In honor of 2015 I narrowed down the 109 books I read this year to my favorite fifteen, and gave them a summary of 100 characters or less, not including spaces. (Other people did super long book surveys and I decided no way, José; we will be briefs, like underwear.)
Anyway, in no particular order, except they are in alphabetical order by author’s last name:
"The Witch of Duva" by Leigh Bardugo—It’s technically a short story, but I loved the girl power, witches, twists, and… truth.
George by Alex Gino—A book bearing the gifts of new perspectives on people and the self and school. Also, it made me laugh out loud.
Cress by Marissa Meyer—Winter made me do it. I needed Captain Thorne in my life again. We laughed. I fell in love.
Winter by Marissa Meyer—I died of love. Winter was beautiful. Scarlet made me laugh. AND CRESS AND THORNE ARE MY FAVORITEST PEOPLE EVER.
Hera by George O’Connor—If for nothing else, then to remind me what it means to be a goddess instead of a god.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz—LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA READS IT. But also, it is heartbreaking and Ari is basically me when I was fifteen.
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman—Beautiful writing with the kind of story that requires you use your other pair of eyes to understand.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera—A rare book that kept me on my toes, even after I read the end; tops this year’s list of profound and provocative books.
Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples—WHY SUCH EMOTIONS? WHY SUCH PAIN? WHY? But it is my favorite kind of pain, so that’s why.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones—Adorable little fairy tale that made me laugh and squee with mucho delight. I want to reread it… now.
Yes! Those are my favorite reads of the year. And they might end up being my favorite reads of 2016 if I lose my willpower and just reread my greatest loves instead. We’ll see what happens.