So that’s it. Christmas is over. The new year is dawning on us, and we will be at the start line again. New year resolutions are made to be broken. And that is the continuous pattern every time January 1st appears. So before we move forward, take a step back with me and look back over 2015.
This year I have read a good abundance of books, and I have selected just a few of my top reads from 2015. During 2016 I have set myself a goal to read even more books, making time to read daily, even if it is only for 10 minutes before bed on busy days. The greatest aspect about reading, I feel, is how literature allows readers to involve themselves with fictional characters whilst still remaining behind the glass wall, unable to affect the plot of the story. We are active witnesses because we learn to love, empathise or even despise characters so much deeper than any other way of escapism. So with that in mind, what were my top books I read in 2015? Let’s find out…
3 Favourites of 2015
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Favourite film, and favourite book. What can I say? We all know that “hard to put down” phrase, but this honestly was THE WORST culprit of exactly that. The ambiguous thriller is incredibly thought out and intricately detailed, especially when dealing with such complex characters. I cannot stress enough how important it is to read the book before you watch the film, as I watched the film first, so it ruined a lot of the suspense of the book for me. Nonetheless, the book was phenomenal. Recommended for those who love crime novels that keep you on the edge of your seat.
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
A very popular read, and film. I fell in love with the book when I read it January/February time and if I’m completely honest, this is the book that got me back into reading. I hit a period where I didn’t read many books, or I found books hard to get into and make time for. However this beautiful novel reminded me how amazing reading a book makes you feel, and I would recommend this John Green novel to anyone who loves a good heart-wrenching romantic. I was bitterly disappointed in the film when I watched it after reading TFiOS, as the film seemed frustratingly awkward and limited with creativity compared to how I had imagined.
Starter For Ten – David Nicholls
This book is satisfyingly pleasant to read, and I don’t usually read a first person narrative story from a male perspective, so it was an interesting change. Narrator, Brian is a University of Bristol student who finds himself lovestruck with his university challenge teammate, Alice. The witty humour provided me with quite a few laughs (especially when reading in the library and chuckling to myself) which my friends sat next to me found particularly amusing. This book has also been made into a film, of which I had seen before I read it, however it didn’t ruin the novel for me which was also a relief. Recommended for those who are interested in a light-hearted wallflower-type novel.
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
The height of literature embraced in a classic eponymous novel, Jane Eyre. I believe that everybody should give it a chance whether it’s their thing or not. Incredibly popular for those who study English Literature at some point, or for those who love old period-drama in a book.
The Woman In Black – Susan Hill
A chilling, haunted novel which has been created as a horror movie in 2012, starring Daniel Radcliffe. The gothic novel was written in 1983, however still posses an eerie, mysterious darkness to this day. Perfect for those who love a scare not just during Halloween season.
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
1920s; the time of flappers, prohibition, and jazz music. What more would you want in a novel? F. Scott’s Fitzgerald delves into the heart of the Roaring Twenties, where love finds itself tangled in the conflict of old money vs new money. Another classically acclaimed novel, laced with incredibly beautiful symbolic messages throughout.
The World’s Wife – Carol Ann Duffy
Filled with brilliantly, witty poems in the light of a feminist approach, this anthology of poems are great for a light hearted read. I just adore how beautiful the cover of the book is too, an all-round win win!
Keats Anthology –
Symbolic and ambiguous, Keats’ anthology delivers a thousand questions to mind with such little answers. If you’re looking for a read that’s deeper than the ocean, Keats is the way to go!
Coming Home for Christmas – Julia Williams
I wouldn’t rate this as my favourite Christmas novel, however I just felt that the title of this book seemed rather perfectly fitting, coming home from university. I read A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens a couple of years ago, however in most recent years I have not given Christmas reading a fair chance. So this year I decided to indulge in a Christmas novel, which successfully embraced me with festive spirit.
Other recommended reads from 2015:
You Just Don’t Understand – Deborah Tannen
Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
Possessed – Niki Valentine
Mercy – Rebecca Lim
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