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Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015 (you can do it by only 2015 releases,  overall , by genre (top ten fantasy books I read in 2015), etc. however you choose to make your BEST list)

Well, last year I could only narrow it down to 16. This year, I have 12. This is progress, people! And inevitably, I will find one that I forgot on one of your lists, so be ready! 😀

Oh and these are in absolutely no order other than where they ended up in the picture. I couldn’t do that. 

Best books 2015

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

My Review | Read July 25-31

This was unexpectedly fabulous. I knew I was interested in it but I didn’t know how interested I would be. The characters are incredible, and the atmosphere is amazing.

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

My Review | Read August 16 to 21

Um, can I even explain how much I loved this book? This book is my spirit animal. Read my review because I might be on The Oregon Trail with President Snow and that damn Annalise from Half Bad.

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

My Review: N/A | Read November 19 to December 01

This bad boy comes out on January 26, 2016, and you’ll want to run to wherever you obtain books and obtain it. I was hooked, and had a pretty sizeable book hangover afterwards.

Fire Falling by Elise Kova

My review | Read October 21-26

Oh man. I loved Air Awakens (which is book one in the series) but holy crap did Fire Falling blow my mind. It was so epic I don’t even have words. The only thing I can say is that I need Earth’s End, and you must start this series!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My Review | Read July 21-26

I will continue to be cheesy and say that this book is Everything, everything. Because it is. It was quirky and sweet while still being emotionally charged. So much yes. And for a fluff-fearer like me, the perfect blend.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

My Review: N/A | Read June 8-15

I liked Throne of Glass. I did not love Throne of Glass. Now I am addicted to Celaena and company, because Crown of Midnight blew my damn mind. And now I am afraid to read Queen of Shadows. For reasons. And because of people who spoiled it making me scared.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

My Review | Read May 13-22

I’m just going to leave this here:

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

My Review | Read April 24-29

It was hard to choose between this one and its sequel, The Heart of Betrayal. I don’t really know why I chose this one, I guess I just extra loved it. I am so excited for The Beauty of Darkness, but also so, so scared too. Thanks, Holly, for making me read this one!

Return Once More by Trisha Leigh

My Review | Read September 13-26

GAH, this book! It was unputdownable, swoony, exciting, painful, thrilling… what more is there even to say? I am in love, and I need the sequel so badly it hurts.

The Cage by Megan Shepherd

My Review | Read April 10-16

Funny, these last three are the more polarizing books. People either seemed to love them, or umm not. I loved them so, so much. Clearly. The Cage was definitely strange, but wholly unique. And there’s a forbidden love and some strange psychological stuff that has me completely fascinated in a way that makes me want to grovel for The Hunt.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

My Review | Read January 30-February 4

Goodness I adored this book. I felt like I really just understood Twylla. And the twists and turns were totally unexpected for me. Now, I need The Sleeping Prince, please and thank you!

Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

My Review | Read August 9-13

It’s funny, I was nervous that I would not like this book because I had just finished (and loathed) a book with similar themes, but it was absolutely remarkable how differently they were handled. The themes in Truest were amazing, and West, the main character, might be my soul mate.


Honorable Mentions

Because you didn’t think I’d really stop at 12, did you?

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So, there you have it! I beat last year, technically. It’s fine.

Do we have any books in common? Did you have a favorite that I just must read? 

Posted December 15, 2015 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Top Ten Tuesday / 45 Comments


45 responses to “Fifteen’s Finest

  1. I just read Throne of Glass this year. I also liked it but did not love it, and I’m hoping to get to Crown of Midnight soon. Hopefully I enjoy it as much as you did. 🙂

    Also, I’ve never seen Made You Up before but I had to look it up on Goodreads after seeing that cover – now it’s on my TBR!

  2. I’ve been curious about ‘Truest’ and ‘Emmy and Oliver’ sounds really cute/fun/intriguing too. Hearing amazing things about ‘Wrath and the Dawn’ as well as ‘Kiss of Deception.’ Fun list! 🙂

  3. Ha! Your list has so many books that are on my TBR as well. I really want to read Emmy and Oliver, Truest and Made You Up. I absolutey adored Kiss Of Deception. Much more than I anticipated!

  4. I haven’t read a number of these, but I’m always on the lookout for great reads, so thanks for this, Shannon! I especially want to read Everything, Everything. (Hopefully sometime soon!)

