Chat Between Chapters: Best books we read in 2015

January 3, 2016 Chat Between Chapters, Featured Posts 23


Let’s talk about the best of the best that we read in 2015!

Julie Review Avatar Julie:

Below are some of my favorites that I read in 2015 that stand out to me. The covers are linked to my reviews.

1. The Unwind Series. This is 4 books and I loved the first and last, but the middle was kind of so-so. But the series overall was great!
UnwindbyNealShusterman UnDividedbyNealShusterman

2. The Night Prince series. I read the first 3 in the series, which is a spin off from the Night Huntress series. The next book should release in 2016.

3. Up From the Grave. This is the final book in the Night Huntress series.
UpFromTheGrave-cov night-huntress-read-along

4. The Charley Davidson series. I’ve been gobbling this series up.
FirstGraveontheRightbyDaryndaJones SecondGraveontheLeftbyDaryndaJones ThirdGraveDeadAheadbyDaryndaJones FifthGravePasttheLightbyDaryndaJones SixthGraveontheEdgebyDaryndaJones SeventhGraveandNoBodybyDaryndaJones

5. The Bloodlines series.

 bloodlinescov BloodlinesTheIndigoSpellbyRichelleMead TheRubyCirclebyRichelleMead TheFieryHeartbyRichelleMead

6. Out of the Easy. This was an excellent book club selection.

7. Code Name Verity. I didn’t end up reviewing this one.
Code Name Verity

8. Pushing the Limits, another great book club selection. I also didn’t review this one.
Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)


I’ve only rated 2 books as 5 Stars in 2015. I’m not sure if that’s more of a reflection of the books I read, or a more critical eye towards books. Or just that I didn’t pick up a lot of outstanding books. 

Wicked and Persuasion were the highest rated. And Persuasion was a re-read.

wicked     persuasion

Of the other books I’ve read, I liked these the best:

Throne of Glass – a new to me fantasy series. And finally with a female main character worthy of my time.


Carry On – I’d read the phone book if Ms. Rowell wrote it. Luckily, I got to read Simon and Baz’s story instead.


Armada – I need Ernest Cline to write more books. All of the 80’s pop culture references are so worth it.


Traveler – a sci fi book about inter-dimensional time travel that actually makes sense. Plus more great pop culture references.


The Martian – More Sci Fi, heavy on the Science. Who would have thought a book about a guy stranded on another planet by himself would have been that existing. Not me, that’s for sure. I didn’t review this on the blog, though you should check it out if you haven’t already.


Sweet (Contours #2) – Ms. Webber is another author I’d follow anywhere. All the feels possible in her books.


Poison Princess – I like the idea here of the different characters being based on the major tarot cards and can’t wait to see where the rest of the story goes.


Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) – I just started this series (yes, I’m late to the party), but I’m loving it. I’ll review the whole series once I’m finished.


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23 Responses to “Chat Between Chapters: Best books we read in 2015”

  1. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    Totally agree with Unwind! Love that series- I just need to get to UnBound now- though I kind of never want it to end. And I have been enjoying the Throne of Glass series, but I haven’t read Queen of Shadows yet, because I am scared 😉 Those are the only ones I have read from your lists, but there are quite a few I am hoping to read soon- especially The Martian, because I don’t want to see the movie until I read the book! Great lists, ladies!!!

    • Julie

      Top priority huh? Well then looking forward to your reviews, and swoons over Adrian 🙂

    • Terri M., the Director

      Julie, I forgot to add..Code Name Verity was my favorite book last year and probably the most amazing audiobook I’ve listen to at this point.

      What did you like about it?

    • Julie

      Ha look at you getting a book for hubby but also reading it. I used to do that too -I’d buy a book for my dad and then read it.
      Verity was just so powerful. An amazing audio, surprising and tragic but fitting ending.

  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I’ve been OD’ing on end-of-year favorites posts the last week… and I love it. 🙂 I get positively giddy seeing everyone’s picks! Happy to see Pushing the Limits on your list, Julie! I really love Katie McGarry and Pushing the Limits remains my favorite by her. I loved Noah and Echo and their story. I feel the same as you about Tammara Webber, Lynn. Easy made a huge impact on me when it came out and I loved Breakable every bit as much. I’ll be reading Sweet very soon. Wicked was another good one and I can’t wait for the second book!
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted…Review: All Played Out by Cora Carmack

    • Julie

      I’ve been meaning to read more by Katie McGarry but haven’t gotten around to it. Loved that first one but are the others just as good?

      • Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

        Definitely! I’ve read Pushing the Limits, Dare You To (it was good but still my least favorite – I just couldn’t connect with Beth), Crash Into You, and Take Me On. Hard to pick a favorite but it’s a toss-up between Pushing the Limits (just loved Echo and Noah’s story) and Crash Into You (Isaiah is just… wow). I’m really excited to continue with Noah and Echo’s story in Breaking the Rules!
        Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted…TOP 10 BOOKS of 2015!

    • Julie

      I think my list was mostly pro- Darynda Jones and Jeaniene Frost 🙂 If we’re going by number of books read anyway.

    • Lynn

      Thanks, Brandee! I’m going to get to those Bloodlines books. Just as soon as I finish the Academy ones!

  3. Lee @ Rally the Readers

    Bloodlines is one of my favorite series; I was so sad to see it end this year. Persuasion is my favorite novel ever, and I also did a reread in 2015; it was still as perfect as I remembered it! Happy reading in 2016! 🙂

  4. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

    Great lists. I have read and loved several books on both lists. There are others that I really want to read. I do agree that if you haven’t read/listened to The Martian, it is wonderful. It was my favorite audiobook of 2015. I watched the movie and it wasn’t bad either, though not as a good as the book (no surprise there). Here’s to a great 2016.
    Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons recently posted…One Good Dragon Deserves Another Audiobook by Rachel Aaron (REVIEW)

    • Lynn

      Thanks, Melanie! And I agree with you on the Martian movie. Good, but not better than the book!

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