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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015: Books Read & Loved

Hello! Hope you're all doing well as the year comes to a close.

Okay, here (in no particular order) are some of the books that I've read and enjoyed throughout 2015. Most of these were first-time reads, others were nostalgic re-reads (e.g., Karen Cushman, Rita Williams-Garcia, Sharon Creech). Feel free to chime in with your favorite books of the year!


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A Nearer Moon, Melanie Crowder
The Stars of Summer, Tara Dairman (2nd in a series~ Gladys Gatsby is SUCH a lovable protagonist)
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, Kelly Jones
Wish Girl, Nikki Loftin
Switch, Ingrid Law (LOVED this whole series- Savvy and Scumble are the first 2)
Bridget Wilder, Spy in Training, Jonathan Bernstein
The Astounding Broccoli BoyFrank Cottrell Boyce (one of my fav authors!)
Fuzzy Mud, Louis Sachar
Stella by Starlight, Sharon Draper
The Hollow Boy: Lockwood & Co., Jonathan Stroud (LOVE this series)
The Blackthorn Key, Kevin Sands (great start to a new series)
Goodbye Stranger, Rebecca Stead
The Truth about Twinkie Pie, Kat Yeh
Secrets of Selkie Bay, Shelley Moore Thomas
Gracefully Grayson, Ami Polonsky


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Circus Mirandus, Cassie Beasley
The War that Saved My Life, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The Wolf Wilder, Katherine Rundell
Curiosity House, the Shrunken Head, Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester
Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech
Love that Dog, Sharon Creech
The Unmapped Sea, Maryrose Wood
The Thing About Jellyfish, Ali Benjamin
The Friendship Riddle, Megan Frazer Blakemore
Crenshaw, Katherine Applegate
Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson
Rules for Stealing Stars, Corey Ann Haydu
Lost in the Sun, Lisa Graff
The Detective’s Assistant, Kate Hannigan
The Thickety: The Whispering Trees, J.A. White


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Gone Crazy in Alabama, Rita Williams-Garcia (another series I've LOVED)
PS Be ElevenRita Williams-Garcia
One Crazy SummerRita Williams-Garcia
Arcady’s Goal, Eugene Yelchin
Finding Ruby Starling, Karen Rivers
George, Alex Gino
Sunny Side Up, Jenni Holm
Milo Speck, Accidental Agent, Linda Urban
Moonpenny Island, Tricia Springstubb
Echo, Pam Munoz Ryan
Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans, Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder
A Plague of Boggles, Catherine Jinks
Jinx's Fire, Sage Blackwood (EXCELLENT series!)


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Stella By Starlight, Sharon Draper
Blue Birds, Caroline Starr Rose
The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza, Jack Gantos
Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times, Emma Trevayne
Catherine, Called Birdy, Karen Cushman
Alchemy and Meggy Swann, Karen Cushman
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, Bette Bao Lord *Childhood Favorite
Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls, Elizabeth Varadan *Wonderful voice!


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The Storyspinner, Becky Wallace (LOVED this, sequel is out in March)
Bone Gap, Laura Ruby
See No Color, Shannon Gibney
Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older
More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera
Mark of the Thief, Jennifer Nielsen
Boxers/Saints, Gene Luen Yang (got these books signed at an event!)
Instructions for the End of the World, Jamie Kain
American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang
The Hired Girl, Laura Amy Schlitz (MG/YA cusp)
Audacity, Melanie Crowder
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton
I’ll Give you the Sun, Jandy Nelson
Lies We Tell Ourselves, Robin Talley
Jumped, Rita Williams-Garcia
Mortal Heart, Robin LaFevers


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Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, Mahzarin A. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
Bossypants, Tina Fey
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and other concerns), Mindy Khaling
Two Roads to Augusta, Ben Crenshaw, Carl Jackson, Melanie Hauser


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The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
Pretty Baby, Mary Kubica
Dodger, Terry Pratchett (YA, but I think it's great with any audience)
Chocolat, Joanne Harris
Shopaholic to the Stars, Sophie Kinsella
Queen of Babble series, Meg Cabot
The Martian, Andy Weir
The Fair Fight, Anna Freeman (still reading, but LOVING)

MISC. (not sure where these fit~ loved them!):

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Shaun Tan books- The Arrival, Lost and Found, The Lost Thing

Happy New Year! My next post will be about some 2016 books that I'm looking forward to.


  1. This is a very cool list. Thanks for posting!

    1. My pleasure! It was definitely a great year for books~ can't wait to gobble up more stories in 2016!

  2. Zowie! You read a lot of books - which is so smart if you are writing middle grade. I know I need to read more...thanks for all the great recommendations. When does yours come out? Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Amy! Mine comes out in May (which seems like it'll be here before we know it)~ hope your writing's going well!

  3. Happy New Year to you too, Jess! That's an impressive reading list. I recognize some titles I've also enjoyed (like SWITCH).

    It's always hard to single out favorites because I have so many, but my MG favorites this year include NOOKS & CRANNIES, ECHO, and BLACKBIRD FLY by Erin Entrada Kelly. My favorite YA reads this year included BONE GAP, THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes, and EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon.

    Here's to a great year of reading!

    1. I still need to read BLACKBIRD FLY~ I've heard so many great things about it~ and thanks for the YA recommendations (I've only read BONE GAP of those three). Happy reading/writing!

  4. This is great! I need action/adventure ideas for my 12 year-old-son/ middle grade reader. Does anything on this list fit that description?

    1. The Blackthorn Key is excellent and is considered MG! (might be worth a read on your part first if he's not used to some violent parts). Likewise, the first Lockwood & Co. book if he's up for a bit of a scary MG read :) The Jinx books by Sage Blackwood are all awesome if he likes fantasy world action/adventure!

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