Monday, 28 December 2015

The Best Reads of 2015

2015 is coming to a close, and that can only mean one thing; it's time to tackle the bookshelves and decide which books have really stood out for me this year. 2015 has brought with it so many amazing reads, and is also the year I finally won NaNoWriMo and finished the first draft of my novel. I wholeheartedly believe that part of that is down to reading so many fantastic, inspiring books this year. And in no particular order, they were...

1)  Night School by C.J. Daugherty

I read the entire series in a week, finishing a book and then ordering the next one every day. Yay, Amazon Prime! It's such an amazing series, set in Cimmeria Academy where the students and some of the teachers are hiding a dAnGeRoUs SeCrEt. It's fast-paced and action-packed with an epic romance (or two) and I adore it. If you haven't read it, please do.

2) Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

I do like a bit of romance in my books but that's not the main reason for me loving this book as much as I did. The thing that makes this book stand out for me is that it's set in South Korea, and it was beautiful. Unfortunately this is the only book set in that part of the world that I've read, and that's a shame as this book has made me want to read more. It's perfect for escapism and if you liked Anna and the French Kiss, I can safely say you'll love this.

3) #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

As I've said countless times, this is one of the most inspiring and motivational books I've ever read. If I do a post focusing on books I've loved or books I'd recommend, you can bet this will be in there. Nothing has ever made me want to work hard like this book has. It's staying on my shelves forever.

4) Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame

If you need to escape for a bit then this book will let you do just that. Did I Mention I Love You? is a cute YA contemporary with a twist - Eden Munro is in love with her stepbrother. Oops? It stands out from other books I've read, and I've read a lot. I also love the story of how the trilogy came to be, and Maskame herself is truly inspirational. Read it pls. 

5) Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Like #GIRLBOSS, this is a staple whenever I'm recommending books to people. You're probably tired of me talking about it now, but I read Am I Normal Yet? this year and it's a book that means such a lot to me so it has to go in. Not only does it dent the stigma surrounding feminism and mental health, it's also funny and completely brilliant. Go. Buy. Borrow. Do what you have to do.

6) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

A lot of people have been left disappointed by this but it's actually my absolute favourite when it comes to Rainbow Rowell's books. It's so different to everything else she's written and it has such an energy about it. God, that sounds like something out of High School Musical. But you know what I mean, hopefully. It's so much fun.

7) One by Sarah Crossan

This is one of the best books I've read this year, but also one of the saddest. If you're going to read this (and I hope you do) then make sure you have tissues. Written in verse, One is completely outside of my comfort zone and yet I fell in love with it instantly. As I said in my review, 'this is the most poignant, wonderful book I have ever had the pleasure of reading' - and it's true. I still stick by that. It's so special.

What books have you enjoyed this year?


  1. Cait from Paper Fury highly reccomended One, also. I am hoping the ebook goes on sale at some point. I have not read any Rainbow Rowell because from reading reviews, I don't think her other books sound like my cup of tea, but the Carry On reviews have been intriguing, and just might temp me into finally reading a Rowell story. Thanks for sharing your fave 2015 books, Amber.

  2. i cant wait to read carry on!! and yes, ive heard many negative reviews about it. do you have a review post about that book?

    1. I do!

  3. I really need to read #GirlBoss don't I, everyone's recommending it!!! I'll have to finally get round to it in 2016. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I need to read One. I was hoping to get a copy for Christmas, but I shall certainly be buying a copy. I'm intrigued by Carry On (which I did get for Christmas) because I wasn't the biggest fan of Fangirl. It sounds like you had a wonderful year of reading!

    1. You definitely need to read One, I hope you manage to get your hands on a copy soon. :)

  5. I really want to start Night School now as I read The Secret Fire which is by C.J Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld and I loved it so I think that I will love Night School. Great end of year picks!
    Naomi@The Perks Of Being A Bookworm

  6. OOH I have Am I Normal Yet? on my TBR pile and I really need to read it soon, it sounds so amazing! I also really want to read One and Carry On. Hope you have an amazing 2016!

  7. I wasn't really a fan of Carry On, I simply didn't really like the premise. Not surprising, considering I didn't like Simon & Baz in Fangirl either.
    I've heard of Hello I Love You and have been meaning to pick it up, I definitely should now!

    - Jen from The Bookavid

  8. Absolutely fantastic list Amber! One and Am I Normal Yet? are definitely on my favourites list too! Will have to check out the DIMILY series soon and have been meaning to buy #GirlBoss for ages

    -Shannon @ Adventures Of A Teenage Bookworm

  9. I've just found your blog and I've already found so many books to add to my TBR. I really want to pick up #girlboss to add to my pile of memoirs and I loved The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne and this post has convinced me to pick up Am I Normal Yet. I look forward to seeing what you post throughout 2016! : )

    -Kate AKA

    1. Good to hear, welcome to my little corner of the internet :)

  10. I love your choice in books Amber! I've heard such great things about 'Am I Normal Yet?' and reading your thoughts is making me want to pick this up even more! Happy Holidays :) xx