Although I'm still wrapping up a few left over reads for this year and will be participating in a few reading challenges for next year, I wanted to list my top 15 books of 2015. The following books left a lasting impression and may not have necessarily received a 4.5 or 5 stars from me. I have listed the books in alphabetical order by the title of the book. I still have to write a few reviews for a few of them, which I hope to do so in the next few days.
El Deafo by Cece Bell- El Deafo is a humorous and touching graphic memoir about growing up deaf, finding friendship, and self acceptance.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng- Everything I Never Told You is a subtle, nuanced book. Its full impact and complexity is only evident after you have put all the pieces together and see the full picture. The book begins with the death of a teenage girl and then uses the mysterious circumstances of her drowning as way to examine the tensions and conflicts hidden beneath the calm surface of her Chinese-American family.
Gabi: A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero- Gabi, a Girl in Pieces is a breath of fresh air and a book that you won't easily forget due to the fantastic voice of Gabi Hernandez.
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco- I am not a horror fan, but this book was really well written and gave my goosebumps. I'm really looking forward to picking up the companion novel for Halloween next year.
Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen (Scarlet #2)- It is very rare that a middle book surpasses the first and last book in a series, but Lady Thief delivered plenty of surprises and avoided the dreaded middle book syndrome.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson- Nimona is a fun mash-up of a medieval setting with magic, science, and technology. Although it provides lots of humor and great action sequences, Nimona is much more complex and at times heartbreaking in its exploration of assumed identities and what makes a person good or evil.
Graphic novels from the Olympians that I have reviewed so far: Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley- Princeless is a great, fun graphic novel that will appeal to both boys and girls as well as young readers and adults alike. The graphic novel stands out for many reasons: an African American family are the main characters, the plot subverts typical fairy tale and comic cliches as well as gender roles and expectations.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Beck Albertalli - Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a nearly perfect novel and my favorite debut novel of the year. Funny, moving, romantic, and emotionally wise, this book will make you sigh in content and have a huge smile on your face when you are finished reading the last page.
To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han- To All the Boys I've Loved Before highlights all the reasons why I'm a big fan of Jenny Han's books: wonderful characters, an interesting plot, and the right balance between romance and an coming of age novel. If you always wanted to try reading Jenny Han's books and don't know which book to pick up, I highly recommend this one.