My top five new books of 2015 so far

Book Reviews, Book Thoughts, Writing Thoughts

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We’re quarter of the way through the year, which I’m sure means I can do my top five books of the year so far! The year started great for me books wise, with me reading quite a few that I completely LOVED – but then took a dip with a few that I wasn’t that impressed by.

So most of these are from the beginning of the year – here’s the list!

1. Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

This was a marvellous story I read in January about three old people, exploring their past and giving them a wonderfully evocative and slightly surreal present. I adored how this oft forgotten or stereotyped age range were allowed hopes and dreams and fears. Marvellously written too.

My review here.

2. Skin by Ilka Tampke

I really enjoyed this book, and spent several days after it mourning it’s loss. A well written, gripping mix of fantasy, history and adventure with a compelling main character and intriguing story. I hope this is going to be BIG!

(Yet to be reviewed)

3. The Chimes by Anna Smaill

A beautifully lyrical tale wandering around a mysterious world where music has replaced memory and all is controlled by the ringing of The Chimes. I still don’t understand everything that was going on here – but I really really loved it.

My review here.

4. Akarnae by Lynette Noni

A fairly traditional but very engrossing YA fantasy book about Alex who makes her way to another world and magical academy when trying to find her way to boarding school. Really, really enjoyable for both me and my 16-year-old-sister!

My review here.

REAL TEEN REVIEW here.

Author Interview here.

5. The Poldark Series, Winston Graham

Okay, so not new as such, but newly popular?! Let me get away with it please! I am now deep into this series, and LOVING IT. It’s kind of stopping me from reading anything else. Marvellous characterisation, character development and I literally have no idea what is going to happen next. And magnificent history. REALLY GOOD.

My review of book one here.

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