Monday, 14 December 2015

My Top Reads of 2015: You need to read these books!



Hey everyone! It has been forever since I posted anything on here. I'm not going to bullshit you and say that this is me finally returning to blogging frequently. It isn't. I do hope to be back in 2016 and posting much more often. Today I am here because I want to post my top reads of the year and that just happens to be the topic for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday hosted at The Broke & The Bookish.

Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This book is actually a 2016 release, but I was lucky enough to get a review copy. I didn't have many expectations when it came to this book, but I definitely wasn't expecting it to turn out to be one of my top reads of the year so far. This book reads like Arabian Nights/Aladdin meets a western, and the end result is incredible. This has the kind of slow burn romance that I absolutely love, where it takes a long time to develop. There's magic elements here, mythical horses, not to mention a sharpshooter heroine who knows how to kick some serious ass. I was in awe of this book and can't wait for whatever the author does next. I am going to be making grabby hands for the sequel all throughout next year. 

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Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, #2)
Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Red Rising was one of my top reads of last year and I'm happy to say that the sequel did not disappoint. I am counting down the days until the final book comes out next year. This book kept me guessing the whole time and the end just blew me away. It was a cliffhanger and then some, and now I just need answers. I need to make sure everything works out for my two favourite characters, but I'm not sure that Pierce Brown can be trusted not to kill everyone. You can read my full review here


Half Bad (Half-Life Trilogy, #1) Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy, #2)
Half Bad & Half Wild by Sally Green

This has quickly made it's way into my top series of all time, I absolutely adore it. I literally just received a review copy of the third and final book and I almost died. I can't wait to see how this wonderful series ends. It's a story that has witches and dark magic and fantastical characters. Plus it has stolen my heart... Well, Gabriel has. If you haven't gotten into this series yet then you really should, the third book comes out early next year and this is one you don't want to miss.


The Martian
The Martian by Andy Weir

I still very much need to write a review of this book where I just gush and gush and gush. IT WAS AMAZING! It is seriously one of the greatest books I have ever read. It also contains one of the funniest, snarkiest and just plain fucking awesome male protagonists of all time. If you want a book that will have you gripping the pages in anticipation one minute, to laughing your ass of the next, to crying ten minutes later... This is the book you need. I know this is a book I will reread many times over the years. Mark Watney is a character I just connected with so strongly, mostly because his absolutely hilarious and sarcastic sense of humour just perfectly matched my own. 



November 9
November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I love me some Colleen Hoover. I have not been disappointed by one of her books yet. November 9 follows two characters that meet up on the same day every year... the 9th of November. We have Ben, an aspiring novelist, and Fallon, a girl who is struggling to deal with the lasting scars from the accident that almost cost her her life. I liked all their bookish discussions and both going through their least favourite romance tropes, it added a lot of fun to this story. Hoover is one of the few romance authors that I absolutely love and can't get enough of. She's on my auto-buy list for life. 

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

This one is hard because this book has me torn. I seem to both hate and love it in equal measure. There were a lot of things that I wish I could change about this book, but I can't deny that it was a brilliant story. I couldn't put it down and I ended up finishing the book feeling quite happy with where the story was going. I do still stand by the fact that I feel characters seemed to have suddenly changed for no reason, but I still love the series and can't wait for the next book. You can read my full review here

The Game of Love and Death
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

I LOVED this book! This has personified versions of Love and Death, who I not so subtly shipped throughout. The Game of Love and Death is an exquisite story that I feel everyone should have the pleasure of reading. It made me sad, angry, hopeful, happy and everything above, beyond and in-between. I fell in love with the unique and individual characters, whose lives I came so wrapped up in that I felt far too heavily invested when I actually remembered they were fictional - they never felt it though. Brockenbrough brought her characters to life in a way that few authors can. I will be rereading this book for years to come, this is a story I will want to find myself getting lost in over and over again. This is a book to make you think and to make you feel, to make you question and look for answers. You can find my full review here

Night Owls
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett

This is contemporary young adult at its best! This is a book for anyone who loves contemporary. Or swoon worthy romance. Or mature YA characters. Or characters with a passion for art. Or a book that's filled with diverse and wonderful characters. This is a book for anyone. It should be devoured and loved! This read will leave you with the biggest smile on your face because the romance between our to main characters is just absolutely adorable. You can read my full review here

The Sea of Tranquility
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I'd had this new adult novel sitting on my shelf since last Christmas, and I finally thought it was time to give it a try. Colleen Hoover had recommended it a lot and I'd seen it around a lot. I gave it a try and was hooked by page one. I didn't put it down and devoured this like a crazy person. I was blown away by this book and my heart broke when I went to buy all the authors other books and realised this was her only book. I ended up spending about £100 on Amazon buying any book that had been compared to it. None of them were close to as good.


