The Best Books I Read in 2015

Without further ado, here are my top ten reads of 2015.

DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy.  DUMPLIN’ is about an overweight heroine who joins a beauty pageant.  Even though I wanted Dumplin’ to have more confidence and to experience the pageant more, it was great.  One of the best YA voices out there.

WE ALL LOOKED UP by Tommy Wallach.  The world is going to end because an asteroid is coming—or is it?  Either way what a compelling premise and excellent execution.  This book is a good example of having diverse characters that doesn’t seem forced.

WRITTEN IN THE STARS by Aisha Saeed.  I read this book in one night.  This book was almost a touch too fast paced for me. I loved the exotic setting and the differences in Pakistani culture.  Ms. Saeed had me constantly saying, “OMG, I can’t believe that happened!”  My husband and mother got sick of me talking about this book.

LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell. A book about a magic phone and a marriage in trouble.  Ms. Rowell made the magic phone believable!

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL by Jesse Andrews.  I didn’t think it was possible to make a book about cancer funny but Jesse Andrews did it.  I was laughing out loud every other page.  I loved the character of Earl so much.

BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas. I loved the quirky nature of this book.  The letter as story device was used well.  I just wish they got to meet!

MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera.  Again, a unique premise about a medical procedure to block bad memories.  I would have liked to have seen more characters go through the process.  One can only hope for a spinoff.

CRENSHAW by Katherine Applegate.  I hardly ever read middle grade novels since they are usually too sweet for me.  But this lovable imaginary cat was a sweetness I bought into.

THE TRUTH ABOUT JELLYFISH by Ali Benjamin.  Again, another MG novel, but so interesting and unique with its educational tidbits about jellyfish.

WHY NOT ME? by Mindy Kaling.  A great book with advice on working hard and taking names.  Plus laugh out loud funny.

What about you?  What were your top reads of 2015?

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