I don’t even know what to say regarding my absence on my blog. I just hope it hasn’t collected too much dust ;D
So, 2015 is almost over and although I still have to/want to read two more books to complete my 2015 reading challenge, I just go on without those books.
Let’s start with the books that stood out, surprised me and just took my breath away in a positive sense:
1. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart – Review
This was one of the first books I read in 2015 and after being really disappointed in We Were Liars, I was surprised to like this story as much as I did. Boarding school, secret society, pranks and a lot of feminism. If these keywords strike your fancy, then please go and read it!!
2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Review
My first of two classics I read this year and I was highly fascinated by it. The premise was so intriguing and it made me want to know more about Plath and her life story. I hope to read more by her next year.
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth – Review
My sister read this series shortly after I bought the complete trilogy in a matter of a few days. It took me about 1.5 years to finally start the first book. I love reading dystopian fiction and this was one of the best books I read in this genre. The world building was amazing and Tobias is just swoon-worthy!
4. Soppy: A Love Story by Philippa Rice – Review
This was such an adorable picture book about a couple that moves in together and shows how they behave around each other. I found so many similarities between their relationship and mine with my boyfriend. I thought we were the only ones who did something this way or that and it turns out that we’re not. Great drawings and a very cute story. A must-read in my opinion.
5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Review
A rather sad story, but the mental illness in this books was depicted so well, in my opinion. Dual perspective, great writing and relatable characters mixed in with a lot of emotions makes a great story.
6. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski – Review
I have gushed so much about this book. Not only is it a very, very pretty book, it also is an amazing sequel to a great fantasy trilogy. I thought the first book was more on the ‘meh’ side. But when I read this book, it blew me away. The romance, the political drama, the schemes. Everything about this book was amazing. I cannot wait to finally read the last book in this series.
7. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Review
Have you ever read a book that just made you happy? If not, then this is definitely it. I read it in a matter of days and every time I picked it up I had immediately a smile on my face. The characters, the writing, the story itself, everything was just beautiful and made me happy. READ IT!!
8. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
I have seen both movies with Anne Hathaway years and years ago. This year, this series was read by so many people in the book community because an eleventh book came out. I had the first book in this series on my shelf for years and it was time to read it. I’m glad that I have finally started this series. Mia is hilarious and I love this diary format the story is written in. I am currently three books into this series and I hope to finish it in the first half of 2016.
9. You by Caroline Kepnes
The first time I listened to an audiobook was a success. I heard from so many people that this book was amazing, especially if you listened to it. It definitely was! It felt like the narrator talked to you. The creepiness-factor was basically a given. I loved the story and got to sympathize with Joe. I am excited to see what the sequel of this book will bring.
10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Although this is such a massive book it took me only three days to read it (most of it in one sitting). The concept of files to tell a story was amazing. The sci-fi setting and the A.I. as a character made the story so much more interesting and I cannot wait to see what the sequels will be like!
There were also books that I was disappointed in and not worth the hype:
1. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – Review
Yes, the sequel is one of my favorites of this year. But the first book really disappointed me. I got this book because I heard a lot of praise and because the cover of this book was just so beautiful. I can sit in front of this book for hours and just stare at Kestrel’s magnificent dress and intricate hairstyle. Unfortunately the book was not as great as the cover. I really loved the history and the world, but the characters simply fell flat for me and annoyed me most of the time.
2. Slammed by Colleen Hoover – Review
Everyone loves Colleen Hoover and praises her as the queen of New Adult fiction. I wanted to see if I loved her books as well and, well. Except for the family dynamics, the slam poetry and the addicting touch that this book had one me, I hated this book. The instalove ruined this book completely for me. I just couldn’t stand either main character. Every time they said something to each other I had to roll my eyes. They almost fell out of my head that’s how much I rolled them. It was just not a good book and it made me less excited to read more of CoHo’s work.
3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith – Review
This was a short, yet excruciating slow read. The characters were partially irrational, they had no depth to them and the story itself was alright. I enjoyed her other book, The Geography of You and Me, much more and I hope that her other books are also better than this one.
4. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
Unfortunately I haven’t written a review for this book yet and I also don’t remember much of it. I remember that I thought that it felt very juvenile and that the story was executed very poorly overall. Just meh. Not my cup of tea.
5. The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie
The artwork in this graphic novel is undoubtedly very beautiful. Unfortunately the story just didn’t make any sense to me. Everything was more confusing than anything else. I hope that with the next volumes the story will make more sense.
What were the books that stood out most to you, whether positively or negatively?
Until next time: happy reading! 🙂