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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 & 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?


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