THE YEAR IS ALMOST OVER HOW INSANE IS THAT! This year was honestly a great reading year, because from January to June I was in a huge reading slump in which I had only read 2 books. Then, as I slowly got out of it, thanks to booktube, I started reading more and was able to read over 40 books in the remaining months. I simply had to share with you my 8 favourite books of 2015!
8) Room, by Emma Donoghue
This book is about a boy who thinks that the room he lives in is the world. His mother, on the other hand, knows that this room is where they'll be trapped for the rest of their lives, where she was kidnapped and trapped in for years, until one day, she finds a way to escape. Although escaping seems like the best thing that could happen, getting used to the real world is harder than it seemed.
A favourite of many, and adapted into an Oscar-worthy movie, Room had to make it on my list of top 8 favourite book of the year. It was so beautifully written and although I found it hard to get into the first half of the novel, it was good nevertheless. The characters were easy to love and the book itself was so touching and showed the greatness of a mother's love. I would highly recommend this if you ever considered reading this!
7) Forgive me Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick
This book is about Leonard, who, on the eve of his 18th birthday, decides that he wants to kill his former best friend and himself.
I have talked about this book countless times as well, but I find this to be such an underrated young adult book. It dealt with harsh topics, such as suicide, mental illness as well as subjects like LGBTQIA topics. This book was a hard representation of a high schooler going through the worst things possible and how he deals (or not) with them. Very suspenseful and entertaining!
6) All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven
A story about a broken boy and a broken girl who meet on the top of a clock tower, and it is unsure of who saves who from jumping. This meeting soon leads to a friendship, and a romance, where they both have to fight the demons in their lives and within their minds.
Another fan favourite, this book won the 2015 young adult Goodreads prize, and for good reasons! The characters and the way this story was told was incredible, the writing was amazing and the plot was predictable, yet still intriguing all the time. The love story was the best part of it, so do yourself a favour and pick it up.
5) The Amazing Book is not on Fire, by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
A tour inside the minds of Youtube sensations danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil, with pictures from their childhoods to their diaries.
I LOVED this book! They are my favourite youtubers and I preordered this book like 5 months before its release date. It was so entertaining and felt like reading a Youtube video of theirs! If you love them and haven't read it yet, this is a must!
4) Ru, by Kim Thúy
This book follows the stories of our main character who is an immigrant and came to Canada on the refugee boats (if my memory is good), and follows her hardships and cultural shock as she adapts to the Western way of living and cold, cold Canadian winters.
This is honestly one of the best books/memoirs I've read in my life. The character is relatable if you are an immigrant, but also touching if you don't know what immigration feels like. Her hardships made her seem more real and complex and her story is truly inspiring! There were moments where I laughed and also moments where I cried.
3) Percy Jackson Series, by Rick Riordan
The story of Percy Jackson, who finds out that he is a demigod and son of Poseidon, who will then embark on a journey to save the world with the help of two amazing friends.
I think everyone knows what Percy Jackson is and if you don't know, have you been living under a rock? I seriously regret reading this series so late in my life but better late than never. It was great to follow Percy's journey and see what he went through, and the mythological aspect of the book was great. It didn't feel like a middle grade novel at all and I'm just as excited to continue the spinoff series!
2) Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
Unwilling to go to France for her senior year of high school, Anna is surprised by how great Paris is, as she meets new friends and a new vraiment cute boy. The only problem is that he has a girlfriend, and she kind of has a boyfriend back home in Atlanta.
My favourite feel good book of all times. Whenever I'm sad, I just go to this book and open it, go through a few pages and I immediately feel happier. The love story is SO good and slightly cheesy, but they do deal with real situations of real life high schoolers, even though it is set in Paris. The incorporation of the city was an immense plus to this book, because it sort of makes you travel along with Anna. The rest of the series is just as good!
1) Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
A "spinoff" of Fangirl, by the same author, Carry On is the story of Simon Snow, who is the world's greatest wizard (supposedly), who shares the same bedroom as a vampire. However, the vampire becomes more than a roommate, as they end up trying to solve the greatest mystery in the magickal world together...
Honestly, I was SO impressed by this book. I didn't expect to like it this much, but I did and I got so emotional when I finished it. The love story was great but what I loved the most was definitely the writing style and the setting in a magical world with wizards and all sorts of creatures. It gave off a Harry Potter vibe, all the while staying unique and that's exactly what everyone needs at this point, to be honest.
Here were my top 8 favourite books of the year guys! I cannot believe it's done and that I'm writing this blog post, but here we are! I hope that you enjoyed it and see you in the new year!
As a follow up to my last blog post, the Top 5 Books I Would Reread, I decided to make one that was quite the contrary. Here are the top 5 books I wouldn't reread, and please don't get offended if one of your favourite books is on the list! The reasons for me not rereading them are not because I disliked them!
1. Room, by Emma Donoghue
Okay, so although I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I just don't see myself rereading it. Everything was so captivating, but I felt empty when I finished it. I also had so much trouble getting into the book that I just don't see myself going through that again. Oh, and I don't want to cry for another five hours.
2. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli
I was SO excited when I got this book and when I finally read it, but I was so disappointed. People made this book seem like it was the best thing in the world when it was simply a book telling the every day life of a gay boy. It was interesting and everything, but I didn't see what the purpose was with this book. Enlighten me?
3. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
Let me start off by saying that I LOVED this book. Just not as much as everyone did, apparently. It was an entertaining read, but I wouldn't give any more time to this book. I didn't connect with Cath as much as I thought I would, and genuinely preferred reading the Simon and Baz parts of the book. Carry On, on the other hand, I would reread forever...
4. Divergent, by Veronica Roth
Okay I'm gonna straight up say this one: I hated this series. I found it overrated and hard to get into. I didn't like the writing style and I've tried so hard to like but I couldn't. Divergent wasn't bad, but Insurgent got me so sleepy I barely made it through the end. And the movies, oh gosh...
5. Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
Another series that I found overrated. Although I've only read the first book, I don't see myself reading the rest or rereading this first book because it took me weeks to finish yet and I didn't even get into the story that much. It's weird because I did enjoy the books and the characters a lot, but thinking about it doesn't particularly make me want to read it. Also, I know that if I try to read it again it won't change my opinion on this book. Kudos to Marissa for her amazing writing skills though!
Soooo thanks for reading? Please don't throw rocks at me, I know that some of these books are some of you guys's favourites and I tried to love them as much as other people did, I swear! I guess everyone is different, even when it comes to reading!
Some will say "life's too short to reread books!" and others will say "reread your favourite books and relive the memories!".
To be honest, I'm all for rereading books. Here's my list of books that are worth a reread!
1. Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
Is ANYONE surprised by this? I think not. I don't think anyone can get tired of rereading the HP books, simply because reliving this magical story is better every time. Rowling's characters will forever be part of my life, and probably part of millions of other people too.
2. Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins
Okay, so Lola is my favourite in the trilogy, although I always tell people that Anna is my favourite contemporary book. I know that it makes absolutely no sense, but it kind of does. This second book features a more unique character who lives in her home city and I found that it dealt with way more issues than the first one. And because I can't afford (time wise) to reread all three books, this one is the one!
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
A TIMELESS book that I will forever recommend. Written in letter form, it felt so personal and more moving. The characters are not perfect at all, and that's how a reader can see himself in these characters. Nothing was romanticized and honestly all the struggles of being a teenager growing up were found in this book. The movie was amazingly done as well, which makes me really happy, because if they had ruined a masterpiece like this I would've fumed.
4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Ok ok, calm down. You're probably thinking that I'm a creep, but hear me out. I know that many disliked this book, and it's totally normal. However, this book is perfect to introduce readers to not only the world of adult fiction, but also to the world of fanfiction. It did deal with rather sexual topics, but as long as the reader is mature enough to handle it, I think that this book is worth a reread, or a read. No, the writing style wasn't the best and no, the characters weren't that clever, but it was incredibly entertaining. This book also explores how casual sex is popularized, which is something that should be talked about more in the media.
5. Percy Jackson, by Rick Riordan
Eek! These have a place in my heart as well. I've been trying to find time to reread them, but honestly, I have NO time. I loved these books for the same reason as I loved the Harry Potter books, and it was simply the magical journey, touching characters and witty writing. If I could reread these books without knowing about anything and reliving it again, I totally would!
So here were my top 5 books that I would reread. Next up is a top 5 books I would NOT reread! Are you ready for some serious shade? Just kidding... I hope you enjoyed this one and I hope that I inspired you to reread some of your favourites!
We are less than two weeks away from Christmas! How insane is that? I've wanted to get a book review out for you guys but I haven't been reading (at all) because of exams, final assignments, Christmas shopping, packing for my 3 week trip to China and I'm still in a reading slump... I'm so sorry! To make it up for that, I saw Regan (PeruseProject)'s Tis the Season Book Tag video and it really made me want to do it as well so here we go!
1. Do you have a favourite winter read?
Like everyone else, I love to read the Harry Potter books. There's something so festive about the magic found in these books! Another book that I've just started reading but I know will be one of my favourite Christmas reads is Let It Snow, by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle. The stories are so cutesy and festive and I just love cuddling up in my bed and reading them!
2. Find a book with blue on the cover!
So many books have the colour blue on the cover, but the first one that caught my eyes on my shelf is Carry On. The cover is gorgeous and I have it facing me so that's probably why it's the first book I saw!
3. Find a book you'd use as the star on a Christmas tree!
Does this mean a book with a gorgeous cover? If so, I'd pick If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, by Italo Calvino, because it's absolutely beautiful, and super clean-looking and minimalistic!
4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation!
Hogsmeade! Just imagine going there with Harry Potter and his friends to grab a butterbeer or some candy. England in general would be lovely! If I have to pick somewhere else, it'd a a small town, like in Safe Haven, by Nicholas Sparks.
5. Pick one fictional character you'd like to take with you on your winter vacation!
Baz, from Carry On. Êtienne, from Anna and the French Kiss perhaps? Or someone like Cinder, because she's super cool and I feel like she hasn't seen snow yet!
6. Name one book on your Christmas wish list this year!
There are so many! I'd have to go with Eleanor and Park or The Night Circus! I've been wanting to have these books for ages but never got myself to spend so much money for them...
7. Favourite holiday drink, treat, and movie?
My favourite holiday drink would be hot chocolate or Tim Hortons's french vanilla, although I have it like year round. My favourite treat would be butter cookies! I'm craving some right now oh gosh... And my favourite Christmas movie would be either any Harry Potter movie or Elf, a classic!
Thanks so much for reading this post, I hope you had as much fun reading as I had writing! I tag anyone with a blog (or anyone in general really) to do this tag because it was so much fun!