Thursday, January 14, 2016

My Favorite Books from 2015

Last year, I made the goal to read 52 books in the year 2015. I didn’t reach the goal, but I did read some amazing books over the year. What really amazed me was how much I learned about writing by reading. There are so many authors that have so many different styles. It’s the best kind of research I can think of.

Out of all of the books I read, here’s a list of my favorite for the year. (In no particular order)

Winter – Marissa Meyer

                I’m a huge fan of Marissa Meyer. She’s an absolutely amazing author, and I loved the conclusion to her series. To finally see all of her characters together, working as one was absolutely breathtaking.

Kiss of Deception – Mary E Pearson

                I actually read this book twice. What I liked about this book was that I wasn’t quite sure who the characters were. I knew there was a prince and there was a thief, but I wasn’t sure which one was Rafa, and which one was Kaden. I read it completely wrong, and then had to go back and read it again once I found out. I loved never quite knowing the whole truth.

Defy – Sara Larson

                This one was on accident. I’m not even sure how I found it, but I’m glad I did! Alexa is an amazing main character with a lot of depth, and a lot of determination. Plus, I found Damian more than dreamy.

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

                I actually shouted when this story ended. The last twist was so unexpected I could barely catch my breath… and now I’m anxiously waiting for the next book to come out.

Fairest – Marissa Meyer

                I know this is the second of Marissa Meyer’s books on this list, but WOW! What a book. It doesn’t follow the main characters, it focuses on the evil queen, and her descent into madness. Quite literally. It was both fascinating and terrifying to see exactly what caused Levana to go absolutely crazy.

Winner’s Curse – Marie Rutoski

                Kestrel is another amazing, strong and complex. I loved her brain, she sees things from such a unique point of view, and she’s willing to make sacrifices for what she finds important.

Those are my favorite books from last year. What books should I read this year? I’d love some recommendations.