The Best of the Best: Books We Loved In 2015
As the year draws to an end, we share with you some of the books we loved reading this year.
Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird did something rare, it united readers the world over in its descriptions of racial prejudice in 1930s North and South America; providing insight into American history.
Though the books share similar characters and tackle the same issues of racial inequality and teen angst, Go Set A Watchman is not a sequel to TKAM. Because too many people read it as such, many have been left disappointed to their own mis-imaginings of this book. If you read it with an open mind, you will find that it is a wonderful story, in its own right.
The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins
The Girl on a Train is a psychological thriller that explores the complex human emotions of heart break, alcohol-induced slip-ups and unrequited love.
All The Bright Places, Jennifer Niven
All The Bright Places tells the story of Violet and Finch; two teenagers going through their own idealized versions of hell. Violet blames herself for the fatal death of her sister-she is looking for a way to get over the guilt she feels; Finch’s darkness is never quite explained but his teenage angst meets its match with Violet. As is expected, the two become unlikely friends, healing each other’s wounds in the process.
The Girl In The Spider’s Web, David Lagercrantz
“The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” continues departed Swedish author, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. The series was cut short only three books in; perhaps you’re familiar with these titles: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Fellow Swedish author and journalist, David Lagercrantz revived the series this year, picking up from where Larsson left off.
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear seeks to explain to the reader, how to live a creative life and overcome the fear that often comes along with diving blindly, into the direction of our dreams. Across the pages, Gilbert allows us a glimpse into her vulnerability by sharing, in what I find to be a very honest voice, the struggles and triumphs that have colored her world this far.
Finders Keepers, Stephen King
Finders Keepers is King’s sequel to Mr. Mercedes. The series follows detective Bill Hodges who runs an epynonymous investigative firm. Although smaller in size than your regular King novels, the book still manages to stay true to some of King’s famous plotlines, A writers obsessive relationship with his fans.
Honorable Mention: How To Be Both, Ali Smith
How to Be Both is a 2014 novel by Scottish author Ali Smith. Published by Hamish Hamilton, it won the 2015 Folio Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize for literature 2014.
The book marks a new frontier in the art of storytelling. This is because the style in which it was written breaks all convention of modern day storytelling. The book can be read in different sequences, front to back, or vice versa. The order in which you read it will obviously give you, the reader, a different perspective of the characters.
All the above mentioned books are available at Text Book Centre.