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Favorite Reads of 2015

I decided I really liked the way I did my list last year so I'm doing it the same way this year. I will list the Top 10 Favorites of the Favorites first and they break it down by age category (10 MG, 10 YA, 10 Adult). 

Disclaimer: My favorites should in no way be used to discern which books are going to be shortlisted for the Cybils committee I'm on. For that you will just have to wait until tomorrow when they're announced on the site. I'm only one person on a panel of seven remember.

Brandy's Top Ten Reads of 2015

Ash & Brambleby Sarah Prineas (Young Adult, Fantasy) Audacity by Melanie Crowder (Young Adult, Historical Fiction)

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (Young Adult, Fantasy) Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead (Middle Grade, Contemporary Realistic)

Listen, Slowlyby Thannha Lai (Middle Grade, Contemporary Realistic) Party Lines by Emma Barry (Adult, Romance)

The Penderwicks in Springby Jeanne Birdsall (Middle Grade, Contemporary Realistic) A Pocket Full of Murder by R.J. Ande…

Quarterly Round-Up with GIVEAWAY

It is time for the Quarterly Review Round-Up where I talk about the best of the best, the one's I couldn't finish, and the adult novels I'm reading that I don't review here. Plus there's a GIVEAWAY.

The DNFs (links to my reasons why-if I shared them-on Goodreads):
The Case of the Missing Moonstone
The Magician's Secret

Adult Books (links to reviews on Goodreads):
Indecent Proposalby Molly O'Keefe
A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant
A Midnight Clear by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner (5 STARS!)
Saving the CEO by Jenny Holiday
Star Dust by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner (5 STARS!)

The Best of the Best (where the Giveaway comes in):

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Links to my reviews unless otherwise noted.

GIVEAWAY Rules

*Indicates later books in a trilogy or series. If you are wanting to begin with the first book and you win, I will allow you to choose that as your prize.

If you want to win one of the 4.5/5 star books I read this q…

TTT: Santa Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week's TTT topic: It's supposed to be books you want Santa to leave you under the tree, but I always do it as books I'm GIVING to people. I want so many books there's no narrowing it down. And I love giving books to the kids in my life.

For Bit, age 11 sixth grade:


 For LM, age 7 second grade (DIFFICULT READER):

For the Entire Painter Family (including me-I cheated):
For the Niece, age almost 4:


In addition I bought her and LM both a set of these: They are exactly as tiny and adorable as they look.
For the nephew, age 3 months:
Both are board books. You can never start Mo Willems fans too young.
What are some books you are giving or hoping to get this year?