To make this clear, these aren’t necessarily all book that were published in 2015. I just read them in 2015.
It’s difficult to list out my favorites. I read quite a few really great books this year, but I will keep the list to 6 books.
Without further ado, here were my favorite books of 2015!
A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne
If you’re looking for a book that is Harry Potter-esque, but with more diversity and a spin on the “chosen one” story archetype, then this is book for you. Claiborne creates a magical world filled with characters that are easy to like and relate to. It’s a book that goes by quickly since you can’t really put it down until the end. Super great read for any fantasy fan.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
This is such a great graphic novel, with an awesome female protagonist who is super likable. The relationship between the two main characters is touching. There were times when I laughed and times that I teared up. This graphic novel has everything. Adventure, humor, danger, and friendship. I’ve recommended it to basically everyone I know who like graphic novels, and even some who don’t. It’s that good.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
So often, apocalypse novels tend to focus more on the event itself rather than the lives of those living in it. However, Emily St. John Mandel has created a novel that that examines the lives of those who survive the event. It’s a story of human endurance and survival. The good and the evil that resides in all of us. It’s the new must-read, post-apocalyptic novel.
Red Sonja by Gail Simone
Red Sonja is a barbarian that could give Conan a run for his money. She’s tough, enjoys sex and alcohol, and is loyal to those that are important to her. This action-packed series is full of humor and drama at every turn. Red Sonja is an interesting character struggling with the violence and destruction that ruined her family, and the humiliation she endured while enslaved as a gladiator. It’s exciting and entertaining. A great read for any fan of barbarian and warrior stories.
The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rodrick and Rachel Kiley
After the events that occurred in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Lydia has a lot of mending to do. In this book, we get to see Lydia gain back her confidence a little at a time and learn some important lessons about herself and others along the way. This is a great read for anyone you watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube. And if you haven’t, you definitely should, and then read this book.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
In her debut novel, Sabaa Tahir has created a world in which no one is free. Neither those under the thumb of the tyrannical government, nor those who have the power. Laia and Elias–both from very different backgrounds–find themselves fighting the same enemy, and the only way to defeat them is to work together. Super addicting and often intense, Ember in the Ashes is a great beginning to what will most likely be an exciting new series.