Top Ten Best Books I Read in 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books we have read in 2015. This was a hard list to put together, as I have read many brilliant books this year!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

I didn’t expect to be so invested in this book, but I thought it was absolutely fantastic. Such a gripping story. It’s full of drama.

I’ll Meet You There- Heather Demetrios

I'll Meet You There

Last year I discovered Heather Demetrios. I was really excited about reading her release this year. It didn’t disappoint!

The Giver- Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I devoured this book! I know I’m very, very late to reading it, but I’m so glad that I eventually got around to it!

I Let You Go- Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go

This book surprised me with its twists and turns. I do love reading adult fiction, and this is a thriller done very, very well.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

This book is absolutely beautiful both inside and out! (Look at that cover!)

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I swear my face turns into the heart-eye emoji every time I think of this book. Hands down one of my favourites of the year.

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

The Last Leaves Falling

This is a powerful, emotional read which really touched my heart.

Only Ever Yours- Louise O’Neill

Only Ever Yours

If you haven’t read Louise O’Neill before I highly recommend that you do!

Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

It seemed like everyone was talking about this book. I loved it- which was unexpected because I usually end up being disappointed by hyped books!

Under My Skin- James Dawson

Under My Skin

James Dawson is one of my favourite authors. It seems like he ups his game with every single book he releases! I adore this book.

What are the best books that you’ve read this year? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

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Top Ten Author Duos I’d Love To See Write A Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is the Top Ten author duos that we’d love to see write a book together. This list was really hard to put together but I’m pleased with who I came up with!

Click on the author’s name to learn more about them.

  1. James Dawson and Non Pratt– this would be hilarious!
  2. James Dawson and Louise O’Neill- a book by these two would be disturbing…
  3. Jane Elson and Emma Carroll– a book by these two would be adorable, that’s for sure.
  4. Giovanna Fletcher and Cecelia Ahern- a magical combination!
  5. Emery Lord and Kasie West–  the perfect contemporary?
  6. Patrick Ness and Andrew Kaufman– well written and weird!
  7. Louise O’Neill and Tanya Byrne– a disturbing book would be produced…
  8. Carmen Reid and Elizabeth Wein- an intriguing historical fiction!
  9. Rowan Coleman and Jojo Moyes– this would be heartbreaking.
  10. Holly Smale and Jenny McLachlan– a fun piece of teenage fiction!

Which duos would you love to see write a book? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

All Of The Above

All of the Above

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hot Key Books/Bonnier Publishing

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Hollow Pike
Cruel Summer
Say Her Name
This Book Is Gay
Under My Skin

Synopsis:

When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are in a crazy whirl of worry, exam pressure and anxiety over fitting in. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who’s the coolest girl that Toria has ever seen. Polly and the rest of the ‘alternative’ kids take Toria under their wing. And that’s when she meets the irresistible Nico Mancini, lead singer of a local band – and it’s instalove at first sight! Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria, but then there’s Polly…love and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles.

Thoughts:

I’m not going to lie, I’m a MASSIVE fan of James Dawson’s writing. He is one of my auto buy authors, so when I was able to read a copy of All Of The Above early I quickly made time for it. I feel like this book is a different book for James Dawson, but different in a good way. There’s certainly more of an emotional element to it. It feels a lot deeper than his other books. There are some wonderfully funny, laugh out loud moments in All Of The Above. It didn’t take me long to read at all. I’m really intrigued to see what James writes next as he surprises me with every book release!

All Of The Above centres around Toria, who has to move to a new school after her father changes his job. Toria has to find new friends. Toria finds herself drawn to Polly and her ‘alternative’ friends. She soon fits in with the group. Toria is attracted to Nico who is in a local band. There is insta-love… not one of my favourite things, but in this book it actually made me laugh, especially when the author addresses book bloggers hate of insta-love! James has been paying attention! 😉 Toria finds her friendship with Polly confusing, All of The Above explores friendship, love, mistakes and finding out who you are.

One of the strongest elements of Jame Dawson’s writing for me is his characterisation. He writes incredibly realistic characters who are easy to relate to or at least identify with in some way. I really appreciated how All Of The Above expresses that it’s okay to not label yourself and not be totally sure of who you are. It’s certainly something that isn’t always clear to many people and I liked that this book addressed that.

It’s not a really cheesy story. It’s real. It’s about issues that many of us experience as we grow up. It covers such a wide range of subjects like friendships, first love, self-harm, sexuality… there’s so many sensitive subjects that are covered throughout which is why I think anyone, young adult or adult, can take something away from this book.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars

Another brilliant, but different book from James Dawson! I highly recommend you reading this author if you haven’t yet!

Stacking The Shelves #126

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

These book hauls aren’t as regular as they used to be and I’m quite happy with that. I know my TBR is much happier! (I do start work soon though…eek… the temptation to book splurge may happen…)

NetGalley:

All of the Above All the Rage

All Of The AboveJames Dawson– James is one of my favourites! I can’t wait to read his latest book.

