During the year I’ve kept my blog up to date with my Goodreads book challenge and my attempt to read 50 books.
2015 is coming to a close and I’ve read 34 out of 50 books (I’m currently on my 35th book- All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which is a fantastic read).
Even though I didn’t manage to complete the challenge, I’m still really pleased with the amount I managed.
My favourite books from 2015 have been:
- Every Day, David Levithan
- Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgearld
- Attachments, Rainbow Rowell
- The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
- The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
- All the Bright Places, Jeniffer Niven
- All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr ( I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s made the list regardless).
Since I’m reaching the end of the challenge, I thought I would do a recap and a review on the more recent books I’ve read.
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold- this novel was always a difficult one for me to read. Having been turned into a film adaptation in 2010 starring Saoirse Ronan I made a few attempts in the past but I found the storyline, though fascinating, upsetting and at times scary. Though a difficult story to read I’d highly recommend the novel, it left me in tears but for a book that discusses rape, murder and a family coping with the aftermath that’s what was to be expected. What I found the most powerful and emotional aspect of the book, is how Susie (the murdered girl) can only watch her family from heaven but is unable to interact with them.
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins- a best-seller of 2015, this book was unavoidable. I’ve seen many reviews with people complaining the story was a rip off of Gone Girl, I disagree and think this book has it’s own unique qualities that made it compelling. Though it’s been a while since I read the book, the one thing about it that stood out is how unlikeable all the characters were. My brother also read the book and his opinion on it is that you need patience while waiting for the story to develop. Personally for me, I enjoyed Gone Girl more.
Asking For It, Louise O’ Neill- a much talked about book of this year by Irish author Louise O’ Neill. Technically the book is classified under young adults but I feel it could be read by an older audience as well. The book deals with the main character Emma who is popular, bitchy and selfish being raped at a party while she’s drunk . The book then asks the controversial question, was she just asking for it? The plot is split into two parts, before and after, and O’ Neill deals with the transition really well, showing a subtle but at the same time huge difference in Emma’s character. I also found it clever how she created the stereotypical boys who only want one thing, yet she still created positive male characters to show that not all boys are bad. Something else that was interesting to watch unfold is decisions that are made on Emma’s behalf, and why these decisions are made and how they impact her.
Bestseller, Alessandro Gallenzi- at some point I was stuck for a book to read so I picked this book from a shelf in the library as it sounded interesting, it turned out to be better then I expected (don’t you love when that happens?) The story is about a struggling and desperate writer trying to become the next JK Rowling. What makes the book successful is the tone it takes on. The satirical, pessimistic tone and the bewildering development in the story all make this book an odd, funny and enjoyable read.
Books I still need to get around to reading are Brooklyn (Colm Tóibín), Only Ever Yours (Louise O’ Neill) and The Price of Salt (Patrice Highsmith, the movie adaptation is called Carol).
What’s been your favourite book from 2015?