Today is my last day of school! Christmas and the New Year are very much almost upon us :D
Mini Hiatus announcement! I am going to be going on a mini hiatus. You should expect to see me back sometime after the 28th! I will be going to England to be with family for Christmas, and I also will be taking the time to get back into social media and write, read, etc. It's not a very long break (just about ten days) but I though I should let you all know nonetheless. When I get back I decided I am going to revamp my youtube channel and really put a lot of effort into it. I will also be working on making the best quality posts for the blog as well!
My top 15 reads of 2015. I know what you're thinking! But 2015 isn't over yet, so how are you possibly doing this? Well, I'm currently reading 7 books because I've been picking them up when I feel like it, and I know that none of them will be as epic as these ones although some will be very good. So here we go, in no particular order...
The Snapped Series by Ketley Allison
This is a series of short episodes and I loved each and every one. It was a twist up between fame, a murder mystery and also a lot of romance. It was incredibly hard for me to know who had done it and predict the outcome, and the suspense was running so high! Definitely got points for unpredictability and I couldn't stop reading. This would make an epic series on television.
Open and Read by James P. Burns III
Well, you should all download this one for free or check out my giveaway of it running at the moment!
The best thing about this book was that it never failed to cheer me up, and the poetry was simplistic but beautiful. It earned a spot on this list just because of that.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I read these two books in the series this year and I know there is one more to come. Basically, before reading these I was a bit iffy with the romance genre and didn't like reading pure romances. But after reading these two and falling in love with them, I went on a contemporary and romance binge read. I couldn't get enough of the characters. I might have liked Lola and the Boy Next Door a little less than Anna and the French Kiss, but they are both still wonderful ^.^
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
This is one I was gifted for my birthday from my friend. It reminded me of the Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch. As you likely already know, middle grade is not usually my genre. But I have read four middle grade books this year and loved each and every one. I'm started to think I do like middle grade fantasy and mystery books. Either way, this one was a magical London which had all sorts of things in it. The main character is a smart kid who decides he is going to play with djinni and gets into all sorts of trouble. And this one even has footnotes! I love footnotes in books!
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
If you couldn't tell from my gushing review of this wonderful book, I just loved this one! I found it to be the perfect balance of dealing with a mental health issue, and yet still trying to live a life and a plot going on too. The cover is just mind-aweing and the book was just perfection inside and out.
Variables of Love by MK Schiller
I think this was the book that surprised me the most. I chose it thinking it would be a YA romance. I couldn't have been more wrong because it was a NA romance that dealt with the issue of culture. Now, I don't usually read NA because it is too erotic for me in most cases but this book - this book was something else. It handled the issue with different cultures, opinions and values incredibly well and just left me reading until I got until the end. It's making me thinking again about the NA genre completely.
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Talking about brilliant romances... this one was perfect. It had two characters who I couldn't help but love and ship like crazy, and then it is also talked about two distinct kind of arts as well. It leaned a bit on looking to the future and ambitions, as well as a bit on the issue of mental health. I loved every page.
Violent Ends by a collection of authors
I read this one in the summer and it chilled me to the core. It's about a school shooting, and the book takes you to 17 different perspectives. Some of them are victims in the last moments, some of them are people he spared. Some of them are people he only encountered once, some have nothing to do with the school and one point of view was even the gun. It made me think a lot, and I have to say I was left speechless.
Inconceivable by Tegan Wren
This one was just so much fun to read, which is why it is on this list. I loved the voice of Hatty, the main character immediately. It's also a royal romance, and that aside it deals with the case of infertility. Seeing as Hatty is in with the royal family, there is a lot of pressure to have a successor as well. It handled the topic amazingly well because the author has experience with it herself, and half the profit from this book will go to a charity that supports women with infertility. How much better can that get?
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
This one is the sequel to A Thousand Pieces of You which I read in 2014 and absolutely loved. I literally ticked down the days until this came out and was crushed when I heard I couldn't get a review copy because they don't send physical copies to the Netherlands and they didn't have ebook copies for reviews. A publisher I know pulled some strings and managed to get me one and I LOVE her for that because this book was devoured quickly and tasted sweet. The sequel was even better than book one in my opinion, and the set up has me eager for book three!
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
So I read this one at the beginning of the year and it was long, but it was a glorious deep fantasy with battles and war and different points of view. Everything was so well planned that you can tell this book took some immense time. The game for the throne was just so well written and intrigued me, and there were characters I loved, and some I loved to hate. I can't wait to read the sequel!
The Complete Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
My other middle grade read for this year! This is one book I seriously wish I had read when I was a child because I know I would have loved it, just as much as I do from reading it now. There are goblins and elves and dwarves and all sorts of creatures. There are themes of family, divorce and sticking together through thick and thin. I also really liked that it was a band of siblings who all shared the main role. Just, read this one guys ^.^
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I read the first four books in the Lunar Chronicles this year and I LOVED THEM. I am a big fan of retellings so I was already a bit partial to it when I started. But the characters in this series are just perfect. Although the first one was predictable and they generally have some predictable plot lines, it really is the journey they take to get there that makes the books so fun to read. I can't wait to read the last one in the beginning of the next year, and anything else Marissa Meyer writes you can know I will be buying.
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
I wasn't sure whether or not I was going to include this one or another book, but I decided to in the end because this one was just so realistic. My only issue with it was that it didn't portray teenagers in a very good light. However, it was still a good read and made me think a lot because it was written with elements of philosophic thinking tied in there. The ending was just the way it should've been, and I don't think the author could have made a better choice there.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The plot twist. The plot twist, the plot twist, the plot twist. That is all you really need to know. Once I finished the book I couldn't get over my mind-blown state of mind. I watched youtube videos with showed the insane amount of hints that the author had left but there was still no way I could predict what was going to happen. I pulled a lot of lovely quotes from this book and even wrote a poem based on it. That's the level of greatness it was at.
Olivia's Question: What was one of your favourite reads of 2015?