Mini reviews | Notes on my re-reads of 2015

A few hours before writing this, I went through a list of books I had read in 2015, but failed to review. The list was surprisingly long (I know, shameful). But I noticed that many of them were re-reads! I never know whether I should review the books I re-read, or whether that somehow doesn’t count? So I decided to put them all into one post, so I can talk a little bit about each one, and show you which books I re-read in 2015

Eragon (Inheritance #1) by Christopher Paolini // ★★★★ //
I’ve mentioned several times that I absolutely love this series. It’s one of my childhood favorites. I decided to re-read it, because I just felt like jumping back into the world. I can definitely see now, as a more experienced reader, that this was his first novel. The sentences can be kind of choppy, and they don’t flow as much. Yet I still adore it. I adore the world, the characters and everything else. I know many people don’t agree with me (but I don’t really care). 

Eldest (Inheritance #2) by Christopher Paolini // ★★★★ //
Of course, I had to continue on with the series. Eldest has never been my favorite of the series, although I do love it. I feel like his writing already gets better here, and the story gets even more intriguing. In my opinion, a worthy sequel.

Brisingr (Inheritance #3) by Christopher Paolini // ★★★★ ½ //
The third book in the series, and it only gets better for me. I do feel like you can see his writing evolve in this series. This book is already so much better in terms of writing than Eragon. Like I said, I have so much love for this series. Especially as the world, races, religions and languages become more pronounced, explained and intricate. 

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee // ★★★★★ //
In preparation for the release of End of Days, I decided to re-read the first two books in the trilogy, as I could barely remember anything. I do love this book. It was such a great starter! The characters are intriguing. Penryn is the kind of girl who can take care of herself, as she trained for years in martial arts. She is the caretaker of her family. Her mother is I believe schizophrenic, which gives quite the different view on the apocalypse happening. And I liked the slow build of the romance. GREAT BOOK. 

World After (Penryn & the End  of Days #2) by Susan Ee // ★★★★★ //
I re-read World After immediately after Angelfall and really enjoyed it as well. Let me just say that this series is DARK. I mean, crazy shit happens. I feel like you can never trust your opinion on where the story will go, because it’ll probably be wrong. Again, loved it. (I did read the third book after this, but won’t include it here as it wasn’t a re-read). 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling // ★★★★★ //
Of course, I re-read Harry Potter this year. I didn’t re-read all of them unfortunately. This was the first year in which I wanted to give the audio-books a try. So I decided to listen to Stephen Fry’s narration of the books. It’s GENIUS. Everyone should listen to him narrating this amazing series. 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling // ★★★★★ //
Again, I listened to the audio-book for this one. I love it so much. I think this is maybe my least favorite book of the series (even though I obviously still adore it). 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling // ★★★★★ //
Also listened to the audio-book here! I’ve found a new appreciation for this one. I don’t know why, but I loved it even more than I used to? Plus, I love Remus Lupin. 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling // ★★★★★ //
I didn’t actually listen to the audio-book here. It was so long, and it intimidated me. So instead, I read my beautiful paperback which you can see above. LOVE THIS ONE! The Triwizard Tournament always amazes me.

Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop // ★★★★★ //
This is also one of my favorite fantasy series. I discovered it a few years ago, and haven’t stopped gushing about it. I’ll probably re-read book #2 and #3 soon in preparation for the release of book #4 (I’m SO EXCITED!). This is sort of urban fantasy. The Others are all creatures that can both show themselves in “human” form and animal form. It’s all about Meg Corbyn, a blood prophet, who runs away from someone and hides at the Courtyard (which is where The Others live, if they don’t live in the wild) as Human Law Doesn’t Apply there. 

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger // ★★★★ //
I re-read this one because I wanted to make sure I remembered everything before watching the movie. Surprisingly, although they are nothing alike, I enjoyed both formats. I have to admit that I loved this book less than the first time I read it a few years ago. I thought Bianca was dealing with certain things quite badly and treating her friends badly. And it bothered me more than the first time I read it. Still enjoyed it though!

Match Me if You Can (Chicago Stars #1) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips // ★★★★ //
This is a sports-romance novel from a series I started years ago. It’s been so long since I read them. I felt like I needed a fluffy romance and familiar characters so I decided to re-read this. I do love the female main character here. She wants to keep her grandmother’s business, a matchmaking one, open and make it successful again. I both liked and disliked the male main character. I liked him, but hated the way he thought of needing a wife. 


Those are the books I re-read in 2015, and my thoughts on them. Have you read them? Do you enjoy re-reading? 

