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Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015.b4597-toptentuesday

I haven’t had very much time to read this year (as my Goodreads kindly reminds that I am x books behind my goal). Here are my top ten books I’ve read in 2015 so far:

1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
“Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?”
This book was spectacular. The Goldfinch shows raw human emotions, complex characters and complex situations.Best book from Donna Tartt so far.

2. Half Bad by Sally Green
“The trick is not to mind.
Not to mind about it hurting.
Not to mind about anything.”
Half Bad has great first line! I was hooked immediately to this book because of that. Refreshing new kind of fantasy. Books in the series have lovely covers.

3. White Fang by Jack London
Click to see my review of this book.

4. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami | “The reason why death had such a hold on Tsukuru Tazaki was clear. One day his four closest friends, the friends he’d known for a long time, announced that they did not want to see him, or talk with him, ever again.” If you like Murakami books, this won’t let you down. So simple and beautiful  style of writing.

5. Olin Anders Breivikin asianajaja (nor.Det vi kan stå for) by Geir Lippestad | Book by Geir Lippestad who was defense attorney of Anders Breivik, Norwegian terrorist who shot dead over 60 youngsters Workers’ Youth League (AUF) summer camp on the island of Utøya. This book helps you to understand Norwegian law and  Norwegian court system (which is very similar to one in Finland) and I think it described well author’s job as lawyer.  Especially foreigners called him Devil’s advocate without understanding the situation or the Norwegian law.

6. The Magicians by Lev Grossman | As George R R Martin says in the back cover “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea”. I am not sure why so many readers expected this to be more like Harry Potter. Surely The Magicians can’t be mistaken for or even be compared with chidren’s books. I enjoyed this book. I loved all the references (even to Harry Potter and Hogwarts) and expressions in Russian and Latin. Characters are well developed, story is well-told. Looking forward reading rest of the trilogy.

7. The Battle For WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi | The Battle for WondLa was the last book in the WondLa trilogy. Illustrations in the book are fantastic and the story is unique. I loved the world, the characters and the strong female heroine Eva Nine.

8.The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (illustrations by Chris Riddell) | I love Neil Gaiman. Everyone should read this! The Sleeper and the Spindle has beautiful illustrations and plot twists that you don’t see coming. Highly entertaining.

9. Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
“Always remember that when a man goes out of the room, he leaves everything in it behind… When a woman goes out she carries everything that happened in the room along with her.” Usually, I don’t enjoy reading short stories. However, I am always happy to make an exception. What is unique and beautiful in these ten short stories is how Alice Munro writes about very dark matters. There is pain and there is horror and seemingly ‘too much happiness’. And that leads to horrible events. I loved the descriptions of characters and objects (trees), it was distincts way of thinking and it is what I appreciate in authors. cLast story was my favorite one. Not only does Munro depict the life of Sofia Kovalevskaya, she also manages to fill the story with fantastic cultural references and give accurate picture of what countries and nations(and people and their problems) were like in 19th Century.

10.Winterling by Sarah Prineas
Sarah Prineas is American fantasy author. Her books are mainly targeted for children (and for people like me who adore fantasy). Sarah. P writes fantasy exactly how I want it to be written. It’s funny, it has new elements and it’skind of a rollercoaster and I have never been disappointed with her books. Sometimes, I wrote author ‘fan email’ and she even replied…I was so happy. Winterling  is a wondeful book.

Have you read any of these books? What is your top ten? What have been the best reads for you this year?

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