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Top 10 of 2015: Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 + Giveaway

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Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2105

A Week of Looking Back…

…and Looking Forward

This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting today’s Day One giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting Day Three’s giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting Day Four’s giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.


Best Books I’ve Read in 2015

Today’s topic is:

BEST BOOKS I’VE READ IN 2015

I’ve read so many seriously amazing books this year, that picking just ten was a dreadfully impossible task. I’m just glad I read THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent in 2014 or it would have made narrowing down my list that much more horrendous. It also didn’t help that I read more books this year than last, that I’ve been in an eclectic reading mood, and that there were just so many incredible books written.

#1 MENAGERIE by Rachel Vincent – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Why? Because it’s unique, it’s hard-hitting, the writing is beautiful, the story is phenomenal, the series potential has me desperate for the next installment.

#2 DEAD OF WINTER by Kresley Cole – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Why? Because this series is an all-time favorite, because the ending is abso-freaking-lutely killer, because it’s dark and gorgeous and the waiting is exquisite torture.

#3 SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Why? Because the story is epic, the world-building incredible, the writing gorgeous, the detail impeccable.

#4 TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU by Claudia Gray – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Why? Because the writing is stunning, the world expansive and fascinating, the series riveting.

#5 BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Why? Because it’s dark and gritty and edgy and shocking and disturbing, the writing brilliant, the story unforgettable.

#6 SCHISM by Jenna Black – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Why? Because it’s complex and interesting and fascinating. The world is chilling and still amazing. The characters sympathetic and scary. The story compelling.

#7 AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Why? Because it’s thrilling and epic and gripping and unputdownable. The dual POV makes it edge-of-your-seat exciting.

#8 THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Why? Because it’s so wicked and dark and wildly entertaining. It’s about villains. Nothing more needs to be said.

#9 ROOK by Sharon Cameron – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Why? Because it’s action-packed, nerve-wracking, suspenseful. There are twists and turns. There’s romance, betrayal and heartbreak. What’s not to love?

#10 SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Why? Because it’s awesome and amazing and adorable and nail-biting. The characters are ones you can’t help but love, love, love. Though the possibility that there might not be a next book in the series is heartbreaking.


Honorable Mentions

I really wanted to limit honorable mentions to just five, but I couldn’t do it. Limiting it to 15 was hard enough as it was.

So those are my favorite reads for 2015. What are yours?


The Giveaway

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I’m offering up for giveaway…

  • Books of Your Choice (up to $30 US) open internationally to anywhere The Book Depository ships

***The giveaway is ONLY open to those participating in the Top 10 of 2015 event***

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner
  • Giveaway ends on December 31st at 11:59 PM Pacific
  • Giveaway is open ONLY to those participating in the Top 10 of 2015 event
  • Giveaway is open internationally to anywhere The Book Depository ships
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Leave a link to your Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 posts in the Linky List below…



33 Responses to “Top 10 of 2015: Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 + Giveaway”

  1. smiling_ina says:

    Man, Menagerie was so intense!!! It made my list as well. 🙂 My top 3 are Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan, The Deal by Elle Kennedy and Breaking Nova/Saving Quinton by Jessica Sorensen.

  2. Rachel Vincent at the top of YOUR list?!? Go figure! 😉 Yeah, she pretty much rocks! And holy cow girl! Talk about honorable mentions!!! How did you even get 10 😉

    Great list and thanks for another giveaway – you’re far too generous!

  3. i’m not able to participate this year because my reading year has been poor. i’m looking forward t the post to to read about new to me books and reminders of books i’ve yet to read.

    happy blogging

  4. It makes me so sad that Salt & Stone may be the end of the series. Loved that book and I want more! I am dying to read Menagerie! Hopefully soon.

  5. I’m listening to the audiobook of AN Ember in the Ashes now and love it! ANd it’s pretty amazing that you read so many good books – that’s a good reading year 🙂

  6. I have Menagerie and Schism on my list too. The Martian is probably my third. I had so many great books this year.

  7. Haraiah says:

    My top three are Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson and Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. I have The Wondrous and the Wicked and The Wrath and the Dawn on my list, too!

  8. Lea Krnjeta says:

    I havent read a lot of this years releases, unfortunately that includes Menagerie and The Stars Never Rise. My favorites were Dumplin, A Thousan Pieces of you and Eighth Grave after Dark. I am lloking forward to your tomorrows post. 😀

  9. Cover2Cover says:

    Great list! I’ve read a few of those mentioned and An Ember In The Ashes is in my top Ten. Two others on my list are Queen of Shadows and Bloodmoon.