All The RageCourtney Summers- I haven’t read anything by Courtney Summers! I know that’s bad… I’m sorry! I’m hoping I like this book. I’ve heard good things.

Gifts:

I received a gift voucher and decided to buy two books from authors that I will be soon featuring here on my blog!

Too Close to Home  Girl With a White Dog

I am looking forward to reading both of these books!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading!

Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten auto-buy authors. I’ve realised that my list is seriously lacking in males. I need to change that!

I’ve picked my favourite book from each author!

Paige Toon

Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

Paige Toon is one of my ultimate favourites. I love Johnny Be Good as it introduces us to one of my favourite characters, Johnny, who we meet in other Paige Toon books!

Cecelia Ahern

If You Could See Me Now

Cecelia Ahern always has an element of magic in her stories. In this one, there is an imaginary friend. So cute.

Dorothy Koomson

The Flavours of Love

I love Dorothy Koomson’s writing. Her books are always full of action, drama and intensity.

James Dawson

Under My Skin

James Dawson is a fantastic writer, so it was hard to pick out a favourite! I love the sassy character in this book.

Alison Rattle

The Beloved

Like with James, it was hard to pick a favourite of Alison Rattle’s! Her latest book is incredibly though.

Heather Demetrios

Something Real (Something Real, #1)

Heather has recently become an auto buy author of mine! I lapped up Something Real! 

Giovanna Fletcher

Billy and Me

Giovanna has become an auto buy author for me, her books are easy to devour and fun to read!

Paula Daly

Keep Your Friends Close

Paula Daly is a great writer in the thriller/crime genre. I absolutely adored this book!

Emma Carroll

The Girl Who Walked On Air

Emma Carroll is a great writer and I can’t wait to read her books to my class! 🙂 They’re incredibly imaginative and wonderfully descriptive.

Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)

I love Kasie West’s contemporary books as well as the Pivot Point duology!

Who are your auto-buy authors? I would love to check out some recommendations, so please feel free to leave a link!

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten books that we’ve read so far this year! I have read so many amazing books this year, so I decided to look at the books that I’ve rated highly on Goodreads to help me out!

As ever, the book image goes to Goodreads!

Alison Rattle- The Beloved

The Beloved

I absolutely loved this book. Alison Rattle is a fantastic writer of YA historical fiction. I highly recommend her books.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I thought Pointe was a beautiful book. A lot deeper and darker than I had anticipated.

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

The Last Leaves Falling

This powerful debut left an impact on me. I thought it was a beautifully written book. It will stay with me for some time.

The Giver- Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

Yes… I only read this book this year. I can’t believe that I waited so long. I adored it.

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did!  It really warmed my heart.

I’ll Meet You There- Heather Demetrios

I'll Meet You There

I love Heather Demetrios! Her books are much more deeper than you’d expect. I felt a range of emotions whilst reading this book!

Under My Skin- James Dawson

Under My Skin

James Dawson is one of my favourites. I love his books and his latest release was wonderfully creepy!

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

I thought this book was an incredible debut! It was an incredibly raw read.

Only Ever Yours- Louise O’Neill

Only Ever Yours

God knows why I took so long to get around to reading this book. I loved it. So freaky and weird, but ever so wonderful too!

Reasons To Stay Alive- Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

Last but by no means least, the wonderful Reasons To Stay Alive. This is a stunning piece of non fiction documenting Matt Haig’s experiences of depression. It’s such an important book, whether you suffer from depression/anxiety yourself or you simply know someone that does.

What are your Top Ten books that you’ve read so far this year? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books I’d love to see as movies/TV shows. This is a really tough topic for me, as I don’t like my precious favourite books to be movies. Here are some that I think would work well as a TV show/movie!

The Night Circus

Night Circus Erin Morgenstern– Whilst this isn’t my favourite book, I think it would make an absolutely stunning movie!

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

These Broken Stars- Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner– I think this would be a fantastic movie- there’s certainly enough action to make it interesting!

Cuckoo

CuckooJulia Crouch– I would hope this book would be as well done as Gone Girl. It’s incredibly thrilling/dark. Potential for a great thriller!

Undone

UndoneCat Clarke– This book has one of my favourite endings that I’ve read in a LONG time!

Say Her Name

Say Her NameJames Dawson- I don’t know if I could bring myself to watch it (I’m a wimp…) but it would be all kinds of awesome.

The Girl Who Walked On Air

The Girl Who Walked On Air- Emma Carroll– This is a gorgeous book and I think the imagery in the story would transform so well to the screen!

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

The Lunar Chronicles- Marissa Meyer– I think The Lunar Chronicles would make amazing movies! The books just keep getting better and better.

Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

Johnny Be GoodPaige Toon– I’m partial to a chick flick and Paige Toon’s books are fantastic!

Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1)

Perfect RuinLauren DeStefano– I’d love to see this world captured for TV/movies. It’s intriguing!

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

Code Name VerityElizabeth Wein- This would definitely be a tear jerker. I’d love to see an adaptation!

Which books would you love to see adapted for the big screen? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your top ten lists and I’ll stop by!