So far this year, I’ve read a total of 27 books, which I’m actually really happy with. I’m well on my way to achieving my goal of 52 books in 2015 (that’s one book a week in case you’ve forgotten how many weeks are in a year).
But with 27 books to choose from, narrowing that down to 10 of my favourites as part of The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday was a bit of a challenge, though some of them definitely stood out head and shoulders above the others. Here they are, with number one being my absolute favourite of the year so far.
10. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This was the first book I read in 2015 and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s an epic dystopian with a high-fantasy feel to it, and you’ll get sucked right into the world Pierce Brown has masterfully created.
9. Mind Games by Teri Terry
Another dystopian I’ve loved this year is Mind Games by Teri Terry. It also offers up a rich, well-thought-out world that I was hooked on from the very beginning.
8. Trouble by Non Pratt
Non Pratt’s debut novel is stunningly good. It’s realistic and believable, brilliantly written and will have you hooked. Find out more in my review.
7. Stella by Helen Eve
Stella is a book I read very recently and I’ll have a review for you soon, but spoiler alert: I loved it. It surprised me after reading some slightly negative reviews. It offers a twisting storyline and characters you’ll become unexpectedly fond of.
6. The One by Kiera Cass
Books from Kiera Cass’s The Selection series have been appearing in my Top Ten Tuesday round-ups of the best books of the year since 2013. The Elite was in my best books of 2014 TTT and The Selection was in my best books of 2013 TTT. So it’s probably no surprise that The One has made it into my best books of 2015 so far TTT, and I’m so glad that the conclusion to the trilogy was as good as its predecessors.
I couldn’t help but fall in love with this series, which I’ve always described as a guilty pleasure because it’s about princesses and handsome princes and gorgeous ball gowns. But the dystopian storyline running through it and the gritty conclusion to the series makes it much more than that, and I’d strongly recommend reading it.
5. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
I’ve read both I’ll Give You The Sun and The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson this year and loved them both, but I’ll Give You The Sun stood out to me the most (my sister enjoyed The Sky is Everywhere more, so I’d recommend reading both of them!)
It’s another split narrative, which is definitely a style I’ve found myself enjoying more this year, but in a unique twist that narrative also switched between the twins at the centre of this story at 13 years old and 16 years old. It’s very clever and the book is beautiful.
4. Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
Described as a socially awkward love story, Lobsters is that and so much more. I couldn’t put it down, and I loved the summery vibe – it’s the perfect holiday read. I loved the split narrative between main characters Sam and Hannah, the brilliant relationships and adorable romance, and the fact that it’s a UKYA so was very relatable to me.
Find out more in my review.
3. The Storm by Virginia Bergin
The second and sadly the final instalment in The Rain series didn’t disappoint. Virginia Bergin is a very, very clever writer and I didn’t want to leave this frightening apocalyptic story and its characters behind. I am so honoured to have a quote from my review of The Rain in the front of this book, and I cannot wait to read more from Virginia Bergin in the future.
2. The Rest of us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
I haven’t reviewed this one yet, but it’s Patrick Ness so obviously it’s awesome. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: Patrick Ness is a genius. His books are brilliant and if you haven’t read any yet I’d strongly recommend you do so! More Than This is my favourite. But The Rest of us Just Live Here, which is coming out in August, is fantastic too. It’s about a boy called Mike who isn’t the chosen one, making a wonderful coming of age story that’s both funny and witty but also thought-provoking and inspiring.
1. Remix by Non Pratt
I didn’t even hesitate to put Non Pratt’s second novel, Remix, at the top of this list. It’s without doubt my favourite book of the year so far and is up there among my favourite books of all time. It’s a book that I can see myself reading again and again, and that’s a rarity for me. As I said in my review, I’m pretty certain that Non is magic.
You can find out more about it by reading my review, but you’ll like it if you enjoy reading about festivals, music, romance, friendships, UKYA and split narratives. It’s one for fans of Lobsters (the book, I mean), This Song Will Save Your Life and This is What Happy Looks Like.
I can’t wait to see all of your Top Ten Tuesdays this week! I have a feeling my TBR list is about to get a whole lot bigger…
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