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Monday, 25 January 2016

My Favourite Books of 2015

I love reading, did I mention that? Always have, hopefully always will. I track all my progress on Goodreads – you can be my friend here – and it’s a great way to look back at the end of the year to see what you’ve read. In 2015, I read a total of 49 books, which I didn’t think was bad at all. Today I thought I’d share my top 10 books of the year, all of which I gave five stars.

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
This was the first book I finished in 2015, as part of my dissertation. This was a reread for me, but this time I definitely digested it a lot better. Since my first read, I’d watched the television adaptation by BBC One, and read more historical fiction so I was well accustomed to this sort of novel. I felt like I learnt a lot from it, and I push it on everyone I know who likes reading – sorry!
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Once all my university reading was done, I was so ready to sit down with something a little easier. The Selection series had been well discussed on BookTube, so I was excited to see what all the hype was about. Obviously it’s not high-brow literature, but I really enjoyed the world this was set in and the characters.
Being Binky by Binky Felstead
Now this was featured in my Favourite Books of the Year So Far post halfway through the year (you can read that here), and it remains something I really enjoyed. Binky is my favourite MIC cast member, so it was nice to hear about her life.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
My first of many chick-lit romance novels for 2015 – it’s quite possibly my favourite genre, and I’ve read plenty of it. I saw this on a few peoples YouTube channels, LovelyLikeLaura’s especially, and I fell in love with Abby and Travis and their story.
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
I love Nicholas Sparks, always have, always will. I’m slowly working my way through all his novels, and I loved this story. It was tear-jerking and heart-warming, everything a good romance should be – and the film’s fab too.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
2015 was the year I discovered the Queen of New Adult literature, once again on plenty of YouTube recommendations. I devoured this in about a day, I just couldn’t put it down. I’m sure this has started a very long love affair with Colleen Hoover’s work.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
This was something I was dubious about reading if I’m honest. The concept of reading a book filled with emails and case files seemed a little unusual, but I really enjoyed playing detective with this.
Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Another recommendation from LovelyLikeLaura. She raved about this whole series, and since I’d fallen in love with Beautiful Disaster as she’d promised, I thought I’d give it a go. And I fell in love once again. An interesting couple’s story, and a series I’ve since continued.
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
I told you I love Nicholas Sparks. This has to be my favourite novel of his. I read it on holiday last summer and absolutely devoured it. I fell in love with Sophia and Luke and their story, I couldn’t put it down. I saw the film soon afterwards, and fell in love with that too – Scott Eastwood, need I say more. It even became the topic of a Page To Screen post here at LifeLoveLexie, a series of posts I’m keen to continue. 10/10 for sure!
Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins
2015 was the year I discovered Stephanie Perkins, and I read all three books last year. Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door were both great novels, but it was the final book that really caught my heart. Isla was so relatable, and the story was so heart wrenching at times. I especially loved how all the characters from the other novels came together at the end.
All in all, I think I had a great reading year last year. It was so nice to get back to reading for pleasure after university. Hopefully 2016 will be just as good. Do you have any recommendations for me?
Until next time,

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