Monday, June 29, 2015

My 5 Favorite Reads So Far This Year

Can you believe 2015 is halfway over? The first part of the year has been pretty awesome for me -- I went to Hawaii, Dallas and New York City, I saw Florida Georgia Line and Hozier in concert, and I read 38 mostly decent books.

The topic for this week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is the best books we've read so far in 2015. I kept my list short, with only 5 titles, but they were all fantastic books that I'd fully recommend.

I did notice, compiling this list, that I last read a truly amazing, unforgettable, up-all-night book back in April. I think it's time for another one! Any recommendations? Without further ado, here are my five favorite reads from the first half of 2015.

1. Red Rising (and Golden Son) by Pierce Brown
I absolutely loved the first and second installments of Pierce Brown's Red Rising series. The books are exquisite page-turners and I can't wait for the conclusion of the trilogy in January -- except that then there will be no more books! If you have not yet discovered "Red Rising," I urge you to check it out ASAP!

2. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
The first book in this series, "The Bone Season," was pretty good, but I was totally hooked by the second installment, "The Mime Order." I spent a handful of days where all I did was eat, work and read this book.

3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I only gave "Ready Player One" four stars because I thought the prose could've been brightened up a bit. But this fantastic story has totally stuck with me and it is definitely one of my favorites. I'm anxiously awaiting Cline's new book, "Armada,' which comes out in a couple weeks.

4. Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre
I read "Fives and Twenty-Fives" as part of my goal to read more military literature, being that I'm an Air Force spouse. I was blown away. It was a beautiful, terrible, amazing read.

5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This book takes post-apocalyptic fiction to a different level and I really enjoyed this beautiful, gripping, fun read.


  1. Great list!! I've been seeing Station Eleven on several top ten lists this week. I'm definitely going to have to check that one out.

    Here is my TTT:

  2. I really enjoyed Station Eleven. I really want to read Ready Player One and Red Rising - Great list!

  3. These books all look fantastic! Great list! And with just picking five books these must all be excellent.

  4. Ready Player One! I listened to the audio version and loved it. I have a few of your other books on my wish list that I someday hope to read, including Station Eleven and The Meme Order. Great list!

  5. I haven't read any of these yet, but have heard such wonderful things about most of them! Looks like you've been having a pretty good year!

  6. I read and enjoyed Ready Player One too!

  7. Great list! Ready Player One is one of my all time favorite books. It's so amazing! The Mime Order is even better than The Bone Season.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  8. Oh Red Rising and Golden Son.... the wait for the finale is already excruciating, they are just sooooooo good!

    Thanks for your visit to my blog, it was appreciated!

    My TTT  - Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

  9. I finally snatched Station Eleven from library holds limbo, and I can't wait to dive in! This is an awesome list. :) I agree that I need more "stay up all night" books in my life, even though it would make for some very exhausting work days.

    1. I hope you enjoy "Station Eleven"! You know, a month later I still haven't read a really good page-turner. I seriously hope one is in my near future. Haha, you're right about rough days at work though! ;)

    2. I hope you enjoy "Station Eleven"! You know, a month later I still haven't read a really good page-turner. I seriously hope one is in my near future. Haha, you're right about rough days at work though! ;)


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