A Few Novels That Blew My Mind in 2015

This list pertains to the books I read in 2015. Some have been published recently, while others have been around for a while, but I just got to them last year.

This post began its life as a VERY long list of best loved titles, but it was too overwhelming to deal with all at once so it's been partitioned into separate blogs about mind blowing books I read in 2015. 

And holy carumba, but winnowing just my list of novels down to 10 top books was too anxiety provoking. Therefore, I've created categories of books.


The Aurora County All-Stars by Deborah Wiles
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
Finding Grace by Becky Citra
Finding the Worm by Mark Goldblatt
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern 
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley,


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero (I loved this one so much that I gave it away as gifts to my great nieces)
Dance of the Banished by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
All Alone in the Universe by Lynne Rae Perkins


Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (I read this one in the Spring and listened to it again in December) It is worth rereading!
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi


All The Light We Cannot see by Anthony Doerr
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (I loved this so much I asked for and received my own copy as a Christmas gift)
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Skim by Mariko Tamaki
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (I gave copies of this to my daughters-in-laws for Christmas this year)


  1. Great lists! I loved some of these during 2015 as well! And putting More Happy Than Not on to my 2016 list! How I love creating, sharing and reading book lists. What fun!

    1. It is fun! and provides fodder for next years must read list!

  2. Thank you so much for including Dance of the Banished!