Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant to Get But Didn’t (or Haven’t)

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Now that 2016 is well underway, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday thinks back to the year before! Here are some books I had every intention of reading but didn’t for one reason or another. 🙂

1) Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

So many people have told me that this book (and this series or world) is the best thing ever, so I had every intention of getting it… except I haven’t read the Grisha series, and I heard that it’s best to read Six of Crows once I’m done with that one. True or false, readers?

2) Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

Like many, I really enjoyed Rowell’s Fangirl and was intrigued by the fictional world her characters were obsessed with! I just haven’t had time to get this yet.

3) The Fill-In Boyfriend – Kasie West

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

This should have been right up my alley because it has pretend relationships, my number one favourite trope, but a couple of bad reviews warded me off. Is it the correct decision? D:

4) The Boy Most Likely To – Huntley Fitzpatrick

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard. Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him.

I came so close to reading this book—I even had it out from the library!—but in the end, I had to return it into my TBR pile because other books took priority… and this one just didn’t seem as interesting in comparison. Oops?

5) Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results.

Yup, you caught me there. I haven’t read the ever-illuminating, almost-always-favourited Illuminae.

6) The Stars Never Rise – Rachel Vincent

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago. When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her.

This should be right up my alley with the pretty, artistic cover, but unfortunately I just couldn’t get into the story. More of a DNF (or a Did Not Really Start, more accurately) than a didn’t get, to be honest.

7) Under A Painted Sky – Stacey Lee

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush.

Just never got to pick it up…? D:

8) Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

I became ambivalent about this book after reading a couple of friends’ reviews on Goodreads. I might still read it, but I don’t think I’ll buy it or anything.

9) Tonight The Streets Are Ours – Leila Sales

Recklessly loyal. That’s how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Caring for her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she’s grown resentful of everyone—including her needy best friend and her absent mom—taking her loyalty for granted.

Then Arden stumbles upon a website called Tonight the Streets Are Ours, the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, who gives voice to feelings that Arden has never known how to express. He seems to get her in a way that no one else does, and he hasn’t even met her. Until Arden sets out on a road trip to find him.

A pretty cover and an intriguing summary? I’m still in—just maybe not right now. 😛

10) 99 Days – Katie Cotugno

Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

When I first read the summary, I was interested—a little bit, at least. But then other books came along, my interests dwindled, and bad reviews from the majority of the blogosphere turned me away. Too bad—this could have been cute, I think.

Should I read any of these books? What 2015 releases did you mean to read but haven’t yet? As always, let me know in the comments or leave me a link! ❤

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42 thoughts on “Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant to Get But Didn’t (or Haven’t)

  1. Great list, I loved Carry On and Illuminae, both were two of my top reads for 2015 so I hope you enjoy them as well. And I literally finished The Boy Most Likely To yesterday and it was amazing, definitely exceeded what I expected for Alice and Tim’s story 🙂

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    • That’s great to hear! I need to find a good copy for Illuminae; it seems to be the kind of book better read in print, haha. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed The Boy Most Likely To as well–I might still read it when I can. ❤

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  2. Illuminae is SO good! Here’s hoping you enjoy it, when/if you get around to reading it! I had a ton of fun with it. 😀

    Great list! I read 99 Days before all the negativity began rolling in, it seems–I didn’t mind it so much, but it was one of my first contemporary and I’m not quite as biased about contemporaries as others seem to be. *shrug*

    Thanks so much for visiting my post! ❤

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    • Thank you! I’m excited to read it, too–once I’m able to downsize my ever-growing TBR, haha. So many books, so little time. 🙂

      I’m not sure what it was about 99 Days that made people dislike it, but I know I’m pretty picky with relationships in books, i.e. I dislike bad boys or jerks with a secret golden heart, wishy-washiness, disrespect, lack of communication etc., so I suppose I can be quite picky with contemporaries… Would you still recommend it as such?

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      • Oh gosh, I know how you feel–the TBR is never ending in my world. I add at least one new book to it every day. XD

        Taking those things into consideration…I’d say 99 Days probably isn’t for you. There’s not much in way of the things you dislike, but there is a bit of wishy-washiness and disrespect (though this comes more outside the relationship than in it). I’d probably still say you wouldn’t like it, though, given your taste in books with relationships. 🙂

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  3. Six of Crows is AWESOME. So if you’re trying to figure out which one to tackle first, I’d really recommend you go for it right away!

