Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. Hard to believe it’s time to reflect back on our favorite books of the first half of the year! For my favorites, I’m focusing on 2015 releases to help narrow down the playing field. I have 19 books on my “2015 Favorites” shelf but I tried to make this list a good representative of my favorites.
These are the Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015:
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I listened to the audiobook and said, “The audiobook highlights the engaging and heartwarming quality of the book and the swoon-worthy love story.” This book is a really charming debut.
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne – This book centers around a political campaign as the protagonist finds out the dad she never knew about is running for president. Politics makes for an interesting backdrop and the romance and family drama was fun to read about too.
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – This is my latest read, but I couldn’t leave it off the list. Emmy & Oliver is a sweet, touching book that I really enjoyed. It’s about two friends that reconnect after ten years when Oliver returns home after a parental child abduction.
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand – There were many books on the topic of suicide this year, but this one is the one I’ll remember the most. A gorgeous, meaningful, read.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – This is my one nod to fantasy on the list! Ember is an exciting, brutal debut that I couldn’t put down.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan – As I said in my audiobook review: “I never fancied myself much of a Royal watcher, but I ate up The Royal We’s reimagining of the Kate Middleton and Prince William courtship with a spoon. Nick and Bex’s royal romance is dishy and escapist fun, with juicy scandals and betrayals that keep you on your toes.”
The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase – As I said in my review: “The One That Got Away is a breath of fresh air; a witty and romantic escape read. I especially loved the career focus of the book, the colorful cast of characters, and the setting.”
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza – From my review: “I haven’t had this much fun with a fashion fiction book since The Devil Wears Prada, and I loved the role reversal in The Knockoff. This is one delicious beach read that you (and your mom) won’t be able to put down. As Eve would say, “Buy it Now!”
Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center – From my audiobook review: “Helen’s journey of self-discovery is filled with humor, heart, surprises, and a little danger, and may even make you long for a little outdoor adventure.”
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Oops I never reviewed this one, but you’ve probably already read this buzz book. The full-cast audiobook is fantastic this is a must-read for psychological thriller fans.
How has the first half of 2015 been for you? Any favorite books stand out? Leave me some recs in the comments.