Hey everyone! It’s almost 2016, which is crazy! This year has been a great reading year for me. So far, I’ve read 79 books (trying to get to 80 before the year is up) and I read a lot of great books. It was really hard to narrow down my favorite books but I thought I’d try to get my list down to 10. I’m picking books I read for the first time this year – but that doesn’t mean they have to be 2015 releases. Also, these books will be in the order I read them throughout the year.
The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers — This was the first book I read this year. It was a quick stand alone, and I did really like it. I thought the idea of it was really interesting (I mean, hackers are pretty awesome so how could this book not be good?) and it was done in a way that wasn’t overly technical but it wasn’t like it was written for a two-year-old either. I thought there was a perfect mix of action, mystery and HACKERS! LOVED IT.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey — I’m a sucker for a good alien book and this one did not disappoint! I really liked Rick’s writing style and the way he describes things. I loved the relationships between all of the characters (The Bear/Cassie relationship was awesome.) It’s a really good Sci-Fi novel if you aren’t very into the genre. It isn’t too complex, but at the same time, the whole story is super complex and detailed… I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DESCRIBE THIS BOOK. It was just too amazing!!
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins — I really liked that this was kind of a blur between Contemporary and Paranormal. It reads and feels like a Contemporary, but it has Paranormal aspects to it. This book had so many LOL moments. I really love Rachel Hawkins’ writing! I also, Miss Mayhem, (The second book of the trilogy) was incredible too. The last book comes out next year and I am so excited!
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas — I would be surprised if you hadn’t heard of this series, but it really is SO GOOD! It’s about an assassin, so how could it not be epic? The first book doesn’t get too much into Fantasy but the next ones dive right in. It is such a great series. I haven’t gotten to the most recent book, Queen of Shadows, yet but I am itching to pick it up and fly through it!
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson — THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK. I love Brandon’s writing. The worldbuilding is fantastic. The story structure… IT’S JUST SO GOOD. These books are super long so I haven’t gotten to the next two books yet, but I am really excited to get to them. I hear it just gets better!
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick — I really like Brian’s books. They are written in such a unique way. This one follows two stories, one through text and the other through pictures. It is a really interesting story. It’s the first book I’ve read where the main character is deaf, and it was done really well, in my opinion. The pictures were incredible, as always. It’s insane how detailed they are! Altogether I thought it blended really well especially for being two different stories.
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan — I read The Lightning Thief at the end of last year and really liked it, but OH, THE SERIES GETS BETTER. I loved the writing, it’s so witty, and Percy is just such a fun character. While I did have a few problems with the series, for the most part I really liked reading it!
Auggie & Me by R.J. Palacio — I have already read Wonder, which is the… original book? (I really don’t know how to put it.) It’s like a collections of perspectives that didn’t make it into Wonder. I loved the first book when I read it last year and I loved this one as well. I wasn’t sure if it would be as good, but it really was! I fell in love with all of the characters and each ‘chapter’ was so interesting to read, especially because two of them are from characters we’ve already met.
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards — I don’t read many thriller books, but Natalie’s books are an exception! This book isn’t super intense, but it will make your heart race! I thought this was a brilliant way to tell the story. It’s somewhat of a mystery novel and surprisingly, I really couldn’t predict what was going to happen. I loved it!
Winter by Marissa Meyer — THIS BOOK, GUYS. It’s the final book in the Lunar Chronicles series and it was everything I hoped for and more! It is a glorious 825 pages and it wrapped up the series perfectly. I really do think this is my new favorite book. The worldbuilding for Luna is really good. I loved learning about Luna since for the past three books we’ve heard about it but never experienced it. If you haven’t read this series, YOU NEED TO DO THAT. IT IS SO GOOD!
Those were my top ten books of the year! I think I had a pretty great year. If you want to see all the books I read this year check out my Goodreads Year in Books! Let me know if you’ve read any of the books on my list, and what you thought of them! Also, what are your favorite books of the year? Happy New Year, and thanks for reading!