Hello friends! Happy New Year! I know I’m supposed to be on hiatus, buuuuut, I couldn’t help myself.
With 2015 now over, I had to write a blog post about my year in, as the title says, books, lessons and life. Without further ado, let’s look at 2015 in two (hopefully succinct) top’s. ❤️
FIVE SIX BOOKS
I have read a lot of books this year – more than I’ve ever read before too! I set out to read 75 books in 2015, but managed to read 81! (New year resolutions can come true!) More, I have read a lot of books that I really enjoyed this year, so choosing a top six? All of you bookish lovelies understand how hard choosing can be! But, here are my top six books of 2015, in purely alphabetical order.
- Gambit by C.L. Denault – I had the pleasure to receive this as an ARC and I loved it. Incredible writing, unforgettable characters, a compelling plot, and a heck of a story to tell. What more could you ask for? Oh, and it’s a dystopian romance with superpowers and it’s awesome. (Also, the author Cary is such a lovely lady!)
- Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Beautifully simple in concept but incredibly deep and profound. This book made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me feel a spectrum of feelings – after all, it is a book about life and all its colours. This book stole my heart and gave me a fantastic gift that I never expected from a book: a sense of hope.
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – Although it is a book that requires patience, Ishiguro became one of my favourite authors with this book alone. Wonderfully subtle and complex, this is a book about the dawn and twilight of life, about the regrets and pride we develop over our long lives; it is a book about life delivered with a whisper.
- The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski – I adored The Winner’s Curse, but this book took the story to a whole new level. More politics, more cunning characters, more at stake, more drama, more romance – it’s everything you want in a fantasy-romance and more. I’m particularly excited for The Winner’s Kiss, due to be released in March 2016! Bring it on!
- Unteachable by Leah Raeder – My first Raeder book and I’ve been a fan ever since. Beautifully, gorgeously, splendidly (do you get the message?) written and so deep and visceral. An astounding NA that is more than sex – it explores family, our ambitions in life, and the strangeness and beauty of love.
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown – All I ever wanted in a dystopian book. Excellently written with strong themes that dystopians ought to explore – oppression, war, politics, and classism. I cannot wait to read The Golden Sun; I’ve heard it is just as incredible as Red Rising!
Special mention because this book really deserves to be recognized: For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu – perhaps one of the most powerful and shattering books I have ever read. Three words: Chinese trans protagonist. More rare, is that this book explores the complexity of the dynamics of a Chinese family without overlooking its nuances. Deep, dark, but ultimately hopeful.
TOP FIVE BOOKISH THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR
This is about you guys and the bookish community. But I’ll save my words for the things I’m thankful for. ❤️
- I discovered the bookish community. I started this blog because I loved reading and wanted to take my hobby further than just pick-up-the-book-read-it-and-done. For the first year, I posted my reviews without any expectation of people interacting with me. And then Summer introduced me to the bookish community, and I have never looked back.
- Meeting so many new friends who shared my passion for books! Being a lonely bookworm sucks, but meeting and befriending so many of you through our blogs and love of books has brought me so much joy this year. I always loved reading, but sharing books with others is something else. And this is something I’ll always be grateful for – for new and old friends!
- My discovery of audiobooks! The first time I listened to an audiobook, I tuned out within three minutes and never picked it up again. And then, for the heck of it, I picked it up while doing some spring cleaning – and I haven’t been without an audiobook since! They are perfect for commute, and they bring something extra when the voice actors/actresses are amazing.
- Making a bookish Twitter. (Aentee was the one who encouraged me to make one, so thank you Aentee!) I’m not great with social media, but I love the awesome book chats, the friends made through mutual favourite books, and talking to authors (y’all are amazing and god-like to me).
- Discovering Book Depository. Enough said. Before I used an equally fantastic website, but I just love the bookmarks that come with Book Depository. And the free shipping! Happy sigh.
In hindsight, 2015 has been another fantastic year of reading and books!
Here’s hoping that 2016 will be an even better year and filled with new favourite books and awe. 💖 Have a fantastic year everyone, and all the best in all your endeavours!