Book Reviews, Personal updates

Best Books of 2015


Happy New Year, everyone!  I’ve been going through my Goodreads list of all the books I read in 2015.  According to them, I’ve read 199 books.  That doesn’t count the repeat readings of my favorites.  You can look on Goodreads for the entire list for the year, but today I want to make mention of my very favorites in each category, ending with my top favorite book for the year. I’ve realized that I’m missing books from the children’s category, and this year I will rectify that.  I judged these on writing quality, my enjoyment of the story, whether I would read the book again, and how big of an impact the book had on me.  I hope you’ll take a moment to look over my Goodreads site, and find a book you’d like to read.  Feel free to add me as a friend.  Happy Reading!

My Favorite Books of 2015:
Middle Grade
Celia and the Wolf – Donna Malloy
Indigo’s Star – Hilary McKay
The Humming Room – Ellen Potter — #1
Clean Romance (NA or Adult)
Painting Kisses – Melanie Jacobson
Third Time’s a Charm – Virginia Smith
Stuck in the Middle – Virginia Smith
Kisses in the Rain – Krista Lynne Jensen — #1
Historical Romance
The Inheritance – Tamera Alexander — #1
Amish Romance
Huckleberry Hill – Jennifer Beckstrand
Huckleberry Summer – Jennifer Beckstrand
Kate’s Song – Jennifer Beckstrand — #1
Miriam’s Quilt – Jennifer Beckstrand
Rebecca’s Rose – Jennifer Beckstrand
Women’s Contemporary/Romance
The Language of Sparrows – Rachel Phifer — #1
The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade – Virginia Smith
Told You So – Kristen Heitzmann
The Sound of Glass – Karen White
The Sandcastle Sister – Lisa Wingate
Miss Milton Speaks her Mind – Carla Kelly
YA Fantasy
The Scarecrow King – Jill Myles
The Lady and the Fool – Kristen D. Randle
Eleanor and the Iron King – Julie Daines
Celeste – Johnny Worthen
Daughter of Witches – Patricia C. Wrede
Shadow Magic – Patricia C. Wrede
The False Prince – Jennifer A. Nielsen — #1
The Shadow Throne – Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Runaway King – Jennifer A. Nielsen
Double Play: A Novel of Magic – Carol Nicolas
Dubiosity – Christy Barritt #1
YA Contemporary
Jane and Austin – Stephanie Fowers – #1
Just As I Am – Virginia Smith
Young Adult
The Christmas Pony – Kristen D. Randle – #1
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce – #1
Shadows of Self – Brandon Sanderson – #1
Daughter of the Forest – Juliet Marillier
Emissary – Thomas Locke
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo – #1
Christian/LDS Non-Fiction
Return from Tomorrow – George G. Ritchie – #1
Journey to the Veil – John Pontius
Walking on Water – Madeleine L’Engle
Visions of Glory – John Pontius

2015 Book of the Year:
The Language of Sparrows – Rachel Phifer



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