By: Melanie | July 3, 2015 | (115) Comments

Best Books of 2015 So Far

HELLOOOO BOOKISH PEOPLE *waves like a crazy nut* So. July. Half-way through the year. LIKE WHAAAAAAT? I swear it was January just last week. I SWEAR IT ._.

Anyway, today we have a wrap up post for you all! Time to see which books we’ve LOVED (so far) this year…

2015 Releases We Loved

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard ★★★★

Increasingly enough, I’ve become less and less of a fantasy/dystopian reader and now gravitate towards contemporaries so if you don’t read a lot of fantasy, but still wanna give the genre a go, this is certainly one I recommend as it is comparably light on the world building. Red Queen sees a world with a very strict caste system – Red (lower) and Silver (higher) and the stakes grow with every twist and turn. This book is a beautiful, manipulative thing and it was spectacularly written. We also have a movie adaptation coming along too. AHHH. *insert Mel flailing*

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler ★★★★1/2

What can I say? This is one of those books that are perfect to take with you on a summer’s day to the beach. I seriously adored this book and have upped it to 4.5 stars because I still cannot stop thinking about it. This novel is spectacularly diverse with a POC main character and did you know? It’s based of The Little Mermaid except contemporary! DOUBLE WIN (in my opinion, at least). Read this one for the glamorous prose and swoons, guys.

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia ★★★★★

THIS BOOK MAKES ME WANT TO TYPE WITH ALL THE CAPS SO THAT’S WHAT I SHALL DO. READ. THIS. BOOK. NOW. HONESTLY, THIS BOOK HAS IT ALL: EFFED UP BUT BEAUTIFUL CHARACTERS, A BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE, EQUALLY FANTASTIC SIDE-CHARACTERS AND A WELL-RESEARCHED PORTRAYAL OF SCHIZOPHRENIA. I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I FUCKING LOVE IT.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver ★★★★

In my opinion, this one is Lauren Oliver’s best work yet. As cliche as it sounds, I’m still going to say it anyway because it’s true: Oliver’s writing shines like the stars. No kidding, people. This story is the tale of two sisters, and so much more right beneath the surface. This book will grip onto you and never let you go till you finish it, that’s for sure. Also, if you love twists… THIS ONE HAS ‘EM.

The Flywheel by Erin Gough ★★★★

Lemme throw some Aussie YA pride here! I love my Aussie YA fiction, not just because I’m biased for obvious reasons but also, Aussie YA has it’s distinct feel that it manages to bring to the table each time, and The Flywheel is certainly no exception. I absolutely loved the main character, Del, who is perfectly imperfect. I wanted to dive into the book so many times and give her a huge hug, honestly. If you are looking for a quality LGBTQ themed contemporary that will make you feel, this is the one.

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Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee ★★★★★

THIS BOOK. Ahhhh, I loved it so much and it currently is my only 5 star rating for 2015 releases. I can’t express my love for it enough and I recommend it to everybody. It has an awesome historically accurate and atmospheric setting, diverse and multi-faceted main characters, a beautifully done female friendship and even some swoon worthy romance (COWBOYS). I can’t believe that this novel is a debut, and Lee is now an author I most certainly will be keeping my eye out for. I can’t wait to read more of her work!

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes ★★★★

This novel combines a prison setting with the claustrophobic atmosphere of life in a restrictive cult. The main character is hands down (oh my god I’m a horrible human, pun obviously not intended) one of the most strong and well developed I had the pleasure of reading. Her story will undeniably have you captivated into reading during the late hours of the night. Angel is also beyond awesome.

Mosquitoland by David Arnold ★★★★

This novel is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Mim Malone is utterly complex and her inner thoughts resonated with me on such a deep level. She’s got raw humor down to a tee and it perfectly juxtaposes the roller coaster ride of emotions Mosquitoland is. The side characters are just as amazing as Mim and are truly kaleidoscopic. There’s a subtle romance that will slay you. I cried twice reading this one.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ★★★★1/2

I loved this one completely. The main character really managed to pull at my heartstrings, as did her circumstances. The romance in Everything, Everything was…. everything. Hah. Really though the love interest was completely adorable and the way their romance carried out was beautiful to see. I loved the details of the e-mails and drawings too. Also…HAWAII and omg that plot twist. That’s all I’m saying.