My 2015 End of the Year Survey

2015 end of the year surveyEnd of the Year Book Survey from Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-turner

2015 reading stats

Number of books read: 141 (and 3 DNFs)

Number of Re-Reads: 12

Genre You Read The Most From: Definitely fantasy!

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Best Book You Read In 2015? Wow, starting off with a difficult question. My favorite book of the year would be The Song of Achilles. Or Red Seas Under Red Skies

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Definitely All The Light We Cannot See. I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it as much as everyone else seems to. 

Most surprising (in a good way) book you read?  Maybe The Martian? I am not a huge science-fiction reader, never have been. So the fact that I adored The Martian was quite a surprise to me.

 Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read? I’m not sure whether I truly pushed someone to read a book, but the ones I keep talking about are The Song of Achilles, Quiet and The Others series

Best series you started in 2015? The Riyria Revelations and Riyria Chronicles by Michael J. Sullivan.

Best Sequel of 2015? Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Best Series Ender of 2015? The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Favorite new author you discovered in 2015? Michael J. Sullivan

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Most unputdownable book of the year? The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? The Song of Achilles! And probably Quiet too. And Vision in Silver 

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015? The European cover for Uprooted is absolutely gorgeous. 

Most memorable character of 2015? Hadrian from the Riyria Revelations. There are so many sides to him, he’s such an intriguing character. 

Most beautifully written book read in 2015? The Song of Achilles (seeing a trend in my answers?)

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015? Quiet by Susan Cain. I’d recommend this book to everyone, even if you’re not an introvert. 

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015? 

“Nobody admires anyone else without qualification. If they do they’re after an image, not a person.”

From the Republic of Thieves.

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015? The shortest book was a single issue of the Lumberjanes graphic novels. And the longest book I read is The Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan

Book That Shocked You The Most? The Clique, one of the books I DNFed. Every single character was a terrible person. 

OTP OF THE YEAR? Simon and Meg from The Others by Anne Bishop. I JUST LOVE THEM. 

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year? Royce and Hadrian’s from the Riyria Revelations. #bromance

Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously? Warbreaker

Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. It wasn’t solely from recommendation, but it mostly was. 

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015? I have a soft spot for Hadrian. Again, from the Riyria Revelations

Best 2015 debut you read? Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? I adore the setting for the Gentleman Bastard series, AND the Riyria series one. 

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? The Martian. I laughed so hard the entire time. 

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015? The Song of Achilles turned into a sobfest. And The Nightingale made me shed a tear or two!

Hidden Gem Of The Year? Definitely The Song of Achilles. Not enough people have read it! Quiet as well though, it’s an amazing non-fiction read.

Book That Crushed Your Soul? The Song of Achilles and The Nightingale.

Most Unique Book You Read In 2015? I think Lumberjanes? It’s a graphic novel series about friendship. It centers around these young girls, who are all so different both physically and mentally, but have such a glorious friendship, don’t judge each other and are always there for one another. It’s sad to me that I find that to be a unique aspect. Every book should have this. 

Book That Made You The Most Mad? The Daredevil volume I DNf’ed. WHAT THE HELL WAS HAPPENING IN IT? 

my blogging-bookish life

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015? Two blogs I’ve been really enjoying lately are Of Dragons and Hearts, and The Biblio Sanctum.

Favorite review that you wrote in 2015? I don’t really think I have one… 

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? I really liked my post on whether our community is missing out on amazing possible reading by tending to focus on the same new releases.

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?  I haven’t really gone to any author signings or festivals.  

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015? Hitting the 1 year blogoversary. That was such a great moment for me! AND getting to do a work experience at the Pan Macmillan office in London. Probably the best 2 weeks of the summer for me.

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Combining the blogging and reading life with my increasing work at university.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog? By views, bizarrely enough it’s my review of Schizo by Nic Sheff. It’s one of the first reviews I ever wrote. I have NO CLUE why it’s so popular all of a sudden.

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? Reviews in general. I’d love for reviews about lesser known books to get a little bit more attention.  

Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I can’t immediately think of any. Maybe Society6? They have some amazing bookish designs.

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge and the Netgalley and Edelweiss Challenge!

looking ahead

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016? I’m not quite sure. Maybe Six of Crows? Everyone seemed to love that.

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)? Probably Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop.

2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. 

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016? Again, Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop. AND Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch 

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?  I want to keep blogging consistently, hopefully get to go to a bookish event and maybe find a job in the publishing world!

A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone? I haven’t got any, sorry!

