I can’t believe that 2015 is almost over! While I didn’t even get close to my Goodreads Challenge Goal of 120 books (I finished at 55), it was still hard narrowing down my list of favourite books to just 10 titles! Here’s what I read and LOVED this past year!
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Golden Son was hands down my favourite book of 2015! The sequel to Red Rising, Golden Son continues Darrow’s journey as he attempts to destroy the Gold empire by bringing them down from the inside. An epic cliffhanger at the end has had me on the edge of my seat all year long!! I’ve actually been re-reading it over my Christmas break so that I’m ready to dive into Morning Star as soon as I get my hands on a copy in February!
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I’ll Give You the Sun was a close second when it came to favourite books this year! The story of two siblings who drift apart after a family tragedy was moving, and the writing was absolutely breathtaking! I don’t remember the last time I stopped to highlight so many book quotes! I also really enjoyed the author’s decision to narrate half the story from the past, and half from the future, which creates some suspense as readers begin to piece together what happened to Noah and Jude.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Not only was An Ember in the Ashes one of my favourite stories this year, it was also one of my favourite audiobooks! The story focuses on Laia, who goes undercover as a slave at a military academy in order to help rescue her brother. There she meets Elias, the academy’s best solider, but also it’s most unwilling. Full of action, suspense, and plenty of conflict, I was on the edge of my seat for the entire book, holding my breath to see how everything would turn out in the end!
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
After reading Lumberjanes earlier this year, I knew that Noelle Stevenson would be on my favourites list of 2015, but what I didn’t know is that I would read and love Nimona even more Lumberjanes! Originally a webcomic, Nimona’s humorous antics and quirky characters had me cracking smiles the whole way through!
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
I was so happy that I finally got to read A Tale for the Time Being this year! It’s been on my TBR list since I first fell in love with its stunning cover back in 2013. Little did I know that the story inside was even more beautiful! Ozeki’s writing was stunning, and like I’ll Give You the Sun, I was highlighting quotes all over the place! The story was also heart wrenching and moving, and I was completely enthralled by the tale told in Nao’s diary.
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
The synopsis of At the Water’s Edge grabbed my attention from the moment I first read it, and the book itself exceeded my expectations! Focusing on three Americans who travel to Scotland in search of the Loch Ness monster during WW2, it was certainly unique! The romance and adventure were thrilling, and I was captivated by the main character’s journey and ultimate transformation in the end!
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
A fantastic conclusion to an absolutely fabulous trilogy! The Mistborn series swept away me away from the moment I picked up the first book, and it has enthralled me with its magic and cleverness ever since! Those of you who are looking for a set of gripping and compelling Fantasy books need look no further than Brandon Sanderson!
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
After hearing so many friends sing Susanna Kearsley’s praises, I finally gave her a chance this year and brought The Winter Sea with me to read on my honeymoon. The story focuses on a writer visiting the Scottish Highlands to seek inspiration as she focuses on her next book, which just so happens to be about one of her ancestors who lived there in the 1708. Strange things start to happen, and she begins to realize that the words she is writing in her book are eerily close to the truth of what happened in real life. I loved the premise of The Winter Sea, and was swept away by the romance plot as well!
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
After reading a Best of 2014 post by Michele from Just a Lil Lost last year, I knew that I had to get my hands on a copy of I Hunt Killers as soon as possible! In fact, it ended up being one of the first books I read this year! And boy am I glad I did! I Hunt Killers is an action packed suspense with fantastic character development and plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing! I loved it!
The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
The Girls by Lori Lansens is one of my all time favourite books, and so when I discovered that she had published something new, I snatched it up and chose it for our December book club! The story focuses on 4 hikers getting lost on a mountain for five days. From the opening letter, you discover that one of them doesn’t survive, but you don’t know who or why. I was enthralled by the main character’s journey, and was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen in the final climax of the story.