Sunday, 17 January 2016

2015 Favourites: Books

In 2014 I smashed my way through 38 books however that was when I had a 2 hour commute. This year I had half the year with a short commute on the train but for the back end of it, a 5 minute drive and the amount of reading I've done has sadly decreased and that's something I will be working on in 2016. My reading goal for last year was 30 and I managed 24, all pictured below. My top 5 of last year comes from books I've read during that year, rather than ones that were released in 2015.

5. We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
It's really difficult to talk about this book in any way, without spoiling the crux of the plot, hence why I didn't do a review once I'd finished reading it. What I can tell you is this novel is incredibly clever and is home of one of the best twists I can recall since The Sixth Sense. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is about Rosemary and her somewhat broken home - her sister Fern disappeared, growing up, her father used her as part of one of his social experiments and she hasn't seen Lowell, her older brother in a decade. I particularly recommend this to anybody living cruelty-free, vegetarian or vegan lifestyles.

4. The Opposite of Loneliness - Marina Keegan
Marina had only just graduated when her life was tragically cut short. The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of her fiction and non-fiction writing and one I won't forget in a hurry. Its a stark reminder that life is short so do what you love but also, that we're still young and it's never too late to make changes. My post about this book proved to be my favourite book review of the year, you can read it here.

3. Us - David Nicholls
Connie tells Douglas that she wants to end their marriage. They go on a make-or-break holiday of a lifetime with their son Albie. Nicholls' second novel explores relationships, change and family, from the husband's perspective. I like that it's simply the story of an "ordinary" family and one that is therefore one I could relate with. Us really struck a chord with me, find out why by checking out my full review.

2. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Memoirs of A Geisha, is a fictitious story though Golden was heavily inspired by the story of a real geisha named Mineko. The protagonist in this tale, Chiyo lives in a tiny seaside town. Her parents are old and sick so she is shipped off to train to become a geisha. I can't believe it took me so long to get round to reading this classic book. The description is enchanting and the reader feels very attached to some of the characters. Check out my full review here

1. John Dies At The End - David Wong
David and John try out soy sauce. Not the condiment but a the new "hip" drug which causes heightens the senses and causes extreme hallucinations - what could possibly go wrong? JDATE is a unique and quirky sci fi story that's a far cry from my usual reading choices but totally awesome, you can read the full low down here

Other favourites: Fan girl - Rainbow Rowell & Yes Please - Amy Poehler

You can check out my favourites from 2014 here.

What did you like reading best in 2015?

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