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman ★★★★1/2

Another historical western and damn! It blew me away. I’ve read a few revenge books this year and none of them have come close to Vengeance Road. It honestly reminded of a movie, and way the book was written I could definitely picture all of the awesome action scenes. The characters in this one are all so well developed and you see some awesome growth. And the romance…dklfkldsjflkdsj. The cover on this one also killed me.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★★★★★

How could I not? Simon is the absolute cutest, fluffiest, happiest-making book I’ve read this year. It subtly deals with important issues like “the default” (aka white/straight) while being INCREDIBLY FUN. Simon is a character I LOVE and I love all his friends and THE SHIP and never mind me being incoherent while Larissa and Mel are so eloquent. But yes. This book is oreos and sunshine and happiness.

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge ★★★★1/2

I don’t know how Hodge does it but her writing and world building are A+. This book slapped me in the face several times with its amazingness. Seriously, the world building. I’m fawning over it and I usually have nothing to say about world building. But the way Hodge just weaves her stories… Pure beauty. Loved this.

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia ★★★★1/2

What Mel said.

Okay I wasn’t really going to leave you with that. But yes. CHARACTERS. SHIP. AMAZINGNESS. MIIIIIIIIIILES. *coughs* I can’t help it, this book just brings out the caps in people. MEL IS PROOF OF THIS.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows ★★★★

I just noticed basically all books I’ve read this year are 2014 publications. Seriously I’m having a hard time coming up with 2015 faves because I’ve read almost no 2015 books. Oops! 2015 has been the Year of the Reread for me. Anywayy, I do think TOQ belongs on this list. Fresh fantasy, masked vigilantes, wraith being unpredictable = YEP. This one was just super addictive!

Backlist Books We Loved

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Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery ★★★★★

So I read this book as a little kid and I’m 99% I didn’t understand it or didn’t read it properly. *shakes head a little Mel* ANYWAY, I read it again as a 15 year old and wow… what a difference! I heart this book so much. I don’t know why it took me so long to give this book another go, but I’m glad that I did in the end because I’ve officially found my new favourite ship (after Percabeth of course though!). Anne and Gilbert are forever <3 Also, the movies are perfect.

Scorch by Gina Damico ★★★★1/2

So multiple people have been pushing me to read this series, namely Ellis, and I’m so glad that I did because this series totally broke me. I did read both Scorch and Rogue (books 2 and 3) this year but I’ve chosen book 2 because I liked it slightly more than the last book. But yes, read this series if you want to be crushed. I mean, who doesn’t want to be crushed? No one. That’s right.
(Celine: WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ★★★★1/2

This was part of required reading for school and I was so scared that reading this for school would take my enjoyment away, but I think it made me like the book even more, for once! This is one of those books that just need to be analysed and thought over, and that certainly furthered my reading enjoyment. I cannot wait to read Go Set a Watchman eeep!

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas ★★★★

Any Veronica Mars fan needs to pick up these books. While they’ll never be as fabulous as the TV series, the books are still pretty satisfying. I seriously missed Veronica’s sass after the TV show ended, and I love that the book is still true to Veronica’s voice. I would recommend watching the TV series, then the movie, THEN reading this book to appreciate it fully.