  5. This prompt was TOO HARD FOR ME so I bailed. ? I have like 16 books on my “best of” shelf and gah, I have like a zillion 5-star reads that need mentions and basically THESE END OF YEAR POSTS ARE SO HARD. I’m having 9% of a breakdown. But I love your picks. Soooo happy to see Accident Season there. I want to hug that book for ever basically.

  6. There are a number of books on your list that have read and really want to read. I just finished the Accident Season. I found the idea really interesting and I was hooked on it, but the overall style and display of the story was not my cup of tea. Great list, happy readings 🙂

  7. I just received Everything Everything from my Secret Sister, so I can’t wait to read that! I’m also really curious about Minnow Bly and Made You Up.

    My favourites have to be The Martian, The Rosie Project, The Deal & The Mistake, One Million Lovely Letters, and… well, I didn’t have any five-star reads before July, but after that, quite a few!

  8. *gasp* It’s already the Best Of 2015 list time? Where did this year even go?!!
    Fantastic list though, I concur about The Wrath and The Dawn making me lose my shit completely. That ending still destroys me, where is the next book?!! I confess to not being a huge fan of Shazi and Khalid alone, but together they are the OTP!
    And omg so much yes for The Accident Season, I love the way that book balanced between reality and fantasy – loved the darker tones and the writing so much! Such an underappreciated title.

  9. I had the Accident Season too! Loved that one. The Lies About the Truth made my top ten. I had a bunch of honorable mentions myself because I couldn’t choose! I just finished Crown of Midnight and it was awesome!!! Also really can’t wait for The Love that Split the World. Awesome list!!

  10. Great list! I have The Wrath and the Dawn on my list as well. Accident Season should have been an honorable mention for me. I love that you have something from the Throne of Glass series in there, too. I need to read Walk on Earth a Stranger and The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

  11. Sam

    I loved The Accident Season and was delighted by Fowley-Doyle’s style. The Love That Split the World was one of the top reads this year. I loved the premise, the way Henry let it unfold, and I shed quite a few tears at the end there, so you know I developed some sort of relationship with the characters. I am very excited to see what Henry does next. I FINALLY started the Throne of Glass series, and I could not stop. I devoured all 4 books, and am totally on edge waiting for the next one. Great list! I feel encouraged to crack open some of those physical books I have (don’t hate me).

  12. You have some wonderful books on this list! I also loved The Wrath and the Dawn and The Kiss of Deception. I cannot wait for the next books in both series. I NEED them now!
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. This is such a great list! I just finished reading The Accident Season, and WHAT A BOOK. It was so weird at times, but the whole atmosphere of the book was simply amazing. I felt dizzy after closing the book! I can’t wait to read The Love That Split The World, it sounds so good! 😀
    Emmy & Oliver is one of my favorites this year, I’m glad to see you got an honorable mention for that one :p

  14. I’m obsessed with your list. The Wrath and the Dawn is on my list too, and if I’d made an honorable mentions category, I would have had Devoted and Minnow Bly on it for sure. Oh, and I’ve got Illuminae on my list. What great picks you made!

  15. I heard so many good things about Walk on Earth a Stranger and Everything, Everything. Now I’m definitely curious and OMIGOD so many good stuff to read!

  16. Crown of Midnight was where I started to love the series and ended my affair with it as well. I just couldn’t continue after the perfection that was CoM, especially after the spoilers I saw for both HoF and QoS!
    WRATH!!! That book was awesome! It drowned me in all the feels!!! Khalid, my poor baby!!

  17. I loved Crown Of Midnight!!!! But I don’t like where the series is heading so I’m worries about continuing it :/ Also you’re so lucky you read Love That Split The World!! I’ve been wanting to read that debut!! The Sin Eater’s Daughter is actually one of the books I really want to get to in 2016 😀

  18. The Wrath & The Dawn made my top picks this year too! Man, that book was amazing, I can’t wait for The Rose & The Dagger to finally come out 😀 Crown of Midnight definitely was a top pick for me the year I read it too, man that book BLEW ME AWAY. Have you read Heir of Fire yet? If not, I can’t wait to see how you make out with it XD I have Illuminae lined up to be one of my very next reads and Walk the Earth a Stranger shouldn’t be too far behind. Awesome picks Shannon! xx

  19. Megan C.

    Illuminae was up there for me, but my top 2015 read goes to The Winner’s Crime 😀 I have The Wrath and the Dawn and The Accident Season on my Christmas list, and Everything, Everything I own (to be read soon!)

