Thursday, 31 December 2015

Top Reads of 2015



2015 has only a few hours left to live before he opens the path to 2016 and I wanted to share today my favourite reads of 2015, alongside some honourable mentions.



HONOURABLE MENTIONS


#5 – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  A book about despair and hope and what makes us all humans. I found Mandel’s novel quite sophisticated and it pulled me in from the very beginning.

#4 – The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. The second book in The Raven Cycle series and there is little I can say about this other than read it! The way the story developed and how the characters grew was fascinating. And can we talk about Ronan?

#3 – Caín by José Saramago. I read it based on my cousin’s recommendation and I had a blast with it. Basically Saramago retells some passages from the Bible having Cain as the centre of it all. I was so sad when it ended because I wanted more, much more.

#2 – The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. The sequel to The Final Empire and if you think the first book was amazing, wait until you get to the second one. The twists in this one were insane and the ending? It blew me away and it broke my heart and I still have to read the last book in the trilogy and I don’t know why I haven’t done so yet but I will, I promise.

#1 – Winter by Marissa Meyer. Meyer has bewitched me with her series. And I’m included the last one but in reality it is a representation for the four books. I wrote an entire post about it if you wanna know more.


FAVOURITE READS


#11 – Amulet. Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi. I don’t tend to read many graphic novels but I picked the first three volumes of this series for a Readathon and all of them were great but the second volume was amazing!

#10 – Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. My first ever Hardy and I really enjoyed it. There was something so calming about the endless descriptions of the countryside and I found in Hardy’s words a very beautiful story.

#9 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I won’t talk again about my history with this book but you must know I loved it.

#8 – A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I was obsessed with the movie as I kid and I learnt this year it was a children’s classic so I got it and I devoured it. I found it to be the perfect heart-warming read.

#7 – A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. One of my required reading list for Uni and it was marvelous. What Woolf talks about, it is still important today which is both terrifying and inspiring.

#6 – Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. Of course middle grade has to make an appearance. It is a very simple little story but it amazed me so very much.

#5 – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. A beautiful masterpiece. I think this is a classic everybody should read. I was completely mesmerized about it.

#4 – Did You Ever Have A Family? by Bill Clegg. This book hit me right in the feels and I didn’t think when I started it that it would be such an emotional read for me. It is even funnier to think that I didn’t cry while reading it but it was afterwards, when I got to the last page and closed the book when the tears came. It’s not a story easy to forget.

#3 – All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I’ve praised my love for this book since I read it in March and I will rave about it for the end of time. If you like historical fiction and beautiful prose, this is the book for you.

#2 – Animal Farm by George Orwell. Oh, Orwell…. What can I say about your little book? One word actually: perfection. It is sharp and intelligent and please, go read it; thank me later.

#1 – The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell. Here it is. My favourite read of this year. I don’t know how to explain how I feel about this book. I got it because the idea sounded phenomenal. A book about bookshops all around the world. But I found within so much more than just a list. I found a tribute to all readers and reading about the experiences of different authors with books and even the stories of some of the bookshop owners brought me joy. As someone who doesn’t know anybody outside the internet who is as crazy and passionate about books as I am, this book was a treasure in my hands.


HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!

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