– I’ve been reading We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo for the past few weeks now – almost 3 weeks. I just keep pausing and I can’t for the life of me go beyond a number of pages before something else drags my attention. Hopefully, I can dump it before the end of the year. Plus it’s African Fiction. What do you expect? It’s cliché.
My Year In Books
– Goodreads sent me this awesome review/summary of my year in books and I love it!
Naturally, I thought I should share my favorite books of 2015.
As of today, I’ve read 57 books – a new personal record. 7 books passed my original reading challenge of 50 books and 43 books short of my new challenge of 100 books.
The thing is I read the 50 books in the first half of the year – that’s in 6 months – until life happened in June. I got a new job and I took an awful long time to stabilise. I was all over the place. By the time I got my bearings back, I had to write exams. So, I read the remaining 6 books in November/December. I was really hoping I could get to 60 by the end of the year but We Need New Names has drained all of the energy left for the year.
So, in no particular order.
I tried to diversify a lot this year. I dabbled into other genres like French Literature – which has to be my favorite so far – German Literature, Thrillers, a bit of American Literature and English Classics. For someone that was so glued to Romance and Christian Fiction, I had a field day exploring.
(Aside: In another post, I’ll talk about the lady I found that read the world in a year. Awesome stuff!)
1. On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft – Stephen King.
This was the first book I read this year and it set the pace for the rest of the year. It’s also something I want to read over and over. Even though, I’m not so much of a fan of Stephen King’s genre, I absolutely loved this memoir.
2. Wild – Cheryl Strayed
I have a love – hate relationship with this book but I live for memoirs and travelogues so this gets a spot in my list.
3. If I Stay + Where She Went – Gayle Foreman
I read this books in less than a week. Gayle Foreman is easily my favorite YA author. Heartbreakingly beautiful!
4. Memoirs Of A Dutiful Daughter – Simone De Beauvoir
This was my first introduction to French Lit. This particular book was long and strenuous but totally worth it.
5. The Ex-wives – Deborah Moggach
This was hilarious!
6. Zazie In The Metro – Raymond Queneau
The English translation of this book is everything!
7. Manon Lescaut – Abbé Prévost
Love stories never felt so intense.
8. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche.
I don’t know how/why I did not write about this book. Americanah was everything and then some.
9. One Day I Will Write About This Place – Binyavanga Wainaina
This was one of those African memoirs with a non-cliché plot. Absolutely loved it!
10. The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks
Okay, this is probably my favorite Nicholas Sparks’ books of all time. I’m also glad that the movie didn’t ruin it for me.
11. Reading Like A Writer – Francine Prose
This tops the list of important book I read this year.
12. Just One Day + Just One Year – Gayle Foreman
Yup! I’m easily a Gayle Foreman groupie. This book awoke my wanderlust and left me hanging!
13. Big Magic: Elizabeth Gilbert
I need to just hand the award of my favorite book to the year to Big Magic. Enuff said!
14. Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
Sigh. Mindy Kaling is bae.
15. Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden.
Here’s to 2016 and more books.