star read – there were some things that did mar it slightly for me while reading (mostly I had a hard time understanding the main characters’ actions sometimes). But when I look back, the beauty of the writing has stood out for me and I still have intense feelings about this book. I had to include it!
6. Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
I finally jumped on board with this series (I read the first book at the very end of last year) and I LOVED it! Dark Triumph was my favorite of the three books.
7. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This is the stand-out for me when it comes to the books I read about mental health. I know some people had trouble with the main character of this book, but this book killed me in all the best possible ways!
8. Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Here’s a secret – I’m not even quite done with this book yet (which is why there’s no link to my review). But this series has been an all-time favorite of mine, and this book is not changing that. I had to count it – I just know it will end up on this list!!
9. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The format of this book was so unique – I don’t think I’ll ever forget reading this one!
10. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
This book was just an all-around great read. I fell in love with both Emmy and Oliver!
Some honorable mentions:
Since this list was so hard to create, I HAD to mention a few other books I loved!
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson, The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke, The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons, World of Ash by Shauna Granger, Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge, Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer, Reunited by S.J. Pajonas, Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Mad World by Kate L. Mary, Return Once More by Trisha Leigh, I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, and Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby (actually, I think I read this one at the very end of last year and mentioned it as a favorite then, but since it released in April of this year, I’m mentioning it again).