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Cress by Melissa Meyer ★★★★★

FINALLY read this series. Cress is my favorite installment out of the series so far, but really all of the books are amazing. The characters are all so amazing, you’ll definitely fall in love with each and every one of them. I do have a particular love for Wolf, Scarlet and Throne though. The retelling elements present in this series are so creative and I can’t wait for Winter to see how the series will come to an end.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★★

Another series I’m now reading. I haven’t read the third one yet, but I completely loved this one. It took me awhile to get into the first installment but once I did…wow. This series is so creative and well written and I can’t get over it. The characters are also ones I just love reading about and seeing them grow further. If anything happens to them (….and we know it will) I will be a sobbing mess. ALSO….Gansey. Oh my god <33 I can’t deal guys.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare  ★★★★★

My favorite Shakespeare work I’ve read thus far. You’d think I’d quite dislike the level my school made me hyper-analyze but in this case it actually worked out in the way I realized the utter brilliance of Hamlet. The themes and of course the amazing writing is something you can’t miss. Hamlet really has had an lasting impact on myself.

Paper Towns by John Green ★★★★

Read this one for the upcoming movie and found myself enjoying it quite a bit. I really haven’t read much John Green but managed to find myself identifying with the concept at hand- boy who builds up this dream girl to unbelievable proportions. It is this idolization that drives me off the deep end and I’ve unfortunately experienced it. I think John Green highlighted it in a very honest/true fashion. Some of the metaphors were too hyper extended in my view though.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys ★★★★★

Alright, so this is a re-read so it maybe doesn’t count but who knows. I think it’s quite underrated and I implore you all to give it a chance this very minute. The setting is 1950s New Orleans and it’s just painted in such a vibrant fashion. You will also have all of the feelings for the characters, whether extreme hate or love. I really do need to read more by this author because Out of the Easy is one of my most favorite historical fiction novels to date.

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Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley ★★★★1/2

I don’t even know what to say about this. It was beautiful. Crowley got me into this haze and all I could do was read and read and read and love it. Seriously, if you haven’t read this yet – YOU WANT THIS. Amazing Aussie fic = yes.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★★

RONAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta ★★★★★

Marchetta seriously has a way with words. How she manages to capture so many emotions in such simple statements is beyond me. I will worship her as a goddess because SERIOUSLY. Even a five-word sentence, when written by Marchetta, will just hit you. And then she describes depression in multiple forms so beautifully and truthfully and i just c a n n o t. help me. ANYONE.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor ★★★★★

By which I mean the entire series. There is a reason this may be my all-time favourite series (aside from HP of course), which yes is a bold statement to make but I mean it. Something about Taylor’s books is just – wow. Her writing is absolutely GORGEOUS. As in, more beautiful than beautiful. This series is so close to my heart and I just love it so much. Karou. Zuzana. Ziri. LIRAZ. “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab ★★★★

Supervillain story? Um, YES. This was delightfully twisted, deliciously imaginative and compulsively readable. I loved every second of it. You get a look inside of the head of a supervillain and a superhero – but is the villain completely evil? Is the hero actually good? I just devoured this one.

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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115 Responses to Best Books of 2015 So Far + Giveaway

  1. I may or may not have squeed a little when I saw Scorch under Mel’s picks 😉 I keep recommending it to everyone because I love it so much! It’s not perfect, but it’s humorous and original and yes, the ending does kind of crush you. But I love it!

    Also, I’ve heard insanely good things about Minnow!
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  2. miki says:

    i haven’t read any of those yet but i do have the orphan queen and the dreams thieves on my wishlist so i was happy to see your opinion on these
    thanks
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  3. Made You Up is also one of my favorite 2015 releases 🙂

    And I am so glad to hear that Vengeance Road made it to your list, Larissa! It is my most expected release of second half of 2015 and I sooo cannot wait to read it!
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  4. I have been wanting to read Vanishing Girls. I’ve read two other books by Lauren Oliver, and I loved them… so I’m hoping this new one is just as enjoyable!

