Thursday, 17 December 2015

Top 15 Reads of 2015 (and a mini-hiatus!)

Good morning everyone!

Today is my last day of school! Christmas and the New Year are very much almost upon us :D

Mini Hiatus announcement! I am going to be going on a mini hiatus. You should expect to see me back sometime after the 28th! I will be going to England to be with family for Christmas, and I also will be taking the time to get back into social media and write, read, etc. It's not a very long break (just about ten days) but I though I should let you all know nonetheless. When I get back I decided I am going to revamp my youtube channel and really put a lot of effort into it. I will also be working on making the best quality posts for the blog as well!

My top 15 reads of 2015. I know what you're thinking! But 2015 isn't over yet, so how are you possibly doing this? Well, I'm currently reading 7 books because I've been picking them up when I feel like it, and I know that none of them will be as epic as these ones although some will be very good. So here we go, in no particular order...





The Snapped Series by Ketley Allison

This is a series of short episodes and I loved each and every one. It was a twist up between fame, a murder mystery and also a lot of romance. It was incredibly hard for me to know who had done it and predict the outcome, and the suspense was running so high! Definitely got points for unpredictability and I couldn't stop reading. This would make an epic series on television. 


Open and Read by James P. Burns III

Well, you should all download this one for free or check out my giveaway of it running at the moment!

The best thing about this book was that it never failed to cheer me up, and the poetry was simplistic but beautiful. It earned a spot on this list just because of that. 


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I read these two books in the series this year and I know there is one more to come. Basically, before reading these I was a bit iffy with the romance genre and didn't like reading pure romances. But after reading these two and falling in love with them, I went on a contemporary and romance binge read. I couldn't get enough of the characters. I might have liked Lola and the Boy Next Door a little less than Anna and the French Kiss, but they are both still wonderful ^.^


The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

This is one I was gifted for my birthday from my friend. It reminded me of the Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch. As you likely already know, middle grade is not usually my genre. But I have read four middle grade books this year and loved each and every one. I'm started to think I do like middle grade fantasy and mystery books. Either way, this one was a magical London which had all sorts of things in it. The main character is a smart kid who decides he is going to play with djinni and gets into all sorts of trouble. And this one even has footnotes! I love footnotes in books!


Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

If you couldn't tell from my gushing review of this wonderful book, I just loved this one! I found it to be the perfect balance of dealing with a mental health issue, and yet still trying to live a life and a plot going on too. The cover is just mind-aweing and the book was just perfection inside and out. 


Variables of Love by MK Schiller

I think this was the book that surprised me the most. I chose it thinking it would be a YA romance. I couldn't have been more wrong because it was a NA romance that dealt with the issue of culture. Now, I don't usually read NA because it is too erotic for me in most cases but this book - this book was something else. It handled the issue with different cultures, opinions and values incredibly well and just left me reading until I got until the end. It's making me thinking again about the NA genre completely. 



Talking about brilliant romances... this one was perfect. It had two characters who I couldn't help but love and ship like crazy, and then it is also talked about two distinct kind of arts as well. It leaned a bit on looking to the future and ambitions, as well as a bit on the issue of mental health. I loved every page.


Violent Ends by a collection of authors

I read this one in the summer and it chilled me to the core. It's about a school shooting, and the book takes you to 17 different perspectives. Some of them are victims in the last moments, some of them are people he spared. Some of them are people he only encountered once, some have nothing to do with the school and one point of view was even the gun. It made me think a lot, and I have to say I was left speechless.


Inconceivable by Tegan Wren

This one was just so much fun to read, which is why it is on this list. I loved the voice of Hatty, the main character immediately. It's also a royal romance, and that aside it deals with the case of infertility. Seeing as Hatty is in with the royal family, there is a lot of pressure to have a successor as well. It handled the topic amazingly well because the author has experience with it herself, and half the profit from this book will go to a charity that supports women with infertility. How much better can that get?



Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray 

This one is the sequel to A Thousand Pieces of You which I read in 2014 and absolutely loved. I literally ticked down the days until this came out and was crushed when I heard I couldn't get a review copy because they don't send physical copies to the Netherlands and they didn't have ebook copies for reviews. A publisher I know pulled some strings and managed to get me one and I LOVE her for that because this book was devoured quickly and tasted sweet. The sequel was even better than book one in my opinion, and the set up has me eager for book three!


