Beth Recommends: Fav Reads of 2015 Thus Far

I had been planning on doing this post anyway, but it’s this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic so I thought I might as well do it today! 

I cannot believe that 2015 is half over. It seems like just yesterday I was talking about my bookish new year’s resolutions! Craziness. So far 2015 has been a great reading year. I’ve read a ton of good books and have absolutely fallen in love with many of them. Here are my ten faves so far! 

1) Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
I absolutely fell in love with this book. It is amazing in every way. I wrote a review of this book right after I finished, but still haven’t posted it yet. My mind was left reeling. I had such a book hangover. My review was basically just me gushing—I might go back and polish it up though!
You should read this if you enjoy magical realism, and beautiful books about tough topics and growing up. Basically… EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS.

2) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This book gave me all the feels. It is about two teenagers that bond while contemplating death. The relationship that comes out of that is just so beautiful. This is a look at mental illness and what it’s like loving someone who suffers from one. I loved this book so, so much. 

3) Lumberjanes Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson 
This is just the most awesome thing. The lumberjanes are essentially girl scouts but way more bada$$. The layout of these comics is amazing, the art is wonderful, it’s just… great. It was a pure joy to read. If you are into comics or graphic novels at all, this is a must. If you find yourself interested in them, give this one a go! It’s delightful and just tons of fun. PS I loved this so much that before I had even finished it I had bought myself a lumberjanes t-shirt. And am wearing it right now. Because it’s awesome. 

4) Diamond Head by Cecily Wong
This book is so freaking beautiful. It’s a sweeping multigenerational family saga that takes place in China then Hawaii, and I couldn’t out it down. I even cried at the end because it was so bittersweet. If you like stories about family, love, and secrets, try this one. 

5)Ms Marvel Vol 2 & 3 by G. Willow Wilson 
In 2014 I fell in love with Ms. Marvel when I read vol 1. Now vols 2 & 3 are out and I love her even more! If you haven’t read these yet, do it now! Ditto what I said about Lumberjanes. I.e. If you are into comics or graphic novels at all, this is a must. If you find yourself interested in them, give this one a go!

6) Amulet 1, 2, & 3 by Kazu Kibuishi 

This is a middle grade graphic novel series and it is just… magical. I love it. The art work is super gorgeous and the storyline is super fun! The characters are two kids, a brother a sister. They find an entrance to a magical world in their basement. It’s the best. 

7) Soulless by Gail Carriger 

This was my first foray into steampunk. Lindsay Rey recommended it in one of her wrap-ups and it really intrigued me. It is so much fun! It’s a comedy of manners set in steampunk England with vampires and werewolves thrown in. So. Much. Fun. At first I was thrown off a little by the whole steampunk thing, but I got the hang of it. It gave me a craving for urban paranormal fantasy and I’ve been loving this! Check this one out if you like to laugh! And/or if you like urban paranormal!

8) On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss

I’ve been reading more nonfiction lately than usual (although still not a lot). I remember when this one came out and I got around to reading it in May. It’s not super long, but it is super interesting. I was always intrigued by the anti-vaccination movement and so did not understand it. I still don’t really… But I do understand vaccines and immunity better! GET VACCINATED. VACCINATE YOUR KIDS. This book made the scientific stuff of immunity accessible. It was really neat learning about how our choices effect society and those around us. And this is coming from someone who does not read a lot of nonfiction, so don’t be afraid of it! It’s really good and I recommend it! 

9) The Winner’s Curse & The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski 

This YA fantasy series is a lot of fun. This one is about Kestrel and her home in Herran. Her people, the Valorians, conquered the Herrani and are now their overlords. This leads to a lot of tension and political intrigue! Pair that with top notch world-building, and you’ve got yourself a winner! If that sounds appealing to you, definitely check it out. I loved both books! 

10) Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch

This YA high fantasy is pretty great stuff. Meira is a teenage refugee living with a small group of others that have been exiled from their home for Meira’s whole life. They are fighting to reclaim their kingdom—Winter. Again, this one has some pretty great world building and political intrigue. It’s also got a neat magic system that determines the monarchy. I really liked this one and highly recommend it!

What are the best books you’ve read so far this year?