    I read Under a Painted Sky this year, too. I found it refreshing and fun (and that cover is one of my favourites for 2015). I’d like to see more from this author in the future.
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    • Melanie says:

      Ooh them I’m sure VANISHING GIRLS will be a real hit for you. Yes PAINTED SKY is so pretty! I maaaayyy have just bought the book based on it’s cover #noshame

  5. Just out of curiosity, which of the Anne of Green Gables movies have you seen, Melanie? The books are my favorites, and the first two movies really do the first few books justice. But the third movie has NOTHING to do with the books, which makes me so sad!
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    • Melanie says:

      I saw the one with Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie! I watched the first two as well and they’re truly glorious. I’ve heard similar things for the 3rd movie so I skipped it, hah.

  6. SO many books on here I want to read really bad! I actually am starting the audio for Red Queen this weekend!
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  7. So many great books!
    I LOVED Red Queen – great choice.
    Also, Hamlet is the best!
    There are so many books on here that I need to read – Cress, The Orphan Queen, Crimson bound.
    And since you guys loved Made You Up so much, I’ll have to check it out!
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages
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  8. Hilary says:

    *start hyperventilating* SO MANY MANY MANY GOOD BOOKS. *fist pump at Vicious* YES. YES TO CELINE’S PICK. YES.
    *starts sobbing* so many books that I want to read now. So many, many, many…

    I’m just a mess, aren’t I?
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  9. Jasprit says:

    Mel I’m thrilled to see Red Queen made it your list, this book has been a real hit or miss with readers which is a real shame, as I ended up thoroughly enjoying this one. I’ve also been meaning to get to Made you Up for a while now too, so I’m excited to see both you and Celine choose it as one of your favourites! 🙂
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  10. Ellie says:

    I have to agree with SO many of the above, especially Dream Thieves, and RONAAAAAAAN <3 Love love love
    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'd love to read some of your tops books that I haven't gotten a chance to yet 🙂

  11. Great lists, girls! A lot of these are favorites of mine as well. Love seeing The Dream Thieves (RONAN), Simon, Cress, and Everything, Everything!
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  12. Jennifer Tang says:

    Woah, there are so many cool books! Some I’ve already read but there are a LOT that I still need to check out. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    <3 so much. 😀

  13. MEL, GOOD NEWS, I HAVE PURCHASED MADE YOU UP AND THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS AND I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED TO READ THEM. LIKE, EXTREMELY. You have excellent taste 😀
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  14. Judy Cox says:

    So many great reads. I have a couple on my TBR list!!! I think Red Queen would be my pick.

  15. Eri says:

    I love these picks! Red Queen is one of my favorites this year and I’ve always loved Anne of Green Gables Saving Francesca is amazing and I agree that Melina Marchetta is brilliant.
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  16. Susan T. says:

    I loved Red Queen, Vanishing Girls and Simon vs. too! I’m excited for Mosquitoland and The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly.

  17. Vane says:

    Mel: I WANT MADE YOU UP SO BAD!! Actually, I have it at home, what I don’t have is time, lol (well, not so “lol” after all). I also have Vanishing Girls and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, so I hope to read tehm soon. You loved them, and therefore I’m excited.

    Larissa: All your picks are in my TBR! And I’m damn excited to read them. Also, HAMLET!!! I loved that book, seriously. I’m reading all of Shakespeare’s works this year and all are great (some better than others, of course).

    Celine: I read DOSAB and unfortunately I didn’t like it a lot, BUUT I’m REALLY excited to start The Raven Boys and Vicious, ESPECIALLY that last one.
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  18. Linda says:

    Sooo many great books on this list, and I’ve read a couple of these myself! such as; Cress and Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I agree that they are the best books so far of 2015! Great post and Happy reading!
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  19. Zaira F says:

    These sounds like such great books! *adds them on my tbr* I really want to read Everything Everything & Made You Up! Also, Mosquitoland looks so quirky and I love that cover!

  20. That’s great that you loved Red Queen, but for me I thought it was a great book. I didn’t really love it but I did not hate it either.

    Oooh I enjoyed Simon vs. HSA too, Celine! Such a cute contemporary read. I was a bit surprised it had a sort of mystery aspect to it which I always appreciate in books since I love books with good mysteries. The cuteness factor here is just awesome and I’m so happy it’s my first LGBT book!

