The Best of 2015

29/12/2015 Blogging, Discussions 10

The Best of 2015The end of 2015 is quickly creeping up on us, so I thought I’d take the time to reflect over the past 12 months of blogging and do a quick round up of some of my favourite books I’ve read this year, and some of my favourite posts I’ve written (plus a few blogs I’ve loved reading this year!).

I’ll be doing a New Year’s Resolution post on Thursday (New Year’s Eve) as well, but I thought it would be better to use an entire post to look back at the year that has gone (and absolutely flown by if you ask me!), and another entirely to look forward to next year. So here goes!

My Five Best Reads of 2015

All the way back in February I finally got round to reading Tolkien’s The Silmarillion which tells the tale of the First Age of Middle Earth. It not only tells the creation story of Middle Earth, but also includes tonnes of material about Middle Earth’s most intriguing race (in my opinion!) the Elves, and covers a lot of the myths and legends referenced in LOTR.

This year I read Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy and absolutely loved it, and the final book in the series The Hero of Ages was one of my favourite books I read this year.

I recently made a start on the Empire trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts, and the first two books have rapidly become some of my favourite books this year. I can’t wait to read the final book in the New Year (it is currently winging it’s way to me from Amazon – I got tired of waiting for whoever has had it out of the library since forever!).

As one of the most anticipated books across the blogosphere this year, the fourth instalment in Sarah J. Maas’ incredible Throne of Glass series was disappointing to some, but certainly wasn’t to me. Although it went in some unexpected directions (and some more predictable ones too) I absolutely loved it, and I really can’t wait for the next book in the series! I also read Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses this year which I thoroughly enjoyed, but not quite as much as the Throne of Glass books.

This was the last book I read this year (and perhaps it’s just that it’s freshest in my memory), but I absolutely loved reading the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson. Full of intrigue and mystery, I can’t wait to read more Sherlock Holmes stories next year!

Honourable Mentions: Trinity by Conn Iggulden, On Writing by Stephen King, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel.

So basically I’ve been loving fantasy this year!

My Five Best Posts of 2015

This year I took part in the Book Blog Discussion Challenge (run by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight) which was so much fun, and resulted in me writing a lot of discussion posts! Here’s a few of the ones I liked writing the most, or that got the best discussion going!

In February I discussed negative stereotypes of bookworms. Have you ever been victim of any?

I absolutely loved the response I got for this post! How do you think reading changes you?

Back in July I offered some tips for newbie (or wannabe) book bloggers, so check it out if you fit the bill!

I’ve sometimes felt like kind of an outcast in the book blogging world due to the fact I have never requested (and have no interest in requesting) ARCs, so the comments I got on this post were real encouraging, and showed how ARCs really aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

This one is a little different than the others on the list in that it isn’t a discussion post, but I had a lot of fun writing this one, so thought I’d include it. I’m hoping to do more posts like it in the New Year.

Honourable Mentions: What makes a character believable?, The Most Annoying Character Traits, Five Reasons to Love Reading, and My Top Ten ASOIAF Characters.

Some Blogs I’ve Been Loving in 2015

And finally here is just a small selection of some of the blogs I have been reading and enjoying in 2015. If you’re not already familiar with some of these, then I strongly suggest you check them out!

Er…well perhaps this isn’t such a small selection after all! And I’m sure tonnes more will pop into my head later as I’m scrolling through my Bloglovin feed, but oh well! If you have any blog (or book!) recommendations for me for 2016, then please say so in the comments.

So what have been your favourite reads of 2015, and what posts have you written that have been your favourites?

10 Responses to “The Best of 2015”

    • Laura

      I hope you enjoy the series! I personally loved it! I actually just started Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings series, so I’m hoping it will be just as good 🙂

  1. Jackie

    Aw shucks, Laura! I see my blog mentioned 🙂

    I just started the Throne of Glass series in 2015, and I was really impressed with the first book. It actually made me really excited to read a series, which is rare.

    The Mistborn trilogy is another series I have my eye one. I’ve actually read very little in the way of reviews, but I see those beautiful book covers everywhere!

    • Laura

      I’m so glad you liked the first book! Personally I think the series just keeps getting better and better, so I hope you enjoy the rest of it.
      The covers on the Mistborn books are absolutely beautiful, which is partly what attracted me to them myself. I just got a copy of the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings series, and that has an amazing cover too. It’s in the same style but it’s red, black and white instead. So pretty!

  2. Kaja

    Thank you for the mention, Laura! 🙂

    I enjoyed your discussion post and I’m participating in this challenge this year, too, so we’ll be “seeing” more of each other for sure. 😀
    I’m glad you had a good reading and blogging year!

    • Laura

      I’m so glad your participating in the challenge! I look forward to reading more of your posts this year 🙂

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