2015 has been one of the best reading years I’ve had maybe ever. I set my Goodreads reading challenge at 60 books, and I’m currently scrambling to finish my 60th (Carry On by Rainbow Rowell) as the year comes to a close. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. I guess I lucked out because I enjoyed a majority of the books I read this year, though that made creating this list feel impossibly difficult. After much debating (particularly when it came to my top 4), I think I’ve come up with as accurate a list as I could manage. So here it is – my top 10 books of 2015, in this order:
Note: Not all of these books necessarily came out in 2015. Actually, only one of them did.
10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
9. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
8. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
7. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
6. Rebel Belle by Rachel Rawkins
5. East of Eden by John Stienbeck
4. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
3. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
1. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I definitely feel like my top four picks were quite predictable, but what can I say? I discovered Maggie Stiefvater and Leigh Bardugo this year, and they quickly became new favorites. Honestly, my choices for spots 2-4 could be interchangeable depending on my mood, but I like where they’re at right now.
I based my favorites on writing and characters and plot, but most importantly, these were the books that prompted the most reactions and emotional responses from me. These were the books I was highly invested in, that I had to set down in order to collect myself, that I laughed/cried/gasped the most while reading, that I was just plain sad to finish. Of course, I highly recommend each of these ten reads if there are any on this list you haven’t gotten around to. I doubt you’d be disappointed.
Hopefully, you were all successful with your reading goals for the year, and hopefully you found some new favorites as well. Here’s to a 2016 of even more reading!
Until next time, Happy New Year and keep reading and writing! – Veronica