2015 has been a struggle when it comes to reading books. I feel like I finished some books for the sake of finishing it and not for fun. Although I have managed to read 58 books this year. I decided to narrow my top books into 5 because I’ll cheat (you’ll know later).
I’ll stop bluffing and I’ll start listing down my top 5 books from the least to my most favorite.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Duology by Jenny Han
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It’s about a girl, Lara Jean, who happens to write a letter to all the boys that she loved before but the thing is, she is not sending the letters. She is keeping it in a tin can or a box (whatever that is). And one day the letters got sent out and the boys who received the letters confronted her about it and that’s where the story became so fun and interesting. I’m not really a fan of contemporary stories. I’m more into fantasy, dystopian, mystery and thriller genre but these books are totally an exception! I haven’t picked up contemporary reads for a long time and loved it as much as the story of Lara Jean. I can feel her shame as guys approached her about the letters. And it’s a very fun and quick read. You will fly in the story in no time. I’m so happy that Jenny Han wrote a sequel which gives the story a more realistic feeling. The conflict and the things that happen in the sequel are a bit annoying but it’s a foundation for a good ending. So good job on that Ms. Jenny Han. ❤
Absent by Katie Williams
This is a very short book, about 180 pages I think. It’s about a girl who died at the age of 17 by falling from the roof of her school. The story is narrated by the girl who becomes a ghost and can never leave the perimeter of her school. It deals with the topic of death, it does not give you a heavy feeling but rather a sense of acceptance to the loss of the people that you love and moving forward. As I’m reading some comments and reviews in Goodreads, the ratings are either they love it or they hate it. But I think it is perfect as it is. It will give you an insight into the dead people’s idea of death. Definitely my favorite short story of all time.
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This is the first book written by J.L. Armentrout that I have read. I know that she is popular for her Lux Series and the other one about gargoyles. But this is my first book by her and I might say that she exceeded my expectation. It’s a mystery-thriller story about a girl who lost her memory. But as she tries to recall what happen and what is the reason why she lost her memory she is caught up in a much more complicated situation. Her memory about the night before she became clueless about everything is the night where her best friend died. And she is the only one who can give an answer as to who kills her best friend.
As I was reading the book, I’m afraid that it will just fall short in the end. I’ve read a mystery book before where the girl is also in search of her best friend’s killer and it turns out that the killer is not even introduced in the “killer hunting” investigation. But this book? Oh, this is different and I’m happy about the ending, totally unexpected. You can’t put down this book once you started it. It’s very fast-paced. So if you guys want to read a mystery-thriller book, you should definitely check this out. I’ll be leaving the Goodreads link down below so you can know more about the book.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor
I know putting a duology and a trilogy as one in a ranking is cheating, but whatever. I just love everything about this trilogy. The writing style, the characters, the plot. It’s an urban fantasy about a girl, Karou, who is raised by monsters called Chimeras. As Karou tries to figure out who she really is, where she comes from, and why on Earth is she raised by monsters she met an angel who happens to be an enemy. I cannot really tell much about the story because I’m afraid that I will spoil anything. You have to read it to know how good Laini Taylor is at blowing everyone’s mind. The plot from book 1 to 3 are like puzzles that would create a beautiful masterpiece after you have put it all together. If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out on something big! You should definitely put it on your TBR list for the year 2016.
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
First, if you are Richelle Mead and you are reading this right now, I would like you to know that you’ve completely ruined my life by ending this series.
Second, don’t mind the covers because I don’t know what the publishers are thinking when they decided to put those silly covers in a very kick ass book series!
And lastly, yes it is about VAMPIRES but stop comparing it to Twilight and stop hating it because it has the same vampire elements in it. JUST STOP. Read the book and stop judging the vampire thing!
These books ruined my life. I’ve reached the point where I’m torn between reading the last book because I want to know the ending and not reading the book because I don’t want this series to end. Some would say that I can still read the spin off series which took place in the same world but it’s not enough! I don’t care about the world, okay I care about it. But I want the same characters. I want Rose and Dimitri and Lisa and Christian. I want to read more about them and not about related characters and the same world. I will not explain or give any details about it because I want you to read this series without knowing what this is about, and please DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK. Because that movie sucks big time. The books are so kicked ass while the movie is so mushy and girly. They’ve turned it into a chick flick rather than an action pack movie, so DON’T WATCH IT or watch it after you have read the book.
That sums up my best books of 2015. I know, I cheated by putting a duology, a trilogy and a series in the list but I assure you that those books are the best. You should definitely check them out!
Here are the links on Goodreads of the books that I have talked about in this post if you want to know more about the books.