My Favorite Books of 2015

The time has come to show you all my favorite reads of the year. As always, this doesn’t mean that they all were released in 2015. It just means I read them this past year. So, here they are, the best of the best from this year. By the way, sometimes I’ll show one cover from a series, but mention that the entire series is actually on my list.

These are in no particular order.

Quiet by Susan Cain // I’ve mentioned this book several times this year, just because it truly blew me away. I’m definitely an introvert, and that has always seemed as a negative aspect to me. Because people make me feel like it is. But reading this book truly showed me that there is nothing wrong with being an introvert. We just happen to live in a society that worships the extroverts. I’ve written a review on it, so if you want to read that you can find it here

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson // This was my second Brandon Sanderson novel, and it didn’t disappoint. This world was so interesting, with the gods being reborn, colors being magic and countries at war. It’s about politics, magic, intrigue and power. I loved it. And I’d highly recommend it to everyone. 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah // I only read this one recently, but I immediately knew it had to be on this list. From the first sentence. I swear this has one of my all-time favorite opening lines. It’s a historical fiction novel about WWII, and it’s amazing. I don’t often read this genre, but I’m so glad I read this. Honestly, you need to read this. My review of it can be found here

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas // I don’t think this will be a surprise to anyone. I really enjoy this series, and I’m one of the readers who loves the direction this story is going in. I’m really looking forward to the next novel. My review on it can be found here

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller // Again, not a surprise to anyone. I’ve been mentioning this book as often as I can. I started the year with this book I believe, it was at least one of the first books I read. It was out of this world. I loved it so much. At first, I wasn’t sure whether I would like this, because I love the version of Achilles’ story I already knew. But this one was just, even better. I really think everyone should read this book. My review on it can be found here

Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J. Sullivan // By this, I mean the entire series. I read all three of the bind-ups, so 6 books, this year and adored them. Michael J. Sullivan has become one of my favorite fantasy authors, and I’ll probably read anything he’ll write. I have a review on it here.

The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2) by Michael J. Sullivan // By this, I mean the first and second book in this series, as I haven’t read the third book yet. Like I said before, I love this author, I love this world and I love the characters even more. 

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson // Again, the entire trilogy is on this list. I read these in 2015, and loved them. I knew I would because Alicia @ Kernel of Nonsense loves them, and she was write. It’s an amazing YA fantasy trilogy that everyone should read. I have a review on it here if you’re interested. 

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking // Again, the entire trilogy is on my list. I love it. I feel like Amanda Hocking is kind of an underrated author! I haven’t seen her books around much, especially this trilogy. It makes me kind of sad, because I do love this trilogy. Again, I have a review on it here.

Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard #2) by Scott Lynch // So, the second and third book are on my list. The first one would be too, but I read that one in 2014 so I can’t really put it on here. I love Scott Lynch’s work. His Gentleman Bastard series is so unique and amazing. I can’t recommend it enough, and I can’t wait to read the fourth book in 2016.  I wrote a review on it, which you can find here

Uprooted by Naomi Novik // This was a very different fantasy read for me. I introduced me to Naomi Novik’s work and I’ll definitely be reading more of it. I have a review on it here

A Darker Shade of Magic (ADSOM #1) by V.E. Schwab // Again, an amazing introduction to V.E. Schwab’s work! This YA fantasy novel has several different Londons, all in a different dimension I think. They all have different colors, different magic, different kingdoms and so on.  It’s all SO INTERESTING. My review on it can be found here

Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes // Last but not least, Me Before You. This is one of the best romance books I’ve ever read. Honestly, it’s a must read. My review on it can be found here. 


These are my favorite books I read in 2015. Seeing this list just makes me so HAPPY. Have you read any of these? Did you make a post about your favorite reads of the year? I’d love to see them! 

Series I Caught Up With in 2015

A while ago, I made a post about the Series I Caught Up With. That contained all the series I caught up with up until that point, which was in March. Now, as 2015 went on, I caught up with some more, and fell behind on others. For example, I added Winger onto that list, because at the time I had read everything released so far. However, in September the sequel was released and I haven’t yet read that. 

So what is this post? These are all series I caught up with for 2015 since that post in March. They don’t have any 2015 releases left (obviously) so for 2015, I have “finished” this series. 

