Wednesday, 30 December 2015

My 2015 Favourite Reads



Before we begin, you must know that this was really hard. I didn't read a lot of great books this year, and perhaps that's me becoming more critical, but in this top ten I've had to reach into the four star books too, just towards the end. Additionally, this in order from favourite book of the year and then down from that. The five star books I read this year were so difficult to rank. Every book in this list has inspired me in one way or another, and in many cases has helped shaped the person I am at the close of the year. Here are my top ten books of 2015!

1. Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill
Only Ever Yours was purely disturbing and by the end, I was left in horror. This is one of the best books I've ever read. Whether I'd read this again or not is questionable, as I don't need to open this to be haunted by it's messages, but I've recommended it to countless people. I've even wrote essays on this book and it's ties to feminism. O'Neill's writing is extraordinary, and her themes of body image, weight, feminism, inequality and identity will resonate with me for a long time. (Read in June) [REVIEW]

2. Winter by Marissa Meyer
On concluding the Lunar Chronicles, Winter finalised this as one of my favourite series. At 830 pages, it is the longest book I've ever read, and one of the best conclusions to a series too. The writing was enchanting, and Meyer didn't leave any loose ends untied. Winter beautifully entwined links to the original Snow White story, and also wrapped up the other fairytales in the story - Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood. Read in November [Review live in January]
3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
The struggle to decide which was better out of Fairest and Winter was extremely tough, as they're both wonderful. Fairest solidified my love for The Lunar Chronicles. It was fascinating to read the backstory behind the villain of a series, and try to - no matter how twisted and creepy it was - to understand the motives behind her actions. Meyer's writing excelled and the world building of Luna was just what I needed next in this series. Read in October [REVIEW

4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
DIVERSITY. DIVERSITY. DIVERSITY.  This is the first graphic novel I'd ever read, and immediately fell in love with the plot and characters. Noelle Stevenson's art style is gorgeous; the variety of bold block colours adds such vibrancy and sheer delight as you turn the pages. Laugh-out-loud funny and a heartwarming read. Read in August. [REVIEW]

5. Every Day by David Levithan
Every Day has changed the way that I think, act and live. Seriously, I doubt I'll ever properly review this book - it's been 7 months and still, I'm just speechless when it comes to this story. Quietly extraordinary. READ THIS BOOK, PEOPLE! Read in May. 

6. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
This made me cry. It wasn't a sob situation, but my mascara was going down my face in a rather messy manner. Before Second Chance Summer, I'd never cried at a book before - and for something to have the power to have done this, that in itself is deserving of being in my top 10. This is a story that also made me just want to learn everything about my family members, and understand the people I love while we have time. Read in June [REVIEW]

7. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
This should be required reading in schools, whether you're taking History or not. What unfolds  in the pages of this story is something that I, and a lot of people, never knew existed. Such an important read that not only is good for it's diversity, but also for the fact that it is educative in a place where many education systems fail. Read in September.

8. The White Rose by Amy Ewing
Everything I needed in a book I'd been waiting a year for, all the questions I needed answers to, were all in this book. The world building and character building was fantastic, and Amy Ewing has definitely excelled herself, making this my favourite dystopian series. If I could have the final book, that would be perfect. Read in October. [REVIEW]

9. The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss
Being the second book I read in 2015, I'm struggling to recall what I loved so much about this book. The Year of the Rat was raw, compelling, and brutally honest. Furniss really just understands grief, and what it's like to feel lost. A wonderful debut. You have to read this. Read in January.

10. Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders
Getting this for Christmas, I sat and read Lost in Translation in an hour on Boxing Day. It's just the most lovely, delightful anthology - bursting with incredible illustrations. There were words in here that I've been looking for and have needed all my life. If you love learning about other cultures, or just have a thirst for knowledge, then this is perfect for you. Read in December. 

8 comments:

  1. I've heard so many amazing things about Only Ever Yours, i'm so desperate to read it! I haven't had a brilliant year in terms of reading, as I was basically in a year long slump, but it's definitely at the top of my list for 2016. Love this post Holly - Happy New Year! xoxo

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    1. Definitely check it out! Happy New Year to you too, Helena xoxo

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  2. I'm also really happy with how Winter turned out. It's always nerve-wracking, because I hate to be disappointed by the last book in a series I love.

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    1. Agreed, it was a fantastic end to a wonderful series!

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  3. I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading all of these books, Holly, even if I haven't actually read any of them myself! I really want to read Only Ever Yours though - it sounds like such an important novel. The Lunar Chronicles is a series I have been meaning to start for AGES. Maybe 2016 will be the year I do!? ;-) Happy New Year and best wishes for the year ahead <3

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    1. You MUST read The Lunar Chronicles Rebekah! THIS IS THE YEAR FOR IT!

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  4. Ahh I'm glad you liked In the Year of the Rat!! I LOVED THAT BOOK and I feel like nobody has read it. (They are so missing out. :P) Also I'm still...still trying to recover from Only Ever Yours. *gross sobbing* I just didn't know how that book was going to end and it HURT ME SO BAD. ERMAGERD. But such a powerful and awesome story that is for sure.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. I KNOW!! Barely anyone as read it and yet it's such a fantastic tale. THANK YOU!

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