Best of 2015

Happy New Year, everyone! Ever since I started blogging, I’ve been posting my favorite reads whenever the new year rolls around – you can check out my previous posts through these links: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In no particular order, here are the books that I loved in 2015 (linked to my reviews if I have them):

Once Upon a Rose A Wish Upon Jasmine Girl Before a Mirror The Deal I'll Meet You There

Pure Magic Uprooted Bone Gap Archivist Wasp Illuminae

That’s five contemporaries and five speculative fiction titles! I’ve also been meaning to read more graphic novels and found a few that I loved in 2015:

Rat Queens Vol 1 Sass and Sorcery Nimona Midnight Tribunal High Tide at Midnight

Midnight Tribunal and High Tide at Midnight are the latest installments in the Trese graphic novel series, one of my favorite Filipino works of fiction. Here are other titles written by Filipino authors that stood out for me this year:

Choco Chip Hips Learning to Fall Loveless Childless Clueless

Speaking of Filipino reads, I made a point of buying Filipino books to give as gifts this past Christmas. I was lucky enough to get most of them signed!

Filipino books as Christmas gifts

Pile of Filipino books as Christmas gifts

2015 has been a good year for reading but not so much for blogging, because I’ve always been behind on reviews. Real life keeps getting in the way so I have missed reviewing some of my favorite reads this year. Let’s see if I can catch up on reviewing some of them in the new year. Keeping my fingers crossed on that.

As for other bookish things, I was delighted to discover that book cafes have been popping up all over Manila and I was able to visit three of them during my trip: Tweedle Book Cafe, Cool Beans Cafe and Book and Borders Cafe.

Tweedle Book Cafe - shelf

In November, I was also able to attend Singapore Writers Festival’s panel on β€œInstalove” – Romance and the YA Novel, where I got to meet authors Rachel Hartman and Joyce Chng in person.

SG writers fest 2015 - instalove 5

Singapore Writers Festival “Instalove” panelists Joye Chng, Joyce Chua and Rachel Hartman

My travel activities aren’t exactly book-related but I enjoy posting about them on the blog. Earlier this year, I was able to visit: Prague, Kutna Hora, Cesky Krumlov (like the setting of a medieval fantasy), Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle (straight out of a fairy tale), Regensburg.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

After I had my rolls of film developed, I did a Snapshot From a Book post and matched pictures of Prague with quotes from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do the same for the other places we visited because I haven’t come across books set in them. However, it made me happy to be able to meet in Munich my bookish friend Estara. I’ve known Estara for years and I was delighted to finally get the chance to chat with her in person.

Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

We visited Bayerisches Nationalmuseum with Estara

Another notable meet up this year was with Jo of Wear the Old Coat when she had a stopover in Singapore while traveling from Australia to the UK. We had dimsum and loads of jasmine tea for lunch, and played tourists for the rest of the day.

Din Tai Fung lunch with Jo

Din Tai Fung lunch with Jo

It’s always fun for me to have these meet ups because I don’t get to do them as often as I would like. So it’s a special treat when I meet a bookish friend I’ve known for years.

So, so, so. That’s 2015 for me. How was yours? πŸ™‚ What were your favorite reads from the past year?

17 thoughts on “Best of 2015

  1. Happy New Year, Chachic!

    UPROOTED was on my list as well, and I also really enjoyed ILLUMINAE and THE DEAL. I need to get around to reading ARCHIVIST WASP this year – have seen it on quite a few lists already. Also GIRL BEFORE A MIRROR because of Angie!


    • Happy New Year, Li! Good to know that we both have Uprooted on our lists. πŸ˜€ You really should read Archivist Wasp, it’s an amazing read with a gorgeous. I hope I’m able to write a review of it eventually. And yes, Liza Palmer’s Girl Before a Mirror is a good idea. Have you read any of her books before?

    • So glad we have some overlaps. πŸ˜€ I’m going to check out the titles in your list that I haven’t had a chance to read and maybe some of them might end up in my 2016 list.

  2. Yay for an awesome list. One book I desperately want to read is The Bone Gap! I am going to buy the paperback when it comes out in a couple of months. I *just* got The Archivist Wasp for my kindle so I am glad to see it is in your top ten! I have no idea if it is my kind of book but I am looking forward to trying it out.

    Looks like you had a lovely year x

    • Nomes, I would love to hear your thoughts on Bone Gap (which recently won the Printz award) and Archivist Wasp. Both are very unique so I also know they’re not the kind of books that everyone will like but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you’ll enjoy them. πŸ˜€

      In terms of books read, yes, I agree that it was a good year!

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