It’s the last day of 2015 so what else is there to do but to look back and tell you all about the best books I read this year.
First of all, I read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.
This is a beautiful book. At some points, the different storylines got a bit much but it’s amazing how everything fits so well together in the end. Loved it!
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
I flew through this book. The combination of history with a little hint of magic was great. Claire is also incredibly funny. The details are amazing. I really enjoyed it.
High-Rise by JG Ballard
When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on “enemy” floors. In this visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as once-peaceful residents, driven by primal urges, re-create a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.
I was just going to read the book because the movie was coming out but ended up enjoying it immensely. It’s so well constructed, like a train with no brakes it picks up speed and suddenly you are being dragged along unable to stop. Genius!
The Martian by Andy Weir
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
It’s almost as if everyone has read this book and they’re quite right to. Mark is sarcastic and hilarious from start to finish even though his situation is anything but funny. The science is clear and I was able to understand most of it. I’ve been trying to get my husband to read it, I’m sure he’ll like it too. (Is the movie good? I haven’t seen it yet…)
And my absolute favourite of the year…
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.
The writing in this book is beyond beautiful. I loved every second of it. If you know something about Greek myths, you’ll know how the story ends, but I didn’t mind that. I enjoyed the journey. If you like historical fiction, I could not recommend this book enough. I hope that next year, I’ll find another book as perfect as this one.
There you go, my five favourite books of 2015.
I hope you’ll enjoy your New Year’s Eve and I wish you all a fantastic 2016.
Lot’s of love