These are written in no particular order or ranking, just some novels that I thoroughly enjoyed this year and wanted to share. They’re all special in their own way so I couldn’t choose a winner. These three novels cover my favourite genres in fiction: Romance, Thriller and YAF.
- The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins: I’m sure most of you have seen this advertised all over tube stations, social media and bookshops. Often compared to Gone Girl in its majorly confusing and highly unpredictable storyline, if I could use a book to represent the genre of mystery-thriller, this would definitely be it. The author tells the story through the different characters in first person, whilst also using extracts of newspapers and other mediums. I promise you will not be able to stop thinking about this novel once you start it (and I don’t often make promises).
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini: Now the subject of this book is one usually deemed as dark and educational or to be treated with immense delicacy, yes you might have guessed it – mental illness. Ned manages to depict the story of a regular teenager going through a deep depression in a heartwarmingly relatable way to anyone who has ever felt any form of depression, which in one way or another, most of us have. He manages to place the readers in the mind of Craig Gilner, who to anyone on the outside just seems like a reserved, well rounded individual with impressive prospects. Despite of his successful academia, Ned feels overwhelmed and pointless, he struggles with normal teenage issues such as school, girls and drugs whilst living in an extraordinary world of his own which only the readers and a special someone get to uncover.
- Me Before you – Jojo Moyes: Much like The Girl on the Train, this novel/movie has been advertised like crazy over the past few months. As always when interested in seeing a movie which is adapted from a novel, I rushed to read it before going to the movie. Finishing this book was not a hard task as I was glued to the pages for two days, this novel is somehow predictable, yet unpredictable (capisce?), yeah I guess not – just go read it! This novel is unorthodoxly romantic, tragic, comical and informative. I won’t spoil anything but definitely have some tissues and a tub of icecream ready because you’re in for an emotional rollercoaster.