Best Books of 2015

best of 2015

It’s that time of year again, my friends. The year is coming to a close in just a few more hours, and 2016 is upon us. Which means only one thing to book bloggers: time to share our favorite reads of the year. I love seeing everyone’s posts about their favorite books, seeing what I have in common with my bookish friends and what I need to add to my TBR. And of course, I always have fun compiling my own list of favorites.

This year, 8 books made my “best of” list and I’ve ranked them [as much as possible, but there is some wiggle room], so read on to see what made the top of the top!

8. Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray

I just finished reading this one the other day, and I was completely surprised by how much it blew me away. It wasn’t something I expected to like, but it definitely surpassed my expectations! Look for my review in 2016.

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7. After a Fashion by Jen Turano

Adorable, laugh-out-loud funny, and a complete delight. These characters jump off the page in their hilarity and have the heart to ground them, too!

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6. The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White

I really enjoyed Brook’s journey from not knowing who she was to finding her family and learning how she fit with them. Her emotional journey is set against a beautiful backdrop, and the supporting characters were enchanting.

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5. Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

I just adore the McKenna family, and this one might just be the best of the series [although I can’t quite choose between this one and Shattered]. When there is a high level of risk in the adventure and the relationship, it’s hard to not read the whole book in one sitting!

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4. A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

This is only Kristy’s second book, and I’m already willing to read anything she writes. Her writing is lyrical and the characters tug on your heartstrings. Just a beautiful novel.

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3. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

Books like this one are the reason I’m starting to like contemporary fiction more and more. Lyndie is such a light in this book and I loved watching how her relationship with Jake helped heal him as he struggles with PTSD. This one got me good- loved every moment of it.

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2. Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

As this book unfolded, every page made me eager to learn more. I was completely immersed in two stories of a mother and daughter and their journeys. This is a book you can’t pass up.

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1. Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta

Isaac. [If you’ve read this book, you understand.]

This is storytelling at its best.

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And that’s it! My top 8 of the year! What about you? Do you share any favorites with me?

Share your favorite books of 2015 down below or link me your “best of” post.

Books and Beverages: The Shoppe! is Open

By now you all know how awesome fellow book-blogger Jamie of Books and Beverages is- which makes today’s post so much fun to talk about. As you’ve probably heard by now, Jamie has opened Books and Beverages – The Shoppe! and it is a fantastic place for bloggers and readers! Take a look at the fun products below and learn more about Jamie’s shop:

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Here’s a fun peek into some of the goodies Jamie has opened her new shoppe with, all of which are absolutely a book lover’s dream. Currently, Jamie is offering Inkling- themed bookmarks, stickers, and iPad covers, and bookish postcards. And, of course, she has the product which is essential to any dedicated book blogger, The Book Blogger’s Planner.

Of course, as a book blogger myself, this planner is my favorite product in the collection so far!  [Clearly, I need this, as I haven’t been around in over a month! Yikes!]. It features six non dated months, so you can start filling it up to uniquely fit your needs and organize your posting schedule. In addition to the monthly calendar, there is room to record the books you’ve read throughout the year, favorite quotes, and a post checklist. The checklist is one of my personal favorite parts of the planner, as I need the reminder to share my reviews across social media sites all the time! I snapped a picture below to give you a glimpse at what the post checklist looks like:FullSizeRender

What makes Jamie’s shop so great? Well, in addition to providing fun and useful products to the book blogging community, she is also using a portion of the profits to change the world— how cool is that!? Not only are you shopping for great products, but you are also supporting organizations like World Vision.

The Shoppe is already open, so go check it out today! And get yourself a new blog planner to help you start the new year fresh and organized.

–> Visit The Shoppe! <–

*I am on Jamie’s launch team, and received these products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.*