  10. Fore sure A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and A Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. For the third . . . Uninvited by Cat Winters.

    Tough choices!

  11. GUUURRLLL!! Top ten was hard enough how can i possibly choose top 3. Your list is amazing and i love the honorable mention section. I think i had about 26 at first! I think my top 3 are Uprooted, The Young elites series, & Queen of Shadows.

  12. I LOVED Salt & Stone!! So many of these are on my TBR! I don’t think I can possibly choose 3, since 10 was almost impossible… but since I see you like fantasy reads, Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses made my top ten! 🙂

  13. Aleksandra N says:

    Lots of books on your best of 2015 list that I want to read 🙂

    My top 3 reads in 2015 are: Black Water by D. J. MacHale, The Zombie Stories of H. P. Lovecraft & Messenger’s Legacy by Peter V. Brett.

    Thanks for hosting this event again 🙂

  14. Six of Crows and An Ember in the Ashes are on my list too! I can’t pick my top 3 reads, it was hard enough limiting my list to 10!!

  15. Top 3 would be The Wrath and the Dawn, Kiss of Deception, and I’m lumping the whole Throne of Glass series together as one

  16. JenniferK says:

    My top 3 reads of 2015: November 9 by Colleen Hoover, The Air he Breathes by brittainy Cherry and The Song of David by Amy harmon.

  17. buffywnabe says:

    It’s hard to pick a top 3 out of my top 10, but I’ll try: White Hot Kiss, Between the Lines, and Walk on Earth a Stranger

  18. Lauren Becker says:

    How fun!! I really, really want to read Brutal Youth. It’s been on my wish list for such a long time now!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  19. My Top 3 books I’ve read this year are Easy Silence by Beth Rinyu, Perfekt Order by S.T. Bende, and Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

  20. samoak says:

    Great list! I haven’t read any of these but so many of them are on my wishlist. I need to remedy that in 2016. I especially need to read Six of Crows. I’ve been hearing so many great things about it.

  21. My top three favorite books of this year were Angelfall, I’ll Give You the Sun, and An Ember in the Ashes!

  22. YAY RACHEL! We have a lot of similar reads – and I had a ton of honorable mentions as well! I can’t pick a top three… here are three though:

    – The Wrath and the Dawn
    – An Ember in the Ashes
    – Truthwitch

    Thank you!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  23. Top 3 are Golden Son/ Queen of Shadows/Hunter
    Ah i love seeing we have some of the same books!
    I didn’t like the witch hunter that much
    The winner’s trilogy is one of my faves though

  24. arnoldjaime13 says:

    Wow! Most of your honorable mentions are in my top 10 lol we had a very different reading year! And YES YOU NEED TO READ UPROOTED!

    Hugs,
    Jaime

  25. Jen Strand says:

    In no particular order, I loved THE SIREN, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN and THE MARTIAN.

  26. great list and I would say – ACOTAR, Frozen Tides and Six of Crows

  27. I think my top three favourites are: Winter, The Rest of Us Just Lives Here, and When the Scot Ties the Knot! Awesome list! I loved Six of Crows too and it’s on my top ten!

  28. katarguelles says:

    I’m a huge fan of Kresley Cole and I have Poison Princess on my list. I’m reading Sweet Ruin now and I’m loving it! Thanks for hosting the hop again this year =)

  29. So many great books on your list! My top three were Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen (LOVE The Malediction Trilogy so much), Air Awakens and Fire Falling by Elise Kova. 🙂

  30. My top 3 would be:
    Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
    Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
    Winter by Marissa Meyer

    I’ve also been meaning to read Ten Thousand Skies Above You for a while now…. I will get to it by next year!

  31. Carina Olsen says:

    Gorgeous post Rachel 😀 YAY for reading and loving so many amazing books this year. <3 I loved some of them too. Especially Six of Crows and Menagerie 😀 Eee. I hope you'll read lots next year too. <3

  32. Great list! I love The Winner’s Crime too and I can’t wait for The Winner’s Kiss. Haven’t read Six of Crows yet but I’m planning to. Glad you love it! <3

  33. A few of my favorite reads were Hiding Places by Erin Healy, The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton, and Hannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway.
    Dianna

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