A few weeks ago, Kristina Horner on YouTube made a video of her Top Five Books So Far and I’ve decided to give it a go! She talks about the best books she read in the first half of 2015, which I thought was super fun. Why wait to make your lists until the end of the year, right?
- The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta: I tackled my last two unread Marchetta books in the first half of 2015, so clearly they’re both on here. I read The Piper’s Son back in February and it has stayed with me. I feared I wouldn’t like it as much as its companion novel Saving Francesca, but Tom’s story is just as wonderful as Frankie’s. Everyone please read it so the Mackees can become your new favorite family.
- One More Thing by BJ Novak: This book was so unexpected but so so good. I’m really glad I happened to see it at the library. The stories are witty and clever, but still human and sentimental. The title story, about a lady-robot, absolutely wrecked me.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Is it possible to read this book without falling in love with it? The Night Circus is luscious, all rich description creating a beautiful atmosphere. While some people complained about the lack of plot, I loved the loose storytelling and how it all tied together at the end.
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: While most books I read feature romance as just one part of the plot, this is one of the few books I have read (and loved) that I would call a true love story. This is a gorgeous retelling of The Illiad, and definitely worth a read even if you know how it ends.
- Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta: I squeezed this book in right at the end of June, so it barely made the cut. Despite the ten-year gap between Alibrandi and Francesca, Marchetta is stunning in both novels. Josephine is newly one of my favorite heroines. She’s delightfully opinionated and vocal, with such great growth during the story.
That wraps up my five! I’ll be keen to see whether these books stay at the top of my list at the end of the year, or if the rest of the year outdoes the beginning. If anyone has any favorite books from this year so far, be sure to share them. I would love to get recommendations for the second part of 2015.