The year is halfway over, and despite the fact that I took a 3-month long reading and blogging hiatus, I have read a decent amount of books so far this year! Which is great, because today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is about the top books I’ve read so far this year. Unfortunately, I’ve only read a handful of books that I really loved (meaning I gave them a 5-star rating), so I’m cutting this list down to 5 books.
Ten Five Books I’ve Read So Far in 2015
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – I shared my review for this book last week, but this book was definitely a big hit with me. I loved the characters, the dinosaurs, and even the philosophy in the books (which is funny, since I usually stray away from books or discussions heavy in philosophy).
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – My first reread this year! I’ve been reading the series with my husband, who has seen the movies but never read the books, and even after having read this book so many times that the pages are literally falling out, I still enjoy it just as much. Eternal 5-star rating!
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – I feel like it’s been much longer than 6 months since I’ve read this book, but I still remember staying up really late to finish it because I had to know what happened next! It has so much: mystery, suspense, romance. Definitely my favorite book in Hodkin’s series and obviously one of the best books I’ve read this year.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – An easy book to read in one sitting (or listen to on the way to and from work, as I did), Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy” had me laughing and hoping for a happy ending, and I was definitely pleased :) This is a great read for people who aren’t very used to reading classics.
Persuasion by Jane Austen – Oh, I lied earlier. Persuasion was my first reread this year (although I did reread Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the same week), and it was also the first time I had reread this particular novel, my second favorite of all Jane Austen’s works. I still felt just as much for Anne Elliot, and I definitely still swooned at Captain Wentworth’s letter <3 This book has gotten me all excited for Austen in August in a little over month! (I’ll be following along with two blogosphere events this year: here and here)
Where She Went by Gayle Forman – I read this sequel last month and never got to talk about it, but I definitely enjoyed it more than the first novel, If I Stay. That’s probably because I got used to Gayle Forman’s writing style. In If I Stay I wasn’t prepared for the whole book to take place over 24 hours and most of the plot happening in flashbacks, so I got a little annoyed, but this time I anticipated that and had more fun reading it.
Thanks for reading! What have been some of your favorite reads so far this year?
14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read (So Far) in 2015”
I’d say Persuasion is the best book I’ve read this year too! It’s my favorite Austen.
It’s a close second for me, just behind Pride and Prejudice :)
Persuasion! <3 I wish I had written a review of The Importance of Being Earnest, I read it a few years ago and remember enjoying it immensely :) Great list!
I loved it! Thanks for sharing your list :)
Great list! I read If I Stay last year and really enjoyed it, so I think I need to pick up Where She Went soon. :)
The year is really flying by and it feels like ages ago when I read Persuasion. Where does Persuasion rank for you against all the other Jane Austen books?
Very close second, just behind Pride and Prejudice :)
Great list! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is such an amazing read. The sequel is even better.
Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian
I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the sequel so much! I preferred the first book, but I did love getting to know the secondary characters more in Evolution.
I really liked the Mara Dyer series but haven’t read this last one yet. Harry Potter is always good, no matter how often you read it. My TTT @Crushingcinders
The last one is not as good as the first, but it did get me thinking a lot! I hope you enjoy it :)
You have an Aussie? So do I. He’s 7 months old — super smart, energetic and strong. Oh, and incredibly cute :)
After seeing Jurassic World, my husband was talking about how much he loved the Jurassic Park book. I realized I’d never read it. Planning to do so soon. I also really, really need to re-read the HP series. I read the books as they came out, so I’m DEFINITELY due for a re-read.
Glad to have found your blog. I’m adding it to my Bloglovin’ list. Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!
Thanks!! Aren’t Aussie’s the best? And I hope you enjoy Jurassic Park! It’s hard to put it down :)