Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books That I Read in 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the group at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is top books of 2015, so I’ll be featuring my favourite books that I read this year. I’ll be posting my favourite YA releases of 2015 over at Happy Indulgence later this week and I’ll probably do a bookish awards post on this blog at the end of this month! Yep, you guessed it, this is just me cheating and not actually choosing favourites.

On to my favourite books I read this year… I’ve tried to put these into some sort of order, which was the toughest thing I’ve had to do this year… but I did it!

1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Is anybody actually surprised by this one? This is my favourite book of all time! This novel follows Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German Nazi youth, during WWII and what happens when their lives and stories converge. It has the most wonderful characters and plot, and the most beautiful writing I have ever read. PICK UP THIS BOOK!!! JUST DO IT!

(Btw, I have a 6-month blogoversaryย Twitter giveaway for this book here, ending on December 25 at 11:59pm ADST).

2. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

This book was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize earlier this year, which was what pushed me to pick it up. A Little LIfe follows four men from their teens until their 50s or 60s. We see their failures and their successes and their relationships. But mostly, this book is about Jude, who ties the four of them together, and his struggle to belong to the group and to the world. This book broke my heart into so many pieces that I’m still slowly putting it back together again. It was amazing and definitely worthy of being a Man Booker Finalist!

3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

My favourite YA novel of all time, I’ll Give You the Sun is about two twins, Jude and Noah, who used to be close but have drifted apart after a family tragedy. They each hold secrets that have kept them apart for years but if they come together again, they can piece those secrets together to form a complete picture of what happened. This book explores so many different kids of relationships and it has beautiful writing that will have you feeling all the feels.

4. Winter by Marissa Meyer

This is the last book in The Lunar Chronicles and was my favourite sci-fi/fantasy read of the year. It was epic, intense and had everything I could’ve wanted. The ending was so satisfying and everything was resolved so neatly (perhaps too neatly, but I don’t care). I’m so sad that this is over and I highly recommend this series, if you haven’t read it. It’s my favourite series of all time!

5. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess is the last book in The Infernal Devices trilogy. I absolutely love the Shadowhunter books and this was an amazing trilogy. For me, this is so much better than The Mortal Instruments, and I’d recommend it even if you didn’t like TMI. Clockwork Princess was an absolutely heartwrenching finale. It had me in tears for most of the book and the bromance in this trilogy is just unbeatable. The best.

6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. I was a bit skeptical about Rainbow Rowell’s first fantasy novel, especially because I skimmed through a lot of the Simon Snow sections in Fangirl. But this book was a pleasant surprise and had me raving about it for weeks! Carry On is about Simon Snow, the most pathetic superhero of all time. He isn’t able to control his magic and half the time he ends up blowing up the place. But now he needs to figure out how to save the magical world before it’s destroyed by the villainous Humdrum! This book has my OTP of the year! SnowBaz was just adorable and I’ll go down with this ship!

7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Set in the Grisha world from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows follows a group of six misfits as they travel across the Grishaverse to pull off an extraordinary heist. This book is epic, action-packed and exciting! It has the most wonderful ships that I’m totally on board with. The writing was fantastic and the whole book was just mindblowing!!

8. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

My very first Gayle Forman read has made it into my favourites of the year! Just One Day follows Allyson, a recent American high school graduate, who is on a student tour around Europe. On one of her last days in Europe, she meets a mysterious but attractive Dutch boy named Willem, who invites her on a day trip to Paris before she returns home. She accepts and they spend a romantic day in Paris but when she wakes up the next day, Willem has disappeared. The rest is a coming of age story as Allyson tries to fly away from her mother’s restrictive nest and find her way back to Europe and to Willem. This book had the most amazing coming of age story. The character development in Allyson was astounding and I also thoroughly enjoyed Gayle Forman’s writing!

9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

A Romeo and Juliet reimagining, My Life Next Door blew my mind! Samantha Reed is the daughter of a senator and her mother has always hated the loud family next door who can’t stop adding kids to their already large family. Sam is forbidden from interacting with the Garretts next door but when she meets Jase Garrett, she can’t stay away. This book was a wonderful story about love, family and doing the right thing. It had the most amazing characters and I am in love with Jase, who I call ‘the ultimate good guy’.

10. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series and it was a fantastic continuation. It’s probably my favourite book of the series so far (though Heir of Fire comes a veeeerrrry close second. Or maybe they’re tied. I can’t decide!). This instalment had the most amazing climax and resolution and it had me bouncing in my seat and so excited for Book 5 to come out!


Are any of these books your favourite? Let me know what your top 3 books of the year are and I’ll be sure to check them out! Don’t forget to head over to Happy Indulgence on Sunday to see what my favourite 2015 releases are!

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53 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books That I Read in 2015

  1. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    Yes too much win on this list.
    I am slowly savouring All The Light We Cannot See, and omg the writing is so gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the two protagonists meet.
    Six of Crows is my favourite YA release this year, the dialogue was so on point and omg Inej and Kaz is my OTP forever.
    QoS and HoF turned me into a fangirl all over again, and Carry On gave me some nostalgic HP feels!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Isn’t Anthony Doerr’s writing just the most beautiful?! Omg the moment when Marie-Laure and Werner met was my favourite scene of the whole book (or more accurately, JUST before they met – you’ll know what I mean). Just the whole chapter and the pace and urgency of the writing at that point… SO MUCH LOVE. I think I might have cried a little bit.

