Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite 2015 Reads

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015 (you can do it by only 2015 releases,  overall , by genre (top ten fantasy books I read in 2015), etc. however you choose to make your BEST list).” The year is coming to such a quick end. 2015 was such a great year in terms of reading. I picked up so many great titles this year, it was a little difficult to narrow this list down. I also took a bit of a different route, not all of these titles were five-star reads. A couple of these were four-star ones, but they were so impressive (and so very close to being five-stars), that it would be unfair not to mention them in a list like this. Titles below will be linked to my reviews and covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan – I finally picked up the final book in the Lynburn Legacy and it was so good. Kami Glass remains one of my favorite protagonists in literature.

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I am head-over-heels in love with this fun heist book, full of complex characters and fantastic world-building. Even if you weren’t a big fan of her Grisha Trilogy, I recommend giving this one a shot.

3. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski – How do you make this blogger cry? Make her read this second book in the Winner’s Trilogy. This book left me in shreds, and I’m still trying to recover.

4. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – Why didn’t I read this book sooner? This one has been on my TBR for ages and I didn’t get around to reading it because I wasn’t sure I would like it. It blew me away! Forget Peter Pan, Wendy, and Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily is my favorite.

5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – In need of a complex fantasy read? Look no further than this one. Magic has never seemed so dangerous and awe-inspiring.

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6. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Fantastic world-building. Frightening foes. What more can you ask for? The sequel is actually the first book of 2016 that I’ve preordered.

7. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton – This book may be the reason why I now crave magical realism on a regular basis. I cannot say enough about how beautifully written this debut novel is.

8. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers – This is another final book that I put off reading for a while. Why must I say goodbye to so many amazing series? I love so many things about the His Fair Assassin trilogy. If you haven’t had a chance to pick it up, do it! I leave you with two words: assassin nuns.

9. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle – Another magical realism novel on my list this week. This book really surprised me. I really didn’t know what to expect, but it’s whimsical, odd, and oh-so beautiful.

10. In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey – Goodness, I read quite a few series conclusions this year. The second book in this series, Dragonswood, will always be really special to me, and I loved having a chance to visit this world one final time.

Do we have any 2015 favorite reads in common? Have you had the pleasure of reading any of these or are you contemplating it? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

The Friday 56, #91: The Revolution of Ivy

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’re been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“I’ll ask around and find you some clothes. Most of mine aren’t going to fit. You’re a lot taller and…you know…” She makes an hourglass motion with her hands. It’s so reminiscent of Callie that tears gather on my lashed before I can stop them. I take a deep breath and tilt my head up until they’re gone. I don’t understand how I can hate Callie and love her all in one breath.

I just finished the conclusion in the Book of Ivy duology by Amy Engel. I didn’t enjoy this second book quite as much as the first one, but I did think it provided a good conclusion. In this excerpt the protagonist is recalling a memory of her sister, who she has a complicated relationship with. Cover is linked to Goodreads. You can read my review for the first book, The Book of Ivy, or for the sequel, The Revolution of Ivy, spotlighted in this post.

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 New-to-Me Authors

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is ” Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015.” While putting this list together, I was actually surprised to find that I picked up quite a few books by authors I hadn’t read before. So after narrowing down the list, here are my top ten that I will not hesitate to pick up another book by. Covers are linked to Goodreads and titles listed are linked to my reviews. If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying out some of these talented authors, I encourage you to do so.

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1. Charlie N. Holmberg – Books Read: The Paper Magician and The Glass Magician.

2. Nicola Yoon – Books Read: Everything, Everything.

3. Cat Winters – Books Read: The Cure for Dreaming and The Uninvited.

4. Jodi Lynn Anderson – Books Read: Tiger Lily.

5. Naomi Novik – Books Read: Uprooted.

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6. Nova Ren Suma – Books Read: The Walls Around Us.

7. Leslye Walton – Books Read: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

8. Jenny Torres Sanchez – Books Read: Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia.

9. Moïra Fowley-Doyle – Books Read: The Accident Season.

10. Anna-Marie McLemore – Books Read: The Weight of Feathers.

Do we share any new-to-me authors? Have you read any other books by these authors that you’d recommend to me? Be sure to leave a link in the comments to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

The Friday 56, #90: Six of Crows

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’re been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“She commanded him to open the door, and when he did, she ordered him to cut the thumb from his hand. We only know how it all happened because a kitchen boy was present. The Grisha girl left him untouched, but he claims Hoede carved away his own thumb, smiling all the while.”

It just occurred to me that I did not share an excerpt for this meme from Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows when I was reading it. This is a real shame because I adore this book. It features fantastic characters and a heist that is sure to keep you on your toes. Cover linked to Goodreads.

From my review:

“For Kaz Brekker, no job is too big, for the right price. As a member of the gang called the Dregs, Kaz assembles and leads the best team to commit less-than-savory jobs. When Kaz is approached by a powerful man to break into the well-guarded Ice Court and rescue a scientist with a dangerous formula that has the potential to start a war, Kaz must find just the right partners to pull off the ambitious heist. The odds are stacked against him and with a team full of people with questionable pasts, this job may not just be impossible, it may be their last.” Find my full review here.