This year has been a great year for reading. I have been introduced to some amazing books, with a lot of thanks to the Booklr community of Tumblr, which I joined this year. I have selected a few books that I particularly enjoyed this year to sum up 2015’s year of reading.
Throne of Glass series – Sarah J. Maas
I began this series in the summer this year. Thankfully, after finishing the first three books and the prequel, I didn’t have long to wait until the newly released “Queen of Shadows”. This series follows the character Celaena Sardothien, beginning with her release from a slave prison called Endovier to become the King’s Champion. The entire series is incredibly written, with interesting characters and a coherent, well-written plot. Celaena is such a wonderful protagonist, as she is both feminine and incredibly strong. The prequel book was wonderful to read to learn about her history and how she became the character she is in the main series. Her relationships with the other characters are believable and enjoyable to read, and I would recommend this series to anybody with a love of fantasy and independent female characters.
The Farm – Tom Rob Smith
I read this book in two days, which is the shortest amount of time I read a book in this year. It is a thriller mostly set in Sweden through flashback. Daniel gets two mysterious phone calls; his dad tells him that mother is unwell and crazy, whereas his mother tells him that everything his dad says is a lie. This book had me turning pages faster than I would normally, as the story was so powerful and twisting that I just had to find out what was going on as quickly as I could. Was his mother crazy, or was she actually revealing a life-changing truth? With thrills, tension, mystery and a great element of the unknown, this is a real page-turner!
The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
Set in the 17th century, this mysterious novel follows the young character Nella, who begins a new life in Amsterdam as the wife of a wealthy merchant. As a wedding gift, she receives a cabinet-sized replica of her new house, and it gradually becomes furnished by the secretive miniaturist. However, the miniaturist’s creations revealed secrets that kept me turning the pages to find out what they meant for Nella and her new life. This book was such a delight, with quite a drastic and unpredictable ending that resonated with me a long time after I finished the book. This book was part of the Thorntons’ Richard and Judy Book Club 2015, and it well deserved its place as it is simply marvellous.
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
This book. Just wow. It is set in a dystopian future where the majority of the human population spend their lives immersed in a virtual reality game. However, several years prior to the novel’s beginning, the creator and multi-billionaire of the game died, leaving in his will that the game and all his fortune will be left to whoever can find the three keys and pass the three gates hidden in his game, Easter-egg style. The game follows Wade, whose avatar is named Parzival, as he attempts to win the hunt. This book had me immersed in much the same way as the characters; it’s that good you won’t be able to put it down! Although it’s filled with a lot of 80s references, you don’t have to have extensive knowledge of the 80s to enjoy this book. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction, the 80s era, dystopian stories, great plots, twists, and simply anyone looking for a great book to enjoy.
I have tried to select just a few books to highlight the year, as I read a lot and couldn’t put them all in! I look forward to 2016 in the hope for even better reading and more stories to lose myself in.