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.
I have been more actively involved in the book blogging community in the past 12 months. Recently after reading my lovely friend Sofia’s, blog post titled The Pressure to Read, in which she discusses the pressure to read leading to book slumps I decided to talk about the reservations I’ve had over the past months regarding the book community that have been erking me too.
I interviewed Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Melinda (Mel) likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel. Mel has recently announced the second book in the series: The Sleeping Prince.
Over the last couple of week I’ve had the courtesy of meeting and becoming friends with Melinda Salisbury author of debut novel The Sin Eater’s Daughter. A beautiful, intelligent, kind, Harry Potter obsessed, opinionated feminist – she tries to be scary but I think it is all pretence, she’s a softy really. Strangely enough after my first conversation with Mel, she asked me not to read her book – so I ordered it that evening. For your information this review will contain spoilers.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – has been compared to The Fault in our Stars by many people. But it is not. This book shows how resilient and fragile teenagers are. A book that seriously addresses: suicide, bipolar and depression. Every page your turn in this book could be a moment of someone’s real life and that is never forgotten throughout. If you are used to Disney endings this is not a book for you.
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.
Eleanor And Park has been and is still one of the most anticipated reads in the YA world and beyond. I am unsure of what made this book so appealing to everyone else. However, I would praise the authors presentation of her characters. The characterisation in this novel is beyond anything I have read. I would go as far to say that this novel and the characters it represents are better than The Fault in our Stars. Yes – that good.
The internet is a big place and every so often I come across something that really makes me think. I guess you could say this post has been buzzing in my mind ever since I watched this video. Although the video talks about ‘being Present’ in terms of Islam – I believe the message is for every one of every, any or no religion.
Shakespeare wasn’t a very good-looking fella was he? I think by the time most of us have an option to study English Language and Literature most people will check whether Shakespeare is on the syllabus and go the other way or only half-hearted commit to the course praying that one will understand Shakespeare better than the times at school where nothing made sense… nothing.
Yes there were a few tears on my behalf. Yes this review will have spoilers. Yes I think that minus the first half the rest of the book the rest was alright.