    Sadly, I did not really enjoy The Dream Thieves. I was confused af lol. Hopefully I’ll be in the mood to read Cress soon because I thought Scarlet was a fantastic sequel. Maybe I’ll read it closer to Winter’s release date.
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  21. ooh I just LOVE the books you guys picked for this year (so far)! I am dying to read so many of them!
    Red Queen is (still) on my TBR! I even have a copy and sheesh shows you how out of the times I am hahaha
    Celine — Crimson Bound is another one I am dying to read … but so many of them are! I have that gorgeous book in hardcover though I will probaby dig into that soon actually.
    It was good to see all your backlist books on there too haha I see your Hamlet on there Larissa…love that *highfive* I read Midsummer Night’s Dream this year (reread) with my student and I remember it being a lot better! But I did love Hamlet. So good. So intense and dramatic! <3

    Thanks ladies for the gorgeous rec's and gorgeous-er giveaway lol 😛
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  22. OMGGG SO MANY GOOD BOOKS. I want to read Made You Up so ridiculously much. *hyperventilates* And Vanishing Girls GAHHHH VANISHING GIRLS. It is by far my favourite Oliver book (I think I’ve read 4 of her books now?! It went for 2 stars, to like 4.5 star reads) XDXD
    Thanks for the giveaway you fabulous humans you. XD
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    • Melanie says:

      Yes Cait you need to get to Made You Up as soon as possible! It totally made my month. No kidding. Right? I have a similar situation to you in terms of Oliver’s books.

  23. Nirvana says:

    I SQUEALED. ALL THE BOOKS <3 just yessss.
    I mean Cress, Paper Towns, Made You up, and I'm looking forward to Everything, Everything so much 🙂
    Great list! Love all of 'em.
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  24. Ranu says:

    I loved Daughter Of Smoke and Bone. I can totally understand why your rate it alongside Harry Potter! 🙂
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  25. Maria Malaveci says:

    I really want to Read Red Queen. I have heard such great things about it! Thanks for the chance!

  26. YES for Red Queen and Summer of Chasing Mermaids, Mel! I loved those books so much too. I can’t wait for the sequel of Red Queen. I need to know all the secrets!

    Under a Painted Sky is the only book I’ve read in your list, Larissa, but I adored it! I can’t wait to read Everything Everything and Vengeance Road. All the reviews are making me want to bump it up my TBR.

    Yay for Simon, Celine! If there was an award for the cutest YA book, I’d totally give this book that. 🙂

    Awesome picks, ladies! I must go read the other books I haven’t read yet soon!
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    • Melanie says:

      I feel like Summer of Chasing Mermaids needs to be more known! AND YES I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE SEQUEL I JUST SAW THE COVER AND WOAH.

      Thank you, Nick <33

  27. WOOHOO! I have Simon vs, Mosquitoland and Vanishing Girls in my mid-year list, too! I absolutely excellent books! And I want to read Made You Up; so glad to see it appear twice. Also? High five for TKAM and Paper Towns!
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  28. Of all these books I’ve only read Crimson Bound – I agree that Rosamund Hodge’s writing and world building are A+! & Cress (I looooove Thorne!) & Daughter of Smoke and Bone though this one has been a little while since I read it.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! <3
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  29. Some great books on this list!
    Red Queen and Everything, Everything are two books that I absolutely need to read! Glad you guys liked them.
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  30. Amber Elise says:

    The Orphan Queen is STILL my favorite book of the year!

