I wasn't planning on doing this one because I felt like 2015 was the worst in terms of my reading. But then I looked at what I read and I surprisingly read such amazing books! Most of the books I read were four-star and five-star books but the thing is, I've read most of them during the first half of the year. The past few months have been BLEGH and downright harsh to my reading so I felt like I haven't had a great reading year (looking at you October, November, December and a bit of September). But I did! It took me long to narrow down this list to ten books and I couldn't leave out some books so I have a special mention section. Haha! Anyway, I hope you do get to read these books in 2016 if you haven't yet because I WILL ACCEPT PITCHFORKS THROWN MY WAY IF YOU DON'T LIKE THEM THAT'S HOW MUCH I LOVE AND BELIEVE IN THEM.
P.S. My reviews are linked when available. As usual, I find it hard to review books I love so heh, most of these don't have reviews.
TEN BOOKS THAT LEFT THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON ME THIS YEAR
*in no particular order because ranking would kill me*
If you haven't read WE ALL LOOKED UP, please tell me why. Because YOU MUST READ THIS NOVEL. Existential and self-aware YA, YES PLEASE.
We All Looked Up is thought-provoking and is the novel I wish I read back in high school (or even in college). It's fucking brilliant. If the world ended today, I'm glad it ended with me having read this gem.
And I will forever love it because it has one of my favorite passage EVER:
"The best books, they don't talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you'd always thought about, but that you didn't think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you're a little bit less alone in the world. You're part of this cosmic community of people who've thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be."
This book ticked off every single item on that checklist I never knew I had. I couldn't ask for more from this book. Every page was packed with adventure and it had a perfect ending. Definitely one of my all-time favorites and one I will re-read again and again.
P.S. Read my review, I listed ten reasons why you need to read RPO!
Perfect hard sci-fi. Mark Watney for President! I've never laughed as much as I did with THE MARTIAN while a man's life was at stake. If that wasn't a testament to how completely awesome Andy Weir's humor and storytelling is, I don't know. PERFECT HARD SCI-FI.
Damn, Sabaa Tahir. You made me read fantasy. You made me read your gigantic book twice in one go. I BOW DOWN TO YOU, WOMAN.
(obvs, it's the whole series)
hello i pledge allegiance to maggie stiefvater and will exchange my firstborn for the raven king hello do you hear me bookish gods
Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat
Among all these books, this is the most personal one. My brother has verbal apraxia and is autistic and this book completely gets it. Encapsulates how it is, all the ups and downs, that fierce protectiveness, and how tiring it is too. This is a book I won't forget.
I've always been a fan of Lauren Oliver but I think this book is in the stratosphere. Dude, that reveal. All the puzzle pieces suddenly crashing down on you and surprising you. Damn, woman, what a ride this was.
The book that started me rethink my not reading of nonfiction books. Because if they are this well-written, this gut-wrenching, this heartbreaking, this uplifting, then I'd read them anytime. Marina Keegan is a gift we lost too early and I'm just damn happy I get to read her works.
Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
HOLYSHITWHATTHEFUCKERY this book was. Mind = fucked. Mind = blown. What an amazing thriller this is.
THAT SHIP. THAT PROSE. HELLO, RENEE AHDIEH. Another reason why I'm warming up to fantasy novels is this book because HELL YEAH, I WANT MORE OF THIS KIND OF BOOKS.
BOOKS I CANNOT NOT MENTION BECAUSE I GIDDILY SWOONED BECAUSE OF THEM AND SQUEALED LIKE A DOLPHIN FROM HAPPINESS AND ~FEELINGS~
#KasieWestistheBest encapsulates it all
Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith
GRAHAM AND ELLIE REUNITEDDDDDDDDDD AND IT FEELS SOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOODDDD
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
PETER KAVINSKY. That is all. (Remember I even had this post about my top ten Peter K moments when it should actually just be EVERY MOMENT?)
#TEAMAWKWARDBOYSWHOTRYREALLYHARD good lord Ted Callahan Y SO CUTE AND ADORKABLE AND SHY AND I LOVE YOU
In Real Life by Jessica Love
This book wouldn't be out until March 2016 and I'm sorry (not sorry) that I'm already raving about it because YOU HAVE TO GET IT AND READ IT. It is diverse and shippy and all the feelings and HELLO, I'M INCOHERENT, WHICH MEANS IT'S GOOOOOOOOOOOD.
And that's my list! What were your favorite reads last 2015?