written by Fofo
In the beginning of 2015 I set as my Goodreads annual goal (a way to motivate myself to read more) to read 20 books… But instead I managed to read 31 (I put it down to the fact that I came across many books that I really liked). So here I am today to present you with my top 5 of the bunch!
1. City of Thieves by David Benioff
“Four months into the siege of Leningrad, the city is starving. 17-year-old Lev has been arrested for looting. Along with his charismatic cellmate, Kolya, Lev is given a choice – find a dozen eggs for an NKVD colonel, or face execution.”
A book that my sister practically forced me to read and became an all time favorite of mine. A unique coming of age story with beautifully written characters, describing the making of a heartwarming friendship!
2. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
“Daughter of the Forest takes the reader to an Ireland on the edge where history and fairy tale meet. Sorcha, seventh child of a seventh son, finds herself caught up in the manipulations of a wicked and sorcerous stepmother, the whims of faerie and the purely human evil of a fanatical British lord.”
Have to give credit to my sister once again for giving me this book! And AGAIN an all time favorite of mine!! A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Wild Swans” (based on a Celtic myth), this is a very well written story about magic, pain and most of all love!
3. Us by David Nicholls
“Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger.”
I bought this one because David Nicholls is also the author of “One Day”, a book that stole my heart two years ago and I wasn’t disappointed! The story is narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest and optimistic point of view and I often found myself laughing out loud while reading it!
4. The Martian by Andy Weir
“I’m stranded on Mars.
I have no way to communicate with Earth.
I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.
If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.
So yeah. I’m screwed.”
I first learnt about this book when all the hype about its movie adaptation caught up with me. Of course I decided to read the book before watching the movie. And what a read it was..! I couldn’t put it down! Thrilling and funny, this book is a must read even if you have already watched the movie.
5. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
“Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks and Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London.”
Gaiman is simply a master storyteller! He artfully combines realism and fantasy and his books transport you to magical places! In 2015 I read Neverwhere and Stardust by him and loved them both equally!
What were your favorite books of 2015?
I hope mine will help you stay inspired and read!
Until next time