Mid-Year 2015 Favourites

Some of these you'll have heard about from me before, whether I've reviewed them or yelled about them on Goodreads or Twitter. Here are ten of the greatest books I've read so far this year:

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski 
I didn't expect to be sucked in the way I was. Everything about this book was impeccable: the prose, worldbuilding, characterisation. It reminded me of my of my favourite during high school, The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley, but with way more interesting race politics. There'll be a gushing review to come, for sure!

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
I inhaled this book in one sitting. This thrilling science fiction romance was everything I dreamt it could be. I was even into the love triangle! This book delivered what A Thousand Pieces of You was missing, for me.
Spark (Spark #1) by Rachael Craw
The triumph of Spark is its central friendship. The romance, while important, takes a backseat to an original science fiction plot centred on the protagonist's devotion to her best friend.  

Lifespan of Starlight by Thalia Kalkipsakis
4 star review
This is a super exciting spec-fic series debut that takes place is a deftly crafted near-future Melbourne that I couldn't stop talking about after I read it. I never knew how badly I needed Australian spec-fic! Plus, time travel!


Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
I need to reread Throne of Glass to continue the series, but I remember that the world building was scrumptious and the love triangle was sizzling.

Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle
This beautiful, emotive debut is all kinds of magnificent: deft characterisation, an authentic voice and a lovely romance. I can't stop talking about Pieces of Sky

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar 
This is the new adult romance that we all deserve. Everything about it is impeccable: voice, characterisation, romance, sense of place. I can't fault a thing. 


The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
This book is almost flawless. I didn't love that one scene with the Christian girls (their testimonies were kind of a joke) but the plot, the pace, the characterisation: everything else was excellent. 

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Steifvater
I think I took a while to get to this series because I was expecting it to be over-hyped. No. It's hyped exactly the right amount. The friendships were devastating, the prose dense, lyrical and compelling. A longer review is to come. I want to stay in this book forever. 

Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon 
Outlander had to be on this list, because this series has taken over my reading life since my best friend introduced me to this intricate time travel romance in January. I'm on #7. Almost there, guys. Almost! 


What are the books you've read so far in 2015?

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  1. *cough* So we have been reading VERY different books, because I've only read The Winner's Curse on your list. (I liked it but didn't LOVE LOVE LOVE it, I guess?) My fav books of the year are probably Station Eleven and Vicious and ADSOM both by V.E. Schwab. Basically this half year I decided that she was my favourite author, superseding Agatha Christie in that regard, so that's pretty fabulous in terms of my reading journey.

    1. I've heard amazing things about V.E. Schwab; I'll have to check her out! I'll start with your faves, as they come so highly recommended!