Ransom Riggs; Hollow City | I adored this - it's even better than the previous book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in my opinion! Just the right amount of creepy, plenty going on, and really believable characters. I've been waiting for the follow-up, Library of Souls, to come out in paperback, and I'll be picking it up ASAP.
Kazuo Ishiguro; Never Let Me Go | This was a weird one. I didn't know anything about the story before I started reading and it wasn't at all what I expected, but I did still find myself enjoying the concept.
Lucy Atkins; The Other Child | This was quite predictable and I'd guessed the ending about halfway through, but I still found it to be an enjoyable read. It wasn't anything ground-breaking, or a particularly brilliant concept, but it was still well done and I found it easy to read. I did feel like the ending let the story down a little but I could live with it!
Emma Donoghue; Room | I loved this; it took me a little while to get into it but then I really really enjoyed it and was genuinely a bit sad when I finished it. From a psychological perspective I found it fascinating, as it looked at a hostage situation where the woman has the child of her captor, and the little boy has literally never seen outside the four walls of "room". They hatch an escape plan which goes a bit wrong but ultimately still works, and seeing how the two of them adapt to life outside "room" was really interesting too.
David Adam; The Man Who Couldn't Stop | I really loved this insight, written in layman's terms, into what it's like to live with OCD; it's become such an over-used term these days, bandied around by anyone who likes a tidy bedroom or an organised desk, so I found it refreshing to read this. Definitely one I'd recommend!
Tanya Byron; The Skeleton Cupboard | Another psychology-based book, about the author's experiences of training as a Clinical Psychologist - as that's something I hope to achieve in the future, I found it particularly interesting, but I lent it to my Mum who also really enjoyed it. I found that the introduction of six different "patients", based on amalgamations of Byron's experiences in her placements, worked really well to convey the issues involved.
What's the best book you've read this year? Have you read any from my list? Any recommendations to add to my list for 2016?
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