Hello to all ye book lovers, bibliophiles, bookworms, bookdragons, book community – my favorite people in the world! Where shall I begin? It’s been quite a while since I put up a review, again I ask for forgiveness. My 2017 reading game is not that strong, I must admit but I dare say that I have read some really great books, too. I can only count a few one that I didn’t enjoy but that’s for a later post. This, however, is about the books that left a lasting impact on me. These are the books that gave me all the ~feels~.
Please note that my views are solely my own and that we all have different tastes, therefore, I ask for your respect. ;) I’ll be posting them in no particular order.
- THE WIND UP BIRD CHRONICLES BY HARUKI MURAKAMI
“Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.”
Though it has been years since I last read a Haruki Murakami book, there is always this pride when you read his books. It’s like opening a maze, with a map in your hands but you still get lost and still unsure of the way and how it’s supposed to end. I guess that’s the charm of Murakami.
TWBC is story of a man named Toru Okada in suburb Tokyo, who searches for his wife’s missing cat. But that was just the beginning. As he continues searching, he finds himself in obscure circumstances that will change the way he sees his boring and ordinary life. Could be it be reality? Could it be otherworldly? Could it be just his imagination? There are a lot of questions here than answers but that’s what it makes it great. It is not just justifying and looking for answers, it is about what you feel at a certain moment. It is about how it made you feel.
This book may not be for everyone. It has a slow pacing and prolonged verses but it has so much depth that you want to stay a bit longer and delve deeper. It does bore you every now and then but be patient. Be patient enough to get to the last pages and be patient enough to understand what the bigger picture is: YOU.
- REBECCA BY DAPHNE DE MAURIER
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
This is probably the most remarkable line I’ve read this year. I tell you this with much pride and kid you not, after reading the book, it all made sense.
It is narrated by a woman who marries the rich widower, Maxim de Winter. She told the story in a very…strange way. She sees herself always the second best and can never compete to his husband’s late wife – Rebecca. The thrilling turn of events are what makes this novel even more addictive. Every character is important and every page is a piece of the puzzle.
The story line might be simple but that whole story-telling is grim and hunting. It is the perfect psychological thriller about love, obsession, lust and jealousy. How it all wrapped up in the end just lingered upon me. I finished it with satisfacyion and at the same time with so much praise to De Maurier. It so powerful that you just have to wonder, who is your life’s Rebecca?
- BEHIND HER EYES BY SARAH PINBOROUGH
“It’s strange how different we all appear to who we really are.”
The books is told from two POVs: Adele, the beautiful, fragile wife of psychiatrist David, who hopes to save their marriage by moving to London. And Louise, a single mother who only discovers that the man she meets and kisses in a bar, David, is going to be her new boss. When a seemingly perfect ceiling cracks, a whole lot of problem begins…
Something is strangely good about this book. The characters are unreliable and both have secrets and dark pasts. It may be a cliché trope in psychological thrillers but it so intriguing that you are hooked from the beginning. I think because it started as a domestic scenario, the author made sure that you will have a “love-hate” relationship with either or both of them then suddenly you are in.
But why is it a five-star rating?! IT HAS THE MOST “WTF-ENDING” in the history of thrillers I have read this year!!! I am not even exaggerating here. People have been talking about this “ending” but now I know why. It is unbelievable how Pinborough ended it the way it did. Simply orginal.
- THE ANGEL’S GAME BY CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON
“Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it.”
Set in Barcelona in the 1920s, the book follows a young writer, David Martin. It is David’s obsession to write a book where his legacy will be known. Unfortunately, it may be his bad luck of poor writing skills that hinder him from doing so, Until he is approached by a mysterious figure to write “the book” that will change his life forever. The course of events in David’s life will suddenly change and he will find himself in an adventure that will either be good or not.
If you know my reading life, you will know that I am in love with Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s novel, The Shadow of the Wind. Many say that this is a sequel, it isn’t. However, it has the same experience and the same voice that only Zafon could deliver. His belief that books can shape a person is so powerful that as a reader, you are instantly converted. Ha! Who doesn’t want a story about books within a book?!
- SIX OF CROWS AND CROOKED KINGDOM DUOLOGY BY LEIGH BARDUGO
“No mourners. No funerals.”
I will spare you my synopsis because 95% of you have read this. But in case you want to know, here’s Goodreads.
Kaz, Inej, Nina, Jesper, Matthias, and Wylan… These name are the names of people I want to be friends with. They are a group of people who have different lives, lifestyles, personalities and preferences. That makes the books so special. The story taught us that we may not all come from the same paths of life but if we just tolerate each other and get to know each other, then maybe, just maybe, this world will become a better place to live in… And we can buy a ship. And sail away. And stop slavery. And okay I’ll stop.
I just want to express how LEIGH BARDUGO is my fantasy fiction Queen. I am a fan of the Grisha World for so long now and Bardugo is stepping up in every book she writes. She knows her audience and knows what she wants. No shade here, but Bardugo can write 6, 7, 8 books in a series and I will still read it.
So there you have it. My top 5 (or 6) books that made my 2017 reading game strong! What are you top 5 books so far? Let me know in the comment section and I might find my next best read!