BBLB’s Favourites Reads of 2015

A new year begins, which means by definition that another chapter is closed but not forgotten. In spirit of this here are but a few of the books that will be amongst the most memorable to me for 2015.

I’ll be honest and start with stating that to choose an overall favourite is absolutely positively impossible, so you’ll have to settle for one for each category and even that was a struggle!!! No true book lover can have only ONE favourite 😉

Contemporary
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh was my 2015 read contemporary favourite. I know it’s not YA or your average adult read but it was very interesting and thought provoking

Caroline: The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn– Slightly predictable but pee your pants funny!

Faye: Ways to see a ghost by Emily Diamond

Sci-fi
Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series continues to be one of the best sci-fi series I’ve read

Fantasy
I read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas over Christmas after a lot of badgering from our fearless leader Caroline, and the onslaught of messages I sent her after I finished are a mere small symbol of how great this story is. Cannot wait for its sequel!!!

Faye: A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E Schwab

Caroline: It’s a close contest between Uprooted by Naomi Novik and A Darker Shade of Magic.

Romance
The book that I have most simply adored and found unbelievably amazing (and that I have shoved in more people’s faces than I care to admit) has to be hands down Ensnared, the final installment in the fantastic trilogy of Splintered by A.G.Howard.

Caroline: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Faye: Christmas at Lilac Cottage by holly Martin

Daisy: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Diversity
Faye: Aristotle and Dante Discover the sec tests of the universe by Benjamin Alirez Saenz

Caroline: The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Daisy: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Dystopian
I would have to say that The Winner’s Curse series by Marie Rutkoski takes this place. Anxiously awaiting the sequel, feels like a constant state of being with all these brilliant books!!

Crime/Thriller
Although Storm and Stone by Joss Stirling was not published in 2015, I unfortunately only managed to finally work through my forever ending TBR pile and get to it last year so am going to be a little sneaky and use it. Despite not portraying the usual cloak and dagger murder, there is a fair bit of crime, investigating and spying involved and for those of you who have read it I’m sure you’ll agree it more than qualifies for this category

Faye: How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst

Action/Adventure

Faye: The Oatbreakers Shadow by Amy McCullough

Historical

Faye: Catching Falling Stars by Laren McCombie

UKYA author
It has to be The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, who I am very fortunate to have met just prior to reading her book *I know I know horror and shame*

Faye: The Sin Eaters Daughter by Mel Salisbury

Caroline: LOL its a full house! The Sin Eaters Daughter!

Debut Author

Daisy: It wasn’t released in 2015 but my favourite debut read this year has been Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Faye: The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Caroline: The Sin Eaters Daughter by Mel Salisbury

Middle Grade

Faye: Catch A Falling Star by Karen McCombie

Books for Younger children

Faye: Queen Sardine and Princess Persia by Kate Willis-Crowlwy

Caroline: You Can’t Take An Elephant On The Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman

Non 2015 read in 2015
Well I feel like I may have already qualified a few books for this category earlier :p buuuuuut seeing as they’ve already been used I’m going to take full advantage to mention yet another one of my many 2015 favourites. This one has to go to Neverland by Anna Katmore.

Faye:Trouble by Non Pratt

Caroline:I had a lot of catching up to do this year! My favourites were The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R Carey, The entire Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo and Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott.

Book in a Series

Faye:Scorch by Gina Damico

Daisy:Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Caroline:The Winners Crime by Marie Rutoski

2015 re-read

Probably one of the easiest choices I’ve had to make so far. Without a shadow of doubt this spot belongs to Easy by Tammara Webber. This has got to be one of the sweetest and loveliest comfort reads I’ve had the pleasure to come across in all my book worming years and cannot help but sneak back to it once in a while.

Caroline: 2015 was the year I introduced my eight year old to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling

Non fiction
This is going to seem a bit of a random choice but bear with me. This last, but not least, category must go to Bonsai Basics by Colin Lewis. I’m urged to pick this book mainly because I’ve had 2 bonsais thus far. The first one (Bing) died a very slow death by lack of watering and general attention. In my defense I had no idea what I was doing and was too busy trying to sort my life out to remember to prune the tiny tree. However I am very proud to say that his successor, known as Groot (some of you will get the reference) is extremely grateful to Colin Lewis as he is very much still alive, green and thriving after a full year of ownership!!! Go Bonsai Basics!!! lol

Daisy: The Amazing Boon is not on fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

Caroline:The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the hormone of Calm, Love and Healing by Kerstin Uvnas Moberg

Faye: Colour Me Mindful

Most anticipated read of 2016

It HAS to be the sequel to Sarah J Maas’ A Court Of Thorn and Roses, A Court Of Mist and Fury.

Faye: Probably a toss up between Thicker than Water by Bridget Kemmerer, The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine and A gathering of shadows by V.E Schwab

Caroline: Gah its too hard to pick just one! Mine are all continuations of series I LOVE so, The Raven King by Maggie Stievater, the forth and final book in the Raven Boys series, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab, book two in the A Darker Shade of Magic series and The Sleeping Prince, book two in the Sin Eaters Daughter Series by Melinda Sailsbury.

Daisy:hmmmmm I’m trying to get hold of 5th Wave (by Rick Yancey) to have a read of because the film’s out soon…

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