By Eesha Tariq
Here’s a list of top five books for all those book lovers who crave for new books and stories to add to their shelves.
How many of these best books of the year have you read in 2015? (The list is in no particular order.)
Take a look…
The suicide of a young girl is obviously one of the most sensitive topics you could tackle and Gayle Forman, the 44-year-old American, is clearly conscious of that in the way she deals sympathetically with the impact of such a tragic event in her mystery/thriller novel I was Here. The opening sections of the book, in which we are shown Cody’s reaction to the death of her best friend Meg, are the strongest. It’s a mystery story, with some snappy dialogue, but filled by too many clichés. Although it has some flaws, the story was beautifully written and the journey of Cody to find out why Meg killed herself is thrilling. It shows the special bonding between best friends and how they never let go.
Rainbow Rowell’s new novel, Carry On, tells the story of a teen boy named Simon Snow, now in his eighth and final year at Watford, a magical school hidden away in Scotland. Simon had been an orphan living among “Normals” before “the Mage” scooped him up. According to a prophecy, he is destined to fight “the insidious Humdrum” and save the World of Mages. If this sounds familiar, obviously it is: Carry On is a full-on, self-aware Harry Potter rip-off, but in a good way as it confirms the fact that fan fictions can be good too. Carry On is a funny story, a love story and is also a melodrama which gives off good vibes. It is a must read for everyone
In the latest installment of the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, author-illustrator Jeff Kinney brings the series back to its roots, as Greg starts a new school year and faces a challenge he never could’ve imagined. The book, although might not have given me as many LOL moments as his previous ones but i still think it was funny and worth my time. In this book, Greg goes through a no-gadget week because of his mom and this book is based on all of that. Greg goes through a lot of obstacles and Jeff Kinney has written this book so finely that it truly represents how teenagers would react if they would have to go a week without electronics.
4. MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD
As truly magical and beautiful as the cover, the book is too as magical. It is one of Rick Riordan’s new bestselling books, such as the previous series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians/ Heroes of Olympus. It is based on a 16 year old boy, Magnus Chase who is the son of a Norse god, and apparently, also Annabeth Chase’s (from Percy Jackson and HOO) cousin; of course, because what else can you expect from Rick Riordan and his characters clashing into other book characters (and everyone loves it). One day, Magnus is tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. This book is something I really liked and the characters were diverse. Norse Mythology really got me interested as it is so fascinating.