Top picks for 2015

Reading in Malaysia

So, 2015 is almost over. Did it drag for you, or fly by?

This year was a crazy one for me. I wrote a children’s book, traveled to Asia with my family, accidentally wrote Still Waters and self published it, then wrote another novel to finish the year off! I’m taking a well earned break over the holiday season and will be back into editing when the children return to school at the end of January. I’m hoping to release the next novel by the middle of 2016 depending on how well the edit goes. To keep up to date with new (and old) book news make sure you come over to my Facebook page.

So now that we’re nearly ready to see the new year in, it’s only natural to look back at the year that was. I’ve been thinking about the books I’ve read. I’m usually a one-book-a-week girl, but with all of the writing this year I’ve had to let that slide a little. I’ve still read some great books though! These are the five that have stuck in my mind:

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

I’d heard a bit of the buzz surrounding this book by the time I picked it up. I was hooked from the first page. The writing is very clever and emotive without being sentimental. I read it months ago and still think about it.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I’m fairly new to YA fiction and they have been a bit hit and miss for me. This was a big hit. It kept me guessing until the end and I thought the characterisation/dialogue was brilliant.

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

I read this book in Malaysia on holiday. VW is one of my all time fave authors. No one writes like she does. Orlando was so different from anything I have ever read that it had me laughing out loud, and looking around the empty room for someone to read out a passage to. Read it with someone you love.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book arrived just as I was leading up to releasing Still Waters and was scared out of my wits. A saviour. I bought the ebook then immediately bought the print copy. I read the passage about the fear + the roadtrip to my kids. Buy it! Anyone wanting to live a creative life needs this book.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

I just finished this one on holiday about a week ago. Wowsers. It was a book I picked up not knowing anything about it and I went into it blind.¬†Very, very sad story and a difficult read, but I include it here because I think it’s an important book, and one that stands out from the others I have read this year.

How about you? What were your top five reads of 2015? 

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