A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin 

So I read this one at the beginning of the year and it was long, but it was a glorious deep fantasy with battles and war and different points of view. Everything was so well planned that you can tell this book took some immense time. The game for the throne was just so well written and intrigued me, and there were characters I loved, and some I loved to hate. I can't wait to read the sequel!


The Complete Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi 

My other middle grade read for this year! This is one book I seriously wish I had read when I was a child because I know I would have loved it, just as much as I do from reading it now. There are goblins and elves and dwarves and all sorts of creatures. There are themes of family, divorce and sticking together through thick and thin. I also really liked that it was a band of siblings who all shared the main role. Just, read this one guys ^.^
 

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I read the first four books in the Lunar Chronicles this year and I LOVED THEM. I am a big fan of retellings so I was already a bit partial to it when I started. But the characters in this series are just perfect. Although the first one was predictable and they generally have some predictable plot lines, it really is the journey they take to get there that makes the books so fun to read. I can't wait to read the last one in the beginning of the next year, and anything else Marissa Meyer writes you can know I will be buying. 


We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach 

I wasn't sure whether or not I was going to include this one or another book, but I decided to in the end because this one was just so realistic. My only issue with it was that it didn't portray teenagers in a very good light. However, it was still a good read and made me think a lot because it was written with elements of philosophic thinking tied in there. The ending was just the way it should've been, and I don't think the author could have made a better choice there.


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 

The plot twist. The plot twist, the plot twist, the plot twist. That is all you really need to know. Once I finished the book I couldn't get over my mind-blown state of mind. I watched youtube videos with showed the insane amount of hints that the author had left but there was still no way I could predict what was going to happen. I pulled a lot of lovely quotes from this book and even wrote a poem based on it. That's the level of greatness it was at. 

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Olivia's Question: What was one of your favourite reads of 2015? 

Olivia-Savannah x

48 comments:

  1. So many of your top reads I haven't read yet - but I will soon! I plan to read Cinder after I finish Ruin and Rising. I also really need to read Anna and the French kiss! A Thousand Pieces of You is on my TBR list, so I'm glad you enjoyed the sequel so much! Great post Olivia and have a great hiatus/holiday! :D

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    1. Those are some really wonderful books and I hope you get the chance to read them soon. Thank you <3 Looking forward to seeing you afterwards.

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  2. Wow. That is a huge book haul. The Snapped Series by Ketley Allison looks very interesting. Also, I've been meaning to get to Cinder as I've heard so many positive reviews about it. Merry Christmas to you and I hope you have a WONDERFUL time with your family!!
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I think you could like the Snapped series as long as you don't mind the heated romance. Oh, and I really do hope you get to Cinder! Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you too! x

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  3. Thank you for this list! I will keep this in mind. Could you tell me your top 10 (or 5) post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult books? Should I read The Maze Runner? I've read the The Hunger Games trilogy and the Divergent trilogy and now I'm looking for a new one ;) I find this type of literature intensely relaxing ;)

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    1. Sent you a message about it x Hope you read them and enjoy them too!

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  4. After listening to GOT, I want the whole set for my shelf. I'm not gonna read the other books, but instead read the next one that releases since I've watched all the episodes and know what happens. Made You Up is definitely one of my top reads this year. I'll be doing my first top reads post maybe the 30th or so. Hope that you have a very Merry and safe Christmas!

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    1. I am glad you could like the first book so much and I hope you can get the set! I am looking forward to seeing your post like this one x

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  5. Have a great holiday visit with the family! And for today's edition of "I'm not as well read as I like to think", I've heard of one of those books, and have not read any of them. *sigh* So many books, so little time!

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    1. I know what you mean! I bet there are so many books out these this year that I haven't gotten around to as well!

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  6. Thanks for this post, looks awesome list of books. Have a great holiday visit with the family!

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    1. Hope you get to read some of them, especially as quite a few are romance!

