January 5, 2016 Emily

Top 10 Books of 2015

It’s the best time of year! The time when book bloggers everywhere talk about their favorite books they read this year. I decided to choose my ten favorite books I read this year out of the 108 I read total. It was so hard to narrow this list down, so hard in fact that I have several honorable mentions! I will be counting down from my tenth favorite to my first favorite, enjoy!

10. Rebel Belle by Rachel HawkinsScreen Shot 2015-09-03 at 9.20.33 PM
If you’re looking to delve into fantasy for the first time, this is your book. It’s about a high school girl who discovers she’s a Paladin, meaning her she has to dedicate her life to protecting one person, and this person turns out to be her worst enemy. Rebel Belle is everything I hoped it would be: cute, funny, and action-packed. It stuck with me all year-long with its unique storyline, therefore gaining its number 10 spot. Check out my review here for more in-depth thoughts.

9. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Out of every book on this list, Forbidden made me the most emotional by far (sobbing to my mom emotional). Forbidden is quite a controversial book because of its taboo subject matter, but the beautiful writing and heartbreaking content makes it worthwhile. If you’re over sixteen and you’re interested in reading it, I highly recommend it!

8. The Selection Series by Kiera CassScreen Shot 2016-01-05 at 5.35.59 PM
If you could enter a Bachelor-like competition with twenty other girls would you? Would you if the bachelor was the prince and if you won you would become princess? This is basically the plot of The Selection trilogy, it’s simple but so very captivating. Prince Maxon is the most swoonworthy guy EVER and you will find yourself falling in love immediately! This is one of the first books I recommend to nonreaders because of it’s easy reading. After reading it this year, it’s definitely one of my all time favorites.

7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
You NEED to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It’s absolute perfection: it’s hilarious, relatable, and adorable! This book deals with many important issues like alcoholism, divorce, and anxiety. Even though it has some serious topics thrown in, this book ultimately left me feeling super uplifted and happy. It also has an incredible romance in it *swoons.*

6. The Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh MafiScreen Shot 2015-12-13 at 5.55.37 PM
I read The Shatter Me Trilogy in November and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. It’s about Juliette, whose touch is lethal. She’s forced by the government (The Reestablishment) to become their executioner. Everything about these books is amazing: the storyline, characters, and romance (Warner is my book boyfriend). If you’re looking for an amazing dystopian, pick this up, you won’t regret it!

5. Morgan Matson
I’m kind of cheating on this one, but my fifth favorite is everything Morgan Matson. Morgan Matson has three books out, all of which I read in 2015 and adored. Second Chance Summer is an emotional summer romance/friendship story, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is a super fun road trip romance, and Since You’ve Been Gone is a super fun friendship novel with a hint of romance. All Matson’s books are incredibly heartfelt, the reason why all her books make my number five-spot!

4. The Martian by Andy WeirScreen Shot 2015-12-31 at 11.18.17 PM
Man stuck on mars + science + comedy = The Martian. The Martian is a real science sci-fi, something that’s incredibly rare even though the genre has the word “science” in it. This book is an incredible survival story with so much humor! This book comes in at number four because of it’s hilarious main character Mark Watney and all his crazy Mars adventures. Check out my review here for more of my thoughts!

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I read this book in June and I’m STILL thinking about it (yes, it’s that good). This crazy story is full of spies, assassins, and a terrifying government. Every character in this book is extremely different and has their own back story explaining their current views and actions. Sabaa Tahir was definitely not afraid to push the boundaries of young adult fantasy, that’s for sure!

2. Colleen HooverScreen Shot 2015-12-31 at 11.15.15 PM
I’m cheating again… oops! I discovered Colleen Hoover this year and read every single one of her released books. My absolute favorites are Hopeless and November 9. Hopeless is about Sky, a girl who has been homeschooled up to her senior year, and her time with the mysterious Holden who seems to know something about her that she doesn’t. November 9 is about Fallon and Ben who meet on November 9th for five years but avoid each other for the rest of those five years because of a pact Fallon made with her mom. All Colleen’s books are new adult romances with little surprises twists at the ends. Her writing is absolutely addicting, once you start reading Colleen you won’t be able to stop!

And my number 1 favorite book(s) of the year is….. (drum roll)
1. The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas!!!!!
I discovered the Throne of Glass Series this year and it soon became my favorite series. As you all probably know, Throne of Glass is about a teenage assassin by the name of Celaena Sardothian. In the first book Celaena enters a competition to become the king’s personal assassin in order to get out of jail. This series has tons of crazy twists and turns and will never fail to shock you! I am absolutely addicted to these books, I need the fifth book immediately!

Honorable Mentions:
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins, Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman, and Stolen by Lucy Christopher

I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite books of 2015! What was your absolute favorite last year?

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Comments (18)

  1. I love your list SO MUCH. I love many of your top choices, like “The Selection” series, the “Throne of Glass” series (can I pleeeease be as cool as Celaena!?), Colleen Hoover, and Morgan Matson. I MUST read “November 9”- it sounds so so so good, and I need to give “Shatter Me” another try! Thanks for all your books suggestions always. As I said, I love them so much. xxx

    • I knew you would! Celaena is GOALS! You need to try again for Shatter Me, the books keep getting better and better! You will absolutely adore November 9:)

  2. Isn’t The Selection so gooey and wonderful?! I completely agree with Fangirl and the Throne of Glass series, too. They’re so unnaturaly good, and I’m pretty jealous. I hope you read some more great books this year! 😀

    • The Selection makes me so happy just thinking about it! I want to be Celaena soooo bad, she’s so kickbutt. And I want to be Cath because Levi is so HOT omg. Thank you! Happy reading to you.

  3. Tasi

    I’m so curious about Forbidden if only for the many great reviews it has. I’m curious to see how heart wrenching it possibly is, but I won’t lie, it really seems taboo.

    Throne of Glass was definitely a top in 2015!

  4. I have seen The Forbidden literally everywhere lately. It’s really pushing on me to just pick up the book and read it already! So I guess I should probably do that.

    Great list! I haven’t read many of these (yet!) but there are several waiting patiently for me to get to!

    • It’s so great, I promise you’ll enjoy it! Thanks so much for the comment and I have sooo many books I need to read as well from everyone else’s favorites lists!

  5. Thanks for sharing this list, Emily! It’s fantastic. I read Rebel Belle and felt it was more lackluster than I was hoping, but it was still very funny and I adore Harper! As for the others you mentioned, I still need to read them. Actually I’ve never read any Maas, Cass, or Hoover work but I do have Hopeless, Fangirl, and ACoTaR waiting for me on my shelves. Hopefully I’ll get to them this year. 🙂

    • Some of my good bookish friends were not big fans of Rebel Belle as well. It just proves that not every book is for everyone! You need to read them!! I promise you will adore them. Thanks for the comment:)

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