Books, I love them. As some of you might know, I’m a reader. I devour books. To me, books are adventures. It is a way to live more lifes, to become wiser, to learn more and to – sometimes – escape reality.
I participated to the Goodreads reading challenge in 2015. I hoped to read 50 books in 2015. It seemed an achievable goal, because I did read that many books in 2014.
However, 2015 was extremely busy and I ‘only’ read 35 books.
Considering the fact that the reading was fit in my busy schedule (school, filming, a social life, reviewing – books, obviously – and my other interests), I’m still proud of myself.
So, here it is – my top 5 books of 2015.
Top 5 books of 2015
We were liars – E. Lockhart
This book was without a doubt my favourite book of 2015. It’s one of those books you just devour. I think I finished it in one night. I never plan on reading through the night, but with “We were liars”, it was impossible to stop reading. The story is build up in a very thrilling and brilliant way.
Watch out, because this is a book that does not let you go. I felt physically sick after reading this – in the best way possible. The book absorbed me and there were only a few books that touched me in such a profound way. And with that, I mean so much more than just wheeping your heart out.
Most definitely a must read.
Wild – Cheryl Strayed
As a person who loves to travel and with all the positive reviews, I couldn’t not read ‘Wild’ from Cheryl Strayed. My expectations were high and I was not disappointed.’Wild’ is a strong personal and travel story and I admire Cheryl Strayed her courage to share this touching life experience with the world. I am grateful for it. Since I read it, this book hasn’t left my mind. It is a story I’ll never forget and always carry with me.
And, next to the search of oneself, it is also a wondrous travel story, that made me want to pack my bags and leave.
PS: I loved the movie as well – it was a great film adaption.
All the light we cannot see – Anthony Doerr
I was only strolling through a bookshop (which is dangerous, I know), without planning on buying something. Which is a challenge on its own. But, while I was looking through the English bookshelf, I found this copy.
The sentence ‘winner of the Pulitzer Prize’ made me buy the book. As I have this unattainable dream of winning a Pulitzer Prize, I could not just leave this book in the store.
I’m happy I can add this book to my collection. I loved it. The story was beautiful, exhilerating and so touching. It made me understand life throughout a war. The storyline that links all different charachters makes this book very good. However, what I liked most about this book, is how the author made me experience war through the eyes of quite ‘normal’ charachters. There are so many war stories, yet this part of it has been underexposed (in my opinion).
Reading this book is an adventure. You start loving the charachters immediately and live, fear and hope with them, during a hard time.
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
As a huge Harry Potter fan, I was browsing the internet for a magical book. I found tons of recommendations for ‘The night circus’ and with such a mysterious cover, I immediately wanted to read it.
The night circus is magical, just as I hoped it would be. Erin Morgenstern is another author who succeeded in creating a new world within our own.
If you also miss the Harry Potter magic, I do reccomend this book to you. It is very different, but so mysterious and enthralling.
Eat, pray, love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Last but not least in my list, ‘Eath, pray, love’ from Elizabeth Gilbert.
I have never done this before, but I saw the movie adaption of the book before I read it. That is very unusual for me, but to be honest, the book itself did not stand out to me.
I have to admit that my main reason for watching the movie was the fact that Julia Roberts played in it.
But, I am so glad I read the book. The praying part was the main reason I did not pick it up. Normally a book about travelling interests me very much. The movie was quite superficial in comparison with the book, but it did give me the nodge I needed to start reading. I loved the book. As most books in this list, it left a deep impression on me. This book made me – for the first time in a very long time – doubt about my belief that there is no god or higher something something. I loved how the author herself did not believe at all, but opened up to the experience. Don’t understand me wrong, I am still very skeptical and I still do not belief in a higher power. However, since I read the book, I really want to try to meditate in India. You never know. I’ve always said it is important to live life with an open mind.
Books to read in 2016
My reading list is – as always – way too long and it never grows shorter, as I continue to add new books to read.
However, here are the books that are listed the highest on my reading list:
- A little life – Hanya Yanagihara
- On the road – Jack Kerouac
- Muchachas – Katherine Pancol
- The Martian – Andy Weir (I need to read the book, before I see the movie)
- Me before you – Jojo Moyes
- The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
… are always welcome!
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