I know I did a recent Top Ten Tuesday with a similar schtick. But I saw this in the Huffington Post and I thought it was an interesting way to look at the ‘best of’. Rather than categorising it by simply ‘my favourites’, it’s by genre/category.
So I had a look over the 2015 books I read and I give you a different list, from a different angle with (mostly) different books. Hurrah!
I really wanted to put Shadow Study here… but I’m not sure it can be truthfully called YA. It actually hasn’t been a Fantasy heavy reading year for me, which makes a change. That said, I think there is only one book that can take the top spot.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I had some mixed feelings and thoughts about this book, but it wasn’t enough to deter me. I can’t wait for the sequel and looking back I enjoyed the heck out of this story. And it was jam packed full of quotable moments. (February 2015, Orion)
Most Beautifully Written
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby – Yes, mama. This book is an absolute masterpiece. Beautifully strange. Written in such a way that it makes me envious, but more than that, it leaves me mouth -open in awe. (March 2015, Balzer + Bray)
Most Interesting World
This is a really tough choice because I did read some good dystopian and fantasy worlds this year. (Unfortunately couldn’t find my print copy of my chosen book!)
Soulprint by Megan Miranda – Such an interesting concept. I wish that there was MORE exploration of the world this story is set in… but definitely interesting. I also love this author. (February 2015, Bloomsbury Children’s)
Best Science Fiction
I’m calling it YA. It is. It is. It is.
Golden Son by Pierce Brown – Oh my days. The best book I’ve read in a long time. This series is AMAZEBALLS. A quick note; my copy was a proof copy, hence there’s minimal cover art. (January 2015, Hodder and Stoughton)
I have to agree with the Huff on this one. (I have a physical copy, but it’s signed.. so I’m keeping it safe… my precioussssss)
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski – This is one sequel that played. A keen character and plot development and it leaves you wanting more. It’s sheer brilliance. (March 2015, Bloomsbury Children’s)
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – The Queen of Contemporary, no? This is my favourite from her so far. A solid read. (May 2015, Penguin)
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Y’all might have read my mixed review of this book, but one thing is for sure; Baz rocked my world. (October 2015, Macmillan Children’s)
Best Debut Novel
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle – If you gonna have a debut book, you better come out swinging, eh? And my oh my this book packs a punch. I loved it. Cannot wait to read more from this author. (August 2015, Corgi Children’s)
Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics – Because this is one dark little sucker. A creepy, kooky read and I was hooked. I think it’s unique in how much balls it has. A bold write and a crackin’ read. (October 2015, Simon & Schuster)
I took many factors into consideration here. The characters, the story, the writing, and of course, the enjoyment factor. It was a difficult decision, but I think I made the right one.
Renegade by Kerry Wilkinson – The wonderful sequel to Reckoning, I loved this book so so so SO much. It ticks all the boxes for me. *nods* (May 2015, Pan Macmillan)
Do you agree with my choices? Which books would you pick?
*Click on the title links to see my reviews.