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  2. Jazmin Jade says:

    I wanted to read all the books on your list this year but the only one I got to was Queen of Shadows! SO many books so little time… But QoS was AMAZING! I hate waiting for the rest of the books.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I love all of Rainbow Rowell’s books too! Sadly I still haven’t read Eleanor and Park (it was the first one I picked up but now the only one I haven’t read…) but I know that I’m probably going to love that one too! Carry On is probably my favourite of hers at the moment though.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      All the Light We Cannot See and A Little Life are my two favourite books of all time now! I can’t wait for more people to read them because they are absolutely beautiful! I really love all of Rainbow Rowell’s books, especially her newest release Carry On, which has made my favourites of the year list ๐Ÿ˜€ But all of her contemporary books are equally delightful!

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  3. Lois says:

    A Little Life sounds like a very moving book one I think I’d be a fool to not pick up. There are so many great books on this list. Winter is possibly the best series finale I’ve ever read and I’m excited to get my hands on Stars Above. My Life Next Door is one of my go to contemporaries. I love that Jase is such a good guy and his relationship with Samantha and his family was a joy to read. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I agree that Winter is the best finale I’ve read too and Stars Above cannot come soon enough! I’m just happy that we get a little bit more of the TLC world before it’s over for real. Jase is just the most perfect boy. He’s the ultimate good guy. Why can’t we have more love interests in YA who are just really, really nice and decent? A Little Life will break your heart and it might take a while to get through it since it’s so emotional but it’s definitely worth it in the end!

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      • Lois says:

        I’m so thankful for Stars Above cause I am not ready to let go yet and if this teased wedding of the century isn’t Kai and Cinders I will be quite disappointed haha. I would actually love to know a bit more about Jacin and I hope he gets a short story.
        I am all for the good guys and I definitely agree that we need more of them in YA literature. They can be just as fascinating and layered as the tortured soul, bad boy type.
        I’ll definitely give A Little Life a shot. I’ll just have to emotionally prepare myself for that journey.

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        • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

          Omg I’ll be disappointed as well if Kai and Cinder don’t get married. But as long as one of our four couples gets married, I don’t really mind! Maybe they can just all get married at the same time and have the ultimate wedding of the century?!!!
          And I will be ready with tissues and hugs if you ever decide to read A Little Life.

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  4. Lydia Tewkesbury says:

    I have been thinking about reading the Infernal Devices books for a while now. I’ve read four (I think) of The Mortal Instruments, but then I stopped. I’m sort of half intending to get back to them, but I haven’t summoned the enthusiasm yet. There was a lot in them that I liked but ultimately I found the Jace/Clary dynamic annoying (they can’t be together because they’re related, then they’re not, then he’s evil, then he’s not evil he’s just complicated, etc, etc…). I know those words could make like the whole blog community hate me. Before book four I was really enjoying them though, so I would be interested in reading Cassandra Clare’s other books. Especially now you’ve said that I don’t need to be up to date with Clary world.

    Great list. The few on there I haven’t read already are on my TBR ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I can see what you mean about The Mortal Instruments. The Infernal Devices is far superior in my opinion! I read the trilogy first and loved it, which led me to reading TMI. I think I forgave some things in TMI because I enjoyed TID so much. But I agree that the books go downhill after the third one. Books 4 and 5 made me feel really uncomfortable…but the finale does make up for it. I’d recommend just reading TID and forgetting about TMI. There are spoilers for TID in City of Heavenly Fire anyway so it’s probably more sensible to just jump into TID now.

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      • Lydia Tewkesbury says:

        Thank you for such a thoughtful reply! I’m glad to hear that someone else had the same feelings as me after the third book. Who knows, there’s always a chance I’ll get back to it some day and reach the epic finale.

        I think I’m going to go for it with The Infernal Devices. That there’s three books rather than five makes me more likely to stay engaged.

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        • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

          I thought that the plot was much more exciting in The Infernal Devices anyway. The Victorian London setting, along with the steampunk elements were also more my cup of tea (HAHA) than the modern New York setting… where they don’t even use mobile phones. I find that to be so implausible!

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  5. Zoe says:

    Six of Crows, Winter and I’ll Give You the Sun are definitely on my list as well. They’re all such amazing books. โค Thanks for sharing Jenna and, as always, fabulous post & choices! โค

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  6. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity says:

    Okay, I’ve only read two of the books on your list! Which means I obviously need to get my reading butt into gear and read all the rest of them, haha XD

    I LOVED I’ll Give You the Sun, as well! It was so incredibly beautiful. I’d been scared to read it because of all the hype (and hype NEVER meshes with me), but I ended up adoring it. Definitely one of my favourites of the year!

    And QoS is just amazing. My first five star book in the Throne of Glass series! I LOOOOOVED it. Everything was just so awesome, even if my ship did sink ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I hope you read a few more awesome books in what’s left of 2015, Jenna!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I had the exact same experience with I’ll Give You the Sun! I was so worried that I wouldn’t like it but I had nothing to worry about because everything about that book was amazing! Aww no! I feel for all the Chaolena shippers (though I’m firmly in the Rowaelin camp). But I guess you never know. She could have a completely new love interest in the next book!

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  7. Ksenia says:

    I still need to read Just One Day, I canโ€™t believe itโ€™s your first Gayle Formanโ€™s book. I highly recommend you If I Stay and Where She Went. And Iโ€™ve heard so much about Six of Crows. I hope Iโ€™ll be able to read it soon. Thanks for sharing your favorites, Jenna!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Haha I’ve also read If I Stay and Where She Went and enjoyed them a lot. Not as much as the Just One Day duology though. I hope you give Six of Crows a chance. Even though it’s set in the same world as The Grisha trilogy, it seems much less Russian-inspired. I kind of view it as its own fictional world now.

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