Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015
I have read a lot of books this year, but I haven't been reading as many YA books only about 50, so I feel like I don't have a lot to compare. Despite that, I have read some pretty awesome books. With a few more weeks left, there may be one that I will read that will shake this list up, but as of this moment here are my 10. These are IN ORDER.
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and it totally lived up to my expectations. I want the second book in my hands NOW. I really hope they have it at ALA midwinter, I may cry if they don't. I read this pretty early in the year and I didn't think anything would come close until...
I have not been quiet about my love for Jason Reynolds, so I knew ahead of time that I would probably love this book. I wasn't prepared for how amazing it truly was. I really went back and forth if this should be my number one, and it really could be. Let's just consider Wrath as 1a and this as 1b.
This was just so beautifully written. I was so mad at myself for not reading it last year that this was one of the first books that I picked up in 2015. It was amazing, haunting, and just so tragic.
Any long time reader would not be surprised to see Sarah Dessen's latest book on my list. I really enjoyed this book, as I have most of her other books. They marketed it as so different from her other books, but in reality it was just as familiar and amazing as her other books.
I can totally understand why this book won the Printz. There is no doubt it deserves it. It is beautiful. And odd. And twisty. And just about perfect. I waited what felt like 1000 years for Jandy Nelson to write another book after the Sky is Everywhere and somehow I didn't get to it last year, but man was it amazing.
More times than not authors get the Washington tone wrong. This book got it very right. I think the accuracy, the believably and the story itself just completely won me over. I expected to like this book, I didn't expect to love it as much as I did.
One of my favorite authors writes two books in the same year, two of this books end up on my favorites list. Reynolds debut ended up as my favorite for last year, and while I didn't love this as much as his first effort, this book was still pretty darned awesome. If you haven't read his books, I can't recommend them enough.
This book proved that Emery Lord is no one hit wonder. Her debut made my list last year, and now she's two for two. She is a great contemporary author and I plan to read pretty much everything she writes from now on.
To All the Boys was supposed to be a stand alone. I am so glad that Jenny Han changed her mind. I loved reading more about Laura Jean and Peter. But it wasn't even the romance, it was just getting that peek into Laura Jeans world and all her oddness yet awesomeness.
It was so bizarre and yet really good. I listened to the audio of this book, and I laughed out loud many times over. Is it contemporary, sci-fi? Doesn't really matter, it was just worth reading.
This was on my mid-year list, and I will repeat what I said then. I fricking adored this book. No it's not YA, at ALL. It's pretty darned X rated. But I've read it about ten times so far. Every time I think about this book, I want to read it all over again. I enjoyed the other two books in the series as well, but they just don't come close to touching my love for this book. If I included it on the regular list, it would have come in at #7, but because I tried to keep the list YA, it becomes just a bonus.