Top Ten / Books I Read in 2015

Top Ten / Books I Read in 2015

If we’re talking about quantity, I’ve had a poor reading year. I’ve read 46 books, when I usually read 70-100. But the quality has been amazing, and that’s what matters! I’ve rated 11 books 5* so far this year – check them all out below!

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
The Sky is Everywhere turned out to be perfect for me. It was my first book of the year and I took the opportunity to curl up in bed for hours, going on a turbulent emotional journey with Lennie.

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
If you’ve never read a book that talks about being transgender, if you want to read more diversely, or if you just want a realistic coming-of-age story, pick up The Art of Being Normal and start to dismantle the definition of ‘normal’ bit by bit.

One by Sarah Crossan
One is about sixteen-year-old twins, Grace and Tippi. Best friends as well as sisters – and conjoined. A wonderfully moving and breathtaking story of love, identity and sisterhood, this is one young adult novel you need to read.

Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin
A clever and impressive combination of alternate history and fantasy. Yael is brave and intelligent. Wolf By Wolf seamlessly moves between Yael’s heartbreaking backstory to her exhilarating and dangerous present as she pretends to be Germany’s most famous female motorcyclist

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
One of my favourite boys in YA contemporary fiction is Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss and Jase Garrett is now up there with him!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
A wonderful combination of friendship, family and romance. If you’re a fan of YA contemporary and you haven’t read one of her books, you’re really missing out.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Saint Anything was the final book on my summer reads TBR and I’m so glad it ended on a high. A novel about family, self-discovery and change, Saint Anything was a spectacular end to the summer.

Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella by Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson
As soon as I saw Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella, I had to read it. The lovely illustrations! The cute title! The adorable cat! The yellow raincoat (just like mine)! It is a wonderful children’s story about friendship, cats and a love of music.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I adored reading about young Francie Nolan, growing up as a ferocious reader and, later, an aspiring writer.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a utterly wonderful and unforgettable tale of family and growing up.

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
I swept through The Wolf Wilder as fast and determined as Feodora herself. A wintry, charming story of one girl’s attempt to rescue her mother, it’s definitely been the year of the wolf!

All That Glitters by Holly Smale
It was a delight to return to the world of Harriet Manners. I missed the random facts, her hilarious father and wacky modelling. I’d read a few long, dense novels and All That Glitters was the perfect antidote.

Are any of these books in your top ten?

Top Ten / Books I Read in 2015

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42 thoughts on “Top Ten / Books I Read in 2015

  1. I haven’t read any of these books, but One and Since You’ve Been Gone have both been on my TBR for awhile, so it’s good to hear you enjoyed them. Now I’ve added The Art of Being Normal, too 🙂 Great list!
    Here’s my TTT.

  2. Wolf by Wolf was amazing. And I’m going to try to read The Wolf Wilder before the year is up. Great list this week, and thanks for sharing. 🙂
    Here’s my TTT

  3. I wasn’t as taken with Wolf Wilder as you, but it did get me in the mood for winter. My Ttt is here:

  4. I haven’t read any of the books in your list but The Art of Being Normal and Wolf by Wolf both sound amazing. Can’t wait to check them out! Happy holidays, Stacey! 🙂

  5. I have heard some really good things about Wolf by Wolf lately, and since its on your list I may have to pick it up sooner rather than later. Great list, happy reading 🙂

  6. Since You’ve Been Gone and My Life Next Door are two of my favorite contemporary books! They’re so good. Great choices, and love your pictures! 🙂

  7. Great list! I haven’t read any of these yet, but Wolf by Wolf looks really interesting!

  8. Can’t wait to read Since You’ve Been Gone!
    Morgan Matson is Great!
    Awesome List!

    My TTT! 😀

  9. I`ve always wanted to read since you`ve been gone! Sadly I didn`t enjoy Wolf by Wolf. 😦

  10. Molly's Book Nook

    Wolf by Wolf is on my TBR. I’ve been skeptical about because of it’s premise, but I’ve seen nothing but great things! Maybe I’ll pick it up soon 🙂

    Here is my TTT!

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  12. Haha. I’ve literally not read a single one of these. Thanks for you thoughts though. I’ll have to look into them.

  13. Ahhh I love Morgan Matson so much!

  14. Great choices. The Sky is Everywhere is on my list of books that I need to read.

  15. I love your photographs! They are amazing.

    Sadly, I have not read most of these books. I read Since you were gone, and I really liked it. It was the perfect summer read! 😀

    Cucie @ Cucie Reads

  16. They all look so pretty in the photos! I love Sarah Dessen’s work, though I think I read Saint Anything a bit too quick for it to really work for me. Just Listen is my favourite. I’m also planning to read the Sky is Everywhere next year after I’ll Give You the Sun made my list.
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  17. AHH. So many great books here! I absolutely adored all of these too, and am thrilled to see them on this list. 🙂 Wolf by Wolf, One and The Sky is Everywhere are definitely some of my favorite books of the year as well. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ❤

  18. What a great reading year you’ve had. I’ve only read one of your books – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but it was about 8 years ago, I do remember loving it. I’m hearing a lot about Wolf by Wolf and Jandy Nelson, just what I need more on my TBR…

  19. There are some amazing books on here, I love Sarah Dessen’s book and I read My Life Next Door really recently and it is definitely one of my favourite YA contemporaries and I can see why people rave about it. It’s been a couple of years since I read The Sky Is Everywhere, but I think that may be overdue for a reread because I have almost complete book amnesia about it. I haven’t even thought of my favourite books yet but I certainly hope they’ll be halfway as good as yours.

  20. This is a fun list! I haven’t read any of them but several are on my to-read list, and you’ve now added a couple more! Thanks for sharing.

    • You’re welcome! Which new ones did you add? 🙂

      • Wow, the holidays flew past! Anyway, in the spirit of “better late than never” –

        I think I already had Saint Anything, Since You’ve Been Gone, and Wolf by Wolf on my list, but after reading your post I added A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (which I had been meaning to add but kept forgetting about haha), The Wolf Wilder, and The Art of Being Normal. They all sound great!

  21. those wolf pictures were so cute haha

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