  20. I’ve been on the fence about reading The Kiss of Deception because of the possible love triangle situation but the book sounds very interesting. Everything, Everything is such a charming book and so full of heart and the illustrations only heightened my love for that book.
    I am beyond excited to read The Wrath and the Dawn and I pray that my copy arrives soon. I’m going to guess that tissues and chocolate will be needed to get my through the emotional trauma haha.

  21. I might try again, but I couldn’t even narrow it down to books, so I had to narrow it down to top series. Yess! Crown of Midnight and The Kiss of Deception were on my list too 🙂 Thanks for the great TTT!

  22. Walk on Earth a Stranger was a contender for me! I am excited about reading more in this series 🙂
    I haven’t read any of the rest of these (*blushes), but The Wrath and the Dawn is on my TBR and so is Elise Kova’s series.
    Kiss of Deception intrigues me, but the title wigs me out a bit (I normally steer clear of anything with kiss in the title or love triangle-not a romance girl). Is the romance a major thing? Should I bite the bullet and read it anyway?
    I recommend you read “Wolf by Wolf,” by Ryan Graudin, because I have been telling everyone to read it for months 😉 [pardon my enthusiasm if you have read it, lol]

  23. AHH. SO MANY FABULOUS BOOKS HERE! I completely agree with everything you’ve chosen Shannon. Illuminae is absolutely incredible – definitely one of my favorite books of the year too. xD The characters and the twists were fantastic. And The Cage and The Wrath & the Dawn were great too! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! ♥

  24. I finished EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING this morning and it was SO GOOD, and the other day I read and really liked MADE YOU UP. I really need to read WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER, I recently discovered Kova’s book and desperately want them in my hands, THE KISS OF DECEPTION is a book I need to prioritize, and oh my gosh, THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER was so mean to readers.

  25. I didn’t even try to keep my list to ten. Are you kidding me? As it turns out, I haven’t read any of your top picks, although several of them are on my priority TBR list. Emmy & Oliver and Made You Up are the only books in your post I’ve read, and they were both in my top 36 (oops) as well!

  26. Ahhhh . . . there are SO MANY BOOKS on this list that are on my TBR!! How have I STILL not read The Wrath and the Dawn?? I need to buy it SOON. I have so much more time to read during the holidays so hopefully I can read it. Made You Up and Sacred Lies both made my list as well. Love those. Great list!

  27. Yay The Accident Season! Yay The Wrath and the Dawn! I really need to read The Kiss of Deception soon-ish. I’ve also been on the fence about Emmy and Oliver sometimes I’m all “yes! Must read!” but most of the time I’m just “Eh” and don’t pick it up.

  28. *cough* You cheated! *cough*
    I’m just kidding! I’m so glad to see you loved The Love That Split the World. I have it coming up soon, but I think I might have to push it up my TBR since you liked it so much.
    I still need to read Fire Falling and The Accident Season, two books I actually already have.
    I sadly wasn’t a fan of The Wrath and the Dawn. 🙁 I was expecting to love it, but I think the hype got to me.
    I need to read Made You Up too.
    Great list, Shannon!

  29. Um, Shannon… HOW have I literally read none of these books?? Clearly I need to rethink my priorities and improve my reading game. Glad you found so many you liked!!

  30. Bec

    All the books you listed I haven’t actually read yet, with the exception of Crown of Midnight. They’re all books I’m desperate to read though!

  31. THE KISS OF DECEPTIONNNNNN. YOU’RE WELCOME FOR THAT ONE, SHANNON! Surprising you put that one on your list instead of HOB. (tbh I’m feeling a little like I made a mistake choosing Scorpio Races for my library dedication thing instead of TKOD, but well). I LOVE THEM BOTH, I COULDN’T DECIDE, IT WAS HARD. ahem. Isn’t it absolutely fun being the positive sheep on books? Also you know I agree on Wrath. WHERE IS ROSE AND THE DAGGER, I NEED IT.

  32. Great list, lady! There are a few of these that I will definitely be reading in the new year – The Wrath and the Dawn, Walk on Earth a Stranger, The Love that Split the World, and The Kiss of Deception. Everything Everything, Illuminae, Emmy & Oliver, and Made You Up were all mentioned in my post. 🙂

  33. Seems like you had an amazing year! I’ve seen those books everywhere; on blogosphere, goodreads, tumblr, twitter basically everywhere! I’ve read none of them though, but I hope to read them in 2016! 🙂

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