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  4. Dumplin’ was really underwhelming to me, tbh. I thought the premise was interesting, but the execution was really lacking for me. If you do decide to read it, I will be interested to hear your thoughts, but I also think you wouldn’t miss out by skipping that one.

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  5. Great list!
    I read Six of Crows recently and really enjoyed it, but I agree that it’s a good idea to read the Grisha trilogy first. It’s not necessary, but I think it makes the world that SoC takes place in feel a little bit more real.

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    • Thanks! Literally everyone has loved Six of Crows–I’m so tempted but the thought of adding a whole trilogy and another series to my ever-growing TBR is a bit intimidating. I’m glad you really enjoyed it, though! I’m sure I’ll pick it up… eventually. 😛

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  6. I heard the same thing about Six of Crows, and I think that’s what doesn’t make me pick it up right away. I’m scared of being completely LOST. If you get an answer to your question, I’d love to know! 🙂 I really want to read The Boy Most Likely To, but I’m scared of being disappointed… And Dumplin’! Seems like everyone loved that book, so I’m impatient!! Great list! 🙂

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    • Consensus so far says that it’s not necessary, but it helps to read the Grisha trilogy! Let me know if/when you’re picking it up–maybe we can read it together and bounce off each other if we’re super confused, haha. 😛

      Ahh me too! Dumplin’ actually has got mixed reviews as far as I’m aware. On the other hand, The Boy Most Likely To sounds very… cliched to me, at least from the description.

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      • Oh that would be great, actually, we should do that! This way, if we’re confused, we can help each other out…or be confused together, ahah :p
        You’re right, The Boy Most Likely To sounds kind of cliché, and usually I’m scared of spin-off novels…well, I’ll see how this one goes! 🙂

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  7. You definitely do not need to have read the Grisha trilogy before Six of Crows. I didn’t and I was still captivated by the world. I have The Boy Most Likely To on my shelf ready to be read but I just keep forgetting about it. Plus with all the rain we’ve had I’ve not really been in the mood for a summer read haha.

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    • Thanks for that! I’ve been hesitant to pick it up because I heard it’s… interconnected in some way? But it’s good to hear from someone who didn’t read the Grisha series and still enjoyed SoC. 🙂

      I also keep forgetting The Boy Most Likely To! It’s just not really a priority, and now, rereading the summary makes it all sound very cliched. D:

      Hopefully the rain lets up a little bit!

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  8. Six of Crows and Illuminae were two of my favorite books of last year so I definitely recommend you check them out soon! I didn’t read the entire Grisha trilogy before reading Six of Crows – I only read the first two books. You could probably jump into Six of Crows without reading them but you would probably understand the world better if you read at least one book from the Grisha trilogy. Hope this helped and happy reading 🙂

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    • Ah, thank you! So many great reviews on both of them, I don’t think I’ve heard a less than “It’s SUPER GOOD!”.

      And yes, that really helps! I have little interest in reading the Grisha trilogy at the moment but SoC has received so many good publicity, haha.

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  9. Rainbow Rowell published a new book? I’m so out of the loop these days. As always whenever I see Dumplin’ anywhere I can’t help but grin. There’s a cover connection between Dumplin’ and me. (I have yet to read it!)

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  10. If you wanted to dabble with the Grisha world (and aren’t too interested in the series as a whole) then you could definitely read Shadow and Bone first and then head into Six of Crows but it’s certainly not necessary. The little bit of extra context you get from the world is enough to prop up all the little Easter Eggs-ish you read about in SoC. Just know that SoC is set years after the end of the trilogy.

    Cheers,
    Joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts.

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  11. We do have a lot of books in common in our list! I’m almost afraid to start Illuminae. It’s so hyped I’m afraid I’ll have too high expectations the book will fail to meet :/ Nice way of posting–I really like how organized all the images are. Looks real neat!

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  12. I have both Six of Crows and Illuminae at home. I can’t wait to catch up on reading. I was REALLY let down with 99 days. It wasn’t what I was hoping it would be. Dumplin has the most simple yet elegant cover and it’s another I have on my TBR. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it!

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    • Oh no, that sucks! Yeah, other bloggers have also expressed their disappointment in 99 Days, and after reading some of their reviews, I’m pretty sure I’m never picking it up–apparently it’s frustrating as hell…

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