I’m a little behind on my reading this year, even with my Goodreads goal being ahead 11 books. That said, since we’re only halfway through the year, this list will most likely change, considering some of these books didn’t even hit a five-star rating. Some of the other five stars were re-reads, so I didn’t count those either.
Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2015
Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Hands down the book to beat this year. And what luck! It actually came out this year, so I’m not so utterly behind. (I knew NetGalley was good for something, lol!) For those who’d love their fantasies drenched in folklore, dark themes, and gloweringly awesome characters, look no further. Seriously, though, read this book, I cannot recommend it enough.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – My attraction to this book is like my attraction to chocolate. I still hold to this analogy because it’s true. I do hope Alina as a character gets better later on, because if there is one small caveat, it’d be her being super-broody about things.
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett – ‘Nuff said, I think I’ve mentioned this book quite often enough what with me baking cookies for it. If the first batch of cookies hadn’t clued anyone in, certainly the second batch (which I submitted to the author’s “Ward Anything” contest) would have told you how much I liked this book.
Beyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks – Something something assassins something frelling badass. Yeah. It helps that my favorite characters kicked it up a notch at the end of this trilogy.
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb – It’s literature! Of the romantic persuasion! DON’T JUDGE ME.
Cinder by Mariss Meyer – I’m scared of starting the next book, because I don’t want Cinder’s story to end and for another character to begin hers! I know, I know, illogical, considering Cinder DOES show up in Scarlet, but still!
The Second Guard by J.D. Vaughn – Enjoyable enough, and certainly much more refreshing than your usual Western European-inspired fantasies (not that I mind those, either). Loved the characters!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Only Gaiman could get away with a boy called Nobody and still be taken seriously. This book is scary. Maybe not as scary as The Ocean at the End of the Lane as far as children’s books go, but still.
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – Definitely a love-hate relationship with this book. Doesn’t seem to matter, because by the end of it, the book found me in a puddle of angst and tears and declarations of “I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU OMG STAHP IT.” Yeah. It was that kind of day.
Flunked by Jen Calonita – This one made me giggle, mostly out of the cheesy names and the little backdrop articles. I suppose between a children’s fractured fairy tale and an edgier, urban YA of a similar theme, I’m backing children’s tales more often.
What were your best reads so far this year?