Saturday, 26 December 2015

Top Five Favourite Books and Top Five Least Favourite Books Read in 2015

Once again, it's almost the end of the year (2015 just flew by, didn't it), so I thought I'd do a post of my favourite and least favourite books. They'll be books I read in 2015, regardless of release date - please let me know your favourite/worst books of 2015 too!

And just to keep you updated on future plans for this blog, I might not be able to post as often now as I've managed to get myself a job (well, subject to references, but assuming my uni professor didn't hate me with the fire of thousand suns, hopefully everything will be okay!) but I won't be abandoning my blog, so I'll still be around.

Anyway, getting back to the books, here are my lists!

Top Five Favourite Books Read in 2015 (in no particular order):

1) Half Wild by Sally Green - oh this book. I still don't have words. I mean, it was just so good. You know when you finish a book and you actually just don't know what to do with yourself afterwards? This was one of those books. I mean, I gave it five stars, so you know I must have been impressed by it, because I don't give out five stars lightly. If you haven't started this trilogy yet, get on that. Seriously. 

2) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - so here's a story: I got this book In February, maybe? Or possible even before (I have a memory like a sieve) and it was sitting on my shelf for months until I picked it up earlier this month. And oh my. Why did I wait so long to read it? Why did past me not also buy the sequel so I could read it immediately after? Ugh! I still don't have a copy, that's going to be the next thing I buy. I now understand why so many people love this book.

3) Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas - I doubt this surprises anyone. This series is amazing. And the characters! The CHARACTERS! Rowan and Aelin and Aedion and Dorian and Lysandra - I just. I love them all so much. Even Manon grew on me in this book! And Chaol is all right too, I suppose. I cannot wait for book five, I really, really can't. Who knows what's going to happen at this point? I certainly don't. Sarah J. Maas, you hold so much power.

4) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - okay so I loved Fangirl so, so much and I honestly didn't think Rainbow Rowell would ever be able to top it but she somehow did because Carry On was fantastic! I was just so absorbed in the world and I didn't want it to end and Simon and Baz! I loved them both, but Baz especially, he was my favourite. And this is one of those books that I know I will reread again (because I already reread it like, two days after the first time I finished it) - it has that comforting sort of feeling, you know?

5) Beyond the Red by Ava Jae - so this isn't out 'til March, but what a book! It surprised me, I didn't expect it to be so good, but it really was and I'm so glad I had the chance to read it! It's a sci-fi with fab characters, an amazing romance and great world-building - I'll post my review in February, so if you're interested, look out for it! And definitely keep your eyes peeled for this book in 2016 - it really is excellent.

Notable mentions that didn't quite make the list: End of Days by Susan Ee, The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, The Betrayal of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell, Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Top Five Least Favourite Books Read in 2014 (in no particular order):

1) The Predicteds by Christine Seifert - that I even manage to finish this book, even after skimming the last 100 pages, shocks me. It was truly, truly awful - the characters were ridiculous, the plot was ridiculous and I have nothing good to say about it. I recommend reading my Goodreads status updates if you want to know why I disliked it so much (see here), but I'm not even going to waste anymore time talking about it.

2)  The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act - you might have read my review of this and if so, you will know I have absolutely no idea why the The Wicked + The Divine is so popular. While the art was admittedly very good, the story was a joke. The main character was obsessed with these random people she didn't know - it was so unhealthy, and the story didn't make sense and ugh. It was just terrible.

3) The Bell Between Worlds by Ian Johnstone - now this was disappointing because I really thought it would be good. I'd seen people rave about it, but it was a struggle to get through! It was way too descriptive with too many sentences starting with "he did this" and "he did that". It got so boring in parts that I would actually just skip three pages and it would have no effect on my understanding of the story because they were three pages of pointless description. The story was fairly interesting at times (when we actually got to read about the story and not the various fragrances smoke could give off). But there was a lack of character development, and just so many other problems and it took too long for anything to happen. Another book I had to skim to finish.

4) Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins - two words: nonsensical cheesefest. This book was so cheesy and sappy and paradoxical. I really did not like either of the main characters, and the story was based on a time travel concept that was confusing and full of holes! It honestly didn't make sense, and contradicted itself in the end, and the whole "murder mystery" part was not mysterious in the slightest. Perhaps I should have expected this, with a title like "Until We Meet Again"...

5) The Jewel by Amy Ewing - this could have been good. It really could have. The premise was pretty decent and I really think it had potential! But instead we were left with a bland main character who I couldn't care less about by the end of the book and an insta-lovey mess that made me want to facepalm and an ending that was supposed to entice me to read the next book, but instead just made me glad the whole thing was over. WHY. I had hopes for this book, and I shouldn't have. I think that's what made it even more disappointing. It's such a shame, really.

And that is that! What were you favourite/least favourite books of the year? Do you agree with anything on my lists? I'm off to read a book I got for Christmas now - hopefully it'll be a good one!

3 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear The Orphan Queen made your honorable mentions. I can't wait to read that one. I still need to finish the Incarnate series too. Ugh! So many books! I plan on doing a simalar post this coming week.

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  2. I finally read Fangirl this year and LOVED it. I knew I would though. It sounded perfect for me - I got Carry On the day it came out and still need to read it. haha I just get so behind on my own books, I swear.

    I actually liked The Wicked + The Divine, but I get where you're coming from. :)

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  3. I agree that The Jewel had so much potential! The romance just killed what could have been an enjoyable read. D;

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