Book Reviews

Fave Books Of 2015

Currently Reading
– 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.

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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.

Before then,

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.
Brilliant!

Here’s to 2016 and more books.

~EB.

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