The Best 15 Books of 2015

Because 2015 has almost come to an end, I thought I would make a list with the best books I have read in 2015. They’re in no particular order. I have categorized them by genre, so it would be easier to read and a lot clearer. So let’s find out what my favourite reads of 2015 are!


 

Contemporary

  • Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saénz. ★★★★★
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. ★★★★★
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio. ★★★★★
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. ★★★★

Fantasy

  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. ★★★★★
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. ★★★★★
  • Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. ★★★★★
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. ★★★★★
  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. ★★★★1/2
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu. ★★★★
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee. ★★★★

 Historical Fiction

  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. ★★★★

 

 Thriller

  • The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey. ★★★★

 

Dystopian/Science Fiction

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner. ★★★★★
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. ★★★★

 

 

Review: The wise man’s fear by Patrick Rothfuss

“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”

I did it guys! I can finally say that I finished this huge book. I’m proud of myself. It took me a little longer than I had hoped, but here we are. And although there were some things that bothered me and I didn’t love this book as much as the first one, it was still epic.

The wise man’s fear picks up the story where The name of the wind (my review) has left it. Again we follow the young Kvothe and his adventures. But in this book you really see Kvothe change from a boy into a man. Which brings me to the first thing that bothered me a bit. I found it hard imagining that Kvothe was only fifteen/sixteen years old throughout the book. He spoke and acted like he was way older and people also treated him like that. It didn’t feel right.

I was also very glad that the story took a turn and we got to see something else than the life Kvothe was having at the university. I got a little bored with that eventually and it felt like I was reading things over and over again. But just when I was fed up with that, a new adventure started. It was perfectly timed.

A major plus for this book is that it goes places we haven’t seen before. We get to know the world Patrick Rothfuss has created a little better, we get introduced to new cultures (maybe even new worlds), how people live, how things work there and we also get introduced to a lot of new and very interesting characters. I still like Kvothe a lot, although he makes it more and more difficult for me to like him along the way. About some of the other characters:

  • Denna, I still don’t know what you want.
  • Simmon, I want you t0 be my friend!
  • Although you’re crazy master Elodin, you’re still fantabulous.
  • Auri you’re so cute!
  • Fela and Devi, I like you two.
  • I thought I didn’t like you at first, then I started to like you Maer Alveron and now after everything that happened, I just don’t know how I think about you.
  • Bast, you just got very interesting.. and dark.
  • And last but not least, Tempi, you’re hilarious and I like you a lot.

This book was about a 1000 pages long.. I think that wasn’t necessary. In the middle there was a part of the book that really dragged on. Which made it hard to keep on reading. My favourite part of the book were the last 1/3 pages or so. That was when things got really interesting and we got to see another side of our young Kvothe.

I still love the little verses in the book. Kvothe is a musician and he sings songs, and I love reading those lines. The same goes for the stories that are being told by different people. They are so unique and most of the time contain a good life lesson and still are related to the story of the book in general. One of them almost got me teared up..

And in this book again I’m amazed by how the magic works. It’s so complicated, but yet it feels so realistic. Every part of it makes sense.

Patrick Rothfuss was also on a roll with his humor. Although it’s not always my kind of humor, I still laughed a lot. He already had me on page 56..

“People don’t like being toyed with”, Stanchion replied. “They resent it, in fact. Nobody likes having a joke played on them.”  “Technically”, Simmon interjected, grinning, “he played the joke on the lute.” Everyone turned to look at him and his grin faded a bit. “You see? He actually played a joke. On a lute.” He looked down at the table, his grin fading as his faced flushed a sudden embaressed red. “Sorry.”

This is so me! I always make ‘jokes’ like that and then I’m the only one who thinks they’re funny. So maybe that’s why I liked this one.

Another aspect I love about the books are the returning proloques and epiloques. I can’t really tell much about that, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think Patrick Rothfuss really did some magical things with them. It’s simple, but very effective.

And now I will have to wait untill the third and last book in the series will be released. Unfortunately the only thing we know of the book is the name, Doors of Stone. The release date is not yet set. And we know Patrick Rothfuss will only release a book he thinks is perfect, so it will take a lot of time before it’s here, but I’ll be waiting, ’cause I’m eager to know how this story continues and how it will end!

RATING: ★★★★½

* wondering how many pages the last book will be having*

The wise man’s fear / Patrick Rothfuss / Gollancz / 2012 / 1008 pages / ISBN 9780575081437

The Bookish Scenarios tag

Thanks a lot to Mariana @ fireheartbooks for tagging me to do the Bookish Scenarios tag!

1.) You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep one from each of these genres – contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction and one other genre of your choosing. What books do you keep?

Contemporary – Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe for sure. I have mentioned this book a lot lately, but I just have too. It’s amazing.

You can find my review of Aristotle and Dante by clicking here

Fantasy – The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss. A book I mentioned a lot too.

You can find my review of the name of the wind by clicking here

Non-fiction – ooh I don’t read much non-fiction, but I’m going with the diary of a young girl, because that’s the only non-fiction book I remember reading.

Thriller: The girl with all the gifts, because this book is very unique and it really surprised me.

You can find my review of the girl with all the gifts by clicking here

2.) You’re at the bookstore and you hear a teenager telling their mom they don’t like to read, but their mom insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it?

Probably Percy Jackson, because it’s easy to read, action-packed throughout the whole book, it’s about gods and demi-gods, which is very interesting and every book in the series is just so much fun to read!

3.) You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a great mood?

I’m about to say Aristotle and Dante again, but I will pick another one for the change. Let’s go with a book I have read this year too and that’s Me and Earl and the dying girl. It was the first book that had me laughing out loud and it was a fun read. Although I almost shed a tear at some point too.

You can find my review of Me and Earl and the dying girl by clicking here

4.) You go back in time for a day to your child-hood years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?
Any book in the ranger’s apprentice series!

You can find some thoughts I have about the series by clicking here

5.) Your friend surprises you with a 4 day trip and you have 1 hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way?

The wise man’s fear by Patrick Rothfuss. This book is huge! I’m telling you. So I will have a lot of pages to turn and I won’t be without a good story to read.

6.) Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe?

I can’t chose just one! That’s not fair. I hope all of them, but especially the ones I already mentioned above. Like Aristotle and Dante, I’m sorry. My books by Patrick Rothfuss and my beautiful editions of the Harry Potter series too, of course.

7.) Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs?

C is not an option to me, because my friends don’t really own books. Not that I would have done it if they had. That’s just something I wouldn’t do. I’m going with option A. I’m not going to ask them to repurchase it for me, that’s too much to ask in my opinion, but I will tell them to be careful the next time.

 

 


 

 

I’m tagging everyone who sees this and wants to do this!

Review: The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I’m at a loss for words with this one. I really don’t know what to say and where to start.

The name of the wind is about a man called Kvothe. His name is well-known as he grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The story starts when Kvothe was just a little kid. He lived with his parents in a troupe of travelling players. That’s when Kvothe encounters Abenthy on the road. An arcanist. Abenthy becomes Kvothe’s teacher. But then something terrible happens and Kvothe is on his own. His dream was to get into the university and the archives. After spending years as an orphan in a terrible and dangerous city, he makes his way to the university. He gets admitted and a lot of great adventures begin from there on. Continue reading

Review: The girl with all the gifts by M.R. Carey

“Keep your secrets where the monsters can’t find them.”

I feel like such a fool that I didn’t get the clue from the lines at the back of the book. I should’ve known.. So I was totally surprised when I found out what this book was really about and I didn’t know if I was going to like it at first, because I have got some strong feelings about these types of books. But it was so different from the others and I ended up really liking it. Continue reading