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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday [#9]: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Eep! So this is my first Top Ten Tuesday post in forever. The last one I had was more than a year ago. I know, bad blogger. But I just can't pass up this week's topic: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015. I was actually planning to write a post about my favorite 2015 reads so far, but when I saw this week's TTT, I just decided to do this one here.

(Okay, so I haven't read those popular releases like All the Bright Places, A Court of Thorns and Roses, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, etc. I'll read them, I swear. Just not now because I'm still intimidated by all the hype surrounding them.)

In no particular order, here's my

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015

Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian - I didn't expect to enjoy this book so much because it's not my usual genre. But Tunnel Vision really surprised me. It's YA paranormal with a touch of sci-fi, and what a good combination it was!

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez - I can't stress enough how much I love diverse books and When Reason Breaks just oozes with diversity. It also tackles sensitive and difficult issues but is written beautifully. The author's prose and Emily Dickinson's poetry really blended well.

Never Sleep by Cady Vance - Another out-of-my-comfort-zone read! I rarely pick-up sci-fi, but I signed up for this tour because the blurb was just calling to me. Good decision, though. Never Sleep is fast-paced, action-packed and very engaging.

Die Once More by Amy Plum - I really love Amy Plum's Revenants series so when I saw there was a new novella, I immediately dived in! Die Once More is Jules' story, but Kate and Vincent and the others are also there. New characters, new romance. And there are swoony scenes! ^__^

Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen - Bullying is the main theme of this book, but with a twist because it's told from a bully's POV. Okay, ex-bully who turned into the school pariah. It conveys a strong and important message about bullying. I also liked the friendship and romance here. Absolutely no insta-love!

Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons - Ah, girl power! I love how feisty the main character is. It's also strong on family aspect and the ending's really good! I'm not sold on the romance, but I admit there are some swoony moments. :)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - ASDFGFHJLKJL!!! I read this in April and even until now I still can't write a coherent review of Red Queen. It's just so awesome, I don't know how to describe it. And now the title and the blurb of the sequel have been released, but Glass Sword itself won't be out until February 9th, 2016. Ah, the torture of waiting!

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed -  Another diverse book that I dearly enjoyed. Set in Pakistan, Written in the Stars has characters that you will root for and easily sympathize with. This is an eye-opening YA debut that also conveys a strong message about the culture and traditions that bind many of us.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone - Heartwarming and mindblowing. This book features a main character with Purely Obsessional OCD, but Every Last Word is written with such honesty and respect. This is not an easy read, but I adored it nonetheless.

The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace - The last but definitely not the least! This YA debut is one hell of a book. Totally amazing! I haven't written a review yet; it's just so overwhelming. Love it to bits! READ THIS BOOK NOW!

I'm hoping the second half of the year would be as fabulous as the first. More good books, please! ^__^
I'm a little late to the party, but I'm still curious to know what books made your list. Link me up, guys! 

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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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