Favorite Books of 2015
Here we go again. An annual tradition at Dreaming Under the Same Moon (or DUTSM as I’ve recently dubbed it) is to take a look back at the books that most captured my fancy in the year the calendar is about to prove over.
As the end of the year rapidly approaches, suddenly I realized putting this post together needed to happen or be forgotten (which every book blogger knows is not cool). I read many amazing novels this year. Some were light hearted and happy, others were a bit grittier yet still maintained their happy ending status (because, as many know, I'm a happy ending kind of girl). Much to my shame by the time I've wrapped writing this (at which point, my book graphics will be done), I'll probably remember 3-5 books that should have been on this list and weren't. But, well, that's life with moi as a blogger.
Without further ado (and unlike that movie "favorites" list), let's get this list started.
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FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2015
(in alphabetical order, sort of)
1. To Get to You by Joanne Bischof
This YA Indie novel was breathtaking and lovely.
2. The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne
Lots of fun and plenty of rom-com hilarity - this needs to be a movie.
3. Always Watching by Lynette Eason
On the ABCs chart, this should technically come in at number "four," but I'm too blogger lazy to correct the number. Either way, this book (and the book it stole a number from) is ah-ma-zing. Technically it's also a 2016 publication, but thanks to LIS, I was able to read it this past month.
Go forth and perorder this one. It's worth it.
4. Just One Summer (Novella Collection)
This collection was fantabulous. I enjoyed everything about it and anticipate reading more by the three authors whose stories were debuts for me.
5. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz
Beautifully told, this book read more akin to a fine painting than a work of fiction. Everything about it was stunning, and I'm curious to discover what Laura next writes.
6. Told You So by Krtisten Heitzmann
You've not read romantic-comedy until you've read this classy novel. It's above and beyond brilliant.
7. Reservations for Two by Hillary Manton Lodge
This is one of my most favorite contemporary series. Primarily this is as a result of out-of-the-box storytelling.
8. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Love(lovelove) this novel. As a result, I'm sort of giddy to get my hands on Emery's 2016 novel.
9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I've said all I can about this beauty.
10. The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea
Rachelle's debut was sensational. The subtle faith elements and sweet premise made it stand out.
11. The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay
This is Katherine's third novel and with it, her writing continues to surprise. She's not a conventional inspirational author which is just one of the reasons her novels are automatic buys.
12. Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith
My first Jennifer E. Smith novel was a success. It was smashing.
13. While You're Awake by Amber Stokes
A novella-type read, this fairy tale was too cute to leave off this list. The author's creative use of the fairy tale legend (Sleeping Beauty) was fabulous and fun.
14. Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin
Wonderful WWII read. Definitely one of my most favorites from the year.
15. From the Start by Melissa Tagg
Anyone who has read Melissa's novels knows she commands the rom-com. This book is no different - plus THAT meet-cute = awww!
16. One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg
Pretty much the same thought applies to this cute Christmas novella as I said for From the Start. Only don't let the "Christmas" themes deter you: read this one despite Christmas being over! It's such fun.
As I knew I would, I neglected to add these novels to the list. Or at least not properly.
1. Shades of Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon: this one is my favorite "Doon" novel to date. cannot wait to see how this saga ends in 2016. Amazon | Goodreads
2. The Gifting by K.E. Ganshert: loved this Indie published debut by traditionally published author, Katie Ganshert. Definitely a series I want to finish. Amazon | Goodreads
3. A Singular and Whimsical Problem by Rachel McMillan: yes, this is merely a novella, but heavens! This was a darn grand one at that. A very promising start to Rachel's debut series for sure. Amazon | Goodreads
4. Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey: how I forgot to add one of my most favorite authors 2015 release, I'll never know. What's worse is this was her wrap up for her wonderful series that was the McKenna family. Amazon | Goodreads
Your turn. Chat up your favorite reads of the year. I'd love to hear about them or tell me which of these novels you read, and whether or not they were among your favorites - and why! Or if you're joining in this unspoken rule of book blogging (2015 favorites list), share your link in your comment.
Basically, let's talk all things bookish.