Top Reads of 2015

23 December 2015

This has been a terrible year of reading for me. Or at least this last quarter/third was terrible for me in regards to reading. Normally I can get through my 50 book challenge all right. This year, I’ve been stuck at 40 for a long time. So much so that I edited my goal because it makes me sad not to win a Goodreads challenge.

I think part of the issue is that this spring semester, I was reading so much for my theory class. I easily read 200-300 pages of articles just for that one class. While I tend to prefer fiction, I really did enjoy my academic reading, too. (I was actually really sad to see my theory book shipped back.) So I do need to cut myself some slack because I was reading. Just not necessarily for personal pleasure.

Anyway. Taking a page out of Kate’s blog, I wanted to look back at some of my favorite reads this year.

» Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I was beyond excited for this book, mainly because Bardugo wrote one of the series that tops my lists (which that should be a blog post of it’s own, but anyway). This story really has nothing to do with the first series, Grisha, but it brings you back into the world after all the events of said series. Honestly, I liked the Grisha series a little bit better, but we’ll see as time goes on. I think part of my issue with Six of Crows was it felt like she was pairing people off even when it was unnecessary, just to have people paired off. But nontheless, enjoyable to return to a well crafted world.

» Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
This one, I’ll be honest, did intrigue me, but maybe didn’t have high hopes for. But it instantly sucked me into its world. And it’s the world that won me over 100%. Hunters are trying to keep the monsters away from the civilians, but things aren’t quite the heroic and awesome picture (yay politics) that you think, and on top of that, the hunters are obsessed over reality tv stars. Fun, right? I cannot wait for the rest of this series.

» Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
Did you really expect me not to mention Ms. Marvel in my lists of favorites? This comic has won a well deserved place in my heart. Even if you “don’t get” comics… I highly, highly recommend this series. As much as it is about super heroes and saving the world, it is even more so about a young Muslim girl in New Jersey trying to figure out her place in it. And it is done phenomenally. It is funny, it is heartwarming, and yes, it even made me cry. I love this series.

Kamala Khan - Ms. Marvel - How do you be a hero?

It feels weird adding these next two books on their own because they are the conclusions to series — just parts of the whole. But. Shadow Scale and New World Order do need to be mentioned. It’s hard to say why I loved these books without going into the whole series (which I didn’t read this year alone), but definitely worthy of being on the list.

And lastly, I reread most of the Harry Potter series. I still need to find my copy of the last book, which I don’t know if I still have. So I probably should just buy another. It’s been super fun and really interesting to reread them later as an adult. I still love them just as much, but I’m seeing things either in new ways or just things I may have missed as a teen completely enthralled by this magical world.

Honorable Mention: Sarah Maas for the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series making me all swoony at times. Yes, there are some big issues in this book. Marines’ reviews are dead on. But… I still liked them and read them super fast.

So, basically, if we’re looking at this year overall… I read pretty much all YA*, comics, and a ton of theory articles. Totally balanced, right?

Anyway. Looking for recommendations, always. Maybe next year for Christmas we should make a book exchange secret santa, where you send up to 3 of your favorite books to another person. Sound like a plan?

*And pretty much mainly just YA fantasy. World building is my favorite aspect to a story, remember? Always feels easier to find (and love) in these books.

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