Sunday, January 3, 2016
A new chapter, a new dawn, a new blank slate. Despite being perhaps the most timeworn metaphors that pop up alongside our fresh lists of resolutions, I think these words still hold power to drive people to wake up, to stand up, and to work on becoming better versions of themselves in the next 365 (or is it 366?) days of their lives. They are still some people’s only wick of light amid the gloom that might have veiled their previous year; they are still some people’s tank of hope after an exhausting quest to get past twelve-month-ful of hurdles. Sure, the year 2015 could not have been all hardships, but nothing re-energizes us more than an opportunity to start anew.
So whatever your clichéd “new” somethings this 2016 may be, embrace them and let them propel you forward. Grab this chance to fire yourself afresh, to wash away the bittersweet aftertaste of 2015 that might still be hitchhiking on your back. Make this your year your best one yet!
Being semi-divorced from my bookworm world last year did not in any way diminish my love for literature; what it did reduce, obviously, is the chunk of time I used to allot for reading. That said, 2015 is not exactly as awash with several reads as the previous years. Luckily, I still managed to stumble upon a few titles that I will not trade for several hundred mediocre books.
Without further ado, here are my top “unputdownable” lit picks in 2015 in no particular order:
- The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
- The Giver* by Lois Lowry
- Made You Up* by Francesa Zappia
- A Fall of Moondust by Arthur Clarke
- Books that rocked my 2014
- Books that rocked my 2013
- Books that rocked my 2012
- Books that rocked my 2011
*reviews to follow
Happy New Year, bookworms! I hope you find tomes and tomes of wonderful tales this year and, as always, don't forget to share your love for them!