    AND I NEED TO READ VANISHING GIRLS!!! I have it, I started it, but then I put it down and I don’t know whhhyyyy. ):
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  31. Lyn Kaye says:

    There are so many beautiful books here….you all have made such a wonderful list!!
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  32. Wow… so many amazing books!!! I have read some of these, and agree they should be in the best of 2015 list! The others… well, I will add to my TBR pile now 🙂

    Oh, and I agree with everything Celine said about Daughter of Smoke and Bone (I knew there was a reason I liked you 🙂 )
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  33. Carol says:

    I agree with a lot of your choices! Especially Simon vs.the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Red Queen! I honestly couldn’t choose just 5 books, I don’t know how you did it! I feel like this first half of the year we’ve been blessed with so many gorgeous books, I’m afraid the second half will not live up to it! BUT, we have Patrick Ness and Leigh Bardugo in the fall, so maybe I’m wrong! 😉

  34. WHERE do I even start!? This is basically a list of every book I HAVE loved, or soon WANT to love. Okay, I also loved Made You Up, Vanishing Girls, Paper Towns, and Minnow Bly. I cannot WAIT to read Mosquitoland, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, DoSaB (I know, I know), Vicious (I know again, BUT at least I bought it the other day!), Under a Painted Sky, Vengeance Road, Everything Everything… I um, could probably go on for days. I love all your picks, but Larissa’s picks really speak to me, since her favorites are my MOST anticipated books! SO MANY amazing books!
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  35. Firstly, so many amazing books on your list so far! I especially loved Simon, Vicious, Smoke & Bone, Cress!! Minnow Bly is one of my new favourites this year too! I cannot wait to read Dream Thieves, Made You Up and Crimson Bound.

    Awesome post guys and thanks for the giveaway!
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  36. BerkeleyHapa says:

    Wow, so many good books already this year, and so many more to look forward to. I really enjoyed Nalini Singh’s Shards of Hope and I want to read Vicious!

  37. Whoa! There are a great amount of books here. i think I’ve probably read half of the ones you mentioned? Less?

    LOVED Everything, Everything and Red Queen. Those two would definitely be on my list. However, my top book of 2015 HAS to be Six of Crows. I just had such an amazing time with that book. I want nothing more than to read it again!
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  38. Sydney says:

    I saw The Dream Thieves (twice!!!!) in this post and sort of lost all ability to function beyond “Ronan! Adam! RONAN! KAVINSKY! RONAN AND ADAM! MITSUBISHIS ON FIRE!” so bear with me as this comment may or may not be plagued with fragments of the former sentence. Basically: at this point, everyone should I know I’m disgustingly in love with that series. Like, really really really badly in love.

    ANYWAY, so many great books on this list! 😀 I’m so happy to see Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda because I adored that book, and I love seeing other people also love it. I haven’t read Red Queen yet, but I really want to get around to it. The cover is GORGEOUS, and I can’t get over it. Also: Mosquitoland, Vengeance Road (I have an ARC of this, it’s just a matter of motivation), and The Orphan Queen (which EVERYONE seems to be talking about).

    Great picks, ladies! (MITSUBISHIS!)
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    • Melanie says:

      Hahah I can totally imagine you just flailing over there xD Yes Red Queen is so gorgeous! I cannot get over it’s beauty.

      Thank you, Sydney <33

  39. So glad to hear Made You Up is good! I’ve wanted to read it for a while now, but I kept away from it for fear of it being a bad portrayal of mental disease. It happens far too often. I’m glad that’s not the case though! Definitely have to give it a read asap 😀
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  40. Diana Sousa says:

    There are so many good books coming out this year! And I agree with many of your favourites 😀

    Thank you for doing this!

  41. Samantha Wallace says:

    I loved The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater and thanks for the great giveaway!! 😀

  42. Nikki_SBB says:

    You make all these books sound so good. I’ve added all the ones I’ve not yet read to my summer reading list!!

  43. Lia says:

    I looooooved Crimson Bound, Out of The Easy, Vicious, and Everything, Everything, too! Really excited to read the rest of the books on this list!

  44. Valerie says:

    YES I AM GLAD EVERYONE LOVED MADE YOU UP. WELL JUST MEL AND LARISSA BUT STILL.

