Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
THERE ARE SOOOOO MANY GOOD BOOKS TO CHOOSE FROM! And somehow, I have managed to write blog posts for all my favourites! Some stand-out reads, even if not all my choices were published this year!
1. The A-Z of You and Me – James Hannah
Top of the list. I have mentioned this constantly in Top Ten Tuesday posts throughout the year – it is just stunning. It’s also a reminder that reading outside your preferred genre is important – sometimes the best things are in unexpected places.
2. The Life and Death of Sophie Stark – Anna North
Only just finished this one! I could not put it down. Anna North has created an incredibly intriguing character, but we never actually hear her voice. Told through the viewpoints of other characters, there is quite a cool twist at the end!
3. Lifespan of Starlight – Thalia Kalkipsakis
This was an amazing start to what will be a fantastic YA series. Set in a dystopian Australian future, there is time travel which makes it AWESOME!
4. A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray
Inter-dimensional travel! I got REALLY into young adult sci-fi this year, and this book blew most of them right out of the water!
5. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
One of the funniest books I have EVER read. Just amazing. Nothing is safe from the satiric hands of these two authors.
6. Laurinda – Alice Pung
I can’t recommend this book enough. Absolutely STUNNING! A Looking for Alibrandi for the present age.
7. I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes
A spy novel for the age of terrorism. Astounding. Fast-paced, but also just ridiculously interesting! Pilgrim is not just another Bond. While there are some crazy gun scenes, it is the thought processes he goes through which are the best parts of the story.
8. The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness
I wish this book had been around for our ‘Irony’ component of Year 10 English at school. Everything about this book is wonderful, but I particularly love how much it mocks the traditional YA novel.
9. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
It was incredibly tough to choose between this and Zeroes!!! Both books are written by not one, but MULTIPLE Australian authors. Illuminae ultimately won because of the absolutely AMAZING format!
10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J K Rowling (illustrated by Jim Kay)
Last, but definitely not least, is the most gorgeous book I have seen all year, if not EVER! I cannot get enough of these illustrations! I have two copies of the book and am looking forward to a the special collector’s edition for Christmas (yes, Harry Potter is my life)!!!
What have been your 2015 favourites? Do any of these strike you as interesting?