Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
It is widely known that the Inheritance Cycle is one of my favourite series of all time. I’ve read and reread the first three books over and over again. But for a long time I just could not make myself read the last book. I think it might possibly be because I did not want it to end and I was afraid that I
would not like that way Paolini wrapped up the series. To a certain extent I was right in fearing the ending, there are so many loose ends and so many questions that remain unanswered. But I thoroughly enjoyed it and can only hope that one day Paolini will revisit this world.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illuminae was a pleasant surprise. I’m not generally into science fiction, but geez this book was good. The format was so unique, the story was brutal and there was just so many feels. I’d recommend this to any book lover.
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
This book was so beautifully written, so descriptive and called to the feminist in me. It is truly a tale about giving voice to the anonymous. It was such a good read to end the year.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
This was the book that got me out of a reading slump. I really enjoyed the movie but after reading this book, I realised that the movie was doing it all wrong. I’m so glad I decided to read Divergent. It helped me remember why I loved reading and also why I studied Literature. It was also the book that helped me find Booktube and encouraged me to start blogging more often.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Laini Taylor is one of my absolute favourite authors and I can’t seem to figure out why this series isn’t more popular in South Africa. I was so afraid that this series wouldn’t wrap up nicely but god did it surprise me. So many feels, so many questions, I can’t help but want more. I probably cried way too much while reading this novel. This series in on my top five best reads ever list! And I cannot wait for Laini Taylor’s now series that is being released later this year.
Honorary mention to the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
I have this weird love/hate relationship with this series. There are moments when I am completely captivated by the story and I think that Celaena is so badass and then there are moments when Celaena just annoys the shit out of me, and I have to take a break from reading. But it is not just Celaena, it’s almost all of the characters. They’ve all got their awesome moments and their not so awesome moments, especially Celaena and Chaol. I’m currently ready Queen of Shadows and the coin has completely flipped. I went from digging Chaol to thinking he is a complete idiot. Poor thing. I still don’t know how to feel about this series, I like enough to include it on this list but I have so many problems with it too. Who knows, I may just feel different about it tomorrow.