Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books read in 2015 So Far…

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books Read in 2015 So Far…

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

1 – The Martian by Andy Weir


The Martian is a cross between a Michael Crichton novel and a Michael Bay movie, only it’s smarter than a Michael Bay movie and funnier than a Crichton novel. Action-packed, fast-paced and scary in how believable it is, this is quality realistic science-fiction.

2- Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

I wasn’t a big fan of the first novel. There was too much focus on romance even though there were some gripping fight sequences. But Crown of Midnight focused more on a mystery plot and increased the number of fight and action set pieces.

3- Finders Keepers by Stephen King


Though it’s not as good as King’s other books (Under the Dome, 11/22/63, Doctor Sleep) or the first book in the Bill Hodges series, Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers is still a crazy-well-written book with some great characters.

4 – Vicious by V. E. Schwab


I’m a big Marvel fan, and save Steelheart, this book is as close to a superhero movie in book form as I’ve got. It’s well-written, fast-paced and has some solid characters. The movie should be wicked.

5- The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig


This book proves there is still some life in dystopian fiction. Action, fast-pace and some good twists.

6- Half the World by Joe Abercrombie


Easily the best high-fantasy series I’ve read. Gritty, violent and action and battled-packed. The third and sadly final book is released this month.

7- Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence


Like Half the World, this is gritty, violent and action-packed high fantasy. The main character is an anti-hero for most of the novel, but he’s one of the most original characters I’ve read. This book might not be for everyone, but if you’re not squeamish and like high-fantasy that’s brutal, check this out.

8- Mr. Monster by Dan Wells


The second book in the John Cleaver series is as fast and fun as the first, maybe even more. It’ll be cool to see how I am Not a Serial Killer, the first book, turns out as a movie.

9- The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey


There isn’t much progression in plot in this second book in the 5th Wave series, but there is still some solid action and a huge twist I didn’t see coming. The third and final book, The Last Star, should be epic.

10- Tied between Lexicon by Max Barry, The Shining by Stephen King and NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (King’s son)


Probably King’s most iconic novel, The Shining shows him at his best, and also at his craziest–some chapters were a little tedious, but the final 100 pages is some of the best writing I’ve read.


Stephen King could have written this novel–it has his addictive writing style, solid characters and unique plot. This is one of the most original books I’ve read–having characters who use words as weapons.


I’m only 300 pages into this book (of over 600) and it’s already one of the best books I’ve read this year. Hill gives his dad a run for his money. Some quality writing, scary scenes and crazy characters.

Anyone read any of the same books, or planning to? Or can anyone recommend any similar to the ones above that I should check out?


About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

Posted on 06/30/2015, in books, reading, top ten tuesday and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. What great picks! The Infinite Sea is definitely my favorite from this list *hearteyes* The Martian and Lexicon were both amazing, too.

  2. Lots of scary ones here! The Martian is something I need to read. I hear the movie has started production.
    Here’s my TTT.

  3. 3,7 and Stephen King I have read, great books! Joe Hill’s book I am planning to read. I have loved his style to write ever since I read his short story collection 🙂 I’d definitely recommend his other books as well, 20th Century Ghosts and Heart-Shaped Box. Then from King I enjoyed Duma Key for some reason

    • I’ll check out Heart-Shaped Box, but I’ve seen the Horns movie so I’m not sure if i’ll read the book or not. I have Duma Key still to read, just finished the Shining.

      • Aaa, I didn’t even know they made movie based on Horns! Movies are not that often as good as books though. Shining is great

  4. Great list! I loved “The Martian” and I’m anxiously awaiting the movie release this fall! “Mr. Mercedes” is on my summer to-read list, and one of these days I’ll get around to reading “The Infinite Sea” and “N0S4A2.” I read “Horns” by Joe Hill and liked it well enough (the movie was awful, though) and everyone seems to like “N0S4A2” the best of his work.

  5. Glad to see The Martian top your list. I have a book club that’s scheduled to read it in November but I don’t think I can wait that long. Saw the trailer for the film recently too, and it looks awesome. 🙂

  6. I’m not a scifi reader, usually, but I think I’ve been sufficiently swayed by so many people (and the movie trailer, admittedly) to give it a try.

  7. thenightgirl

    The Fire Sermon has been on my TBR list for awhile, hopefully I can read it soon! Also, I just read Half a King and waiting on Half the World to come into the library right now. I can’t wait to read it, the first book was so good. Prince of Thorns also sounds super good, will be putting it on my TBR! Great list 😀

  8. There’s no dragons or other creatures (not usual fantasy creatures). It’s more like Game of Thrones.

  9. Nice list! We share Crown of Midnight.

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