2015 in Review: Books of 2015

2015 in review
Featuring the Pantone Colour of 2015 // Marsala and the Pantone Colours of 2016 // Rose Quartz and Serenity

What a year…of not being active on blogging aha…well, at least the latter half of 2015.

As you all know, I almost quit blogging…or so says the response from my drama post last October. I actually took the time off to focus on real life – being a graduating student and all – and just chill. But that doesn’t mean I stopped reading!

I read a whopping total of 70 of 75 books…that’s right I didn’t finish my Goodreads Challenge (#notabigdeal). No worries – it was still a pretty awesome reading year for me. I became picky with my YA this year – carefully sorting out the hidden gems from the mediocre ones.

So without further ado, I present to you the Books of 2015!

Best of Speculative Fiction

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We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach // We All Looked Up is an important book. It deals with so many complicated themes and manages to wrap everything up in three hundred pages or so. I hope everybody gets a chance to read this especially teenagers.”

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas // All I have to say is: why did I wait this long to read this series???

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater // Maggie continues to blow me away with her fantastic storytelling. Can’t wait to binge-read this series next year!

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout // Surprise, surprise. I didn’t expect this on my list but I can’t deny I had the most amazing time reading this book.

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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley // I have no words for this masterpiece. Definitely one of the most well-realized and well-crafted books I’ve read in my life.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik // Uprooted is a high-octane adult fantasy novel of epic magical proportions. I fear I won’t give this book any justice because of my simple words compared to the book’s extraordinary ones.”

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge // “There is no one out there writing magical retellings and vast mythologies like Rosamund Hodge does. It’s a fact you’ll soon realise once you read her books.”

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera // “When I saw the staggering amount of five-star reviews this book has, I had my doubts. I almost felt like this getting way too much hype. But I was proven wrong. And I am more happy than that I am.”

Best of Contemporary Fiction

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Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat // “I’ve seen dozens of books filed under Realistic Fiction before but only few truly capture the moment of being in the real world. They’ll give you real-life situations but never real-life reactions. But this gem of a book surprised me with its honesty and reality.”

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby // “This is my first Jessi Kirby novel. From what I’ve heard, she writes these wonderful stories that thousands of readers can identify with. And I’ve read my fair share of realistic fiction, so what could possibly Kirby bring to the table? Well, the answer is a story that is full of heart. No kidding.”

Made You Up by Francesca Zappa // “In conclusion, this is one of the best YA I’ve read in a lifetime. It may seem like I toss that phrase around haphazardly, but I can’t help it if the book made me feel so many feels. And I’m happy to say that Francesa Zappia deserves a spot in this figurative hall of amazing stories.”

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales // “Reading this book was both the best and worst experience for me. The most prevalent emotion I felt was frustration. I was frustrated with the story, I was frustrated with the characters, I was frustrated with Elise’s situation. But I was most frustrated with how it felt like I was reading my very own biography.”

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Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway // “There is honestly nothing that I didn’t like about this book. I still think the title is a bit misleading though (#itsjustatitlemiguel). Anyway, definitely get excited for this book if you love contemporary YA. I assure you the feels are very much legit and very too much.”

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider // “If I were to describe this book, it would be uplifting contrary to the seemingly bleak synopsis it has. I don’t want to give anything away about the events of this book, but all you have to know is that this was an exhilarating journey for me. It was like a peaceful and warm summer night.”

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens // Wow…I just wow. Another important and must-read book from YA.

Play On by Michelle Smith // “I don’t read that many sports-related novels – mainly because I fear I won’t understand the technicalities or feel the rush of the game – but let me tell you: this book is an exception. I was blown away; it exceeded my expectations, like off-the-charts exceeded.”

Best of New Adult Fiction

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The Off the Map Series by Lia Riley // “All in all, the Off the Map series is a great testament that what is once lost will always be found……..but really, go read this series. You won’t regret it.”

The Beauty of Lies by Brinda Berry // Hands-down, one of the most refreshing NA I have ever read. What I liked most about it is the hero – for a change, he isn’t some raging alpha male. Definitely go check this one out!

The Brightwater Series by Lia Riley // It’s two-for-two for Team Riley. And if you’re reading this Lia – MORE BRIGHTWATER BOOKS PLEASE.

What the Lightning Sees by Louise Bay // I have yet to read the other two parts but dare I say I am hooked with this book’s story. Another very unconventional romance once again!

And that concludes the bookish portion of my 2015 in Review blog survey. To all my blogger friends and followers – thank you for sticking with me this year! You guys are my ultimate motivation for spewing out posts. *hugs* And do share your top picks as well!

HAPPY NEW YEAR from The Quirky Reader! xx

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5 thoughts on “2015 in Review: Books of 2015

  1. Welcome back, Miguel! I agree, it’s good to take a breather and just focus on your real life away from blogging. And thank you for compiling this list! I really want to read The Raven Cycle and Throne of Glass in 2016. Happy new year!

  2. ERMAHGAWD YOU’RE BACK, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    I love so many of these books! Emmy & Oliver, Magonia and We All Looked Up were probably my favorite books of 2015, and I’m so happy they made it to your list! And Lia Riley, man ❤ Hail to the Queen!

    See you around 😀

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