I’ve read a lot of good books in 2016 and there are many to be read still. In this post I’m going to give you my top 5 of the 60 books I’ve read in the past nine months.
5. Stalker by Lars Kepler
A video-clip is sent to the National Criminal Investigation Department. Someone has secretly filmed a woman through her window from the garden. The next day she is found dead after a frenzied knife-attack. The police receive a second film of another unknown woman. There is no way of identifying her before time runs out. When her husband finds her he is so traumatised that he cleans the whole house and puts her to bed. He may have seen a vital clue, but is in such an extreme state of shock that the police are unable to question him.
This was SUCH a thrilling read. I started reading it in the middle of the night, while waiting for my boyfriend to come home. That was not a smart idea. As the reader you get the view from the victim, but also … the stalker. I got a really good sense of how it is to be stalked, and that’s not a nice thought. I kept thinking about how easy it is to be stalked without even being aware of it and before you know it …. it’s too late. Brrrrr, this book gave me the creeps! And the plottwist was SO good. Where I normally can feel a plottwist coming from miles away, I totally didn’t see this one coming.
4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
I had to read this novel for uni at the end of my second year and when I saw the title, I thought it’d simply be about, well, a handmaid and what she does and hears around the house. And I must say that I wasn’t looking forward to reading it. But man, it sure was a nice surprise! Well, nice … The world that’s described is a dystopia, where women are locked away for their own sake. Some of the women are only valuable because of their ovaries and their ability to bear children. And if they can’t … they just get send off. What gripped me was that the change of this world (from good to bad) took place overnight, just like that! If you like distopian reads, I highly recommend The Handmaid’s Tale.
3. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like The Rosie Project. This was such a pick-me-up and it really made me happy (besides some of the downs ofc). I really think it’s a good thing that something like autism gets a little more out into the world. A lot of people still don’t understand that autism is a real thing and this book really gives a good impression of someone who’s diagnosed as ‘autistic’. I just LOVED Don Tillman and I’m really looking forward to reading the second book!
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
I’m afraid I already have said quite a lot about this book, so I’m just going to refer you to my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses.
1. The Green Mile by Stephen King
At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers are depraved as the psychopathic “Billy the Kid” Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in “Old Sparky.” Here guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them. But good or evil, innocent or guilty, none have ever seen the brutal likes of the new prisoner, John Coffey, sentenced to death for raping and murdering two young girls. Is Coffey a devil in human form? Or is he a far, far different kind of being?
Yes, I think The Green Mile was the best book I’ve read this year. So far. When I first saw the cover of the DVD I thought it was a REALLY boring movie. Tom Hanks just looked so sad on it. But then I got to know that the book was written by Stephen King and that it was one of his best books, so I just HAD to read it. And I just loved it. It was full of King elements that I really like, it was magical and supersad and funny and gruesome. Oh, I’ve also written a tiny post where I compare the book to the film, go check it out (Dutch, sorry)!
What was your favourite book of 2016?