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  7. SO MANY BOOKS! I LOVE IT! I also loved your enthusiasm for each and every one of them! <3 I've read some of them (and like the Lunar Chronicles, I fell in love with Cinder!) I just wish there was more of a romance element in it! I only read the first one and can't wait to get to the next ones! I hope you have fun on your mini vacation and that you can catch up on all of your writing, blogging and social media! <3

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    1. That's because each and every one was so wonderful! I am glad you have loved Cinder as well <3 The romance gets better in book two! Thank you, Keionda <3

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  8. You've read so many great books this year! And have fun on your mini vacation!

    Jamie @ Books and Ladders

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  9. I love love love me some Stephanie Perkins. I bought Isla and the Happily Ever After when I was in Ireland this summer, and I finally decided to pick it up a few weeks ago. That book got me back into reading and blogging! However, I didn't love We Were Liars as much as you did. I more or less predicted the plot twist and found the book to be a bit meh. But great list. I hope you have fun in England. I am so jealous!!

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    1. I am glad the book could do that for you! It's making me look forward to reading the finale all the more. The book does take a bit of patience, in terms of We Were Liars. And GIRL, how did you predict that?

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  10. Looking forward to seeing the changes on your Youtube channel. It is always good to take a rest from your blog and have a creative recharge.

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    1. Yes! I am looking forward to it and I think it is going to be a lot of fun as well :3

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  11. Night Owls and Made You Up would also make my top reads of 2015, for sure. And I hope you'll enjoy your break! Happy Holidays, Olivia!

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    1. I am glad you could love those ones as well. Hope you are enjoying your break too x

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  12. Enjoy family time! Snapped sounds like an entertaining series!

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  13. I'm glad you got to read so many good books this year! The cover for the Spiderwick chronicles is goregous.

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  14. Happy to see Game of Thrones made it to your list! That series is the best thing ever and I cannot wait for the next two books so the series will be complete. I wanna know what happens! The Lunar Chronicles is also another series I have read this year and I absolutely adored! I was a bit scared because of my edgy relationship this year with YA but they were fantastic books. I cannot wait for you to read Winter! and for sure that series will have a spotlight in my favourite books ^^
    Enjoy England and I hope you have a fantastic time with your family <33
    Happy Holidays! :)

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    1. Oh it definitely would've. It was just so wonderful! I need to read book 2 soon. Oh, and I am glad you fell in love with the Lunar Chronicles as well <3

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  15. I enjoyed Made You Up as well! I have a top ten coming up on 31st I think

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    1. I am looking forward to seeing yours! I bet Richelle Mead will be on there ;)

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  16. LOL, at first glance, I was thinking, "All your favorite books look alike," then I realized that was just the first part of the post and that was a series! All great picks. I need to check a few of these out in 2016.

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    1. Ahaha yes, I don't know why I started with a series! You really should <3 There are some gems in there for everyone/

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  17. Enjoy your break with your family! I haven't read any of your top books other than Cinder. But several are on my TBR list!
    Check out my Sunday Post

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    1. I hope you can get to them <3 I just read your post!

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  18. I'll have to look into some of these. Enjoy the time off with your family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  19. Lots of wonderful looking book. So many of these are still on my TBR list. I have read The Spiderwick Chronicles and loved the series. The audio is awesome too.

    Hope you have a fabulous time in England. Merry Christmas!
    ~Jess

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    1. I am glad you were able to love the series! It was such a good read ^.^

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  20. Enjoy your hiatus. :)
    Happy Christmas! :)

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    1. I hope you had a good Christmas as well!

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  21. The Lunar Chronicles, We Were Liars, and The Anatomical Shape of A Heart yes! TASOAH is definitely going on my list as top read for 2015! You've read a shit ton of books girl lmao!

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    1. Those were all brilliant books of this year and I knew they were all going to make the list as I read them. TASOAH is just so epic, I'm recommending it to everyone ^^

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  22. I hope you have a great time in England. Also, I hope you had a lovely Christmas ^^

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    1. Thank you Soudha! Hope your Christmas and holiday was just as wonderful :3

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  23. I guess I should check out Ketley Allison's series!! The covers are so dynamic. TLC is so wonderful; I want to read Winter soon, but I don't want it to end. Made You Up was SO SO good, I want another book by Zappia. Lovely post <3

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

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    1. I think you would really like the series! I know what you mean about Winter ^.^ I need another book by Zappia as well!

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