Saturday, 2 January 2016

Top 5 books of 2015! | Janu-Blog Day 2

In 2015, I read 53 books. A lot of what I read was really great, but a few books were much more memorable than the rest (for the right reasons). Thus, here are the five best books that I read in the past 12 months.

The tear-inducer: "Will You Remember Me?" by Amanda Prowse
What do you do when you know you're going to die? Main character Poppy is faced with this question when she is diagnosed with cancer. We follow Poppy's cancer journey with her husband, children and friends as well as how she copes with her illness. As cancer is an issue very close to me with loved ones, I was impressed by how accurately Amanda Prowse portrayed the realities and frustrations of the disease. I spent an hour full-on crying and had to put the book down at one point as the page was getting too wet with tears. The most heart-breaking book I've ever read, but a fantastic and interesting story.

 The best of the autobiographies: "May I Have Your Attention Please?" by James Corden
I worry that when I read the autobiography of someone I like, it will be bad and I'll end up not liking the person as much. I didn't have this problem with James Corden's book though: it was very well-written and flowed excellently. It wasn't padded out with 500 unnecessary photos like many celebrity memoirs have the habit of doing. I laughed out loud numerous times at the stories of Corden's past. He's one of my favourite actors, and I have even more respect for him after reading this.

The chick-lit with a twist: "Rebel Belle" by Rachel Hawkins
 The story of an ordinary girl who falls into a world of fantasy killers and magic powers whilst applying lipgloss in a bathroom. Although slow at first, it was so worth carrying on reading. Rachel Hawkins is exceptional at throwing twists where you least expect it in her writing. "Rebel Belle" is the first in a trilogy, of which I also read the second book this year. However, it didn't blow me away as much as "Rebel Belle" did. The final book comes out in April 2016, and I'm hoping it has the same impact on me.

 The love story: "Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell
Two misfits come together and end up falling in love. Sounds clichéd, but there's something beautiful about the story of Eleanor and Park trying to brighten each other's lives in little ways, while battling their own insecurities. It was compelling and every inch of me wanted them to have their happy ending despite their family problems. It's definitely one for if you're in the mood for a not quite conventional love story.

The best book I've ever read: "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline 
RPO came out in 2011 and since, I have heard very mixed things about the novel. When I finally got round to reading it this year, it fast became my favourite book of all time. My heart was racing throughout the full story and I only put it down when I fell asleep on top of it mid-page. I finished it in two days and was desperate to pick it back up again as soon as I finished. The book follows Wade, a teenager in the year 2044 where the world has declined and everyone lives their lives inside virtual reality. A worldwide easter egg hunt inside the virtual reality is going on, set up by the inventor of this reality in his will. The prize is the inheritance of his invention and his millions. It's truly a must-read. I couldn't recommend it enough.

Here's to 2016 being another great reading year!

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