This year my goal is certainly to read many book – more than 50 at least. However that is a post for another day. I wanted to take a look back at all the book that I have reviewed on the blog. Some I still love just as much but others I’ve come to doubt my own opinion and I’m not so wooed by then anymore. Time changes preference, so lets take a look.
The Hunger Games Series is still one of my favorite dystopian world. The final movie will be hitting big screens this year – but I don’t believe the movies do the book justice. So one must read the books before they go to cinema. I love Katniss Everdeen’s character, as a female protagonist she isn’t necessarily portrayed as a damsel in distress. She is an independant woman who bring change. You couldn’t possibly guess the ending. You might need a box of tissues.
Divergent Series – Was there any doubt I was going to read this and not love it? Though I would still advocate that Katniss Everdeen is the best female protagonist YA has seen (bold statement I know) the premise of this novel really intrigues me as most dystopian novels do. Read other Divergent book series reviews here and here.
The Twilight Series – I don’t understand why I ever read anything from this series. But since I suffered through reading these novel – I now have dislike these book never much. Though there are many who will argue against me ’til the cows come home. I am not a fan and never will be.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Still a highly anticipated read for many and still on to-be-read lists all over the world. This a great coming-of-age novel as is The Catcher in the Rye. Is there any explanation needed? I will say that Salinger’s novel seems to have a marmite dilemma you either love it or hate it. No inbetween. I loved it and still do.
Vicky Angel – This is a novel I read whilst writing because I think the way it explores the theme of death is very beautiful. Explaining death to a child is difficult but I think this story covers it perfectly. I remember reading many Jacqueline Wilson novels as a child and I would even pick them up today! Another book on the same tracks is Elsewhere. With a slightly different intention but the same theme the Stravaganza: City of Masks story is another beautiful read – pushing your imagination to new limits!
The Fault In Our Stars – everyone and their mums have read this story. I can guarantee that. If you enjoy a contemporary romantic young adult novel then this is for you – with a slight twist. If you have read TFioS then Looking For Alaska might definitely interest you. Looking back on this book all I see is The Catcher in the Rye with a female lead but it is still a great story.
The Alchemist – this is a book that keeps coming back to me, again and again. I’ve read it many times and every time I find new meaning in it and renewed hope to look at the world with. Thank you to my school librarian for giving me this book in year 11 as a gift it has been a great friend. Another awe-inspiring book I loved this past year and definitely highlighted and studied and littered with post it notes everywhere is The Promise Of A Pencil by Adam Braun founder of NGO Pencils of Promise (PoP). This man truly recognises the power and importance of Education. This book renews the hope that if you put absolute faith into something and work your damn hardest you will succeed.
Born Under A Million Shadows – Not my usual pick but this came as a recommendation. Looking back the story is quite flimsy and romanticised.
The Bloody Chamber – A series of short stories based on fairy tales but with a sharp twist. Reading and studying this novel at college was most certainly torture and though I understand the meaning behind Carter’s re-interpretation of these fairy tales I would still blame her for ruining my childhood literature.
The funnies. Introducing comedy into my reading pallet was very interesting for me. I have come to realise this is a wild card choice for me because I don’t always laugh at the punchline. With that said I did enjoy Miranda Hart’s, Is It Just me? but wouldn’t say the same for Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy – possible the worst book I’ve ever trudged through. Though not necessarily a bad or good book Mindy Kaling’s: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) was easy enough to dip in and out of as a leisure read.
One Day by David Nicholls – was my first ever Nicholls novel to read. It took me a while to read it I remember and is difficult to follow as it shuffles around with the past, present and future. This is a beautiful story of how two strangers become best friends and then eventually lovers and more.
Room by Emma Donoghue was an amazing read. Even now I recommend it to my friends. It will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat and holding your breathe. You will most definitely not expect any of it!
It seems I like books with a hint of death or dystopia. 13 Reasons Why was an incredible debut novel by Jay Asher and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Especially young teens. Last but not least Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher was definitely a what-am-i-reading sort of story. A young girl writing to a killer. Yes it is weird, but intriguing!
From my Fall Reading List to the Book I Read At University during my English degree or my guest writers favourite comedians – It is all on here – Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please is definitely on my list too! With my University reads and other books I crammed in through 2014 I definitely did make it to reading 50 books last year but this year I am not an University which mean I can pick whatever the hell I want to read. With so much to get through my worry is that I will not read all the books I have ever wanted to read!