Tuesday, 15 December 2015

My Top Ten Reads of 2015


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run by the Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is Top Ten Best Books I Read in 2015.

1. All Fall Down by Ally Carter

I can't believe I read this all the way back in January! It's the first Ally Carter book I read and, six books later, still the best. Embassy Row was an amazing setting - can you imagine living on a street where an argument with the neighbours could mean World War Three?

Reading this isn't like reading a book, it's like reading a painting. Or a sculpture. Through the voices of twins Noah and Jude, and a novel's-worth of beautiful writing, Jandy Nelson paints a picture of what came before and what came after a tragic event that tore a rift in their lives and relationship. 

3. Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

I pulled this off the shelf out of curiosity and started reading the first page. Three hours later, I was curled up on a chair in the library, reading the final page.

Heart-Shaped Bruise is a suspense/thriller narrated by Emily Koll, a young offender awaiting trial. The ending leaves you with a question that will never be answered. 

A question you will need to be answered. 

4. Half Bad and Half Wild by Sally Green

 The first installment of Sally Green's Half Bad Trilogy left me yearning for the second. It wasn't quite as good, but still, I'm counting these two together. I like this series for lots of reasons, Nathan's narrative voice, the fact that it's set in England and not America (what?), Gabriel...

But my favourite thing about it is that Sally Green isn't afraid to take stylistic risks. I got the shock of my life when I opened Half Bad only to find that it was in second person. 

I had a high fantasy kick around spring and finally picked this up.  There are some narrators you want to keep at arms-length. There are some narrators who keep you at arms-length. And then there are the narrators who could quite possibly be your best friends. Seraphina is the latter. My favourite thing about this book was her voice. It was brilliantly done. I liked her character too. She wasn't a warrior, but that didn't stop her from being brave and, occasionally, reckless. 
Also, she was sarcastic. All the best characters are.

 6. The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy (and Sinner) by Maggie Stiefvater

On one hand, insta-love. On the other hand, a relatable female protagonist (even with all the werewolf drama going on in her life), really interesting werewolf mythology, and one of the best written male friendships I have ever read. Oh, and they're by Maggie Stiefvater, just in case you needed another reason to read them. 

7. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman 

 I love Supernatural, but it's apocalypse arc could never top this. It has a group of kids who know exactly what they're doing, witches and witch-hunters, the apocalypse, and an angel and a demon running around, trying to stop it all.
Also maggots.
The maggots are very important.

Because any book that uses that many indecipherable equations and still manages to be awesome deserves to be on here.

The writer must be an absolute genius. 


9. Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter 

To be honest, I've found the Gallagher Girl series to be a bit patchy. The exception to this would be book four. 
It accomplished the impossible - it made me like Zach. It also managed to turn Liz, who'd always seemed a bit bland to me, into my favourite of the girls. 
And the ending...the ending just blew me away.

I thought I read this last December, but apparently not. 

Blue Lily, Lily Blue was the book that upped the stakes (and the romance) in The Raven Cycle series, and left us all desperate for The Raven King
The rest of the internet just wants Gansey to come out of it alive.  
All I want is more Noah.

You've been quiet today, Ivy.

(I've been rendered speechless by your inability to count.)

Inability to count? You're adorable. 

Here's a difficult question - what's the best book you've read this year? There can be only ONE. Leave your answer in the comments.