Fans of the Impossible Life
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

This was another fantastic contemporary novel. This book is diverse and wonderful. It explores mental health superbly, it has diverse characters, has LGBTQ characters and explores sexuality. It also contains witty, sarcastic humour and so much banter that will have you laughing out loud. Not to mention that the author manages to pull off using three different POVs, one written in 1st person, one in 2nd and another in 3rd. 

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I was so surprised when I ended up absolutely loving this book. I only say that because I was one of the few people who felt disappointed with the Grisha series. I loved the Grisha world, but just didn't think the story was that amazing. This book takes place in the same world, but with a whole new host of characters. This is a heist novel, set in a magical world and it is amazing. The characters are fantastic and I am itching to get my hands on the second and final book. 


Were any of these on your list? Are there any that you could recommend to me? What were your top reads this year? 




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30 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of these excepting Night Owls which I just loved! I am going to have a blog post like this one coming out sometime this week and I have that one included in my top 15 list as well. It was just so good DD: A lot of the other ones are on my TBR list!

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    1. I loved Night Owls, such a surprising read and one of my new favourites.

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  2. I love how the Best of 2015 lists are starting to pop up. I'm a sucker for "favorites" lists. I loved November 9. Like you, Colleen Hoover has never missed with me. I just adored Fallon and Ben's story. I've had The Sea of Tranquility sitting on my shelf for well over a year. I think it will be at the very top of my 2016 TBR. And, funnily enough, I just heard about Fans of the Impossible Life earlier today and put it on hold at the library. I'm really excited for that one! I haven't fully compiled my favorites of the year yet but I do know of a few that will definitely be on the list: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, November 9 by Colleen Hoover, Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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    1. Oh yes, I highly recommend The Sea of Tranquility, that book was sooooo good. I hope you love Fans of the Impossible Life, it was a wonderful read and so well written. ACOTAR was amazing, but I technically read it in 2014, so it didn't make this years list.

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  3. AHH I LOVE SO MANY OF THESE TOO. Particularly Fans of the Impossible Life. ;) I was really pleased with it and just, gah, I mean, I can be picky about contemporaries but I LOVED THAT ONE. And also Six of Crows was 10 buckets of awesome. Dark scary awesome. Mwahhaa. I wasn't as happy with Golden Son *sigh* But I'm still looking forward to Morning Star!! And I let my QoS review down to 2-stars. >_> So oops? hhehe
    Now you have me ridiculously excited for Rebel of the Sands! SQUEE!!

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    1. I know, I was so happy that you ended up loving that one. I made a good recommendation! :) Morning Star is one I can't wait for but I am also nervous for. HE MIGHT KILL MY BABIES!

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  4. I seriously need to make time for Six of Crows!!! Been hearing soooo many good things about that one!

    My Tuesday post will be up in about 8.5 hours! LOL. Time differences and all!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  5. Good to see you back and blogging again Charnell - temporary or otherwise!

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    1. Hopefully less temporary and more permanently, we shall see how I do.

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  6. I haven't read all of these but I have read some of them and I couldn't agree more with the ones that I have!

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  7. I need to get to Six of Crows! Though I only just started reading Leigh Bardugo... I'm on the second book of the Grisha trilogy. Way behind, I know!

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    1. I didn't really enjoy the Grisha series, but I definitely recommend Six of Crows.

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  8. wow I haven't read any of these. I need to get to it.

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  9. Aahhh I so wanted to get to Six of Crows but the year just got away from me! Next year then. Great list, happy readings :)

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  10. Six of Crows and The Martian are definitely on my favorites list for this year.

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  11. Hell Yes Queen of Shadows ♥ That book was beyond epic, I'm still reeling XD I SO NEED to read Red Rising and The Martian - I'm hoping to get to both sooner rather than later! Fantastic selection here^^

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  12. ALL THE YES to Six of Crows and Queen of Shadows! And an extra YES for just about every other book featured, which wait (not so) patiently in my TBR. They're about to be moved a whooooole lot closer to the top. I LOVE your picks. I LOVE your pitches for these picks. I WANT TO READ THEM ALL NOW!

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  13. The Martian movie looks interesting to me. However, for some reason I don't really want to read the book. Glad you thought of it so highly. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I would recommend the book a million times over ;)

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  14. I've heard such great things about The Martian! My TTT

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  15. Awesome list! I just bought the Martian and I'm planning on reading it soon! Here's my Top Ten Tuesday:

    http://rabbitearsbookblog.blogspot.com/2015/12/top-ten-tuesday-24-top-10-books-read-in.html

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