COLLECTIONS | 2015: FAVOURITE BOOKS

09 January 2016


THE SECRET HISTORY by donna tartt | if you've been following my blog for a while and still haven't read this book or put it on your TBR then why the heck not.
GOING OVER by beth kephart | this was my first foray into kephart's books and i'm so glad i took the plunge - her writing style is beautiful (clearly: i would definitely recommend this book).
THE WINNER'S CRIME by marie rutkoski | (first book: the winner's curse). the winner's trilogy is one of my favourites ever although i only feel 66% qualified to say that seeing as the last book isn't out yet. but still - based on what i've read so far: highly recommended!
QUEEN OF SHADOWS by sarah j maas | a. if you've not heard of the throne of glass series then get out from under that rock. b. if you've heard of them but not read them, then get up and go. c. if you have the first book on your shelf but haven't read it, then give yourself a hard stare in the mirror - that is the fact of a traitor. d. if you've read them, i approve. if you didn't like them then i feel vvv. sorry for you but each to their own i guess.
SIX OF CROWS by leigh bardugo | if you want to know why, read my review(no spoilers). if i start talking about this book again i will either get verbal diarrhoea and you won't understand a word, or i will rant and rave (in a good way) for hours. and i'm sure neither of those options sound appealing.
THE GREAT GATSBY by f. scott fitzgerald | this book was actually a requirement for my english course this year as i had to write a text-transformation for it as part of my coursework (for anyone interested, i wrote a trio of consecutive poetic monologues in the style of 'medusa' by carol ann duffy from the POVs of George, Myrtle and Tom.) i had wanted to read this for a while as it's a classic, but most of my experience with american classics e.g the catcher in the rye always left me slightly unaffected - nothing ever happened, i understood why there might have been something about them for their time, but now, they were slightly mundane and boring. the fact that i had to read the book, watch the film, and really get in depth into each of the characters and themes in order to accurately and persuasively create my own version or transformation of something in the novel is probably what made me enjoy the book more. the film was amazing and really helped me get into each of the characters heads and recreate the 1920s atmosphere, and fitzgerald's writing style drew me in completely. so if you're one of the types of people that are never much impressed by american classics too, maybe give this one a go?
WHAT WERE YOUR FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2015? HAVE YOU READ ANY OF MY PICKS?

15 comments:

  1. Um. WOW!!!! This is kind of huge. I know precisely where I was when I first read your review of GOING OVER, and I will never forget that moment. Thank you so very much for this. Truly.

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    1. Oh my gosh! THANK YOU! This is kind of huge for me - one of my favourite authors saying such wonderful things!! Thank you for writing such an awesome book! I can't wait to read your other ones!!

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  2. I'm definitely planning to read The Secret History at some point -- it's all over my Tumblr! The Winner's Crime is on my shelf and definitely getting read before Kiss comes out. I'm also going to grab Six of Crows -- but I think I have more or less made up my mind not to check out ToG, if only because I didn't like ACOTAR much *hides from glare* I AM super excited for the rest of your recs, though! :D

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    1. WELL TUMBLR IS RIGHT!! You mean The Winner's Crime is on your shelf UNREAD?! ;O YES YES YES PICK UP SIX OF CROWS YOU MUST! And ahhhh nooo, please try it out! I remember reading ACOTAR and definitely not liking it as much either, and although I didn't write a *negative* review of the book, looking back now and after flicking through a few pages again, I've definitely gone off it! :/ SO: moral of the story: TRY THRONE OF GLASS.

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  3. I SERIOUSLY NEED TO READ THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES!!! I've heard absolutely amazing things about it and GAH, I will read it this year. YASSS.

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  4. SIX OF CROWS. YUS. <3 I will forever squee with love for that book...what's more I think I love it even MORE as time goes by?!? Like you know how you sort of forget about books and things?! NOT THIS ONE. I just wanna eat it all up again. Zomg I need the next one asap. *wishes for a time machine*

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  5. The Winner's Crime and Six of Crows were two of my favorite books too. xD Glad you enjoyed them too Hawwa! ♥

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  6. *screams* SIX OF CROWS AND THE WINNER'S CRIME *melts away because of all the feels*

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  7. Six of Crows is also one of my favorites in 2015! I plan to read The Great Gatsby and The Winner's Curse Trilogy in 2016.

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  8. OMG SIX OF CROWS IT IS JUST. SO. AWESOME. Enough said. I love it too much. I have read up to Crown of Midnight, so I'm half way through the Throne of Glass series?!? I need to continue. Lovely post, Hawwa!

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  9. I'd really like to read something by Donna Hart again. The Goldfinch was just so beautiful, I fell in love with the writing. I'll go put The Secret History on tbr right away!
    I'm really looking forward to Six of Crows and The Great Gatsby. I just need to get my hands on a copy!
    I think my favourite books of 2015 for me were Vagabond by J.D. Brewer and We Were Liars by E.Lockhart ^_^

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  10. OMG. I also read The Secret History and fell so deeply in love with it! It's definitely my favorite read from 2015!!

    I would like to read The Great Gatsby again, one day, but it will have to be many years after I've seen any sort of film adaptation. Haha.

    / okaythanksmaria

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  11. The Great Gatsby has been on my to-read list! I've definitely need to get myself into some books this year...

    - Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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  12. I think the Great Gatsby is the only classic novel I've read from start to finish without skimming, skipping, or consulting Cliff's Notes or Sparknotes. Twice! I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it, so I'm happy to see that it made it on to your list too.

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  13. I literally can't describe how much I love Gatsby.

    I AM SO INTERESTED IN YOUR MONOLOGUES.

    Duffy = life.

    I'm going to name my son Francis.

    Thank you and goodnight.

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