    I’m glad because I managed to read a decent amount of books on your list. I HAVE TO AGREE THAT MOSQUITOLAND WAS AWESOME but in a weird way hahah. And I just finished reading Simon and it was AWESOME. 😀 😀
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  45. LOVED The Summer of Chasing Mermaids! Mosquitoland was so unique and fun. And Simon was adorable!! So many awesomes this year so far!! <3
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  46. There are so many books on your lists that I want to read, basically all of them. I’ve hardly read any of them at all! I loved Red Queen. A Court of Thorns and Roses was another fav read from this year, and The Girl At Midnight.
    Thanks for the giveaway, it’s going to be a hard choice if I win.
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  47. Sudo Nim says:

    *sigh* my reserved books number just went from a hundred to like fifty bajillion 🙁
    It’s a really good list though, some of those books are perff

  48. I really need to read Made You Up! It sounds interesting and I heard the romance is adorable <3 I heard many good things about Melina Marchetta's books, really have to try them!
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  49. Shannelle says:

    Just two things:
    1. THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDSSSSS
    2. VMARSSS

    How appropriate that my favorite books out of this list all end in “s.” The better to prolong the word with. (I think there’s something wrong with my grammar in that sentence.)

    But basically, I also really should be checking out more backlist books. Graffiti Moon sounds really good, and I’ve been eyeing it for some time now.
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    • Melanie says:

      Hahah when you said: The better to prolong the word with.

      You reminded me of the big bad wolf in little red riding hood “the better to see you with, my dear” xD OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

  50. Amber Terry says:

    So. Many. AWESOME. Books!! I’m seeing so many I would love to read so thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  51. I have heard so many great things about Everything, Everything, it’s my most anticipated book of 2015.
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  52. Hello! Your blog is quite nice! I love the post! I haven’t read many of the books that you’ve been talking about actually which surprises me. At least I get book recommendations though :)! Thanks for the giveaway as well!

  53. Mai T. says:

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway. I can’t wait to read Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. I hope I win.

  54. Nia says:

    OH MY GOSH! So many amazing novels! Wow. Thank you for such a generous giveaway! 😀 I’m really excited to read RED QUEEN. 2015 has been such a good year for books! 😀
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  55. This is awesome!!! Thank you so much for an awesome AWESOME giveaway..
    I’m pretty much excited for all of these books♥♥
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  56. Thank you so much for the giveaway! Made You Up is on my TBR for sure. I just got the ARC for Vengeance Road yesterday!! I am BEYOND EXCITED, especially now that I see it on your best of 2015 list.
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  57. Naahir says:

    helloooo! thank you so much for the giveaway. I’m from Argentina, and I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now. Keep going with it, it is really good…
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  58. Bube says:

    So many great titles!
    Thanks for sharing with us your Favorite Read of 2015 so far,new books on my TBR 🙂
    And thanks for the giveaway!

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  60. Evelyn says:

    You awesome awesome awesome human beings. My hands are twitching! Thank you so much for the opportunity

  61. Olivia Roach says:

    I recently read Made You Up and completely loved it, so I am happy to see how often it was on the list here! I also read Cress much earlier on this year. In fact, I speed read the whole series and just loved them all <3 You all have been reading some brilliant books!
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  62. Kelly Mather says:

    I want to read The Red Queen and Smoke & Bone so badly!!!

  63. Naban says:

    SO MANY GREAT RELEASES THIS YEAR. SIMON AND THE DREAM THIEVES (x2) AND MADE YOU UP AND AND *deep breath* I love this list. And I’m looking forward to reading Graffiti Moon and Sacred Lies. ^_^

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway~

  64. Maitreyee says:

    This seems like an absolutely fantastic giveaway because there are so many amazing books to choose from. I really appreciate how Mel added two classics to her list; I feel that classics don’t get the recognition that they deserve. That being said, I would love to read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda or Mosquitoland.

  65. So glad you loved Doughter os Smoke And Bone!! this series is just so awesome, I recomended to everyone!
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  66. Alisha Sienkiel says:

    There are so many great books on here that I really want to read!!! I’ve only read a couple of them but those that I did were awesome! Thanks for the chance to win one of them!

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