Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 Reading Year in Review


I didn't do a year in review for 2014 so I was determined to do one this year, even if it's a few days late & the first post I've done in about a month.

In 2015 I read 104 books or roughly 2 books a week. 
According Goodreads this is 34,583 pages total

Of the books I read in 2015, I’ve highlighted around 45 that stood out to me the most, broken down by Adult + YA and the Series vs. Standalone. All of these titles were published in 2015 (or before). A few of the releases I read early at the end of 2014,  but I wanted to highlight them as part of this year’s list.

I love reading the End of Year Surveys but it’s honestly too much for me to put together, and whenever I attempt to make one, I always feel like I repeat a lot and miss some books. I also wanted to have a review of favorite books from 2015 for anyone who stops by and wants some recommendations.

Click on the titles below for my reviews. 

Favorites Adult Reads


Girl Before A Mirror by Liza Palmer
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (This one has magic in it)


A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab (parallel worlds)
The Martian by Andrew Weir (sci-fi)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik (fantasy)

Middle Series Books:

Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Favorite Young Adult Reads


Complete series read:
(I plan to read more complete series this year!)

New Series:

All Fall Down by Ally Carter 
(Also enjoyed its sequel See How They Run)
Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

New Series with the Best Hate to Love Romance:

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Nameless by Jennifer R Jenkins

Middle Series Books:

Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Series Ends:

Burn by Paula Weston
Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

Lion Heart by AC Gaughen

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Winter by Marissa Meyer



Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Not-quite Contemporary Standalones:

Bone Gap By Laura Ruby (Contemporary-fantasy)
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Mare McLemore (Magical Realism)
The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong (Suspense)

Standalone Dystopian/Fantasy:

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Rook by Sharon Cameron

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger (verse novel)

Historical Fiction:

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Best Audiobook Re-Reads:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Favorite 2016 books Read so far:

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

WHEW! I can't wait to see what 2016 brings! 
What was your favorite 2015 read that I missed on this list? 


  1. Oooh! I'm so glad you enjoyed Passenger! I know it's been getting mixed reviews, but I still want to dive in! I love that Emmy & Oliver made the list! I loved that book so much! I still need to read Every Last Word and Everything, Everything- hopefully soon! I really enjoyed Illuminae and I loved seeing Daniel and Gretchen again in CoBaS! I also cannot wait for Siren's Song!

    This is a great post Lauren! Loved how you broke everything down! Happy 2016!

  2. Ooh, I like this! I read some awesome books in 2015 but did a lot more rereading, especially after that slump happened. Oy.

  3. Belated Happy New Year, Lauren! Thanks for sharing your favorites. I see a lot of books that I loved, and many of these books are on my tbr-list. I love audiobooks, so I’ll check out The Night Circus. I haven’t heard about Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins before, but if it’s on your favorite list, I’ll definitely look more close.

  4. Loved Vision in Silver and I love the Raven Boys! A lot of these I still need to read but sounds like you had a great year in books!!

  5. Lauren, AMAZING job this year! I'm constantly amazed by the quality of your content and the scope of your reading. You manage to pick up YA titles that I haven't heard of and I admire the way in which you post regularly. It's a huge goal of mine to be able to post more in 2016 so let's hope I actually get more reading and blogging done.

    Anyhow, I love and adore so many of these books! Carry On, Six of Crows, and The Wrath and the Dawn are probably my Top 3 of the year, though. I'm looking forward to checking out quite a few of these, though, like Nameless and Ink & Bone and am due for a re-read of Stiefvater's novels myself, soon! Lovely post, Lauren, and I'm so glad you had such a fantastic 2015!

  6. Yaaaaay :D I love this post Lauren. <3 Hugs. YAY for reading so many amazing books last year :D We read just about the same amount, hih. That's awesome :) And yay for blogging again. <3 Hugs. Miss you. I also loved SO MANY of these books. Carry On. <3 Winter. <3 And oh so many others. Thank you for sharing about these sweetie :) I hope you will read lots of amazing books this year too. <3 Hugs.


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