Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Read in the Second Half of 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I Read in the Second Half of 2015. To see a list of the top ten books I read in the first half of 2015, click here.

Book cover for Uprooted by Naomi NovikBook cover for The Other Me by Suzanne van RooyenBook cover for What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Uprooted is one of those marvelous books that’s every bit as good as it’s hyped to be – and then some. Novik’s cantankerous wizard and novel portrayal of magic are a ton of fun to read.

2. The Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen – The Other Me is the story of a damaged boy, the confused girl who falls in love with him – and wants to BE him – and the realization that love doesn’t always show up in the shape that you expect it to.

3. What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi- This book SLEW me. I could practically feel the grief and guilt radiating off of the protagonist, a teenage father raising his daughter alone while mourning the death of his girlfriend.

Book cover for The Fall by Bethany GriffinBook cover for Unspoken by Sarah Rees BrennanBook cover for On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

4. The Fall by Bethany Griffin – The Fall combines two things I absolutely love: a retold classic and a seriously creepy haunted house. Griffin’s reimagining of Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” is deliciously spooky, atmospheric, and well worth a read. (Read my guest review of The Fall at the Book Addicts Guide!)

5. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan  I’ve heard Brennan’s name bandied about for ages, and now I finally know why – her Lynburn Legacy books are outrageously funny and well written. Plus, they’ve got a cast of great characters, a tortured-soul bad boy, and sorcery. What more can you ask for?

6. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – I love how the seemingly disparate threads of this story are woven together into a bigger picture by the end of the book.

Book cover for Stay With Me by Paul GriffinBook cover for Feed by Mira GrantBook cover for Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer

7. Stay With Me by Paul Griffin – I’ve got so many words for Stay With Me; powerful, painful, hopeful, real, tragic, and special are just a few that come to mind. The romance is quirky, awkward, and unconventional. I loved it, even though it made me cry.

8. Feed by Mira Grant – Feed is definitely my favorite zombie novel to date. It’s got political intrigue, a dynamic duo of sibling journalists, and a well thought-out portrayal of what the world might look like 20 years after a zombie uprising, after humanity’s had a chance to adapt.

9. Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer – Every damn paragraph of this book is hilarious. It’s also unexpectedly moving, clever, and meaningful. A must-read.

Audiobook cover for A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

10. Audiobook of A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – I read a print version of this book years ago, but I recently listened to the audiobook and was so impressed that I had to include it on this list. The narrator, Josephine Bailey, has an astonishing talent for pitch, tone, and a variety accents, male and female.

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Read in the Second Half of 2015

  1. I haven’t read any of these 🙁 that always makes me so sad when they are picked as best books of a year! I do have The Fall on my wish list as well as Libba Bray so hopefully in 2016. The others I may have to look at a bit more. My Top Ten

  2. Wow. I think I have rarely seen Feed in the book blogging world at all. So I’m glad to see it’s in your top ten. I haven’t picked it up yet, but I am very excited to. Mostly, I don’t enjoy zombie television shows. But then I watched the movie adaptation of Warm Bodies, and I absolutely loved it. So now both Feed and Warm bodies is on my TBR list. 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

    Cucie @ Cucie Reads

  3. I’ve heard great things about Unspoken, and the cover is just gorgeous! I really wanna reread A Great and Terrible Beauty as well, I read it years ago and didn’t have too much interest to continue the series. Hopefully I can continue the series soon! My TTT.

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