Badass Best of 2015: AH’s Top 10 List

Best of 2015

This was the year that I binged on Netflix, so unfortunately I didn’t read as many books as I would have wanted to. I checked out my list of books that I read this year and was surprised by the variety of genres I enjoyed.  Choosing a Top 10 list is very difficult and no doubt some of my favorites may have been left off the list. I’ve also included a series of adult coloring books because they kept me very busy this year. My list is in no particular order – it’s just my most memorable books of 2015.

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Uprooted #10: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

One of the best fantasy books I’ve read this year was Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Ms. Novik writes beautiful stories and the books can be enjoyed by all ages. The story is timeless and original and our heroine is strong and feisty. Fantastic story.

enchanted forestsecret garden

lost ocean

#9: Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

Since these books took up so much of my free time this year, I felt the need to include them in my Top 10 list. While there isn’t a lot of writing, these books are like an “I Spy” book with plenty of little things to search for while coloring. You don’t really need to be artistic to enjoy these books, however you will need a little patience and about 50 shades of green. I’ve recommended these books to anyone ages 12 and up. Enjoy! De-stress yourself!

 

13 The Deep #8: The Deep by Nick Cutter
Nick Cutter channels Stephen King in his claustrophobic horror story The Deep. The Deep takes place in an undersea research lab deep in the ocean. There’s no way out and the horrors multiply as you read. Freaky good.
the nightingale #7: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I was lucky enough to get a copy of The Nightingale from the now defunct Ford Audio Book Club on Goodreads. The narration was nicely done but it was the story that grabbed my attention. The Nightingale is the story of two sisters in France during WWII. One worked for The Resistance, the other saved children. Both did their part under horrible conditions. A fascinating story guaranteed to make you a teary mess by the end.
SoulboundThe Game Plan #6: Soulbound and The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan 
I love Kristen Callihan. I love her Darkest London series – an historical paranormal romance with steam punk elements. In Soulbound, we finally learn more about the enigmatic Adam and his love interest Eliza May. Check out what Christal and I thought of this book.It was tough just to choose one book by Kristen Callihan so I added in The Game Plan to my Top 10 list. The Game Plan is a contemporary sports romance – something that I never thought I would enjoy as I really don’t follow football. Who knew that a football player and his teeny tiny girl could be so hot together. See what Wendy and I thought of this book.
Nuts Alice Clayton #5: Nuts by Alice Clayton
Who knew farmers could be so funny? Nuts by Alice Clayton was a hoot. Ms Clayton writes with a wonderful sense of humor and I found myself reading passages out loud to the hubs and laughing at all the funny situations. And, best of all, the main couple are perfect for each other.
Magic Shifts #4: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Can’t get enough of Kate and Curran and the gang. It’s always an exciting time when a new Ilona Andrews book comes out. Nobody writes urban fantasy like this husband and wife duo.  See what we thought about Magic Shifts here.
surviving ice

chasing river

he will be my ruin

#3: Books by K.A Tucker: Chasing River, Surviving Ice, and He Will Be My Ruin

2015 was the year I discovered K.A. Tucker. Chasing River and Surviving Ice are books 3 and 4 of the author’s Burying Water series. You don’t need to read the books in order – each can be read as a stand alone book, however some characters appear in all the books. The Burying Water books can be classified as New Adult but without all the angst that is so stereotypical of that genre. The books are well written and have some realistic characters in interesting situations.He Will Be My Ruin has not yet been released, however I did get a chance to read it in 2015 and I would recommend that you add it to your reading list. It’s a whodunit with a totally unexpected twist. Well done.
Midnight Action #2: Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series, especially Midnight Action

I had the opportunity to read Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series from book 1 earlier this year. If you are a fan of romantic suspense, then this is the series for you. While each book can be read as a stand alone book, the series is best enjoyed read in order. There is a delightful buildup to Midnight Action (book 5) my absolute favorite of the series.

Mind Magic #1: Mind Magic by Eileen Wilks

Mind Magic is the 12th book in Eileen Wilks’ World of the Lupi series. Yes, book 12. And there are more books planned in this series. Yet for some strange reason, this series is not that well known. I call it Urban Fantasy’s best kept secret. The World of the Lupi series has a diverse cast of characters and a pretty interesting roster of paranormal creatures. The author bases her story on all sorts of myth and lore. Plus, the lead couple Rule and Lily rock!

 

Did any of these books hit the top of your list for 2015?

What books do you recommend?

What books are you looking forward to in 2016?

Badass Best of 2015:
AH’s Top 10 List
Christal’s Top 10 List
Angie’s Top 10 List
Wendy’s Top 10 List
Our Most Anticipated 2016 Reads

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