Favorite Reads of 2015!

2015 was a very successful year of reading for me! My grand total was 51 books!

Here are my top 10 favorite books of 2015:

184603921. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven — A book about mental illness and love and so many other things. It absolutely destroyed me. It was a full-out sobbing kind of situation. If you’re up for a book that will tear your heart to pieces, but is ultimately worth the hurt, this may be the book for you.

213638125Vicious by V.E. Schwab — Two ordinary college students who decide to risk everything to prove a theory on how to acquire superpowers? Yes, please! Morally grey characters, compelling story, fantastic writing. I see more Victoria Schwab in my future!

Funny_Story_front3. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini — Loved this one. If you read my book review from earlier 2015, you’ll know how I feel about it. Wonderful and relatable book about mental illness.

98751074. Crooked House by Agatha Christie — I listened to this on audiobook and absolutely loved it, and I actually preferred it to And Then There Were None. (Both excellent books, though.) Haunting and fascinating. Had me hooked and guessing until the very end.

228083395. Locke & Key graphic novel series by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (Illustrations) — It’s maybe sort of cheating to put a series in here, but the whole thing is brilliant! And this is coming from a girl who isn’t typically a fan of the horror genre, by the way. Great artwork and a thought-provoking, mysterious, and complex story. It had me on the edge of my seat.

Print6. Soulless by Gail Carriger — I also wrote a brief review of this book early in the year. This was such a fun read that was recommended to me by a friend as one of her all-time favorite books. I still haven’t read the rest of the series because series are evidently my kryptonite, but I plan to read the rest in the future. Very fun characters and world.

175715647. Hyperbole and a Half  by Allie Brosh — So incredibly relatable. It covers topics ranging from depression to adulthood to funny childhood experiences. The quirky drawings only add to the hilarity.

132284368. Batgirl, Vol 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone — As one of quite a few comic books I read this year, this one really stood out to me. It’s where my love for Batgirl/Barbara Gordon began. A great beginning to the series. As was probably assumed, I have yet to continue on with the rest, but I will soon!

3172829. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin — I’ve consistently thought about this book since I read it months ago. A very memorable YA contemporary about a girl trying to piece her life back together.

1282036010. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson — I was really in the mood for an Austen-esque story when I picked this up, and it totally fit the bill! Sweet love story with lovely characters.


Now, let’s see how I did on following my 2015 reading goals…

  1. Read 50 books-51/50 😀
  2. Read 8 classics-Almost! I read 7 🙂 — And Then There Were None, Crooked House, The Witness of the Prosecution and Other Stories, The Man in the Mist, & Jane in Search of a Job–all by Agatha Christie; We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, The Shining by Stephen King
  3. Reread the Harry Potter series-Completely failed 😦
  4. Finish 5 series-Only 2 😦 — Eon duology by Alison Goodman and the Locke & Key series by Joe Hill
  5. Listen to 4 audiobooks-7/4 😀 — The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, all of the Agatha Christie stories, and The Shining by Stephen King

Favorite Reads of 2014

Well, my first post might as well be about books, right? 2014 was a wonderful year for reading–I actually read 48 books! Not too shabby for having still been in school. My New Year’s resolution two years ago was to read more, and I’ve stuck with it. I seriously can’t get enough, and I actually feel guilty when I’m not actively reading something. BookTube is probably (partially) to blame for that. That’s the bookish community on YouTube, in case you didn’t know. I’m far too scared to make my own videos, but that doesn’t stop me from watching them all the time. Like, too much. Anyway, I’ll probably talk more about that some other time.

I’ve managed to read so many amazing books over the past year, so it’s pretty difficult to narrow them down. And it doesn’t help that I’ve literally always been terrible at picking favorites of anything. But it’s worth a shot!

*drum roll*

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

What a beautiful, heart-wrenching story. It features memorable characters that feel so real, and it’s narrated by Death. Yes, death. Exquisitely done. It’s impossible to do this novel justice with a short description. It’s a must-read. And please don’t let the subject matter (Nazi Germany) turn you off! Also, prepare to cry. A lot. But seriously, read it.

2. Persuasion by Jane Austen

Oh man, I took a film & literature course on Jane Austen in the fall and it made me fall in love with Jane Austen. I love this one. Anne Elliot is a great heroine, and there are quite a few memorable side characters. As always, Austen’s dialogue is brilliant. I think this could be a great Austen novel to begin with, since it’s quite a bit shorter than her others.

3. Solanin by Inio Asano

One of my first graphic novels and my first-ever manga! Reading it ‘backwards’ took some getting used to, but I eventually got the hang of it. Beautiful, poignant story. It really captures the confusing time of early adulthood, so I could really relate to it. It also made me cry, which I wasn’t expecting from a graphic novel. Loved it.

4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Let’s be honest, it seems that Gaiman can do no wrong. I’ve now read four books of his and have loved every one. This is an imaginative children’s/middle-grade story a la The Jungle Book, but with ghosts and other paranormal aspects. Gaiman creates this otherworldly-yet-familiar feeling in his novels that I find amazing. I don’t know how he does it. Brilliant.

5. Saving June by Hannah Harrington

This is a contemporary story about a girl dealing with her sister’s suicide. It’s realistic and beautiful and heart-wrenching. It has some great, relatable characters, and it features some talk about music, which I always appreciate in books. A well-balanced story that offers much more than I expected. Absolutely loved it.

6. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Two hunky guys, a kick-ass heroine, and magic. What more could you want? I’ve been impressed with the world-building in both Throne of Glass and this second installment, and the plot keeps me guessing. I’m itching to read Heir of Fire soon.

7. Angelfall by Susan Ee

This novel shoves you right into the craziness of a world ravaged by fallen angels. It was my first angel book, and it’s gotten me intrigued to read more. Raffe and Penryn are both spunky and memorable characters. World After is calling to me on my shelf!

8. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

This is my first New Adult read and, because of how great this was, it won’t be my last. This love story features a main character who is deaf, but it deals with so much more than that. The story was sweet and they have great chemistry. It didn’t feel like insta-love, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. I think it could be a great pick for someone else’s first New Adult read.

9. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Fun, fun, fun! It made me want to go to The Strand bookstore in NYC and/or leave a notebook somewhere for a stranger to find. Fun characters, fun plot, such a great wintry/holiday read.

10. Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Another one of my first graphic novels! What a fantastic start to a series. Beautiful art-style, exciting plot. I finally have my hands on the next two and I can’t wait to dive in!

Well, this was fun! More bits of prose and whimsy to come…