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!