Hi all, Rose here with another Top Ten Tuesday entry. This theme is brought to you by the Broke and the Bookish, and this week was a freebie entry, so I thought I’d do my top ten reads of 2015. I’m still going to do a year end post, but it’s still not compiled yet and I have a bit of catching up to do on my bookish profiles (I honestly didn’t realize how far behind I was in keeping track of what I was reading last year. Thankfully, I’m already doing a better job of that this year.)
So these aren’t in any particular order and they aren’t limited by publication year (as I’ll do in my Best of 2015 entry). These are all books I read in 2015 and ended up loving for what they offered. All I ended up rating 4 stars or higher when I read them, with some books pending full reviews. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
In no particular order:
1. “The Start of Me and You” by Emery Lord – this was the first read I’ve ever had from Emery Lord, and I adored every moment of it, from the writing to the character relationships built and explored in the narrative. Paige and Ryan’s characters really leap off the page with their respective situations of grief and coming to terms, and I absolutely loved the realistic feel of Paige’s circle of friends.
2. “The Truth About Forever” by Sarah Dessen. Many people had begged me to pick up this book by Dessen since I was doing a binge reading of her books in 2015, and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. Loved the relationships of the characters, really identified with Macy’s grief as she copes not only with the loss of her father, but also a broken relationship and trying to find her own identity. Pretty updated cover as well.
3. “Dare Me” by Megan Abbott – “Dare Me” completely blew me away as one of my earlier reads in the year. I loved how it managed to immerse me in the overarching mystery surrounding the novel as well as how dark and layered its characters were showcased. It’s definitely one of my new favorite books, and the writing is absolutely fantastic.
4. “Black Iris” by Leah Raeder – I keep thinking back to some of my favorite reads of 2015 in the New Adult category, and my mind keeps coming back to this. Dark, lyrical writing, complex (and complicated) characters, deep sensuality that pops off the page, and just an overarching engaging read. I did have some issues with how it marched toward the end, but the journey was so good that I would gladly pick up this novel again (and I ended up ordering a copy from Amazon even though I had gotten it from NetGalley as a galley. Goes to show you that I do buy books based on how well they engage me even if I have a digital galley copy.
5. “Invisibility” by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan: Dude, I stayed away from this book for far too long because of the mixed reviews surrounding, and ended up loving it for the journey it offered. I picked it up as an audio read from the library and loved the premise of a boy who’s lived his whole life invisibie and the horrific curse that surrounds and threatens him. I loved how wonderfully tense and palpable the scenes came across in this book, plus – magical realism? Totally here for that. I would still love to see a sequel of this if the authors could collaborate again. *crosses fingers*
6. “Glass” by Ellen Hopkins. This book broke my heart. As problematic and flawed as the protagonist in this novel is, it’s a potent example of the cycle of addiction. I also liked how it was formatted in a poetic style – which is one of my first loves in writing, but for anyone who may be deterred from it because of that – the audiobook does a wonderful job of pacing and enunciating the emotion behind it.
7. “Faking Normal” by Courtney C. Stevens – a wonderfully potent book about a young woman living in the aftermath of her rape. I actually rated “Blue-Haired Boy” (a companion novella to this story) a full five stars, but in considering it, I’d likely rate both of them among my favorite reads of 2015. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from Courtney C. Stevens in the future.
8. “All the Rage” by Courtney Summers – I think I’ll end up loving mostly anything Courtney Summers writes because of how intimate she is with her characterizations and the topics she expounds upon. This was an emotional read in more ways than one on the topic of rape as well. And it features a character of color (Leon) who was absolutely wonderful in his portrayal.
9. “The Summer of Chasing Mermaids” by Sarah Ockler. I squee with joy over this book, and continuously think it’s underrated because not only does it feature an POC leading character, but it’s just a wonderful coming of age summer story in general. I feel like any review I write won’t do it nearly enough justice, but I’m hoping to pen a review for it soon. Indubitably one of my favorite reads of 2015, and I love Sarah Ockler’s writing.
and last but not least *drumroll*….
10. “Golden Son” by Pierce Brown: Yet another book I have yet to review in full, but I loved it just as much as its predecessor, if not a bit more. And I’m eagerly anticipating the final book in the trilogy which releases this year.
That’s all for now. Until next entry,