The Malediction trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen // This year, I read Stolen Songbird and Hidden Huntress, the first two books in the trilogy. I really enjoyed this trilogy about trolls! I’m looking forward to the release of Warrior Witch.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas // I read the first book A Court of Thorns and Roses this year. Definitely enjoyed it, so I’m curious to see what’s next. I have to admit that it won’t be as huge of a priority for me to read the sequel than to others. I don’t know why, but I’ve kind of forgotten about this book even though I really enjoyed it?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas // In 2015, I read Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows, the 3rd and 4th book in the series. I much prefer this series to the ACOTAR one. I’m definitely one of the people who likes the direction these books are taking. 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab // I read the first book, A Darker Shade of Magic in 2015. LOVED IT. So much. It was absolutely amazing. So I’m definitely looking forward to the release of the second book in 2016. 

Thunder Road by Katie McGarry // It’s no secret that I really enjoy Katie McGarry’s contemporary novels. I read Nowhere But Here, the first book in this series in 2015. It’s about a motorcycle gang. Really liked it. 

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson // I have no clue when the next book will come out. But I’m definitely looking forward to it. This was an absolutely amazing book. 

Twisted Tales by Liz Braswell // This was a nice read! I read A Whole New World, the first book in 2015. I enjoyed it, yet I don’t really know whether I’ll continue on with the series. 

Gentleman Bastard by Scott Lynch // THIS SERIES. It has become one of my all-time favorites. I read Red Seas Under Red Skies and Republic of Thieves this year. I’d highly recommend the audio books for this series, they’re really great. The release of the fourth book, Thorn of Emberlain was pushed back to 2016 so for now, I’m all caught up! 

The Selection by Kiera Cass // I read The Heir, the fourth book this year. I hated the main character. She was such an annoying brat. I’m not sure whether I’ll read the next book.

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker // Again, I read the first book The Witch Hunter this year. I quite enjoyed it, so I’m curious about the next book.

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson // I read the first two books, The Kiss of Deception and Heart of Betrayal this year. I’d heard a lot about this book, it was definitely hyped up. But I did enjoy it more than I thought I would. And I enjoyed the second book even more. Looking forward to the third book!


 

These are the series I caught up with since March! I’m looking forward to some of the next books coming up in 2016 -others I may not end up finishing. We’ll see. Have you read any of these? 

December ’15 New Releases I’m Excited to Read

Every month, I write a post about the new releases I can’t wait to read for said month. (Aside from last month, but I’ll just hope that no one actually noticed I forgot.) So today, it’s all about them December releases! 

The Death of Dulgath (Riyria Chronicles #3) by Michael J. Sullivan // December 1st // The ebook version was released last month, but the actual paperback will be released on December 1st. I absolutely love this author and his Riyria series (both of them). I really want to pick this one up soon because I loved the previous two books in the series. 

Gateway to Fourline (Fourline Trilogy #1) by Pam Brondos // December 1st // I have to be honest, I’d never heard of this before last week. But then I found it on Goodreads and read the synopsis. And you know what came to mind? ADULT NARNIA. I have no idea whether it’ll actually be like that… But one can hope: no? 

See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter // December 22nd // Now, don’t kill me if I’m wrong here. I was a tad confused because sometimes it says the release date is in January, and sometimes it says December. And on Bookdepository, both are there too. So I’m guessing it’ll be released somewhere in December? Anyway, really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy (series?) so I’m hoping to like this one too. 

Misconduct by Penelope Douglas // December 1st // I have mixed feelings about this one. When I was in a huge new adult-kick last year, I really enjoyed her books Bully, Until You and Rival. Now, I do think that as I have read more since then, I’d maybe enjoy them a little bit less now? So I’m kind of excited about this one because I did enjoy some of her other books, but I’m scared too that my tastes and opinions will have changed a lot. 


So those are the December 2015 releases I really want to read soon! I also want to read Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes but I wasn’t super excited about it as I wrote this post so I didn’t include it. But yes, do want to read Frozen Tides. 

Which December releases are you looking forward to?

October New Releases I’m Excited to Read

I can’t believe it’s October already. I know I say that every month. But really, let’s think about it! In 3 months, it’ll be 2016. I can’t handle this knowledge. Anyway, a new month = a ton of new releases. So today, I’m showing you the ones I’m most excited about! 

 October 6th

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The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase #1) by Rick Riordan // Carry On by Rainbow Rowell // An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet // Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith // A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

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A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis // Cleopatra’s Shadows by Emily Holleman // Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1) by Ryan Graudin // Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins

October 8th 

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The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan and Phil

October 13th

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First & Then by Emma Mills 

October 22nd

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What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

October 27th

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Wake of Vultures (The Shadow #1) by Lila Bowen


So those are the books I’m excited to read being released this October! Have you read any of these? Are you excited to read any other books as well?