Dienstag, 5. Januar 2016

Top 10 books of 2015

2015 was an amazing reading year for me. All in all I read 64 books (my goal was 50), and I am really proud that I was able to read so much during school and university. I will do another post on my 2016 plans and (bookish) resolutions, so look out for that!
However, today I will show you my favourite books of 2015. The summaries of these books will, as always. be available on Goodreads. I won’t tell you the plots myself, just because I don’t want to spoil anyone! I have reviews up for most of these books, so I will link these down below and just talk briefly about them now. I hope you guys enjoy it!

Quick note before we get started: All these books are, of course, 5 star books for me. I loved every single one, and it was hard to put them into an order, but I made it somehow! Enjoy!

#10: The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo : Review soon to come
I read this whole series in one month, so you know how much I enjoyed it. The setting and the characters were so different, and it was so interesting to read about their adventures. Especially the Darkling quickly turned into one of my favourite characters of all time, just because he is so dark, but then again he just does what he thinks is right. Like every great villain ever. I loved it! 

#9: The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa : Review
This series completely surprised me. I am not a huge fan of books about fairies or fey, but this series was stunning. It was recommended to me by a lot of book-friend, but this year I finally read it. I read all books in a month too, so again, you see how much I loved it! (Also, Team Ash. All the way!)

#8: Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz : Review
I looked for more LGBTQ+ books this year, and this one was recommended to me over and over again, so I had to pick it up. And I was not disappointed. The writing in this books was so beautiful, and the story itself even more. Ari and Dante very quickly became two of my favourite characters of all time, just because they felt so real. It was amazing!

#7: Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi : Review
The one thing I loved most about this series was the character development of the main protagonist. You don’t see such a huge growth in characters from YA series like this very often, but in this one it was absolutely amazing. The Juliette from the first and form the last book are two completely different people, and it all changed for the better. And what can I say about Warner? Ohhh … you get me. I adore this guy.

#6: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell : Review (Goodreads)
This was actually the last book I read in December, and I can’t think of a better way to end my reading year. Why didn’t I read this sooner? As a freshman in University (do they call us like that? I don’t even know) this book just helped me in so many ways. I have social anxieties just like Cath, and this book made me realize that I am not alone, and even more important: I can conquer my fears. Everything will change into a better direction. This book made me realise so many things, and it got me into fanfiction writing again (finally!!), which I am eternally grateful for!

Note for my Top 5: I loved these books all equally. I only put them into an order to organize it better, but I loved every single one of these five books so much, I can’t explain it to you guys.

#5: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman : Review (Goodreads)
I am a history student at university, and when I heard that there is a YA book coming out about Alexander the Great (who is the best!) it was so exciting for me. I immediately pre-ordered it and read it in two days after I received it. The historical accuracy was amazing, and the way the author connected fantasy and historical fiction was stunning. I am so excited for the next book, but it’s still so far away!

#4: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir : Review
I love novels that have a Roman Empire type of feel to them, and this one is definitely one of them. This book had everything is takes: awesome characters, great plotline; everything was perfect, especially the way the two characters plots intertwined. I am so excited for the second part of this series to come out, I can’t wait to find out what happens next! 

#3: The Wrath and the Dawn by Rene Ahdieh : Review
1001 Nights is one of my favourite fairy tales ever, and when I found out that there is a YA retelling for this I was beyond excited. I read this book in two or three days, and it was absolutely amazing. The main protagonist in the story is my favourite YA heroine ever, but Khalid is still the best. Also: the way the author included Arabic words and culture into the book was amazing, I loved that!

#2: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera : Review
When I started this book I immediately felt attached to the characters, which doesn’t happen very often. Usually it takes me half a book to get to know the characters and start to love them, but I felt like I knew these characters from the start. This also made me suffer with them throughout the whole book, and there was a lot of suffering from my side involved, but I loved it still. This book made me realise so many important things about memories, and how they make us who we are. It was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait for the next book by Adam!

#1: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli : Review
This book was fantastic! Again, I was looking for LGBTQ+ books, and this came up on my feed, so I bought it. I started it and immediately knew I was going to love it. The characters were amazing, funny and so lovable. By the end of the book they grew so close to me that it felt impossible to let them go; so I read it again immediately after. I read this book many times by now; in fact, I read it so many times that I even know some part by heart. I know that a companion novel will come out sometime in the future, and I am beyond excited for that. Becky Albertalli definitely (same as all the others on this list btw) immediately became one of my auto-buy authors!

Alright, so these were my favourite books of 2015! Let me know which ones you enjoyed the most! See you again on my next blogpost, hopefully!