2015 started out poorly for me when it comes to reading, but some how I managed to complete and excel in my Goodreads challenge. When I scrolled through the list of books I completed this pass twelve months, it hit me like a bolt of lightning when it finally dawned on me that this year will soon be drawing to a close. With all the ups and downs endured during the course of the year, I am filled with excitement and anticipation for what 2016 will bring!
I started this post out with my top 15 favourite books for 2015 but very quickly cut that number down to 5 in order to give a true reflection of my favourite books this year. It was no easy task choosing the top 5; but when I made my list and went through each book, point by point, it was really a no brainer. So in no particular order, these are my top 5 books for 2015:
THE HUSBAND’S SECRET BY LIANE MORIARTY: This was the first book I read in 2015 and my debut read by Laine Moriarty. The Husband’s Secret is a contemporary mystery novel filled with plot twists right up until the very last page. The blurb intrigued me because I can be rather nosey; but once I started reading I could not stop until I uncovered every last secret – and believe me, there were quite a few. I especially enjoyed how the author tied up all the loose ends by giving the reader behind the scenes information to understand how each persons’ life was effected by the events that unfolded.
LEAVING TIME BY JODI PICOULT: I wrote a post last week where I listed 5 books that took me by complete surprise and Leaving Time made the list. Unfortunately that post vanished into thin air and after all the effort I poured into it, I was too upset to rewrite it. Leaving Time started out as such a peaceful book with a storyline that I truly appreciated; but the twist in the tale pulled the rug from under my feet and I felt disorientated for a while. Jodi Picoult’s books tend to drag, but this one was so worth it because it was beautifully told and I could not get enough.
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY BY RUTE SEPETYS: I wrote an in depth review some time ago explaining why I loved this book as much as I do. Between Shades of Gray tore my heart into little pieces and then somehow put every single shred back together again. It was a haunting story that told a part of world history that shook me to my very core.
I AM MALALA BY MALALA YOUSAFZAI: What an inspiration this young woman is! I am Malala should be read by every single woman and child around the world, as it tells the life story of a girl who stood up for her right to education when everyone was silenced by fear. Her bravery and commitment to her dream of seeing every single child in school, is awe inspiring and incredibly humbling.
THE AIR HE BREATHES BY BRITTAINY C. CHERRY: To be 100% honest, all the books mentioned above were written on my list without a shadow of doubt in my mind. But when it came to the final book there were a few romance novels that I felt could easily have been in my top 5 too. However, this book seemed to flash in my mind the most out of all the contemporary romances I read this year. The characters were strong, which I loved, and even though I expected the twist, it was still a good read. I enjoyed the angst and tension, the drama and heart-melting moments; and the writing itself was a breath of fresh air.
What are your top 5 books of 2015?