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Top Ten of 2015: Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2016

Top 10 of 2015

Merry Christmas! :) Having to choose only ten 2016 releases I'm looking forward to was definitely difficult, but here are my final picks:

My Lady JaneThe Love That Split the World
The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)Traitor Angels
The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn, #2)The Square Root of Summer
The Unexpected Everything26 Kisses
A Week of MondaysHow to Keep Rolling After a Fall

Do we have any in common? What are your most anticipated books of 2016? I'd love to visit your lists! :)

Four Year Blogoversary and Giveaway

Hi everyone! It's officially The Book Belles' 4th Blogoversary and I'm so happy to celebrate it. Blogging has been such an amazing part of my life and I'm hoping it's something I'll be doing for several years to come.

Events in 2015:
  • I started my first year of college and love it so far! I took a short hiatus from blogging, but I'm working on getting back on track and have lots of post ideas for next year :)
  • I attended YallWest and Pasadena Loves YA, where I met some of my favorite authors.
  • Marianne joined The Book Belles as a co-blogger
Upcoming Events in 2016:
  • I'm co-hosting the 2016 YA Contemporary Challenge with Jillian and sign-ups are open. We added some mini-challenges this year and there'll be monthly link-ups and giveaways! :)
  • The 2nd Annual YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt will take place from January 24-27. The first one took place in 2014 and there's so many amazing authors participating in this one! There'll be an author reveal closer to the scavenger hunt.
  • I'm planning to finally launch a "Bookish Baking" feature. I love baking and I've wanted to do this since I begun blogging, so I'm excited to finally do it! The first post for this feature will be up in early January. 
Thank You's:
There are so many blogs I love visiting and who leave sweet comments on The Book Belles. Thank you to all of them! As for specific people, Katie from Katie's Book Blog is one of the first bloggers I ever followed and was nice enough to pass on the contemporary challenge to me after an amazing year of co-hosting together. Lili from Lili's Reflections is a long-time blogging friend and always great to talk to! Rachel from A Perfection Called Books is an amazing blogger, too, and one of the sweetest people. I'd also like to thank all of the publishers, bloggers, and authors who have ever worked with me! Also, last but definitely not least, thank you so much to everyone who has ever commented or even just visited The Book Belles! :)

My Favorites:


Movie of 2015: The DUFF

TV Shows: Veronica Mars, Scream Queens, The Mindy Project

Music: One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer

This giveaway is international and one winner will receive a prize pack of their choice from the ones below. The prize packs contain a mixture of my most anticipated 2016 releases and my favorite 2015 ones. The unreleased books will be preordered for the winner. Good luck! :)

Prize Pack #1:
Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)Inferno (Blood for Blood, #2)Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)Suffer Love

Prize Pack #2:
All Played Out (Rusk University, #3)Last Year's MistakeFaking PerfectThe Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

Prize Pack #3:
My Lady JaneThe Possibility of NowThe Love That Split the WorldRomancing the Nerd

Prize Pack #4:
Assassin's HeartSword and VerseThe Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)Burning Glass

Prize Pack #5:
The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)BlackheartsAnd I Darken (The Conquerors Saga, #1)The Forbidden Wish

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Top Ten of 2015: Best Book Covers of 2015

Top 10 of 2015

The Lies About TruthI'll Meet You ThereTen Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)Tonight the Streets Are OursKissing in AmericaThe Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)Velvet UndercoverWinter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Crimson BoundTheir Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)

What are your favorite covers of 2015? Do we have any in common? I'd love to visit your lists! :)

Top Ten of 2015: Best Books I've Read in 2015

Top 10 of 2015

Hi everyone! :) I'm excited to participate in the Top Ten series, as it was so much fun last year. Here are my top ten favorite books from 2015:

1) The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: This book was so beautifully written and the ending has me desperate to read the next one! The story was just so good and Khalid <3 

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

2) When a Scot Ties a Knot by Tessa Dare: I love the Castles Ever After series so much! It’s hilarious, yet still manages to make you feel all of the feels. Despite being historical, all of her heroines manage to feel relatable or at least the type of person I’d want to be friends with.
When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3)

3) Never Never and Never Never Part 2: I’m combining these since they’re so short! They were originally supposed to be one book, so I figure it counts ;) These novellas are so intense and Colleen Hoover never fails to stun with her writing. 

Never Never (Never Never, #1)Never Never: Part Two (Never Never, #2)

4) Velvet by Temple WestWhile I feel like vampires have definitely been a bit overdone, this novel has an entirely new take on them and manages to be humorous. I enjoyed Velvet so much! 
Velvet (Velvet Trilogy #1)

5) All Played Out by Cora Carmack: Torres and Nell were so cute <3 This is my favorite book so far in the Rusk University series, and this one will definitely be hard to top.

All Played Out (Rusk University, #3)

6) Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry: This was such a good book! Katie McGarry writes some of the best YA romance in my opinion and this is tied with Crash Into You for my favorite book by her. I’m so excited to read Razor’s story in Walk the Edge.

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)

7) Girl Underwater by Claire Kelly: I didn’t see too much about this one when it initially released and picked it up on a whim, but it turned out to be so good! It’s an extremely intense survival story that definitely stands out from the new adult genre.

Girl Underwater

8) Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally: Will I ever read a Miranda Kenneally book that isn’t amazing? Jesse’s Girl had the same lovable characters Miranda’s books always do along with a sweet romance. I loved the way music was incorporated, too! That title *where can I find a woman like that?*
Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks)

9) Vendetta by Catherine Doyle: I feel like this book needs more attention in the blogging community! Luca is incredible and the story is so unique. It deals with some Mafia elements and if you like The Vampire Diaries, I think you’d definitely enjoy this novel!

Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)

10) Third Degree by Julie Cross: This was reminiscent of Hart of Dixie (which I really like) and the romance was so good! I definitely need to read more books by Julie Cross now. 

Third Degree

What books made your list? I'd love to visit your posts! :)