2016 has been a great year for me, books-wise. Do not get me started on the things that make me want to punch 2016 in the face. *Deep breath* I could not achieve my target count (not even remotely close to it) for this year but I read some amazing books. Long long ago, I started a page called “Vandy’s Book Nook” to post book reviews but I was too lazy to do it regularly. Now the page is too cobwebby for me to dig up. So, I am going to cram all my reviews into this post. Alrighty, let’s get to business.
Books that I read this year:
- Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
- Library of Souls(Final part of the Miss Peregrine Trilogy) by Ransom Riggs
- The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
- Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
- Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War by Raghu Karnad
- The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
- A Song of Ice and Fire (A Game of thrones) by George R.R Martin
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
- The Lost World By Michael Crichton
- Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
- Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
- The Hobbit (Still reading) by J.R.R.Tolkein
The ones that I really liked:
Station Eleven: I knew nothing about this book except that it is a post-apocalyptic novel. I expected to see zombies and some action. Instead, what I read was profoundly meaningful. This will be something I will definitely re-read time and again
Rebecca: I knew I would love this book. Period.
The Bell Jar: A semi-autobiographical novel on depression. I wanted to rip out the pages, hold it close to my heart, all at the same time. One book which deeply resonated with me since I was going through a tough phase in my life. There were times when I couldn’t go on because it was too hard. Yet, this book will stay very close to my heart.
The Giver: What is more chilling than a horror story? Dystopian novels. My year isn’t complete without reading one. In books like 1984(which I totally love), doom is staring right in your face. But in The Giver, everything seems so rosy in the supposed-utopia until the truth slowly creeps in around the corner and horrifies you. I felt the ending was a bit abrupt but it was a wonderful journey reading this book.
The ones that disappointed:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: I knew it wouldn’t be the same when you are reading a script. The richness in detail which made the Harry Potter books so endearing clearly lacked in Cursed Child. Forced dialogues , hocus-pocus-unbelievable-plot-line, characters talking out-of-character and so many other reasons made it hugely disappointing for me. But 100 points to Slytherin house for having the adorable Scorpius Malfoy.
Lily and the Octopus: It was not an easy read. I couldn’t connect with the characters. But for the last part which made be bawl like a baby, this book was mostly disappointing.
The Lost Symbol and The Lost World don’t exactly belong in this category. I wasn’t really disappointed because I knew what to expect. I wanted something fast-paced like an average commercial movie
I hope to read a few more books by the end of this year and looking forward to reading books like ‘Lolita’ and ‘Tender is the Night’ next year. Do tell us how your year in books have been? Happy Reading !