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Top 5 Favourite Books Of The Year So Far

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Yay we’re almost halfway through the year “panics”

In terms of reading this year has been really good to me, I’ve discovered some amazing new authors and surprisingly there hasn’t been one book I seriously regret reading. So that really says something I guess

Without further ado these are my favourite books of the year so far. The titles will have links to my review of the book.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 

I believe this is possibly going to be one of my favourite reads for the year. It made me feel all the feels and that should be enough to get you reading this book RIGHT NOW

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 

Okay so this is like one of those George Orwell messes-with-your-brain kind of books. It explores oppression in an interesting way and what I love about this book is, it makes you think. It makes you think about the world we live in and yeah.

Heir Of Fire by Sarah.J.Maas 

 

This takes Young Adult fantasy to a whole new level. Action, suspense and the most unexpected ending this is literally my favourite Throne of Glass book.

I was here by Gayle Forman 

This was my first read of the year. It was eye opening really about the after effects of suicide and the people you leave behind. It also had the best romance.

We All Looked up by Tommy Wallach

Unlike anything I’ve read. Post apocalyptic, music centered and philosophical, it had a good mic of everything.

I highly recommend you go check out at least one of the books I mentioned in this post.

Meanwhile tell me what your favourite read of the year has been?

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Book reviews

Book Review | I was Here

Title: I was Here

Author: Gayle Forman

Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

Pages: 288

Australian Release Date: 1st of February 2015 Preorder now HERE

 

Synopsis i-was-here-9781471124396_hr
Cody and Meg were inseparable
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss

 

Gayle Forman has written a book that captures the impact suicide has on loved ones creating the kind of book that stays with you.

Plot

This book is basically The Fault in Our Stars meets Paper Towns. Initially there is this whole intriguing mystery of Meg and the reason behind her suicide, whether her best friend Cody really knew her  and then things pick up when Cody goes into full sleuthing mode. The story intensifies as the ugly aspects of the online world are exposed and some life lessons are learnt.

I congratulate Gayle Forman on writing one of the most realistic books I’ve ever read. Nothing is sugar coated and real world problems are dealt with. The integration of mental health into YA indicates progress and just how powerful this genre can become in impacting people’s lives.

Characters

In the beginning I felt detached from the characters but as I read more and invested myself in this story it all came together. The ending was so powerful because I could totally relate to the struggles that everyone must have been going through.

This book deals greatly with the impact Meg’s death has on her parents and especially Cody. I found Meg and Cody’s relationship somewhat a mystery and it’s better left that way I guess. I love the development between Cody and her mum because it’s so raw.

Writing

Gayle Forman’s writing is so emotionally powerful and she has created such a timeless story in the short frame of 200 pages.

If you enjoyed If I Stay and Where She Went I would recommend this book to you. Also John Green fans as it deals interestingly with the idea of death.

Rating

4

 

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing a copy for review. My review is 100% honest and all opinions are mine.

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