Top (Eight) Books I’ve Read (And Am Reading) So Far In 2015

June 30, 2015

When it comes to bookish quirks, I have them. In abundance. This is why I don’t normally talk about my favorite books (here) from the year until the end of it. This is when I put together the “best of…” lists. There’s really no logical reason why except that I have fun doing it, and it’s a tradition that works for this blog and me. But that being said, I’m never opposed to talking about some of the favorite books I’ve read in 2015. Which is why when today’s topic appeared, I thought maybe it’d be nice to a.) talk about books that have come eerily close to the top of my favorites list or b.) the books I feel bad I’ve not talked about much, yet are so very worth any avid reader’s discovery. The latter also might be books I may not have a chance to review because, much to my dismay, I’ve not read them thoroughly enough to review. But I know I enjoy them – and chances are, some of these will appear on that end-of-year list.

Today’s list is broken into two topics. One is, yes, a kind of sneak peek into the books I’ve loved from this year (just a small handful – and mainly those I’m spotlighting because they’ve not been hyped) and secondly, those books I am anticipating for this year and will be reading later this month.

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015
1.) The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
Lovely and haunting. A beautiful debut.
2.) Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke
Stories of strength and emotional vulnerability might be tough to convey, but this one has a lot of gorgeous moments. An emotionally investing story.
3.) Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund
Perhaps not my personal favorite story from Jody (what? I still like a certain groom…), but lovely nonetheless. Plus, it’s rich in history.
4.) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
This one makes it almost to the top of my favorites in this genre. However it was a little slow for me to fully get into (at the beginning) which is really my only minor hesitation.
5.) Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas
Unique is the only word I can think to describe this. It’s a beautiful 50s set re-telling (the feeding of the five thousand) that gives us an unusual perspective by staying primarily with the male lead, Casewell. Well written with a cast of fabulous characters, as one of the author blurb’s on the book says, this one has a touch of whimsy.
…Next Month’s Reading…

6.) Shades of Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Reading this one really soon. Cannot wait to see what’s next for these two time-traveling friends.

7.) Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts
Getting this in the mail was a huge surprise! Thank you so much, Fierce Reads. Cannot wait to see what the story is all about – the story sounds amazingly unique.
8.) Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone
Never read one of Melissa’s books, so reading this should be fun – plus, who doesn’t enjoy a sweet rom-com novella?

That’s it for today. A bit of a mish-mash of stuff that isn’t as organized as I’d have liked. But there it is. I did manage to get a Top Ten Tuesday put together, which is something.
Your turn. Share with me some of your 2015 favorites.  


  • Amy M

    June 30, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I've been having mixed results with my reading so far this year, but I did really like Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden. And in nonfiction, I liked Courtney Reissig's The Accidental Feminist.

    1. Rissi

      June 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      That's no fun if it's been tough to find some good reads, Amy. I've not heard of Courtney's book, however did enjoy Elizabeth's. She has such a great historical voice. Here's wishing you a better second half of 2015 when it comes to reading. :)

  • Krystianna Straley

    June 30, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Great list! I really want to check out Snow Like Ashes and Young Widows Club so I'm glad to see that they made your list. Have an awesome week.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. Rissi

      June 30, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      Hi, Krystianna. I hope you enjoy BOTH of those. I liked Snow Like Ashes and am highly anticipating Young Widows Club. Happy reading – and have a great Independence Day weekend. :)

  • Captivated Reader

    June 30, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Nice list of books!! Thanks for sharing your favorite reads of the year so far with us!! I have some new to me titles to check out and potentially add to my ever growing reading wishlist!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for the week:

    1. Rissi

      June 30, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      I know what you mean! I am constantly adding to my TBR also. It's a never-ending cycle. :)

      Thanks so much for your TTT post link; off to read yours!

  • Kristin

    July 1, 2015 at 1:30 am

    I'm so behind with Jody Hedlund's newer releases! (And I still have A Noble Groom waiting to be read…) Actually, I seem to be behind with several of my favorite Christian historical fiction authors' new releases because for some reason I haven't read much from that genre this year.

    1. Rissi

      July 2, 2015 at 2:46 am

      Nothing wrong with that, Kristin. Just means more awesome books for you to read when you do jump back in. :) Did you see the third book cover Jody revealed for this series? It's really pretty as is her second YA novel cover. Cannot wait to read both!

  • Susan

    July 1, 2015 at 4:08 am

    All these gorgeous covers, wow! I still need to read SNOW LIKE ASHES. Your #1 sounds excellent, too. I'm going to add it to my TBR mountain chain.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

    1. Rissi

      July 2, 2015 at 2:54 am

      Who doesn't love a gorgeous cover, right? I'm sort of a "cover snob" who will confess to being drawn to books simply for that reason. ;)

      Hope you enjoy any of these you might read, Susan – and my pleasure. Thank you for visiting.

  • Dawn Janis

    July 1, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I loved Saving Amelie and Love Unexpected! What a fun list!

    1. Rissi

      July 2, 2015 at 2:55 am

      Yay for shared favorites. Here's to a great second half of the year. Thanks for visiting, Dawn. :)

  • Amanda Holmes

    July 1, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    My library has Snow Like Ashes, so I am going to have to check it out.;)
    I have read a fair bit of the books on your list, and agree that they are wonderful! Saving Amelie would of made it onto my list if I had done all ten on my list on fiction.

    1. Rissi

      July 2, 2015 at 2:57 am

      It's nice that you broke it up, Amanda. I don't read much non-fiction, so that's why I'm always heavy into the fiction books. Hope you enjoy Snow Like Ashes. I'm eager to get my hands on book two! :) Thanks a bunch for visiting.

  • Kara Isaac

    July 2, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I've loved Katie Ganshert's The Art of Losing Yourself and Carla Laureano's London Tides. I've just started Sigmund Brouwer's Thief of Glory. Judging by the number of awards it's recently one I'm expecting great things!

    1. Rissi

      July 4, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Two books I'm definitely wanting to read, Kara; I'll expect nothing but amazing things from Katie's because that's just her signature and I've heard a lot of good about Carla's writing. Someday…

      Hope you can get to all of your books soon – and that you enjoy them! Thanks for visiting, Kara. :)

  • Tressa S

    July 3, 2015 at 4:37 am

    You've got some great books on here. Most of these I've read or are planning on reading. Looking forward especially to those last three!

    1. Rissi

      July 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Me too, Tressa! Hope we both enjoy them and discover some more amazing reads this second half of 2015. From the looks of the line-ups, I'd say we're in for some great finds. :)

  • alyssa zech

    July 10, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Shades of Doon = need

    1. Rissi

      July 10, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      It promises to be amazing, Alyssa. But then, we shouldn't be surprised, right!? ;)

  • Heather

    July 16, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I really want to read Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund! I downloaded another title by her a few weeks ago, and it has been a good read so far. :)

    1. Rissi

      July 16, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Hope you enjoy Love Unexpected, Heather. It's a really sweet romance novel – as are all of Jody's novels. :)

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