It’s almost done! One more day and 2015 is all over and done with! So of course, for this week’s weekly list, I just had to talk about my favourite books I read this year!
(of course I’m not limiting myself to 5 books, are you crazy? only 5? It’s impossible!)
So let’s get started!
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1. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
This one took me some time to get into, but man do I love it now! The whole book is just like walking around in a fairytale-slash-circus, the world building is so beautifully done!
2. Thursday’s Children, Rumer Godden
This is seriously one of my all-time favourite books ever – as I already said in my post about my favourite childhood books, I finally got a copy of my own – the first time I got to read it as well! – for Christmas last year, opened it on January 2, read it every study break I could, and finished it 2 days later… Love this book! Definit recommendation!
3. The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
This is one of those books where it takes you a while to realise just why you love it so much, even though you are sure your loving it is justified – wonderful narration, great character building and amazing “lesson” at the end of the story! Also – I love the outlook on the concept of “heaven”, which is so often so problematic, but is handled so beautifully in this book!
4. Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
Coming of age, great characters, and prose that feels almost like poetry at times – there’s a reason I liked just about every quote of this I could find on Goodreads!
5. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
My Goodreads review, immediately after having finished this book, read the following:
“A mistake I do not wish for you to make: read this book in public – that does not allow for crying and generally being an emotional mess.
I actually feel as if this book might have broken my heart, it’s just so utterly beautiful and painful and perfect – I loved it, and I loved being broken by it…“
I stand by those words!
6. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
This book is literally just filled to the brim with historical references, spoofs on all religions ànd has the most delightful sarcasm all throughout the story – it made me laugh out loud, which is rare, and it actually made me want to read more by the authors. (which is something usually only Tumblr is able to do)
7. I Was Here, Gayle Forman
I’m not sure whether I actually have to say anything here except for: Gayle Forman did it again – I love the story, I love her writing, I love all other books by her I’ve read, and this one will bring you to tears.
8. The Next Together, Lauren James
It has time travel ànd romance ànd History of the British Isles (I’m a History-geek as well as a Literature-freak, deal with it!), ànd great characters ànd a sequel coming out in 2016 – what more can I say?
9. All The Bright Places, Jennifer Niven
For some reason I figured it’d be a good idea to read and finish this book on the same day as The Book Thief, so let me just, again, repeat my Goodreads review mere minutes after I finished it:
“Apparently it was a day for books that turn me into sobbing messes…I basically don’t even really know what to say about this book, apart from that I loved it, even if it did leave me in shatters, and that I’d definitely recommend it, along with some chocolate and a whole lot of tissues…”
So there you have it – 9 of my absolute favourite books that I read this year – I tried bringing it down to less, but that was absolutely impossible – even getting it down to only 9 was so hard! How about you? What are some of the best books you read this year? Any recommendations? Be sure to let me know below!