Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. There is a new subject each week and this week's topic is "Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2015".
I always wish this topic would be used at the end of the year as we still have a few weeks of 2015 left and I may read some amazing books before the end of the year.
Top ten books for adults:
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
If I had to pick just one book that is my favorite read of the year, The Nightingale would be it. It is such an emotional story. I think it is Kristin Hannah's best book.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
Flame Tree Road by Shona Patel
I thought this prequel to Teatime for the Firefly is even better than the first book. I loved the setting and Biren, especially as a kid who just wanted to help people. He is quite a character.
When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi
Although it's not as good as The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, I really liked this novel about the plight of refugees and the prejudice and hardship they face.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Who would have thought a book about a grumpy man would make me laugh so much? I really enjoyed this novel and seeing how Ove's life was changed because of some caring neighbors with boundary issues. The sarcastic sense of humor really appealed to me too.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
This is a fun novel inspired by the real life relationship of Kate Middleton and Prince William. It also reminded me of The Prince and Me.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
A Heart Revealed by Josi S. Kilpack
This novel touched a personal chord with me as it deals with alopecia. It stood out to me because it is more than a Regency romance. The novel really allows the characters to grow and develop from who they are at the beginning which makes the happy ending so much more satisfying.
Having read a couple of her Morganville Vampire novels, I wasn't sure what to expect of this fantasy novel about a world where printed books are illegal but I was blown away by it. There are high stakes and losses and interesting characters including one that reminded me of Severus Snape. I can't wait for the next book!
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The final book in the Lunar Chronicles brought the series to a satisfying end. I loved these novels and was so happy that Winter didn't disappoint. I remember how hesitant I was to pick up Cinder when it was first published because I didn't care for the cover and wasn't sure that I'd like reading about a science fiction version of Cinderella with a cyborg but boy was I wrong!
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
All the Rage was definitely an emotional and thought provoking book. Romy was date raped but when she went to the authorities, the town pretty much turned on her because the rapist was a popular jock and the son of the town sheriff. Romy is regularly bullied but no one does anything to stop it. The book makes for pretty grim reading but it is important and there is a ray of hope in the end.
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
I loved Emery Lord's debut, Open Road Summer, and I thought this was fantastic too. Paige is grieving the loss of her boyfriend the year before but she has decided to tackle the new school year with a list of things to do to show everyone that she is just fine and moving forward with her life. Her list includes going on a date, trying something new and overcoming something she fears. I really enjoyed seeing Paige make new friends and try new things.
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
This novel is inspired by the Steubenville rape case and other similar stories. I thought the author did a good job of writing the book in a thoughtful way that makes the reader question things and it never once felt like an "after-school special"
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Crime is an excellent follow up to the first book in the series, The Winner's Curse. I love the politics and the intrigue and action and this one ended with a shocking cliffhanger.
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Although I prefer the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, I really liked this first book in her new series in an alternate Old West during the Gold Rush. Lost of historical detail and the Oregon trail added to the appeal for me and the fantasy element is light so it's a good choice for those who are hesitant about fantasy.
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
There was a lot of hype about this one before it was published and thankfully it lives up to it. I liked Willowdean and her sassy and unapologetic attitude.