Yes! the year is ending soon, so i thought i could share my favorite readings of 2015, in case you didn’t read those and wanted some kind of opinion. This way, if you find you agree with my views, then maybe next year you can check out my recommendations and so… that’s what i do with the reviewers i follow at least, and it brought me incredible results. Although i read all these books in 2015 it doesn’t mean they were all published this year, i’m kind of catching up with a lot of books right now…[i’m trying my best here]..
So, without further comments, let’s start talking about my favorite books of the year!
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven
This is by far the book i loved most this year. Maybe it’s my favorite book of all time, really. It’s been a long while since i got so attached to a character from a book. The way Jennifer wrote about so difficult topics, it really moved me. I mean, for me the characters, specially Finch and Violet, were so real and alive, i felt their happiness and their pain. I loved them so much, and i cried a lot too. Mmm, at first i wasn’t sure if i wanted to read it because i knew it was a very emotional book, but when i saw it in the bookstore i knew i needed it. Oh my gosh… if i hadn’t read this book. Truth be told, the book talk about depression and other mental issues, it’s raw and truthful. It may break your heart once or twice, but it’s such an incredible book the heart break it’s worth it. Yeah, i’m still having trouble breathing while remembering some parts of the book, but i think the ‘scar’ it left me it’s one of the best things to ever happen to me. It made me think so much about some things.. I love it, and i recommend it to all, okay, not to kids, but to all grown ups, even if you are not a ‘young adult’ anymore.
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
If i have to pick a character in literature that remind me of myself, i’ll say hands down, the main character of this book, Cather. I’ve never really found a ‘me’ character in the books i read, and i have to admit that this made it so much funnier to read, it felt real. With characters really taken from an everyday life, this book will speak to all many young and not so young book lovers out there. I totally loved the fact that Cather is a bookish person herself, but not a hipster one, she is just one of the fangirls (obviously), one of those that get too attached to the characters and writes fanfiction on her free time (and sometimes not so free time). Also, the fact that this is not a book about a girl starting as a geek and then becoming super popular, she grows a lot in the book and develops better social skills, but it’s not like that. I think this book is very well written and handled, it’s funny and realistic. It gets the mind of a almost grown up discovering other sides life perfectly.
EVERY DAY by David Levithan
A’, the main character of this book, is one of my favorite characters ever. Lacking a body, and perpetually waking every morning being another person, A’ isn’t just an interesting character, but a very complex one. The topics brought up in the book, about what makes us human, what do we really love in the other person, what can we be, what do we think we deserve and what we really deserve, are so powerful and they were well managed. I was incredibly touched by the wise words the author used so many times. I learnt a lot from this book, really. The companion to this book ‘Another Day’ was released this year, and i got the oportunity to meet the author when he was presenting the book in the UK, which was one of the highlights of my year. The man himself is as inspirational as his work, and you could see that he writes from the heart. It was amazing.
I really wanted to talk about the whole series, because i read the three books already available of The Raven Cycle, but then decided to highlight the one i liked the most, although obiviously i think they are all great books. This book is the second in the quartet, and it developed to places i didn’t think the books were heading to at all. When reading the first book, i liked it a lot, but because of the writing style of the author i wasn’t sure i would keep reading.. Anyway, the moment i got this one i knew i was in for good. The book focus a lot in my favorite character of the series, Ronan Lynch, and we get to such deep and personal places with him, it totally changed my opinion on his character, and made me love him a lot. Yeah, as i said before, i’m not sure the writing style is for everyone, but if you are willing to give it a shot, i’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. Also, the story is so original and simply amazing, i’m bitting my nails waiting for the last book to come out next year. A great reading indeed.
THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness
With the idea that not all of us were born for ‘greatness’, this book shows us that we are actually heroes anyway, we are the heroes of our lives [cliche, i know but so real]. Yeah, we may not save the whole world from imminent destruction, but we can make our days count, not only for ourselves, but for the people around us.
BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas
This book is about the friendship between two boys that only know each other by mail, one of them has a sort of allergy of electricity and the other one is blind.. Yeah, this may sound as your regular book about teenage angst, but the thing is… this book was so much more than i expected… I mean, it starts as a regular YA book but then develops to so much more than that, i was very pleased with the way it took
THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson
I’ll admit i’d never heard about this book up until the moment i went to an event in London where the author was presenting the book. And i wasn’t about to take it until she read a chapter of the book, if i remember it right it was chapter 23(which i found to be a very emotional one), when she finished i was tearing up pretty much, a lot. The book is about David, a 14-years old boy that feels he was born in the wrong body, and the new kid at school, Leo, who only wants to blend in. Life will (obviously) find a way for them to meet and a friendship will develop. I loved this book so much, i don’t really have words to explain why, but the two boys were so sweet and their pain felt so real to me. It was a great reading, I may or may not give up some activities while in London in order to keep reading it…
A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness
I already talk about in the November Wrap Up about how much i loved this book and the fact that i think every kid should read it, everyone should read it, really. This book talks about something we all go through, the loose of people we love. Colin’s mom is dying of cancer, his life in school is harsh because he is getting bullied and his grandma came to take care of him when his mom is in treatment. Colin’s also being visited by an old tree next to his house. The way the book manages to talk about the grief, the pain, the fear of losing people we love and having life changed forever is something that will stay with me forever.
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
Everyone is using the virtual world of Oasis not only as a game but as a way of living, kids go to school there, people meet and make friends there, everything is possible there. When the creator of Oasis dies stating that all his money will go to the first person to find the easter egg he planted on the world, the biggest hunt in the world begins. Our hero Wade is on of the egg’s hunters and as we see him trying to find it, we also see how this world affects humans’ lives, what the world has become with this new technology out and more. I’m not a huge fan of this kind o narratives where everything or almost everything happens within the virtual world, but i have to admit the story was so engaging it was difficult to put the book down.
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
This sweet book about young love is so simple and yet, it’s story will stay with you for a long time. I really love Rainbow’s style of writing, i think it has some sort of ‘magic’ to it. I enjoyed reading this book so much, mostly because the characters were so alive and so true. I don’t know how to really describe all the feelings that i went through when reading the book. It was just amazing, i totally recommend it.
MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares
The moment i started reading this book i knew i’ll love it. This is Daniel and Lucy’s love story, a love that goes beyond time and life. Daniel remember his past lives as if they were this one, and for ages he is being in love with Lucy’s soul (i guess) and in every life he looks for her, but things never go his way. The story goes back and forward between their meetings in their lives, each story is super sweet and lovely, i absolutely adored it. Daniel’s character was a sweetheart and i felt his hurt every time. Although many people said it ended unsatisfying and it was a little true, i think the story itself is worth it even with that ending. Anyway by any chance the author would write a sequel, i’ll be first in line to get the book.
HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh
OMG, this book was hillarious, i mean.. from the very begining it was such a fun reading, i loved it. True, it had some more serious topics brought up, like depression and such and i have to say it was too real..it was so well explained it felt very right for me. So, because this book was so real and such fun i totally adored it, so much. I even managed to convince my sister to read it, and she is loving it too. So, now i’m waiting for the author’s next book which will come out next year [and i forgot to add it to my RASAP (reading as soon as possible) list].
SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli
Wow, okay, this book was the sweetest and happiest thing i’ve read all year. Full of fun and easiness, the way Simon talks is one of my favorite things on the book. The romance is sweet but even then not too heavy, most of the time Simon and his love interest only talk by emails and he doesn’t know who Blue (the other boy) is. Oh, did i mention Simon is gay? Well, yeah… and the story begins when his secret is threatened by one of his peers. The story is not only about love, but friendship and family. I enjoyed every second of this reading and i’m looking forward to reread it next year. Also, i’m waiting for the next book the author will published, because i really liked her style and i’m planning on supotying her works as much as possible.
Well people, that’s it for the moment … To be honest i wanted to bring 15 books but only managed 13 that really brought up all the feelings when i read them… well, actually more, because some of the books have sequels or companions that i read but felt a little redundant, but i really liked all The Raven Cycle books very much, Another Day (companion of every day) and Carry on (sort of spin off of Fangirl)…
Summing up, this was a great year, these are only the books i loved way too much for my own sanity (:p), but there were many excelent books i got to enjoyed… I hope 2016 will be at least this exciting!
‘Til Next Time 😉