Favorite Reads of 2015, Part 1: Books Published Before 2015

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Finally! It’s time to reveal some of my favorite reads of 2015! ūüėÄ

Last year I almost twice as many books as I did the year before, and a fair number of those books¬†were published before 2015. So, I’m going to share not one¬†year-end Top 10 list, but two!

Today’s will focus on my favorite¬†pre-2015 books I read last year. Each entry will include my reasons for its inclusion on this list and a link to the¬†full review. Also, since I like to keep you all¬†in suspense, the list will go in ascending order, from #10 to #1. ūüėČ Here they are:

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Recent Reads: July 2015 (Plus, I’m Back from #WDC15!)

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Recent Reads is a monthly reading wrap-up, with mini-reviews of all the books I finished in the past month. I’ll also share what I’m currently reading and any¬†other books that are in the pipeline. Want to share your¬†bookish happenings, too? Feel free to do so in the Comments section at the end!

Back from my blogging hiatus! ūüôā And WOW, Writer’s Digest Conference was AWESOME! I don’t even know where to begin with describing what an invaluable experience it was. So, all I’ll say for now is that I’ll be writing two articles’ worth (possibly three)¬†of conference coverage for DIY MFA. ¬†It sounds like a lot, but I’ve been so “in the zone” that each piece seemed to write itself in a fingersnap. Unfortunately, this¬†means I won’t have time for¬†a Field Trip post here at the blog – but I’ll do a special edition of Stacking The Shelves instead. ¬†Stay tuned for that on Saturday!

Now, Recent Reads.¬†Last month’s debut of the new format went amazingly¬†well. I’m so glad that readers enjoyed the shorter reviews, and that you’ve been understanding of the change in format. Today I’d like to add one more feature that takes advantage of the shorter reviews: Read of the Month, which¬†highlights my favorite book¬†from the past month. That way, you won’t have to search for the highest rating or most positive review. ūüėČ

So, what did I choose as my Read of the Month? What other books did I devour, figuratively speaking? Find out below!

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Stacking The Shelves, Vol. 11: Of Fairies And A Female Knight

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that shares the books (both physical and virtual) that you recently purchased, borrowed from a fellow reader or the library, won from a giveaway, or received as gifts. Stacking The Shelves will post on Saturdays as new books are added to my shelves.

*Please note that, starting with today’s edition,¬†Stacking The Shelves will feature links to each book’s Goodreads page instead of their Amazon pages. That way, if you’re on Goodreads, you can any of the featured books to your Goodreads shelves.*

Some of you might remember that last fall, I was looking for recommendations for fantasy novels with fairy characters. I’ve been meaning to do some “market research” on such books because¬†the protagonist and other characters from¬†my WIP,¬†The Keeper’s Curse,¬†are¬†Faeries. Something I should have done a lot sooner than Draft #2, but better late than never, right?

So, I finally bought my first batch of fairy novels for market research, as well as another YA fantasy classic I’ve been meaning to get a hold of. And they are…

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