My top 10 favorite reads of 2016! Part II.

Hello Everyone! Welcome back, this is the second segment of the “top favorite reads 2016”. I’m glad you guys commented on the last one, you can check it out if you want to here. Enjoy!


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ON THE JELLICOE ROAD – by Melina Marchetta.     

I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs—the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother—who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

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Let’s start off with something strong. As soon as I finished reading this book (like as soon as turned the last page) I went to the beginning again, I re-read this book which in itself says a lot. In the beginning of the book you’re going to be confused, it’s inevitable. You’ll probably think the “wars” are pointless and you’ll probably be lost for quarter part of the book trying to make sense of it. I ask you to persevere because this is SO worth it! The twists and turns and surprising reveals are so perfectly put together. Each of the characters are made so different and you connect with them deeply. The novel has a whimsical feeling about it. I don’t want to say too much in fear that I’ll ruin it for you, I went in quite unaware and I didn’t know what to expect and I am actually quite glad and hands down one of my favorite books all of all time. Trust me. READ THIS!

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JANE EYRE – by Charlotte Bronte.

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead and subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

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 Maybe I’m biased about this because this has been a recent read but I enjoyed it a lot. Getting into classic literature was not so easy but once you do, one falls in love with the era, the different lifestyle, the language, the manners of people. It’s not a pretty world, we see Jane an orphan, a mistreated passionate child grow and become a woman full of hope. I won’t say it’s a normal romance, I’d call it a coming of age story. I really enjoyed seeing the character grow into herself , the decisions she makes. The story has a bit of gothic felling to it (Dear Bertha) and it really made me look forward to what would come next. If you’re in for a nice love story with a few secrets and clever characters you might like reading it.

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 INFERNO – by Dan Brown.

 

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

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I had been putting off reading this for a year now. Maybe because I read half of it twice and then had to stop because of school or maybe because I wanted to savor it, but either ways this year I finally did read it and oh boy was that a good decision on my part. Personally I fell the beginning is a little pulled but as all Dan Brown novels go, it got so exciting as you proceed. The thing that stood out to me most about this book was the topic itself, the fear of overpopulation and the take of different people in the book on it and the dangerous solutions provided. It was a nice story, I enjoyed the end weirdly enough and as always Langdon was a fucking genius, it’s cool to read it from his point of view as he has lost all memory of the past two days. I liked how it wasn’t overly emotional and was a proper mystery novel. And plus point if you enjoy learning about ancient and amazing art and stories and HELL!

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ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS – by Stephanie Perkins.

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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If you knew me you’d know I don’t indulge in reading strictly “romantic” category books simply because they are a guilty pleasure and they are very predictable and boring after a while. BUT. I think I had just read a bunch of classics before this and I really just wanted a light and fun read next which is exactly what this was! It’s set in Paris, it stars a beautiful classic french/british/american boy and a disgruntled teen girl with a rich dad and what more do you want? The story in itself is nothing amazing but the setup is so beautiful, I love the little elements in the book, the descriptions of being in Paris with new friends, learning its language and culture and that in itself was the selling point for me. You read this and tell me you don’t to leave for Paris right away. The relationships and situations are quite realistic since its YA fic and I couldn’t help but ship the main characters and yes I totally let myself have fun with it and imagine everything. Seriously, if want a light read and are a sucker for romance, look no further.

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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN – by Paula Hawkins.

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

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One of the best thrillers I have ever read! I don’t want to be saying much about this except that you should really read this, it’s so damn good. Firstly our main character drinks a lot which is why whatever information we get from her is not trustworthy like she herself believes, the connection between the characters is really surprising and it’s so full of suspense and even scary at times. You think you are getting what’s happening then a new character viewpoint will be introduced which will change everything and the twists are so cool! Ah, this was for me better than “Gone Girl” too and I adore that book. Just read it…
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AND that’s the end of it. Have you read any of them / does this make you want to read any of the aforementioned books!? Let me know in the comments below.
Happy Reading. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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    1. Hey! Firstly I’d just like to say this is an honor I do not feel I deserve it seeing how I’ve been missing from the blogging world for the past month almost. But, It makes me utterly happy to know you thought this blog would be worthy of that nomination! I’ve been quite busy and as a result been unable to post content I believe to be worthy, and since my exams are winding up I’m so excited to start posting again! Thanks again for this wonderful nomination, it means a lot to me. I’ll be posting the nomination post tomorrow hopefully! (A Sunday finally!) Much love ❤.
      P.S – it’s ‘Shrushti’.

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