In all honesty, I was avoiding this post. Then I decided to get a grip my 8 best books of 2015 is subjective. I have decided to crown and parade these books as the 8 best books of 2015 because fiction or not they have influenced me. The stories I carry with me, the worlds I can taste and escape in, the beautiful writing, the sitting on the very edge of my seat and the characters who remain in my heart and mind long after their journeys are over are all the reasons I love to read. These books had me thinking even after I turned the last page, they had my heart pounding or laugh out loud and I just want to say thank you, sincerely to every single author on this list.
The Humans by Matt Haig
If you are going to search for a review on my blog for this book then you are wasting your time. There isn’t one. I was too worried I wouldn’t do this book justice, everything in the book is so accurate and well demonstrated, I couldn’t put more words to it. All I will say is, read it. Very worth it.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Another book I haven’t reviewed. Sorry, same reason as before. Confession: I went to a talk Q&A session about this book where Patrick said many things but the thing that convinced me this was a book I wanted to read was his explanation in regards to introducing issues to your readers. He said something like ‘you need to hold the reader by the hand and explain the issue, you can’t just drop things into the book without explaining them to the reader.’ This is what made me pick up his book and read it and love it very very much. Patrick Ness also made the ordinary extraordinary. He celebrated, in his own words ‘not the chosen ones’ and I love that he did it the way he did.
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
After I met Melinda she told me not to read her book. So, of course I did. I then reviewed it and had reservations, then I did a Q&A with Mel. It actually gave me clarity. I found clarity not only in the book and it’s characters, I realised that I was looking for a female to respond in a certain way and Mel challenged even me and my beliefs on what makes a girl and a woman valid. You don’t have to kick down doors or shoot arrows, emotions are just as valid. Mel and her book reminded me that every teenager goes through crazy and that we shouldn’t judge their actions or lack off on a surface level we should look beyond and empathise.
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
I read this book at least 3 times this past year. A book about Nazi Germany, narrated by Death itself. Each time I read this book I learn something new, the description is beautiful. Many people will argue this isn’t a Young Adult fiction book because of the death and sadness this book offers. But this is a book that changes you and stays with you after you’ve read it. It is a story about hope despite the worst life can throw at you, the hope is carried by Liesel, our protagonist who suffers loss, war, poverty and violence. This is a book everyone should read.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A short essay by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about Feminism. This was originally a 2013 TEDTalk given by Chimamanda and has been packaged into a short essay which I think everyone should read.
I think this short essay is a lovely informal real-life introduction into what Feminism is. Truly showing that Feminism isn’t about women wanting to massacre all the men in the world it is about what it means to be a Feminist and not just in the Western world.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Amy’s light-hearted book really made laugh out loud on many commutes, got me a bunch weird looks and had me repeating Amy’s sage words for weeks and months after I had flicked through the pages. Honestly, I learnt a lot from this book, I love Amy’s approach to life and her honesty not just about sex but about her entire life and her struggle as an individual and woman. I love this book so much I even did a blog post on my favorite quotes from Yes Please!
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
2 boxes of tissues later and a sombre few weeks later, I can honestly say that this book really hit me hard. Niven shows how resilient and fragile teenagers are. All The Bright Places seriously addresses: suicide, bipolar and depression. If you are used to Disney endings this is not a book for you. Niven has poured herself into the story of the protagonist as it is one dear and personal to her and truly she has created the perfect mix of heartbreak and heartache. This book stays with me everyday and that is why it is my favourite, I also reviewed of All The Bright Places.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
I got through this book super fast because I listened to it on Audible and the narrator was absolutely fantastic. Honestly I thought I would absolutely hate this book. I actively avoided the hype until my sister read it and just wouldn’t stop talking about it. Based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast but with a twist. Yes there is a love story and you know what I actually foresee a love triangle BUT I can deal with this. The world building in this book made me able to touch each scene, I can vividly imagine and create the world Maas writes about and for the longest time I have had to work so hard at this. I loved this book, the beginning, middle and end and I look forward to what the Maas will bring in her next book.