Tuesday, 26 January 2016

top 5 books i read in 2015!



My reading started out pretty well and peaked in summer, but I practically read nothing, coincidentally, whilst I was back at University (what a surprise, am I right?) Let's face it. Reading for fun is hard when you're studying English at University. I always feel guilty when I read a book for pleasure rather than for my degree and then I can't enjoy the book because I'm feeling tired and guilty... the list goes on. 'Meh' pretty much sums up my reading experience of 2015 but here those I enjoyed the most.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This book messed me up in a good way. It was so good, it gave me a mega book hangover. This book follows Elise, who discovers an underground night club which transforms her miserable life into a journey of self discovery, self acceptance, friendship, DJing and a lot of music. All things I'm really passionate about. It has amazing character development, music in its spine and is all round a really great read, especially if you're a fan of music and character development. (I know I am) I even wrote a raving review so go check that out if you want my in-depth thoughts!

Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch


Technically this is a comic, but man do I love this series. I reviewed both the first and second volumes of Rat Queens and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them. The art style is great, the story focuses on questing women of varying colours, shapes, personalities and sexualities (yay for diversity!) Definitely check this series out if you want a great woman led comic series to delve into!

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella 

Sometimes I'm a bit hesitant on reading books dealing with mental health but Kinsella did a pretty good job with this one. This book follows the protagonist, Audrey, as she deals with her social anxiety which is pretty severe to the extent that she wears sunglasses indoors and finds it hard to leave her house. Whilst I found the romance a little cheesy and rushed, I really liked the depiction of social anxiety, it was honest and accurate and didn't fall into the catastrophic 'boy saves girl from mental illness' trope.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion 

I found the premise of this book a bit creepy and off-putting, but turned out to be a pleasant surprise. A zombie falling in love seems a bit odd but this was a great alternative to the conventional zombie plot line. I'm such a sucker for zombies and I love finding books which offer a really unique and original spin on the conventional zombie plot line! ALSO THERE IS A SEQUEL COMING SOON!?

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 

This one was intriguing and had some magical realism, some mystery, some odd plot lines, and some difficult topics. Even though I read this right at the beginning of 2015, I remember being so intrigued and confused when finishing this book and it definitely left an impact on me.
After writing this post, I feel really motivated to read plenty more amazing books this year!
Have you guys read any of these? What did you think!? What were your favourite books of 2015!? This post is kind of late and maybe a little irrelevant but I'm sharing it anyway!

2 comments:

  1. I read FInding Audrey last year and really liked it too which was suprising as I dont read much YA and I'd never read any Sophie Kinsellar but it was great! I want to read Warm Bodies too, the movie was really good but I didn't know it was a book before I saw it.

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    1. I was surprised at how much I liked Finding Audrey too! I'm looking forward to reading her other books! Ooh, they changed some things in movie so defo give it a read!

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