Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie week so I’ve chosen to feature ten of my favourite titles that I’ve read so far in 2015. I believe this was a topic back in June but I missed out because I hadn’t started doing Top Ten Tuesday posts. I’ve read 144 books so far this year, so the 10 that I’ve chosen to feature are the creme de la creme of them all (in my opinion).

My Top Ten Tuesday lists are usually in no particular order, but today I’ve tried to put them into some sort of order for you, starting with the book in the 10th place position.


10. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin:

This is a book that I think all book lovers would enjoy. I definitely enjoyed it immensely when I read it in March. It centres on the life of A.J. Fikry, a grumpy bookstore owner who has had some terrible luck in the last 18 months. He feels like there’s nothing good in life, but one day he finds a package left in the children’s section of his bookstore – a baby. He then cares for this baby as if she’s his own and he is transformed in the process. This book contains so many kinds of love: familial love, romantic love and of course, love for books. It had so many heartwarming moments and also a lot of heartbreaking ones too.

9. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli:

I read this novel in April and it is one of my favourite diverse books that I’ve read this year. (For more diverse recommendations, check out my previous Top Ten Tuesday post on diverse characters. I also recommend David Levithan’s books.) This was a cute and light-hearted LGBTQIA+ book that also contained some serious messages. I think this book is masterful in the way that it was able to shine a light on the issues without being an angst-filled and heavy novel.

This novel follows Simon who is emailing another boy called Blue. They are both gay but have not come out yet. Somebody then stumbles across Simon’s emails to Blue and starts blackmailing Simon. Through the process, Simon and Blue are able to find the courage to embrace who they are and even fall in love.

8. SNOW LIKE ASHES – Sara Raasch:

Snow Like Ashes is the first book in a fantasy trilogy. I read this in August and I fell in love with the world and the characters. It is set in a fascinating world that is split into 8 unique kingdoms. The book was intense and action-packed and I need the next book, Ice Like Fire, RIGHT NOW.

7. MY LIFE NEXT DOOR – Huntley Fitzpatrick:

I only discovered Huntley Fitzpatrick this year when I read her books in July. My Life Next Door is the kind of contemporary novel I enjoy. The pace of it is just right and it contains some very sophisticated writing.

This book is inspired by Romeo and Juliet, and it follows Samantha and Jase who are next door neighbours. Sam’s mother is very put together and controlling, and she hates the Garretts who have moved next door. The Garretts are loud and there are 7 kids in the family. I loved the family elements that were explored in this book, and I really loved all of the characters in this book.

6. Just One Day – Gayle Forman:

This was the first Gayle Forman book I had ever read and it’s my favourite out of everything she’s written. I read this back in March and then marathoned Just One Year and Just One Night straight after. This book follows Allyson, who is a recent high school graduate. Her parents send her on a teenage tour around Europe. On her last day abroad, she meets a mysterious guy named Willem in London, and they decide to take an overnight trip to Paris. But when Allyson wakes up the next morning, Willem has disappeared. This is a book about self-discovery and Allyson is always the character that comes to mind first when I think about character development.

5. QUEEN OF SHADOWS – Sarah J. Maas:

This is the fourth instalment in the Throne of Glass series. This was released at the beginning of this month so it’s a very recent read for me. This is my favourite book in the series so far. It’s filled with so much drama, action and revenge! Plus the romance in the book… my ship is sailing!

4. Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare:

Clockwork Princess is the last book in The Infernal Devices trilogy. I read this in May. It was definitely the best series finale I’ve ever read. It made me love, it made me ugly-cry and it made me so happy too. This is my favourite book of Cassandra Clare’s.

3. I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson:

I read this book at the end of February and it is by far my favourite YA book I’ve read this year. It won the Printz Award 2015 and I think it was well deserved. I’ll Give You The Sun is heartwarming, funny, romantic and quirky. It follows Jude and Noah, twins, who used to be very close up until they turned 13. They’ve each kept secrets from the other and told lies but now, at 16, they need to come back to each other and ‘remake the world’. The novel is written from dual perspectives and dual timelines. We see Noah’s side of the story from when they’re 13 and Jude narrates their 16 year old lives.

Go read this book. You won’t regret it!

2. A LITTLE LIFE – Hanya Yanagihara:

A Little Life is a recent read for me, but it has become my second favourite book I’ve ever read. It’s been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year and I think it’s absolutely brilliant. The novel follows four men, who were college roommates, from their college years up until their 50s or 60s. It’s a real and haunting story about the ordinary and extraordinary moments in life. The story has really stuck with me and I still think about it even now.

If this sounds interesting to you, I encourage you to check out my review, as well as other reviews, because this book contains some very mature themes as well as some triggers.

1. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE – Anthony Doerr:

This should come as no surprise to anybody who has been following my blog for a while. This is my favourite book of all time. Ever since I read it back in February, I’ve been recommending it to everybody I see (including strangers at bookstores) and I’ve bought it for 3 of my friends for their birthdays this year. It is also the 2015 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

This is a World War II historical fiction novel about a blind French girl and an orphaned German Nazi youth, and how their stories eventually intertwine. This book has some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read and a story that has stuck with me for the last 6 months.


Honourable Mentions:


What are your favourite books you’ve read this year?

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40 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

  1. Mallory @ The Local Muse says:

    Ah! So many great books on this list! I read I’ll Give You the Sun early this year and it is still my favorite book I have read all year! I’m dying for Nelson to release something new! I also loved Simon and Just One Day. Clockwork princess made me cry in the car with my family when I finished it. There was just so much love that I couldn’t help but get emotional. I totally agree with you; it’s my favorite Clare book too.
    Mallory @ The Local Muse

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I haven’t read Jandy Nelson’s other book, The Sky is Everywhere, yet…but I’m a little bit scared to because I’ll Give You The Sun was so good! And I can’t wait for Cassie Clare to release The Dark Hours so that I can see Will and Jem again!! ❤ 2017 is too far away… T_T

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  2. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    I AM PLEASED TO SEE SNOW LIKE ASHES AND QUEEN OF SHADOWS, I AM! I obviously need to read the rest of the books you have listed here because we are obviously book soulmate forever.

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  3. fiddlerblue says:

    I remember your review of A little Life, I still haven’t managed to get my hands on it but I definitely need to start reading. I haven’t read much historical fiction and I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready for All The Light… xD

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  4. Josephine says:

    Ahhh! I need to read all of these! I’m so glad you loved these and I definitely need to get around to them this year. I will be reading Queen of Shadows in less than a week! Woo!
    Great post and choice of topic this week 😊

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  5. elyjayne says:

    I’ve been wanting to read All the Light We Cannot See since it came out. It seems like everyone who’s read it says it’s one of the best books they’ve read this year. I should really get around to it!

    My list

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  6. Trisha Ann says:

    I absolutely agree on Clockwork Princess! It still makes me cry when I think about it 😥 I read If I Stay series by Gayle Forman which was a total letdown. I’m glad Just One Day series is good! Might try it next time 🙂

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Just One Day is a much better duology than If I Stay. I enjoyed If I Stay but there was no character development and it was mostly Mia just reminiscing about the past. Just One Day has soooo much character development and it’s set in like 5 countries.

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  7. Ashley says:

    144 books is insane! 🙂 Awesome job on that!
    Choosing just 10 couldn’t have been easy, lol!
    Your choices are great though and lots that I haven’t read yet, but really want to.
    I loved Simon vs. and that is definitely one of my favorites this year!

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