It’s that time of year when everywhere is swallowed up by best of lists. I wasn’t going to do one of these, but then I started reading other lists and thinking, oh but I would put this on instead, or this, and so I thought, I would write one.
It’s always hard trying to pull together all those books you’ve read over the year – especially the first half of the year. My mind always leaps to the books I’ve read in the last few months. I had to go back and remind myself, dig through notebooks and look through bookcases.
2015 was the year of anticipated books, follow ups, and conclusions, as well as exciting debut authors.
Without further ado and in no particular order, here are some of my book highlights of 2015.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
From the moment I knew about this book I couldn’t wait for it to arrive in my life. And it didn’t disappoint. This was every fangirl’s dream and I adored it. Read my MuggleNet review here.
Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
This was another highly antipicated book of the year. I couldn’t believe it when Meg Cabot announced she was doing a follow up to the last Princess Diaries book and it was amazing to find myself back in Mia’s world.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jandy’s first book was beautiful, and I’ve heard only positive things about this book, which really didn’t disappoint. The writing was beautiful and the story haunting.
Night School: Endgame by CJ Daugherty
Another conclusion to a well loved series. I’ve loved the Night School series since I picked up the first in the series and was excited to see how Allie’s story would pan out. This didn’t disappoint – and being able to meet CJ at a book signing this year was a highlight.
The Sea Between Us by Emylia Hall
This was another highly anticpiated book. I’ve loved every one of Emylia’s books, and this one combining my love of her writing with the sea and Cornwall. It didn’t let me down. I adored the beautiful prose and the enchanting story.
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
Another author I was lucky enough to meet this year! I love the worlds that Victoria creates and this one was yet another gripping and brilliant world with fantastic characters too!
The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew
There was an awful lot of buzz around this book at YALC this year and so I grabbed myself an early copy. And boy I was glad I did. An imagining of the world if the Nazis had won, this book was chilling and gripping, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This was another one of those books that I’d heard an awful lot about and so I finally picked it up. I was glad I did because it was funny and clever and a wonderful story that I really enjoyed reading.
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
The promise of a new Sarah Dessen book is always exciting, and this one really didn’t disappoint. I loved the return to Sarah’s worlds and the amazing way that she creates characters who feel like your friends.
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
This was another one that started to gain a lot of buzz online and so I picked it up as soon as I could – and I was so glad that I did. I don’t read a lot of fantasy because I never know what to read, but this was brilliant and captivating, and made me want to read more. I can’t wait for the sequel out next year. Plus I had the privilege to meet Mel this year and she’s awesome.
And that concludes my best books of 2015 – I’m sure there’s something I’ve missed off, there always is, but those are ten of the most memorable ones. It’s been a good book year, even if my YA reading has slipped towards the end of the year as I’ve found myself exploring other areas. But there are so many exciting releases next year, I can’t wait to get back into it!
What were your bookish highlights of 2015?