Monday, May 18, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Favorite Books This Year (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's Top Ten Topic is...A FREEBIE. Yikes! I'm usually so bad at thinking topics up. Well, I did get an idea. I figured that since it's close to the middle of the year, I'd list my ten favorite books so far. It'll be interesting to see which ones make it to the end of the year. Of course, remember that I haven't read everything I've wanted to yet (I've read 41 books so far in 2015), and some of these were released at the end of last year but I read them either at the beginning of this year, or at the end of last year, after I made my Top Ten of 2014.

Here are my favorite books of the first half of 2015:

(click book covers for my review of each book)

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
by Jodi Meadows

(OMG!! I haven't gotten around to reviewing The Orphan Queen yet! I promise I will get on that! I really loved this amazing fantasy. If you click the book cover, it'll take you to Goodreads.)

Shutter (Shutter #1) by Courtney Alameda

Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Any Way You Slice It by Kristine Carlson Asselin

They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1) by Amy Engel

This was released at the end of last year but I didn't read it until this January. Had I read it before the end of 2014, it definitely would have made my Top Ten for the year. I had to give it a shout out today.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (#1-#4) 
by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman

I'm really enjoying these Simon-centric monthly installments that continue The Mortal Instruments series where City of Heavenly Fire left off. These eBooks are definitely worth buying each month. The picture above takes you to my review of the first book in the series, but WARNING, if you haven't read City of Heavenly Fire yet, you'll get spoilers for that book (Shadowhunter Academy takes place right after CoHF).

There you go. I really enjoyed all these books!

What were your favorite books for the first half of 2015?

What topic did you choose this week?

<3 Michelle


  1. I've heard great things about None of the Above, I should check it out! I also really enjoyed The Book of Ivy, it was surprisingly good.

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  2. I have a copy of None of The Above but I haven't got around to it yet. I can't wait to read it though. Thanks for stopping by My TTT earlier!

  3. Love your selection, there have been so many incredible books so far this year. I'd probably have to add in 'The Game of Love & Death' by Martha Brockenbrough and 'The Last Leaves Falling' by Sarah Benwell.

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  4. I haven't read most of these. But I completely agree about Orphan Queen, even though the ending was totally evil!

  5. I've seen these books on a lot of blogs but I haven't read any of them! Interesting list though!

  6. OOoh great topic choice! This was harder to do than I thought. So many themes and ideas run through my head and I can't decide what to do! It's possible that I chose a lot of the same books I did the last time I used this topic! I didn't want to go back and check because some are still faves!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  7. Nice topic. I struggled with what to do this week but finally came up with one. I really need to get to Shutter as I remember buying it as soon as it came out. I have been tied up with review books this month so maybe I'll get to it in a month or two.

  8. So many new books. I haven't actually read any of these but I definitely want to. Happy reading!

  9. Love your choice of topic. I've not actually read ANY of these yet so I've saved your post so that I can add (even more) books to my TBR. I'm really intrigued by The Orphan Queen. Look forward to your review.x
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  10. I love this topic! I might have to use this topic for the next freebie!! :) I agree with The Book of Ivy! I loved it! All the other ones you chose, I haven't read yet.. :/
    Books I would add that I read this year and LOVED! Compulsion by Martina Boone, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver, and Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

    Great topic, Michelle! :)

  11. I´ve read and liked Vanishing Girls, it was a good read.
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  12. I haven't read any of these except They All Fall Down and it was good! Great looking books this week!

  13. GREAT topic choice this week! I still need to read Glass Arrow and Orphan Queen but they're both on my wishlist/tbr shelf^^ Awesome picks! xx

  14. So much love for a lot of these books! And I still have not read Shutter or Orphan Queen but have plans to do so. Thanks for some great recs. ~Beth @ Perpetual New Girl

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  15. Oooo, new books for me to check out!! Thanks for posting your favorites for this year so far.

  16. I'm going to have to get my hands on Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy! I love Cassandra Clare's work.

  17. I'm going to have to get my hands on Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy! I love Cassandra Clare's work.

  18. Great list! Thanks for stopping by!

  19. I Loved Love, Lucy and I really need to read Orphan Queen - great list!

  20. Vanishing Girls and None of the Above are HIGH on my list. Also LOVE that cover of They All Fall Down. Thanks for stopping by my list :)

  21. Shutter looks terrifying but I am very intrigued by The Orphan Queen! My favorites so far this year ....hmm...The only five star review I've given out so far this year was to Jackaby by William Ritter. Lots of four stars but I'd have to think too hard to sort them out, lol!

  22. OKAY SO I'M SO GLAD TO SEE LOVE, LUCY ON YOUR LIST! That is a definite favourite of mine as well! Vanishing Girls was so great as well! You're honestly making me fangirl and eager to read these all because I now remember that I must get to them soon! The Glass Arrow, The Orphan Queen and Shutter are all part of my MUST-READ-SOON list, and I'm actually about to begin None of the Above after my next read! Yay for stellar favourites, lovely list!

  23. I haven't read any of these, but I've read a few good reviews for The Glass Arrow recently so it's creepy into my TBR now.
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    Lauren @

  24. I have not read a single one of your top ten books yet. Where have I been? They all look so good.

  25. Only read the first four so far, but THE ORPHAN QUEEN!!!! I LOVE THAT BOOK!

  26. Totally agree with None of the Above, The Book of Ivy, and Vanishing Girls! I mean, I read BoI last year, so it wouldn't count for me, but I still loved it! Man... I don't know if I can pick ONE favorite from this year so far! Ummmm. I did love The Sin Eater's Daughter, The Cage, Made You Up, Vanishing Girls... OH The Kiss of Deception I read this year and loved! Rook, The Winner's Crime, Salt & Stone... oh forget it, I give up! Great list ;)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight