June 30: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015
Being halfway through the year, this TTT comes at an opportune time, allowing me to reflect on the first six months of my reading year. As expected, I’ve read some good, and some not so good books, as well as one or two great books. As of today I have read 35 books in 2015, therefore I had a good number to choose from when compiling this list.
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (9/10, June)
I re-read ‘The Hunger Games’ only a couple of days ago, as I’m intending to re-read the entire series prior to the final movie hitting cinemas in November. There is just something incredibly powerful and thought-provoking about this YA dystopian that it places amongst my favourite books of all time.
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (8/10, May)
I only began reading Sarah J. Maas this year, and I’ve already devoured three of her novels, two of which place on this list, however ACOTAR was my favourite. This is a fairy-tale retelling, largely focusing on Beauty and the Beast. Combine that with some Hunger Games-esque trials, and you have in my opinion, the best release of 2015.
3. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (8/10, February)
Until this year, I had never got past reading ‘Twilight’, but in February I felt an unexpected draw towards giving ‘New Moon’ a try, and I absolutely loved it! I might be late to the party, but I finally get the hype.
4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (8/10, January)
The first non-YA book on this list, ‘The Rosie Project’ tells the story of a man with asperger’s syndrome and his search for love. Hilariously funny (laughing with, not laughing at) we follow Don creating a list with criteria to find the perfect wife, and then realising maybe perfect isn’t what he wants.
5. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Success by J.K. Rowling (8/10, April)
The only non-fiction book amongst my top 10, ‘Very Good Lives’ is the Harvard commencement speech J.K. Rowling gave at a graduation ceremony several years ago. It is motivational and full of life lessons that can be universally applied.
6. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins (7/10, April)
Receiving a lot of hype over the first few months of the year, I too thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Girl On The Train’. Whilst at times it was dull and repetitive, the action more than made up for it.
7. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (7/10, June)
The concluding volume in ‘The Twilight Saga’, ‘Breaking Dawn’ sees the culmination of Bella and Edward’s love, and Jacob finally finds his forever. I love the wedding, honeymoon and “the after”, but was slightly disappointed with the conclusion.
8. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (7/10, March)
The third book in ‘The Twilight Saga’ is yet another excellent volume – I really cannot fault this series, despite it taking me long enough to appreciate. This novel sees the confrontation of werewolves and vampires, and their joint cause to protect the one thing they all care for – Bella.
9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (7/10, May)
The only YA contemporary on this list, ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ is a perfect summer read about friendship and personal development. It deals with abandonment, and analyses the meaning of true friendship – it’s just very cute!
10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (7/10, April)
‘The Hunger Games’ meets a YA version of ‘Game of Thrones’ with added magic, ‘Throne of Glass’ is compelling and action packed. I love the badass heroine, and the relationships she develops with the other characters.
This list was very Stephenie Meyer and Sarah J. Maas heavy (it could’ve easily included ‘Crown of Midnight’), but I’m ok with that, as only one of these ten was a re-read for me (‘The Hunger Games’) so I’ve discovered some amazing authors in the past six months. Here’s hoping the next six months is as successful!
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