Thursday, December 31, 2015

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 & Bramble by 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, Slowly by Thannha Lai (Middle Grade, Contemporary Realistic)
Party Lines by Emma Barry (Adult, Romance)


The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall (Middle Grade, Contemporary Realistic)
A Pocket Full of Murder by R.J. Anderson (Middle Grade, Fantasy)


Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older (Young Adult, Fantasy)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Adult, Fantasy)

Top Ten Middle Grade

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge (Fantasy)
Dream On, Amber by Emma Shevah (Contemporary Realistic)


Jinx's Fire by Sage Blackwood (Fantasy)
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead (Contemporary Realistic)


 Listen, Slowly by Thannha Lai (Contemporary Realistic)
Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens (Historical Mystery)


A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder (Fantasy)
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall (Contemporary Realistic)


 A Pocket Full of Murder by R.J. Anderson (Fantasy Mystery)
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (Contemporary Realistic Graphic Novel)

Top Ten Young Adult

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (Contemporary Realistic)
Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas (Fantasy)


Audacity by Melanie Crowder (Historical Fiction
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (Fantasy)


The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (Contemporary Realistic)
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (Contemporary Realistic) 


Prairie Fire by E.K. Johnston (Fantasy)
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older (Fantasy)


This Side of Home by Renée Watson
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Top Adult

Autumn Sage by Genevieve Turner (Historical Romance)
Once Upon a Rose by Laura Florand (Contemporary Romance)


Party Lines by Emma Barry (Contemporary Romance) 
Star Dust by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner (Historical Romance)


Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Fantasy)
A Wish Upon Jasmine by Laura Florand (Contemporary Romance)

Did any of these make your list? What are some favorite books you read from the past year?

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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 Proposal by 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 quarter, leave a comment below and tell me:
1) A favorite book of yours from the past few months.
2) Which of these books you are interested in if you win. (You can change your mind if you do.)
3) A way to reach you (email or Twitter handle) if you win. If you are using a Twitter handle, you may want to follow me in case I need to DM you.

Open to any reader who lives where Book Depository ships for free.

I will close this GIVEAWAY and choose a winner on Wednesday, January 6at 8:00 PM EDT.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

TTT: Santa Books


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?