Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thursentary: The Top 15 of 2015

I realize that we’re already two weeks into the new year, but this is how the blogging schedule worked out, and also it took me a while to decide how I wanted to do this.

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:

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo—I liked all of this book except for when someone’s eyeball gets cut out. Otherwise, it was splendiferous.

"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.

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge—LOVE. MYTHOLOGY. KISSING. CONSENT. PSYCHOLOGY. KISSING. AGHHH.

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.

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The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain by Christopher Monger—I read it on paper but it’s the kind of book that makes you feel like someone is reading aloud to you.

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.

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab—Moral ambiguity! Superpowers! Good guys! Or are they? It… enamored me. Yeah.

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.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor—I don’t think it was supposed to be cute but it was. And I love cute.  But the streets where I listened to it still make me sad.

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.

What were the best books you read during 2015? 


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  1. Oh my goodness, that beginning is like, classic Heather humor. *nods* And also, I think it's really funny because I just got done working on one post where I said I would probably reread a lot of books I read and loved last year, and another post with a list of bookish highlights (though not from 2015). So yeah. Anyway.

    I have not read Six of Crows, but I just bought the Grisha trilogy, so if I love that I will probably start hankering for Six of Crows. Even if I hate it, knowing me, I will start probably start hankering for Six of Crows. And also, I just bought the entire Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy (like, it literally arrived in the mail last night), so I will be tackling that one soon. So, aside from Cress, Winter, and Howl's Moving Castle (oh my goodness, I love that book), I have not read any of the other titles you mentioned and I want to do that. Especially Challenger Deep. *nods*

    And can I just say, bookish summaries in 100 characters or less is a brilliant idea, and you pulled it off marvelously. :)

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    1. XD Sometimes I just can't help myself. :) And I look forward to reading posts about rereading and bookish highlights because I am interested in those things.

      Ooooh, I hope you love it! I really enjoyed it, because me. And yes, Howl's Moving Castle is so good. <3 I hope you like the other books, and especially Challenger Deep! Because it is so good!

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  2. Diana Wynne Jones is the best :) Howl's Moving Castle is great, but my favorite book of hers is actually The Ogre Downstairs, which is about step-siblings and magic chemistry sets and candy bars that come alive.

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    1. Ooh, I haven't read that. I must! Because that sounds plain awesome. Thanks for the rec, Alex!

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  3. I just started reading Six of Crows this week but I'm liking it so far! (And it's such a pretty book--I love the colored edges of the paper.)

    Oh, goodness. CRESS AND THORNE.

    Loved seeing your list of favorites!

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    1. Awesome! I hope you keep liking it! (Also, yes. It is gorgeous. I love it.)

      THEY ARE THE CUTEST.

      Thanks for reading, Jameson!

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  4. CRESS AND THORNE, HEATHER. I CAN'T, I CAN'T EVEN.

    And Challenger Deep was just incredible in so many ways. I didn't think I'd like it but then I read it and it was just amazing.

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    1. THEY ARE SO CUTE LIKE LITERALLY.

      I know, I didn't know what to expect when I went it, but it was fantabulous on the other side.

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  5. I've read all of these except Saga, The Englishman... Hera, Vicious and the Witch of Duva. (You have great taste) I finished The Archived by Victoria Schwab twenty minutes ago and now I need to read all her books. Some of my favourite books were Winter, Lirael, Days of Blood and Starlight, An Ember in the Ashes and The Scorpio Races would be up there. I did read More Happy than not but there was a bit too much teenage boy angst for my liking. Thanks for this awesome post, Heather.

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    1. Haha, thank you! And yes, I am finding more and more that I just need to assimilate myself into the Schwab clique. Winter is awesome, but I haven't read the others. And that's okay. I thought it was a really fascinating concept and felt like it was brilliant... so... Yeah. It is okay to be different.

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  6. YES CRESS. YES WINTER. YES HOWL'S MOVING CAAAAAAAAAAASSSSTLE!!!

    Ahem. I mean, I concur with your choices. ;)

    Seriously, though, those books were fantastic. And I loved Winter too (the character, but also the book). She was so crazy (let's face it, she was, but that didn't stop her from being awesome) and cute and fantastic, and just... WOW. I really loved her.


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    1. You sounded very mature right there.

      Winter was a really intriguing character! I liked how she was perpetually kind, and that she made her weaknesses her strengths. :)

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  7. Let me just say that this was such a refreshing post. I liked end of year sum-ups, but it's nice to see something brief (like underwear, which btw, that joke had me laughing like a ten-year old boy).

    I read Cruel Beauty too last year and really enjoyed it! I really want to read Challenger Deep!

    Happy 2016!

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    1. I know, there were so many in my feed it got to the point when I'd only pay attention to the pictures of book covers to see if I cared. XD (It is okay to laugh like a ten-year-old. :) )

      Nice! *hives* I highly recommend Challenger Deep, and hope you like it.

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  8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was definitely one of my favorites too. And I'm actually reading Challenger Deep right now and really enjoying it! I dnf'd Winter but enjoyed the rest of the books in the Lunar Chronicles. (I may have forgotten about Cruel Beauty but omg! It was so good too! :D). I feel like last year I really started expanding in terms of my taste in books and actually tried different kinds of books that I usually avoided..because *reasons* ;) (ie. psychological thrillers).

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    1. Ooh, yay for Challenger Deep! It's too bad you didn't like Winter. :P And yes, Cruel Beauty was fantastic. Also, it's kind of fun to get out of your comfort zone, right?

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  9. I also loved Vicious and DOSAB, and read them this year too! Yay! Cruel Beauty is on my shelf, while Six of Crows is on my next-to-find list. Looking forward to those two!

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    1. Awesome! I know that you are in the Schwab fan club... Better listen to you, huh? Also, I hope you like Cruel Beauty. And Six of Crows, when you find it. :)

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  10. Cress and Winter and Vicious are all perfect and I love them muchly. *cuddles the books*

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    1. IKR? I love them so much. *joins in the cuddles*

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  11. I can't wait to read Winter! And Challenger Deep was awesome :)

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    1. Yes, I hope you like it! Plus, I heartily agree.

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  12. I adore Howl's Moving Castle! You're not alone in wanting to reread it :) And I am really looking forward to reading Vicious and Six of Crows because they sound epic. XD

    Ally @ The Scribbling Sprite

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    1. Absolutely! It was so adorable. :) And yes, they were both awesome, and I hope you like them!

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