Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #29

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!

Best Books I Read In 2015
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Sabriel - I went with Sabriel but really the entire Abhorsen Trilogy would top my list this year. I have been blown away by Garth Nix and the world that he created here. Seriously, I had absolutely nothing but praise for Sabriel and even though there's a new MC in Lirael, I needn't have worried because it delivered on all fronts. I'm nearly done with Abhorsen on audio and I'm amazed!

Queen of Shadows - Was there ever any doubt? The Throne of Glass Series is another all-time favorite series of mine, and even though Sarah J. Maas mixed things up in this one, I was just as amazed with this QoS as I've been with every new installment in the series. All hail the Fire-breathing Bitch Queen!

Blue Lily, Lily Blue - This series has made me feel ALL of the feelings that are within my ability to comprehend!  Maggie Stiefvater is a dark pixie of magical words and I gobbled them up with her new Raven Cycle addition just as much as I did with every other book in the series. Those forbidden kisses and secret longings almost killed me, but I need all of it like air.

Shiver -  2015 was the year of Stiefvater for me, as it was the year I finally read The Wolves of Mercy Falls. And I loved it guys!  Really the entire trilogy could be on here, THAT'S how much I loved them all. Linger was my favorite out of the bunch but Forever was a brilliant conclusion to the story of my beloved Wolves.

The Wrath & The Dawn - This stunning debut deserved all of the praise it received in my book.  Renée Ahdieh has woven a lush and memorable retelling worthy of classic fairytales.  Just thinking about the atmosphere, the setting, the food, the characters and the swoon-worthy romance makes me want to jump right back into it's pages.

A Darker Shade of Magic - Yes, this book was all the buzz this year and YES the buzz was completely warranted. Schwab created a masterpiece:  Parallel Londons. Magical coats. A traveller. A thief and a pirate. Terrifying villains. Amazing battles. All of it, awesome!

Uprooted - Another debut that impressed me to no end and another modern fairytale worthy of the classics of old.  The world that Naomi Novik created was incredibly immersive and the magic system was something fresh and innovative.  But the best part? That creepy, evil forest whose presence lingers weeks after the last page is read.

The Archived - After discovering and meeting Victoria Schwab in 2014, this year was dedicated to broadening my knowledge of all of her awesome, present and past tense. The Archived impressed me with it's imaginative concept and world unlike any other.

A Court of Thorns and Roses - 2015 was also the year that Sarah J. Maas took the world by storm with not just one, but two series. Though nothing could surpass ToG, ACOTAR was a brilliant debut in it's own right. I was taken by the gorgeous new world and the lush romance.

A Monster Calls - My only contemporary read to make the cut this year (last year I had two) - and this one has a sort of fantasy vibe to it so maybe it doesn't count?! haha! This was my first Patrick Ness read but it won't be my last. The emotional punch that this book packed left me staggering, but I loved it.


  1. Great list, Micheline! I'm glad you enjoyed The Old Kingdom trilogy, and A Monster Calls, A Darker Shade of Magic and Shiver are all on my TBR. :D

  2. I remember feeling a little iffy that the main characters changed in Lirael but then everything came together so all was well! I'm feeling the same with Clariel but I'm sure it'll be awesome once I get to it!

    Eep, I still have to get around to A Darker Shade of Magic and Uprooted xD Great list!

    My TTT

  3. You have a lot of awesome titles here ;)

    My TTT.

  4. I haven't read the Maas books yet but I've heard so many good things I think I'm going to tackle them in 2016. I see them on a lot of lists! :)

  5. YES TO ALL THE SARAH J MAAS AND MAGGIE STIEFVATER! The only books I've read on here hahaha All the other books I need to get my hands on ASAP because they sound so good!

  6. Yessssss!! Queen of Shadows almost made my list, but I think I enjoyed it more in the moment than upon reflection, if that makes sense. I still loved it though! And I am SOOOOOOOOO glad you finally read The Archived!!!!!! <3333333

  7. Loved Court of Thorns, and can't wait to make time for Queen of Shadows

  8. Heck yeah to ACOTAR! That is one of my favorite books in the past few years, not just this year! The same goes for QoS. Sarah J. Maas is the queen of fantasy =D.
    I am ashamed I haven't read a Darker Shade of Magic. It sounds like such a wonderful book and I want to see what all the hype is about :D!!

  9. I agree with the Maas books! I want to read Shiver! Loved the original series!!

  10. So many great books on this list, but I definitely agree with Blue Lily, Lily Blue; the Archived and A Darker Shade of Magic! Soooooooo good. I will read anything Victoria Schwab writes <3 You may want to try Vicious if you liked these books. I just read it and it was fantastic :D

    Eli @ The Silver Words.com

  11. Oh my gosh - what's going on here? I have not read ONE of these books. How have I been missing out on so many good ones.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  12. A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC!!! I love that book! And The Archived as well! Victoria is a terrific story teller, isn't she?
    WRATH! That book and the ship drowned me in feels!

    Here's my list

  13. I wish I'd read more books on this list! I did love Uprooted though, and ADSOM, Queen of Shadows as well as Wrath and the Dawn were really cool :D I still need to read ACOTAR, ARRGH!!! That's one book I totally regret not getting to in 2015, but it's on my list!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  14. The Wrath and the Dawn is a title I've been eager to pick up ever since finishing A Thousand Nights. I think the folklore of the region is so rich and intriguing, and am glad to see it more represented in YA!

  15. Queen of Shadows would be on my list too! I have bought ACOTAR, but I haven't started that one yet. I really like to read series when more than 1 book is out, preferably about 3. I really want to read A Darker Shade of Magic too. It sounds fantastic!

  16. I've read and loved most of these :D I really, really need to get to the Abhorsen Trilogy soon, I've heard nothing but good things. And A Darker Shade of Magic, I know that will be a new favorite of mine for sure!

  17. These books all sound great and I need to get cracking on some of them! The Raven Cycle and A Throne of Glass series are both on my list to read. :D The Wrath and the Dawn looks so good, I'm going to have to read that in 2016. I haven't read any Patrick Ness, but he's definitely on my list for next year too!

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  19. We've got like half your list in common, lol, but then that's probably not too much of a surprise. :D I'm still thinking about what my #1 pick for this year is; it's such a hard choice for me between QoS and ADSoM. At least I already know what my 2016 fave is going to be: The Raven King, of course! XD

  20. I still need to read The Wrath & The Dawn - heard such wonderful things about it!

  21. This is a great list! I loved Wrath, ADSOM, ACOTAR, and A Monster Calls! And basically the rest of your list is books I MUST read ASAP. I want Uprooted SO badly, and I really have to get started on the rest of The Raven Cycle before The Raven King comes out! AND I need to stop being scared and read Queen of Shadows haha. Fabulous choices!!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight


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