January 12: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t
I’ve never been very good at reading books when I get them; they usually sit on my shelf for a year or two before I pick them up on a whim. As a result, there were numerous 2015 releases that I purchased, but I have yet to read. I’m going to make it my mission to rectify this going into 2016, both by reading the new releases of the past 12 months as well as those released in next 12.
1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Everyone and their mother has read this fantasy tale of a society divided into classes by their blood. It sounds incredibly intriguing, and there must be a reason for all the hype.
2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I don’t know much about the plot of this one, but I’ve heard amazing praise, so I want to discover it for myself.
3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Despite not particularly enjoying the fanfiction sections of Fangirl, I still want to read this (essentially Harry Potter rip-off) for the pure entertainment of shipping Drarry.
4. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I’ve heard this is a mix between The Fault In Our Stars and Eleanor & Park (I’ve yet to read the latter) but it’s a contemporary I’m very interested in, particularly considering how the protagonists meet.
5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I believe this is a fairytale retelling of A Thousand and One Nights (which I don’t know much about – other than the setting, but that’s sold it for me.)
6. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
A YA contemporary I know little about, and I want to keep it that way until I pick it up. The title is beautiful, so I’m looking forward to the story being similarly so.
7. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This book sounds very 21st century: falling for someone over the internet, coming out, and being a victim of bullying. Gimme.
8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I really love the sound of the plot of this novel. It promises to be very different from anything I’ve read before, save the YA romance element.
9. Mosquitoland by David Arnold
A road-trip story with a difference – apparently. I love YA novels about self-discovery and seeing the world, so I have high expectations for this.
10. The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Following the adventures of the children of Disney villains, this was one of my most anticipated releases of 2015, but for some unknown reason I didn’t pick it up and read it. With the release of a Disney movie and the upcoming release of the sequel, I need to make this book a priority this year.
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