My favourite books of the past 12 months

Another uni year is over and I am graduating with my Bachelor soon. However, this article is not about that. For people that know me it is not a secret that I love reading and books. Like honestly when I can’t deal with life, I will hide in my room for a few days and just read. So I thought I would share some of my favourite books I have read this year.

They both die at the end by Adam Silvera

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 00.02.43.pngThe title is a spoiler and I thought I was prepared. But trust me I wasn’t. The book is basically set in a world where people get notified that they will die within the next 24 hours. They don’t know how or when within that time frame, they just know that it will happen. However, they have access to an app that will match them with their ‘Last Friend’ someone they can spent the day with and talk to. This book is about Mateo and Rufus. An unlikely pairing but somehow it works. And while the title specifically tells you ‘They will both die at the end’, you will find yourself rooting for the two of them and keep hoping that there will be some sort of mix up and they do survive. I was on a train reading it and I am not a person to cry at books, but trust me I was on a train balling my eyes out while reading it. It is so well written and while it seems utopian/ dystopian, it still seems realistic somehow. I would 10/10 recommend this book if you like YA books.

 

It only happens in the movies by Holly Bourne

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 00.05.46Every book by Holly Bourne I read I just sit there shaking my head. How does she do it? In every single book no matter how different the characters are to each other I can always identify with them. Reading about Audrey in this book had me laugh and cry (I swear I don’t usually cry at books) by how similar she is to me in so many ways and I have had friends say the same. Holly Bourne has an eye to capture realistic female characters that are entertaining in how relatable they are. What is the book actually about, you may ask, well it is about a girl who hates clichés in romantic films, however starts to find herself falling for a romance that is exactly like it. However, while love in the movies is always easy simple and everything always makes sense in the end, Audrey has to deal with life influencing this romance and things not going as smoothly. The ending of the book however, made me fall in love with Holly Bourne’s books again and I highly recommend this book to any girl that wants to have relatable characters in a book.

 

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 00.06.56I was sceptical of After You, the sequel to Me before You and was positively surprised. When I saw still me being announced I was even more concerned. Like how do you build on after you. Is it not just going to overuse of the characters. But Jojo Moyes did it again. I couldn’t put Still Me down. It made me look up jobs as AuPairs and PA’s in New York. It made me sad that I can’t meet Louisa and be friends with her in real life and just hang out with her in central park making fun of people working on their perfectness while eating tons of cake.
In this book Louisa has moved to New York to work for a wealthy family, while still trying to move on from Will, figuring out how to be in a long- term relationship and all of this while being in a new city away from everything she has ever known. Louisa may be fictional but I love spending time in her world. While her life is far from perfect she always tries to make the best of it and she seems like a fun person to be around. Anyone who loved Me Before You, READ ALL THE SEQUELS!
Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nichols

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 00.07.58A book about three girls that are all to some extend and in different ways involved with the suffragette movement in London.  This year the right to vote for women turns 100 and this book is a good read to remind you how lucky we are in the position we are today. The story is cleverly spread through three main characters and slowly explains their backgrounds and motives for being involved in the suffragette scene and how they all try to make their mark on the world, despite having different goals. It is a feminist book and shows that every girl no matter what she does plays her part in the overall progress for women’s equality.
While I loved the book, I thought the past quarter of the book was too quickly wrapped up and it could have been more explicitly explained and some time jumps seemed to leave out major character developments, but overall I still loved it and would highly recommend it to everyone who wants a book with strong female characters.

 

Flowers for Algernon by David Keyes

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 00.09.09It is one of my boyfriend’s favourite books and he gave it to me to read. I had no expectations or idea what it really was about. It was captivating and it took me only a day to read. This book is about an experiment that is supposed to enhance the mental capabilities of the human brain. After trials on the mouse Algernon are successful, Charlie who has a very low IQ receives the same operation as a human trial. Over the course of the book he is getting more intelligent and gets to the point where his intelligence and understanding of the world and psychology surpasses that of the creators of the experiment. However, at that point Algernon starts showing signs of decline in his mental capabilities and Charlie does too. The book is well written and language is used to underline Charlies growth and decline of intelligence. It is well written and super emotional (though I managed to not cry this time) and I can only recommend this to anyone.

 

So these have been my favourite books I read this semester and I already have a pile at home to read over the summer and a huge wishlist on Waterstones with books I will slowly acquire over the summer and next year. There are plenty of books I am already excited about that have yet to come out and I cannot wait to spend the summer reading.

Lots of love,

Katie x

 

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