Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers that is hosted by the team over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, readers compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.

Although today's task, listing the best books we've reads far in 2015, seems daunting, this list may be helpful in December when I'm creating my best of 2015 list. The titles below are listed in the order I read them because order of preference would be impossible.

1. And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
This quiet-but-beautiful book is full of emotion and absolutely gorgeous writing. The main character is a poet and has such an eloquent and original way of weaving words.

2. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
This part-dystopian, part-historical fiction is based on a real city without laws. It takes a while to completely get into the story, but once you're invested, you can't stop reading.

3. Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
After And We Stay, I needed to read Hubbard's other novel. This one easily lived up to my expectations, crafting as many stunning sentences and emotions as And We Stay.

4. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
I used to think I disliked magical realism, but this book changed my mind.

5. Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor
This book has one of the most creative, intriguing concepts I've encountered in a while.

6. All Fall Down by Ally Carter
Anything by Ally Carter is bound to make my favorites list. It's just a given.

7. Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
This book is full of lifelike characters and vivid imagery that reveals the beauty in the Badlands.

8. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
I feel terrible for not reviewing this one, but I just couldn't put my love for the story into words. The characters are complex and real, grow so much, and compel readers to care about them deeply.

9. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
This author is the second Hubbard to appear twice on this list. I adored Wanderlove just as much as Like Mandarin, and it made me desperate to travel.

10. The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
This book tells a story of spirals, history, the connections between human actions, the non-linear quality of time and emotion, and so much more. It's one of the smartest books I've ever read and will make readers feel intelligent too.

What are the best books you've read so far this year?


  1. I read And We Stay last year and thought it was so interesting. The rest of these are ones I haven't read, though I've been wanted to get to Ava Lavender for awhile now! Thank you for sharing :)

  2. And We Stay sounds an emotional and amazing read. I'm definitely going to find it and read it. Great picks :)

    Aeriko @ http://thereadingarmchair.blogspot.com

  3. The Ghost of Heavens looks really interesting. I've seen it a couple of times when it first came out but never got around to picking it up. Maybe I should check it out. Great list! :D

    My TTT

    Obsessive Compulsive Reader

  4. This list will DEFINITELY be hepful in December, I agree!! Ooh, you were on a big Jenny Hubbard kick! Maybe I have to check her out!! I still need to read AVA LAVENDER, glad you loved it! Oooh, I still have to read my copy of GHOSTS OF HEAVEN! I like that you've read a lot of older titles as well as newer ones so far this year!

  5. Nice list of books!! Thanks for sharing your favorite reads of the year so far with us!! I have some new to me titles to check out and potentially add to my ever growing reading wishlist!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for the week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/06/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-ive-read.html

  6. Great list! I definitely want to check out The Walled City. I've had a copy for a while but I still haven't read it!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  7. YES TO ALL OF THESE EMILY. I completely agree with all of your choices. I read and both Searching for Sky and My Heart and Other Black Holes and found them both heartbreaking but completely truthful; so glad you felt the same way.

    And OMG was The Ghosts of Heaven not the best book ever?!? *mind = blown* So intelligent in both its plot and in the way it was told.

    Thanks for sharing and great choices! ♥

  8. I've been dying to read And We Stay. I'm glad to see you liked it!

  9. All Fall Down was amazing! But then, it's Ally Carter. Couldn't expect less!

  10. The Walled City was the first book I read in 2015, and it was definitely a great stat to the year. I'm amazed I haven't heard much about it, it needs so much more recognition!

    Annie @ Indoor Sojourner

  11. The Walled City was the first book I read in 2015, and it was definitely a great stat to the year. I'm amazed I haven't heard much about it, it needs so much more recognition!

    Annie @ Indoor Sojourner

  12. I just got my copy of My Heart and Other Black Holes last week. I'm glad you liked it. I am now more eager to read this one. :)


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