While it is hardly the end of the year (and I’m going to be doing a more comprehensive end of the year survey next week, before the holidays begin for me), I do feel like I’ve pretty much read the five-star books that are going to stay on my favorites list this year. I mean, I’ve heard great things about Robin Hobb, and I could very well fall in love with that book enough to bump one of the other books off my list, but let’s be honest. It’s going to take a whole lot to even bump any of this year’s favorites off my top ten.
Top Ten Best Books I Read in 2015
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
WHY: Girls who kick ass, grumpy romantic interests, a steamy sex scene (ohhh yeah) and lovely romantic arc, the scariness of the frelling Wood, Polish folklore galore.
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
WHY: Was in the mood for romance and got full-blown adulty romance steamy steaminess. What more is there to say for a Nora Roberts book?
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
WHY: Four Londons, deliciously psychopathic villains, a coat of many colors, the awesomeness that is Kell and Rhy.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
WHY: Why the hell not? It’s Brandon frelling Sanderson. (But seriously. Supervillains and the people going against the grain. Love that shit.)
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
WHY: Three very awesome viewpoints with very tragic pasts, a magical system worth delving into, a world of demons scary as frell.
Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staple
WHY: Er, well, the series is fabulous to begin with. Why this volume? It made me laugh, squee, and cry inwardly all within a hunk of fifty or so pages. Also, space babies.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
WHY: Gay wizards. No, seriously. Gay wizards. I cannot be the only female who finds this both adorable and sexy. Oh, I suppose the writing was superb as well. Yeah.
Beyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks
WHY: Conclusion to a rather comprehensive assassin trilogy involving some of my favorite wetboys ever. Drenched in the blood of Logan Gyre’s enemies, of course.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
WHY: The Darkling. Just. The Darkling. Okay, fine. It also involves a magic system I found really interesting, and the world is based on a Russian setting. Win-win in my book.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
WHY: Because it’s one of my rare “better-than-the-first” books. Warning for angst and more angst in book 2 of the Divergent series but there was totally some character development I loved here.