Bieke’s Top 15 Books of 2015

Posted December 19, 2015 by Bee in Special Events / 26 Comments

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This is it, guys! This is my last post of 2015! It went by so fast, didn’t it? I haven’t read as many books as I hoped I would, but aside from a couple things that are still going on with my family, I also wrote a lot more this year. But I did read a lot of amazing books. So many that, when I was making this list, my list of honorable mentions was bigger than the actual Top 15. So I scrapped that. If you’re interested in what books I read this year, you can go here! Now on to my top 15!

Bee’s Top 15 of 2015!

This is in a particular order and I’m pretty sure my number one will surprise no one who has followed me even a little bit this year. Also, I decided to chose between the books I read in 2015, not just 2015 releases. Covers & titles link back to my review or my What Tomorrow Brings-post!

Also, if you do not agree with some/any of these, that’s okay! This is MY list. MY personal top 15. If you don’t agree, make your own list so we can compare them and talk books.

15. This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

I’ve read a lot of great contemporary books this year and it was hard to chose which ones deserved to end up on this list. This Ordinary Life was sweet, cute, touching and so adorable. It’s also very lighthearted and not overly dramatic, though it does touch on a few serious topics. Definitely a must-read!

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14. The Libby Garrett Intervention by Kelly Oram

My love for Kelly Oram is no secret. I have read and loved every single one of her contemporary books and this one delivered me my first honest-to-god bookcrush with Adam. *swoon* If you haven’t picked this one up yet, or any of Kelly’s other books, you absolutely have to!

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13. The Lies about Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

Another great contemporary! This author is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary authors out there. This one, just like Faking Normal, had so many feels. It’s moving and uplifting and made me cry happy and sad tears. The Lies About Truth earned Courtney a spot on my author autobuy list!

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12. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I was very hesitant going into this. I loved Fangirl and I actually enjoyed the snippets of Simon & Baz we got in that novel so when I heard about Carry On, I was both excited and scared. Luckily this turned out to be a great book and it gave me another OTP to ship for all eternity in Simon & Baz.

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11. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

This is a 2016 release that I got in one of the amazing HarperCollins galley drops on Edelweiss. I was impatient so I read it and I LOVED it! A fantastic retelling and fantasy novel with great writing, a kickass heroine, amazing characters and a very very solid romance. My feels around the 40% mark though… *sob*

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10. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

This was my first read by this author and boy was it a good one. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is deliciously diverse contemporary retelling of The Little Mermaid. I got all the references to both the original fairy tale and the Disney movie because I’m just that much of a fairy tale nerd. Great characters, great story, great romance. Must read, guys!

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9. Winter by Marissa Meyer

*GASP* Winter on number 9??? Why yes, it is. I went over my list once I’d finished this monster of a book and in the end number 9 was the right spot. Winter is a huge book and an epic conclusion to a fantastic series. My arms hurt when I finished it. For real.

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8. Ferals by Jacob Grey

This is another book I got in one of those HC galley drops and I read it immediately. I LOVED it. The writing was fantastic, the characters were great and the story original. I could not put it down. At all. Luckily, I have the sequel from another galley drop, so yay!

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7. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

An amazing upcoming 2016 contemporary! And so deliciously diverse too. This book has fantastic characters and a very touching and important story. I also happened to learn a lot about gender fluid people when I read this, so yay! If you have an ARC of this, go read it now.

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6. Jackdaw & the Randoms by Stuart David

This one came as a very nice surprise. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked this one up, but I ended up enjoying it a whole lot. It was so much fun to read and the main reason why it ended up on number 6 of my list is the main character Jack. He’s now on my list of favorite characters and I can’t wait to read what he’s up to next because there’s another book about Jack coming and it can’t get here soon enough.

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5. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Is anybody really surprised this one ended up here? No? Good. I was lucky enough to be able to read this one thanks to my dear friend Lisa, who sent me her BEA ARC, which is awesome! I loved this book so very much! The story, the characters, the unique way of storytelling & formatting and the gorgeous artwork. If you haven’t already, go read it as soon as you can!

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4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Another book that ended up being my first one by that author! This was my first Patrick Ness book and yes, it got me hooked. I’m going to read all of his books as soon as I can because this one was fanastic!

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3. Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Oh boy. Down to the top 3! When I read this, I knew it’d end up high in this list. This one is without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read in my life. The writing is amazing and the characters are now forever in my heart. I do know that this book is not for everyone, but I loved it a whole lot.

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2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

My list wouldn’t be complete without at least one book of this author. Victoria (V.E.) Schwab is my favorite author for all things non-contemporary. She never disappoints and this one is no exception. A Darker Shade of Magic is fantastic and you must read it if you haven’t already.

 

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1. Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

So… If you have followed me anywhere this year, you won’t be surprised by this. I have been talking and raving about this book ever since I read it. It was my 1st read of 2015 and it set the bar for every book to come. It’s now my favorite book of all time and I have read it a few more times this year. I love it more every time. It’s so adorable and sweet and GAHH! I’ll be meeting Becky next year and I’m so very excited! I loved this book and I never had any doubt that it would end up on this very spot.

