*exhales* yes, this’ll be a hard list to compile!
Before I start listing my top books of 2015, I’ll start off saying it’s been a pretty hectic month for me. What with mock exams, housing guests and in general being busy, I wasn’t able to post for 2 whole weeks. And for that I’m sorry! But I’m back and bigger than ever! I’ve got some pretty exciting things happening soon and make sure your subscribed so you can receive email updates!
This has been a year of amazing debut novels, books I’ve finally gotten to and books that made me feel so much for its characters that I was there. With them. Fighting off tharmaturges (that how you spell it?) XD
It’s been an amazing year in general, especially the last 4 months as I’ve made new friends over on Instagram ( @admirerofbooks ) who share the same love for reading that I do! Who knew making friends with your same hobbies was so amazing? (Clearly I didn’t 😂)
Okay, enough rambling and let’s get on with the list!
1) The Lunar Chronicles
This isn’t a surprise for those who follow me on Instagram since I basically upload pictures or make references every once in a while. You know how you have Potterheads for the Harry Potter fandom and Shadowhunters for the Mortal Instruments fandom? Well, I didn’t grow up reading those books. In fact I read very little back in the day. But this year was an amazing year full of amazing reads and this is one of them. This will be a series I revisit every once in a while because how could I not? I loved the characters, the plot, the writing, the different narratives, the little woven in fairy tale facts…it was just so beautiful and funny. Also, Thorne. Need I say more?
2) The Wrath and the Dawn
I read this just 3 days ago. It was amazing. Lyrical. Beautiful. Full of amazing scenes and it was based off my favourite story, A Thousand and one Nights. It follows a sassy, brave and intelligent young Shazhard who volunteers to wed this boy king who kills every wife he weds every night. However, she manages to stay alive by weaving him stories (like Aladdin). The reason Shahzard volunteered is because the boy king, Khaled killed her best friend Shiva, and she wants revenge. But she finds out not all is as it seems…intrigued? Well, I’d been contemplating reading it for a while until my friend Sukki convinced me and am I glad I read it? YES, I AM! Guys if you love adventure, action, mystery, romance then this is a book you NEED to read!
3) An Ember in the Ashes
Another all time favourite book for me is AEITA. I wasn’t THAT late to the reading party but I read this during my summer holidays and it was the best decision I ever made since I couldn’t function for weeks because of this book. It was another debut novel and it had a dual narrative which is something I adore in books (the fact a writer goes to the extent of putting themselves in the opposite genders shoes is amazing). It follows Elias, a Mask and Laia, a Scholar. It is packed full of action, adventure, mystery (a tonne of it) and romance. The character development in this novel was also amazing and Laia transformed from a meek, terrified girl, to one who is stronger and braver and gah! This book! Everything I could wish for considering it had a Roman-esque backdrop to it!
4) Legend trilogy
Another series I finally got to! Yes, so many series guys…what can I say? I like me some dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy books 🙂
Bear in mind I’ve only read the first two books of this trilogy, Legend and Prodigy, and I shall be reading Champion, it’s conclusion, in the near future. It follows 2 characters, June and Day. June is this prodigy being shaped into a soldier whereas Day is this legend among the poor, who tries to keep himself alive on the streets. There is so much foreshadowing, adventure, PACKED full of action and it has so many political aspects and…guys, just pick up this trilogy if you love dystopian books, or if you love YA. Seriously, you will not regret it!
5) Me Before You
A change! This is a contemporary book that made me cry for days. I still can’t face upto the aftermath but it was beautiful. I will not give away too much because it’s best to go into it knowing as little as possible! It follows Lou, this young woman who gets a job caring for a quadriplegic, Will. Will has lost the will to live as he was a thrill seeker and being confined to a wheelchair has made him depressed. Lou is determined to make him see that there is so much more out there and that life is worth living, but soon she finds herself fighting to save the boy she’s come to love. This book. THIS BOOK. Wow. It was heartbreakingly beautiful and I’m pretty excited for the movie out next year. Check it out if you like romance, or beautiful books in general. Get the tissues at the ready!
6) We were liars
Another beautiful contemporary. I think you’ve all heard of this book so here are my brief thoughts! I loved it. I didn’t know the direction it was going in. It was beautiful and I….still cannot talk about it without crying. Seriously. Check it out! It’s a short read too.
(Disclaimer: I don’t own Me Before You and We were liars)
Thank you to my Instagram followers! I did the #2015bestnine yesterday 😁
It does feature all my favourite reads 😁
Have a great New Year and enjoy the rest of your holidays!