Bri Lockhart’s Top 10 Books of 2015
- “Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli
Hands down, my favorite read of the year goes to Becky Albertalli’s debut. Warm, funny and diverse, Simon offers a protagonist you’d want to be your best friend and more laughs than you’ll know what to do with.
- “Bone Gap” by Laura Ruby
Magical realism with a side of fairy tale. Laura Ruby delivered a beautifully written, smart read that kept me guessing until the end.
- “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas
2015 brought two new books from Sarah Maas–”A Court of Thorns and Roses” introduced a world based on Beauty and the Beast and Tamlin.
- 4. “The Royal We” by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
This charming fictionalized account of an English prince falling in love with an American commoner was an utter delight to read.
- “Queen of Shadows” by Sarah J. Maas
While I enjoyed “Heir of Fire,” it was a good amount of set up. This fourth installment of the “Throne of Glass” series brought our favorite characters back together with new friendships, a bunch of action and some vengeance.
- “The Darkest Part of the Forest” by Holly Black
A beautifully written tale of siblings, guilt, unreliable narration and unexpected love between friends. Another awesome novel from Holly Black.
- “Dumplin’” by Julie Murphy
Dumplin’/Willowdean is an awesome protagonist who addresses the topic of body image head on without getting preachy. I loved seeing how Willowdean’s confidence changed throughout the course of the story, as well as all of the Dolly Parton references.
- “The Alex Crow” by Andrew Smith
“The Alex Crow” brings some of the crazy found in Andrew Smith’s 2014 novel “Grasshopper Jungle” to meet the heart wrenching story of Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who finds himself at a tech detox camp. Packs quite the emotional punch.
- “Winter” by Marissa Meyer
The end of the “Lunar Chronicles” brought a satisfying ending to the characters’ stories in a fast-pace fourth volume. Bonus points to Meyer for making an 800+ page tome feel like a breeze.
- “Royal Wedding” by Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot’s return to “The Princess Diaries” series was fabulous fan service and I loved every minute of it.
Honorable Mentions For 2015 Books I Read in 2014: “The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh, “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” by Stephanie Oakes, “Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir