Picking my 10 favorite books of this year was almost impossible because I have read SO MANY wonderful books. According to my GoodReads I have read 128 books in 2015, this is crazy!
My Year in Books : X
Here is my top 10 books of 2015!
“Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…”
I love this book. I love it sooooo much. And i realize, while rereading it, that I have forgot many little things about this storyline. It was fun being surprise all over again. Many times I found myself saying “oh yeah, i forgot about that!” The storyline is fantastic, dark and fun. I love the order of the phoenix and seeing all those interesting wizards. Harry was a bit annoying sometimes, he’s all pissed about pretty much everything. He screams, he thinks awful things about the people he loves, i wanted to punch him. But i guess, seeing his situation, I can understand…… I love Ron, like always, he’s still my favorite character. ❤ the ending of this book broke my heart. Even if i knew what was going to happen, i saw the movies, i have read the books, still, it hurt.
Overall, this book is fantastic. Like pretty much alllllll the Harry Potter books. I just love this series so much!
Harry Potter and the Order of Phœnix : 4.5/5
I have now picked my 10 favorite books of the year, but there is 5 books that almost made it to the list. Since I had to make some choices, these five books didn’t made it, but I still wanted to mention them, the are SO GOOD. ♥
I recommend all of those books, they were incredible!!
“Seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith’s parents just left for vacation, and Lila’s all set to throw the holiday party of the season. But when her Christmas-obsessed little brother, Cooper, discovers that global warming is melting the North Pole, he and his best friend, Tyler, take off on a runaway mission to save Santa.
Lila has to get Cooper safely home before her parents get back on Christmas Eve. But the only person who can help her is Tyler’s older brother, Beau a.k.a. Lila’s musician, anti-everything ex-boyfriend.
It’ll take more than a Christmas miracle for Lila and Beau to overcome their differences and find their fugitive brothers. But could a journey destined for disaster help these polar opposites fall in love…all over again?”
I was really looking for a cute, easy, little christmasy read and this is exactly what I found in Ex-Mas. The storyline was fun and entertaining. Roadtrip are always a good book idea and adding christmas to the whole thing just made me super happy! I had fun reading it from start to end, it was a wonderful, fast-paced story. I didn’t like our main character, Lila, at first. She was so annoying and i really disliked her. BUT, something happens to her, something that made everything in her life change and that turned her entire character around. She changes quickly and for the better. Beau is amazing. I may have a crush on him, to be honest. The writing was great, easy to read and follow.
Overall, this book was the perfect way to start my holiday. i love it!
Ex-mas : 4/5
I think, so far, this is my favorite box! Everything in it is sooo cool!
The book this month is not one I would have check out by myself… and to be honest, i’m not sure if i’m going to enjoy it.
Da Vinci’s Tiger : “Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.
When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families. ”
Owlcrate : X
“Grace Mae knows madness.
She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.
When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.”
There is many things that I liked about this book. First thing being the writing. This is my second book by Mindy McGinnis and i just fall in love with her writing a little bit more each time. It’s so good. The next thing i love about this book is our two main characters : Grace and Thornhollow. I really enjoyed reading about them and seeing their relationship. They have a great chemistry and it was interesting to read. Grace was a fantastic character, she’s smart and kind. I really like her. I didn’t care much about the side characters, but they were not awful. I was not a big fan of the storyline. I was a little confused during the first couple of pages. After that, it got better but the plot didn’t grab my full attention. I just couldn’t get into it. One thing i really like was all the talk about insanity and what’s good and bad. It was very fascinating to read the discussion about insanity between Grace and Thornhollow. I like the criminal mind aspect, learning how the head of a killer works. The ending was abit of a let down.
So, even if i’m not a big fan of the plot, i did like the rest of this book. From the cover to the themes, this story had some good points. I really enjoyed it.
A Madness so Discreet : 4/5