Happy Top Ten Tuesday, guys!
Today, we're sharing ten of the best books that we read in 2015. This by no means encompasses the full list, but these ten do stick out in our minds!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jaime and the crew at The Broke & The Bookish!
Ten of our Top books of 2015 + A bonus 2016 title!
It's always hard to choose top books, especially when we read so many as a blogger. However, here are ten of our top books of 2015 - in no particular order:
In A World Just Right by Jen Brooks (Simon & Schuster)
The Royal WE by Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan (Grand Central)
Who doesn't love a book that has been inspired by Kate Middleton and Prince William's romance?
Especially when it's written with the funny, snarky, and poignant rhetoric of Jessica and Heather? This a book that not only does justice to the fictional version of our favorite royal couple, but also makes us view their relationship in a deeper, more thoughtful light.
Also, it's just fun, pure and simple.
Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash (Simon & Schuster)
I remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell (Knopf)
Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin (Razorbill)
Wish Girl is just as magical as the title suggests.
Nikki Loftin has an incredible way with words, and has crafted a story about two young tweens who find understanding and solace with each other, thanks to the help of a magical valley.
This book made me cry, but also made me appreciate the stories being told in middle grade fiction, as well.
For the Record by Charlotte Huang (Delacorte)
Look, sometimes, I just want to pretend that I'm a rockstar.
Charlotte Huang's book For the Record helps make that happen. She's written a fun, energetic and upbeat tale on the realities of pop star life, that is engaging, smart and honestly, just something I want to read over and over again, while blasting Taylor Swift.
The LIghtning QUeen by Laura Resau (Scholastic)
I have a background in Latin American literature, and I've always had a profound appreciation for the magical realism that seems so intrinsically entwined with so many prominent stories in that genre.
The Lightning Queen captures that same sense of magic, weaving a spellbinding tale about two best friends, and their lifelong friendships and legacies with each other.
The ending just about KILLED me in the best possible way, and I urge anyone who likes Gabriel Garcia Marquez to seek this book out.
City of Savages by Lee Kelly (Saga Press)
Lee Kelly's debut is a haunting look at survival and courage in tough, unfathomable circumstances.
I loved so many things about this book, but particularly the altered New York, the relationship between the sisters, and the truth about their family.
If you thought you were tired of speculative/dystopian fiction, then you need to read this book. Lee absolutely breathes new life into the genre.
Da Vinci's Tiger by L.M. Elliot (Katherine Tegen)
Under a Painted sky by Stacey Lee (Putnam)
There are so many things I love about this book.
The fact that Stacey is Asian, and paving the way for a new generation of Asian-American writers.
The fact that she tells a beautiful historical fiction tale about two friends who brave a challenging society in the 19th Century.
Or the fact that this is a book that proves diverse fiction enriches readers and our world, and... god. I just love this book, guys!