Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme created by the lovely folks at The Broke and the Bookish. They created it because they're "particularly fond of lists" and since I also enjoy lists, I've decided to participate in this fun feature.

It's the end of the year which means "best of" lists are everywhere. This week's Top Ten Tuesday has us throwing our lists into the ring with our ten favourite books of the year. Not an easy feat, let me tell you! As of right now I've read 106 books (I'm hoping to make it to 110 by the end of the year!). So, as you can imagine, picking 10 out of over 100 is tough! The titles are linked to Goodreads and I've included review links where applicable. Also - these books aren't really in any particular order. What were your favourite books of 2015?

The Royal We - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (review)
I've been recommending this book to everyone this year! I couldn't get enough of it when I read it. And I'm so excited that Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are both attached to the film adaptation!

Chasing River - K.A. Tucker
It was hard to pick just one of Tucker's books for this list (I read five of her books this year) but Chasing River edges out its competition for a couple of reasons. It's an amazing story and it takes place in Ireland. Kind of makes me wish I had listened to the audiobook!

First & Goal - Laura Chapman
I read two of Laura's novels this year (plus two short stories and one manuscript) and it was really hard to choose between First & Goal and The Marrying Type (review). They're both amazing!

The Lake House - Kate Morton (review)
I was obsessed with this book when I was reading it, which was good because it was a massive novel! Morton writes fantastic stories that weave historical, contemporary, and mystery all in one lovely package.

We'll Always Have Summer - Jenny Han
Can you believe I only just finally read Han's Summer series? I actually read them in the summer and it was a perfect idea. I loved them all but this one just stuck with me a little bit more than the others.

Anne of the Island - Lucy Maud Montgomery
I've reread most of the Anne books this year and it's reminded me how much I adore them. (It's been 13-15 years since I first read them!) Of all the ones I've read so far, I really loved Anne of the Island. I think it's because it has a New Adult feel since she's at college in this story.

Saint Anything - Sarah Dessen
A year when there's a new Sarah Dessen novel is a happy happy year for me. I was so very pleased with her latest book. It's a bit darker than her other books which I loved.

99 Days - Kate Cotugno
I hadn't read Cotugno's first book, How to Love, though I had heard of it. Once I saw Jamie of The Perpetual Page-Turner (and The Broke and the Bookish) raving about 99 Days, I knew I had to give it a read. I was totally obsessed and will recommend it to any contemporary YA fan.

Where Sea Meets Sky - Karina Halle
This was the first Halle book I read and I've read two others by her this year as well. I loved this one just a wee bit more because the main male character was Canadian and the majority of the book took place in New Zealand. Apparently travel novels were the way to my heart in 2015.

At the Water's Edge - Sara Gruen (review)
This was another fabulous historical fiction novel I read this year. I really loved Water for Elephants so I was looking forward to the new one by Gruen. While I wish Scotland played a bit more of a role, it ended up being a book I couldn't put down.

Bonus Book
Novelista Girl - Meredith Schorr
I'm including this novel as a bonus because it's not yet published. It is the sequel to one of my all time favourite books, Blogger Girl, and it's just as amazing as the first book. I can't wait for all of you to read it!

3 comments:

  1. I need to check out the Jenny Han one. I really like her. All of these books sound great, and I am super stoked that you included Novelista Girl as a bonus. I'm more than a little relieved that you enjoyed it. I was sweating.

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  2. Great list! I still need to read The Lake House! My window flooding put a dent in my plans of picking it up sooner! And so happy you finally read and loved the Summer series! I'm thinking about finally re-reading them this upcoming summer!

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  3. I am so honored to be on this list. And to be on a list with "Anne of the Island"--my all-time fave book in the series--is enough to make me all kinds of sappy. <3 you!

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