Babs’ Top 10(ish) Reads of 2015

I read a lot of fabulous books this year and can’t wait to share some of my favorites. I’m cheating a little bit with my list. For some of these, I read more than one book in a series but am counting them as one read for this list. These are in no particular order–

Captive PrinceCaptive Prince and Prince’s Gambit by C. S. Pacat. (male/male fantasy) I kept hearing awesome things about this series and finally read the first two books this year. They are incredible. I love the world and characters. Damen and Laurent are so complex and interesting. Kings Rising is one of my anticipated reads in 2016.

Rock Hard and Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh. (contemporary) Books 2 and 3 of Singh’s Rock Kiss series are great. This series is quite the switch from her Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunters series and I love them. Rock star heroes for the win!

Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. (male/male contemporary) I loved this story. I’ve went back and re-read different parts of the book because I just can’t leave Jamie and Wesley. The sequel, Us, is also on my list of anticipated reads in 2016.

Nuts by Alice Clayton. (contemporary) This is my first Alice Clayton book. It’s a great, fun read. I’ve read it twice and still laughed out loud reading it the second time. I love humor in my romance and this is full of it. It’s also a sweet love story. I can’t wait for Cream (of the Crop) (Oscar’s story) in 2016.

SustainedSustained by Emma Chase. (contemporary) Another great, fun read this year. The hero gets pulled into a wild family that totally disrupts his life and he just can’t stay away. There’s humor, fabulous chemistry between the hero and heroine, and a lovely story.

Radiance by Grace Draven. (fantasy) Draven is a new-to-me author. I read Radiance this summer on vacation and could not put it down. There’s a slow-burn romance between the hero and heroine. They end up great partners and lovers. The world is fantastic–so unique and detailed to me. I can’t wait for the sequel in 2016 and to read more of her books.

The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan. (New Adult) Book 3 in Callihan’s Game On series is just as fabulous as The Hook Up. I was not disappointed. This series is so different from her Darkest London series and I enjoy them for different reasons. I highly recommend for fans of new adult and sports romance.

Wild Seasons book series by Christina Lauren. (contemporary) I read the available books in this series this fall. Another set of fun reads. The couples in the series are great. I really enjoyed how they met in the first book. The humor is fantastic (if you can’t tell, I like humor in my reads). The friendships came across as genuine even though they had different backgrounds. The chemistry between the couples and their stories were awesome.

The WalshesThe Walshes by Kate Canterbary. (contemporary) This series was a fab find earlier this year. I heard about it on Twitter I think. This messed up bunch of siblings try to overcome their childhoods and run a successful business in Boston. I got a real sense of Boston in the series–I love when authors can make the city a character. The siblings are all wildly different. They are loud and crazy at times and have tempestuous love stories to go with all that drama. There are four books in the series so far with a few more siblings to go. I think Shannon’s story is my favorite so far.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik. (fantasy) This is a bit less romance-like than the others on my list but I couldn’t not put this book on my list of top reads this year. I loved this story. A great twist on traditional fairy tales (don’t go into the woods! here there be dragons!). Agnieszka is such a fabulous heroine. There’s kind of a romantic relationship in the story so that’s why I have it on my list. I have my own thoughts on how I think that ends up since Novik doesn’t explicitly say how it goes in the story.

Bonus:

Saga Volumes 1-3 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. (comic book, sci fi/fantasy) I. Love. This. Series. I can’t get enough of it. I’m pacing myself because there are only 5 volumes so far and I don’t want to read them all at once. There’s action, comedy, adventure, romance! It has it all. The artwork is also incredible. I highly recommend for anyone looking to try comic books. (There’s some graphic content, violence, sex, language so I recommend for mature readers.)

The Martian by Andy Weir. (science fiction) I listened to the audiobook for this one and loved it. The narrator was great. Watney was funny and engaging. I love how Weir was able to keep me entertained even though Watney’s on this barren planet all alone. I also enjoyed the movie.

That’s my list for 2015. What’s on your top reads list this year?

3 thoughts on “Babs’ Top 10(ish) Reads of 2015

  1. Limecello

    Oh my gosh – I meant to comment on this earlier – you’ve got my interest with the C. S. Pacat book(s) – I’ve been wanting to read twisted fairy tales… or fantasy, and yay romance!
    I’m interested in The Walshes too, cuz I’ve been to Boston a few times 😀 annnd Emma Chase. I want to read her but >.> all that lawyering. :X I’m kinda scared. :X
    I read Entreat Me by Grace Draven recently and liked it. I just need things to be DONE though before I start them so I can finish the series in one go. XD … Also because I tend to forget things because I have the attention span of a goldfish. :X

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