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That it, guys! That concludes my last post of this year. Before I go, I just want to thank every single one of you because without you, I wouldn’t be here. I love you and I’ll still be commenting on all of your posts during my hiatus, so no worries! If you ever miss me, look me up on Twitter. Also big thanks to my awesome co-blogger Rachel, who has made my life so much easier.

Happy holidays to all of you and I’ll see you in 2016!

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Bee

Bee (born as Bieke) is 26 years old and from Belgium. (No she won't send waffles.) She's a strange, nerdy and anxious creature floating around somewhere on the ace spectrum. Oh, and she also writes books as Nelly B. Jones. Or tries to anyway. You can also find her on Novel Ink.

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26 responses to “Bieke’s Top 15 Books of 2015

  1. This Ordinary Life is definitely a book I really loved reading this year as well and it left me so happy by the end of it :3 I haven’t read any others on this list but a couple I own and a few I have on my TBR so it is just a matter of time before I will be reading it too :3

    Olivia Roach recently posted: 2015 Year Summary ~ Bookish Survey!
  2. Awesome list! I have found SO many contemporaries to add to my TBR haha. *sighs at your number 1* SUCH a sweet contemporary, one of the few I really loved this year. I must try out Symptoms of Being Human! Seriously, all I’ve heard are great things about it and the main character sounds so intriguing, being gender fluid. πŸ™‚ Here’s to another year of great books!

    Aila @ Happy Indulgence recently posted: Jeann’s Top 10 Books of 2015: I Clearly Love My Fantasy
  3. That’s a super exciting favourites list! I’ve read and loved so many of them and a lot of the remaining ones are on my TBR! I have an ARC of Symptoms of Being Human so I’m super excited to read it now that I know it’s one of your favourites of the year! I also have a copy of Because You’ll Never Meet Me that has been sitting on my shelf for a while so I really need to pick that one up too! Simon vs is a wonderful book and I’ve enjoyed hearing about your love affair with that book πŸ˜€ Simon & Blue and Simon & Baz were two of my favourite ships of the year!

    Jenna @ Happy Indulgence recently posted: Aila’s Top 10 Books of 2015
    • YAY! I hope you love both Symptoms of Being Human and Because You’ll Never Meet Me, but I know the latter is not for everyone, because people tend to expect normal contemporary, but it’s not. You have to suspend your disbelief a bit. Be openminded. :p

      AND YES, SIMON VS AND I HAVE A WONDERFUL LOVE AFFAIR GOING ON, but ssshhh don’t tell my boyfriend. So far he suspects nothing.

  4. Hahhah I didn’t really even have to look at #1 πŸ˜‰ I REALLY need to read it, because it is on everyone’s list, of course. But I agree with SO many of your choices! The Lies About Truth, Illuminae, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, ADSOM were all among my top books for the year! And basically, the rest of your list is my TBR πŸ˜€ I am excited to hear about The Symptoms of Being Human, I have to get to that one soon, and I think I shall need to pre-order The Shadow Queen, for it is pretty and I like feels. You’ve sold me! Fabulous list- and have a very lovely holiday season, enjoy the break!!

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight recently posted: This Week At Midnight (92)
  5. Okay so I DID NOT EXPECT YOUR #1. Totally surprised. Totally. *dies laughing at own hilarity* XDXD AHEM. Yay for Simon’s!! I’m so glad I just read it, even though I was worried (I’m just so so critical on contemporaries and try to avoid them…but Simon’s reminded me why I need to take risks. <3) And zomg, I need to read ADSOM. It's seriously on my to-do list for 2016. STRAIGHT AWAY. I probably won't be reading much for the next few weeks because after I do my yearly recap I don't feel like reading much, ahhaha. Plus I need to write. This rewriteathon is already killing me. *gulps* Which is what I should be doing buuuut…*reads your blog instead*
    LOVED THIS POST, aS ALWAYS.
    Have a good hiatus!!!

    • I KNOW RIGHT? Such a surprise. I knew nobody would see that coming. YES you do need to read ADSOM. Like now. Or you know… when you get to it. But seriously. It has great writing, great worlds, great characters and it’s FANTASY by V.E. Schwab so it’s basically written for you.
      I didn’t do much reading the last few weeks so this hiatus is for me a good time to catch up on books and get a head start on my January TBR. ^_^ I will continue stalking your blog & be on Twitter stalking the whole community.
      THANKYOU!

  6. I’m going to pick up The shadow queen next month – which is coming close already, can you believe it? – and it is good to hear you enjoyed it! Winter was pretty awesome and bittersweet *stay with me my precious characters* Illuminae will be my first book for 2016, I can’t wait! The rest of us just live here was so impressive πŸ™‚ A darker shade of magic; ALL THE LOVE for that one.

    I’m surprised to see Simon on your list. I haven’t heard you talk about it at all *cough ;)*

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