My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s Best and Worst of 2015 Wrap Up

2015 GoodReads

2015 was the year I said goodbye to goals and decided to focus on quality over quantity. Despite promising not to judge my end result, I was still bummed I didn’t hit 100 books. Regardless, even though I still took all of May off to move apartments, I was only two books shy of my goal-centric 2014 total, reading 94 books in 2015.

For this year’s best and worst of wrap up, I decided to do things a little differently and divide my favorites and least favorites of the year by genre. Note: these are the books I read in 2015 and are not limited to books published in 2015.

You can check out a visual list of all the books I read in 2015 over on GoodReads — for the best and worst, continue scrolling!

The Best of the Best:

Best Comics

Best Comic Books 2015

Thor Vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder and Thor Vol. 2: Who Holds the Hammer? by Jason Aaron
Even though I’m more of a Loki gal, I’m really enjoying the new Thor Jason Aaron created. Despite her true identity being spoiled for me, the lead up to her reveal was still spectacular.

Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher
The amazing things I’ve been hearing about this comic are true, from the beautifully illustrated characters to the fun stories and subtle nods to the Bat-universe.

The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman
From the gorgeous artwork to the twisting story line and all the characters Gaiman dreams up (pun intended), this is a fabulous addition to the Sandman oeuvre!

The Walking Dead Vol. 24: Life and Death by Robert Kirkman
Things that are infinitely better than AMC’s The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman’s comic book series The Walking Dead. The latest arc in the series has a huge time jump and death of some of your faves.

Descender Vol. 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire
Jeff Lemire’s newest sci-fi comic follows a robot boy named TIM-21 who wakes up ten years after a catastrophe, finding himself in a world where all androids have been outlawed.

Chrononauts by Mark Millar
Written by the author of Kick-Ass and drawn by the author/illustrator of the amazing Punk Rock Jesus comes a story of time travel and the men who abuse it in the most hilarious way possible.

Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar
It took me six years, but I finally took the time to read Old Man Logan! It’s perfect for fans of Wolverine and anyone interested in terrifying Marvel alternate universes where everyone is dead.

American Vampire Vol. 8 by Scott Snyder
Just when you didn’t think American Vampire could get any crazier, Scott Snyder ends his second cycle with a bang. Vampires in space? Vampires in motherfucking space.

Wytches by Scott Snyder
This horrifying thrill ride re-imagines the mythology of witches. Equal parts terrifying artwork and a layered plot make this a definite read, especially if you’re a Scott Snyder fan.

Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
There are a lot of great comic book series out right now, but Saga is definitely one of the best. Even all the way into its fifth volume it’s still as engrossing and shocking as it was when I picked up issue one.

Rat Queens Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe
The fantastical comedy Rat Queens about a series of literally high-powered ladies continues in this second volume, complete with a brand new artist! Get ready for lust, malice and ennui!

Best Fantasy

Best Fantasy 2015

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
If you want a fantasy that is horrifying, funny, absurd and weird, this is the book for you. It’s got everything from magic to talking lions and time-altering libraries. [READ FULL REVIEW]

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
Readers who loves mermaids, circuses and post-apocalyptic landscapes, check out this gorgeously written story about a world destroyed by rising sea levels. [READ FULL REVIEW]

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Victoria Schwab’s brand new series about four Londons, a cross-dressing wannabe pirate thief and a magician with a multi-sided coat is everything I never knew I wanted. [READ FULL REVIEW]

Best Graphic Novels

Best Graphic Novels 2015

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Creepy, atmospheric and beautifully illustrated, Through the Woods is full of haunting, occasionally fairy/folktale-esque stories and a strong color scheme.

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen
Based on the true story of Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, this Eisner-winning graphic novel is creepy and horrifying. I devoured it in one sitting.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
When I first began reading about shape-shifting Nimona, who becomes sidekick to villain Lord Ballister Blackheart, I thought I was reading a comedic fantasy. Then it hit me with all the feels.

Best Horror

Best Horror 2015

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson writes superbly tense gothic horror and her last novel is no exception. Revolving around a family murdered by poison-laced sugar, it explores how houses can become haunted by their human occupants.

Slade House by David Mitchell
Told in short interwoven stories set nine years apart, the five tales in this horrifying collection center around the mysterious Slade House, which doomed visitors enter through a small iron door off of Slade Alley in London.

Best Mysteries and Thrillers

Best Mystery Thriller 2015

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I finally got around to reading this tense psychological thriller about how both men and women are the worst. Definitely check out it out before watching the equally creepy film.

Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
A must read for all Marshmallows, the continuation of the television series is a perfect mystery written with all the characters fans know and love. More Veronica Mars books please!

Best Young Adult

Best Young Adult 2015

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
A beautifully written debut, full of magic, romance, court intrigue and diversity, Renee Ahdieh’s novel had me hooked from page one. Bonus: it was favorite read of the year!

Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
I loved the first two books in the Throne of Glass series about a bad ass lady assassin living in a semi-medieval world. It has everything: romance, magic, monsters, and the complete ability to rip your beating heart out of your chest

Fairest and Winter: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Both these tomes in The Lunar Chronicles served as perfect book ends to the series, with prequel Fairest giving us a look at our antagonist and final novel Winter tying a lovely bow around the sci-fi fractured fairy tales. [WATCH WINTER BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
A must for fans of magic, boarding schools, wizards, wizard boarding schools, Harry Potter and everyone who wanted Draco and Harry to get together in an alternate universe where Draco just so happens to be a vampire.

The Worst of the Worst:

Worst Young Adult

Worst of 2015

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
I really wanted to like this child murder YA novel about rulers who give their kids up as hostages to ensure worldwide peace. Sadly, everything was lackluster and there was too much goat stuff. [READ FULL REVIEW]

Winterspell by Claire Legrand
Had it not been the selection in our December Spines with Wines book club, I would have given up on this Nutcracker retelling centered around creepy men and a girl who wants to bone a statue.

The Wizard Returns by Danielle Paige
This short set before the events in Dorothy Must Die is not a necessary or recommended read. Drawn out and pointless, skip it regardless of your devotion to the series.

While having zero goals and ambitions was a nice experiment in 2015, for 2016 I will be participating in several reading challenges (because lists make me feel super accomplished) and aiming to read 1oo books.

Hey new year, bring it on.

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2 thoughts on “My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s Best and Worst of 2015 Wrap Up

  1. I filmed a most disappointing books of the year video after we finished our Winterspell live show and I could not find my copy of The Wicked Will Rise so I completely forgot to include that but it’s honestly the second worst book (after Winterspell) that I read this year. I can’t decide if I want to just read the third book in the series since it’s the last one or if I should give up now while there’s still time.

    • Yeah, I have not read the second book in the series yet because you said it was so incredibly disappointing. Maybe listen to an audio book of Yellow Brick War just to finish it up and be done with it?

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