22 January 2016

Top 5 books I read in 2015

When I created my goal for the Goodreads reading challenge in January last year, I didn’t really consider any of the events that were waiting to happen throughout 2015 and steal away my reading time. I had put up a very optimistic 60 books goal and I only read 26. That is not even half. Sigh! I should probably go and hide my face somewhere.
Among those twenty six books, some were extremely pleasing to read and some left me disappointed. I will talk about the disappointing ones in a different post but here is what I crown as my top five fantastico reads of 2015 –

Please consider this that the books listed below weren’t necessarily published in the year of 2015, instead they are the ones that I picked up in 2015.

5. Love Story by Erich Segal

   The ever green classic that still sells high on the bestseller list, Erich Segal’s Love Story is the first and the only classic I have ever read. This book is filled with cheesy and peppy love and a large amount of quotable sentences. ‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry’ is probably the most famous quote from the book. Love Story is a very quick read, the story is fast paced and I really loved the plot line. The way in which the story is narrated further adds to the pleasure of reading this book. (Read my full review of the book here.)

4. The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky       

  Charlie from The Perks of being a Wallflower seems to have strike a chord with many teenagers around the world. While I don’t relate myself to him, I found his story quite pleasing and something that can actually happen out of fiction. The entire novel is written in an epistolary style and I loved it. The plot of the book isn’t so intense as it tries to be but it will instead make you remember your teenage days. From first kiss to making new friends to being lost to being found, the story gets everything right. And this one even surpasses Erich Segal’s Love Story in the amount of quotes. The web is filled with insane number of quotes that have been derived from this novel.

3. The Fault in our Stars by John Green    

   Never before had I read any book that could deal with cancer in a non-depressing way. The Fault in our Stars made a lot of people cry and I have to admit I am one of them. The story is about the life and love of a teenage girl named Hazel Grace, a cancer patient with damaged lungs. We follow her on how she falls for another cancer patient with a metal leg. This book is one of a kind and it will remain one of my favourites. Praiseworthy is how John Green approached cancer and put it into a heart-warming story.

2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.         

   Oh my god! This book is extraordinarily good. The plot will warm your heart and then break it and then warm it again. It pulled out so many feelings out of me. Talking about this book is so hard because the only thing I can say about Eleanor and Park is that ‘GO READ IT’. The kind of impact that it left in the ending, oh holy cow! It is definitely one of the best young adult novels ever written.

1. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

     The Divergent Trilogy grabs the top spot as my best read of 2015. Even though the storyline wasn’t groundbreaking, the first two books impressed me like no other. I have a few issues with the last book ‘Allegiant’ and with the final ending, but it stills managed to amaze me in a lot of ways. The action always kept me in the edge and I continued flipping through pages with ease. The story is extremely easy to get into and the characters are well crafted. And no, this isn’t similar to Hunger Games at all. Stop comparing them.

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