Wednesday, 30 December 2015

2015 Favourites | Books

I set myself a target at the beginning of the year to read 50 books during 2015; sadly, I wasn't anywhere even close to that target, but nonetheless I did read some good ones, so I decided I'd share a few of my favourites. I've actually barely used my Kindle this year which is something I need to rectify as we head into 2016, I'm really hoping to read a little more next year. Anyway, without further ado...
2015 Book Favourites
2015 Favourite Books 1
Daphne du Maurier; The House on the Strand | I was inspired by Bee to pick up some du Maurier and I didn't regret it! This pulled me right in; it was a book that took me a while to get through but in a good way - because I kept going back to re-read paragraphs that I'd loved. It is seriously so beautifully written, and I really loved the story too. I definitely want to read more du Maurier in 2016, I've heard Rebecca is good so that's next on my list.
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.
2015 Favourite Books 2
Jennifer Donnelly; A Gathering Light | I picked this up on a total whim and really got into it; I believe it's based on a true story and I found it to be just the right mix of murder mystery / historical romance. This was one that really made me appreciate how lucky I am, especially as a woman, to have the rights and opportunities that I do.
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.
2015 Favourite Books 3
Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter; The Long Earth series | I've never been a fan of Pratchett but I'm beginning to wonder if I've been cutting off my nose to spite my face - I've almost finished the second book in this series in collaboration with Stephen Baxter, now, and I'm really enjoying it! I have the third book, The Long War, lined up and ready to go once I finish The Long Mars - kindly lent to me by my Uncle. I think there are five books in total in the series so I will be reading them all!
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.
2015 Books
Penny Hancock; A Trick of the Mind | An honourable mention here for a book I thought had a lot of potential, but turned out to just be a bit... Rubbish. Another one based on living with OCD, this could have worked really well but I found it just came across as too far-fetched, it almost seemed like a parody, and the writing wasn't great either. I finished the book but I did find it disappointing.

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?

xo
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8 comments:

  1. I love the sound of The Skeleton Cupboard. I love anything psychological

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

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  2. I loved Room, it is such an amazing book x

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  3. Never Let Me Go is one of my all-time favourites, so glad you enjoyed it too :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  4. Is Room the book they based the movie off of?? My cousin worked on the movie and the plots sound very similar! The movie sounds really good so I bet the book is even better!

    Shannon Sage

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    1. I think so Shannon! The book was great, I really enjoyed it - not seen the film yet but I want to :) xo

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  5. You definitely had a different taste in books than I do, I prefer young adult novels xx

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  6. Just love reading i have over 200 books x

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  7. I love your list, few of them are on my best list also :)

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