Thank you to Emily from The Little Book Affair for tagging me! I had tons of fun doing this one and it really gave me a quick overview of what I’ve been reading all year long. 🙂
Best book you’ve read so far in 2015
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Ever since I read Elantris, Brandon Sanderson has been one of my favourite authors, and this one definitely did not disappoint. Steelheart is fast-paced, entertaining and a complete page-turner from front to back.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015
When Haven Travis marries a man her family disapproves of, her life is set on a new and dangerous course. Two years later, she comes home, determined to guard her heart. And Hardy Cates, a family enemy, is the last person she needs darkening her door or setting her soul on fire.
Does a re-read count? Blue-Eyed Devil is the sequel to Sugar Daddy, the first in the Travis Family series by Lisa Kleypas. Dramatic yet realistic and at times moving, this is one of my favourite contemporary romances ever and one of Kleypas’ best books.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
Not long after Aliya’s family escapes Afghanistan for Britain, her brother is accused of a bomb attack. Aliya is sure of his innocence, but when plumber’s son Dan finds a gun in their bathroom, what’s she to think? Dan has his own reasons for staying silent: he’s worried the gun might have something to do with his dad. Thrown together by chance, they set out to uncover a tangled and twisted truth.
I’ve always loved books with difficult subject matters—especially those with POC characters—this one seems right up my alley.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
What if you aren’t the Chosen One? What if you’re like Mikey, who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Love the somewhat satirical blurb, love the minimalistic cover. Patrick Ness is a great writer and I’m curious to see what kind of journey this book will take me on.
When Matt abruptly left town, he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.
Never before a book with an interesting premise disappointed me as much as The Night We Said Yes has. Its lack of character development made everything dull, unexciting and oftentimes frustrating.
Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?
I’ve always loved books that stray a little bit outside of the mainstream and Written in the Stars is definitely one of them. This book surprised me with its plot twists and turns, had me dramatically gasping at parts, and was definitely entertaining.
Favourite new author (debut or new to you)
Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.
Serpentine really impressed me with its non-whitewashed Asian atmosphere, and I fell in love with Cindy Pon the moment I started it.
Newest fictional crush
“You’re like a potato!” I shouted after her. “In a minefield.”
She froze in place. Then she spun on me, her face lit by a half-grown fruit. “A potato,” she said flatly. “That’s the best you can do? Seriously?”
I met David in Steelheart, but it wasn’t until Firefight that I fell in love with him. He’s resourceful, reliable, endearingly stubborn… plus his horrible attempts at making metaphors mean that it’s really easy to laugh with (and sometimes at) him.
Newest favourite character
When her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in—and she knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at Scroll, a hip young start-up which promises to be the future of reading, with its chain of chic literary lounges and dedication to beloved classics. Readers will cheer as Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all, but what does she―Alice Pearse―really want?
Alice is absolutely endearing, absolutely relatable, and works in an industry that’s very close to my heart. What’s not to love about her?
Book that made you cry
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
I’m cheating a little bit with this one as I’m only in the middle of this book, but it’s the only one that comes close to being a tearjerker in my 2015 books list so far.
Favorite book to film adaptation that you seen this year
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
A confession: I have ridiculously low standards when it comes to movies. This one hit me like a fun action/dystopian/sci-fi flick with eye-candy actors, haha.
Favourite review you’ve written this year
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
This one. I felt like I adequately explained the reasons why this book is not a good role model for readers from all ages and hopefully successfully justified my disappointment.
Most beautiful book you bought (or received) this year
A person will go blind if they stare at eh sun for too long. She learnt this when she was very young and tried to reverse the process by turning her face towards the warmth of it and waiting. Wondering what people who were not blind dreamed about.
This one is a collection of short stories by a Melbourne-based author, and it’s absolutely freakin’ gorgeous. The writing is sublime—never have I read something so elegantly put in so few words. It’s the kind of book you have to breathe in little by little, the kind of book where you have to savour every word because all of them mean something.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world–and everything she thought she knew about her family–is shattered instantly. But her father’s sexual orientation isn’t all he’s kept hidden. A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV. Told in raw, exposed free verse, Skyscraping reminds us that there is no one way to be a family.
I’m choosing just this one because I think it deals with difficult issues that are important to talk about (sexuality, STD, identity, family).
- Skylar (A Bibliophile’s Wonderland)
- Rae (Book Best Friends)
- Dimple (Enthralling Dimple)
- Zin (Books’N’Feathers)
- Aby (ABYbliophile)
If I tagged you and you’ve done this tag, I’m so sorry and please feel free to skip it! I’ve tried searching your blog but couldn’t find it, so I assumed you haven’t done it yet.