The Top Ten Books I Read in 2015

Before it starts to feel that it’s not the start of the new year anymore, I have to recognize my favorite books in 2015. It was a good year of reading for me, having read 51 books according to my Goodreads account. I was also happy to finish some classics and literary works that I’ve been putting off for some time. And now, without further ado, here are my top ten books read in 2015:

Top Ten:

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  1. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

    This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn’t turn out to be like Literature.

  2. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

    But in life, a tragedy is not one long scream. It includes everything that led up to it. Hour after trivial hour, day after day, year after year, and then the sudden moment: the knife stab, the shell burst, the plummet of the car from a bridge.

  3. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

    If you’re in your life, chance. Viewed from the outside, like a book you’re reading, it’s fate all the way.

  4. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

    Some things come with their own punishments.

  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    And I thought to myself, well, we’re making a step-it’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step.

  6. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

    But tonight, I have to confess (but only to myself, obviously) that maybe, given the right set of peculiar, freakish, probably unrepeatable circumstances, it’s not what you like but what you’re like that’s important.

  7. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

    I’m not a bad guy. If only I could stop hoping. If only I could say to my heart: Give up. Be alone forever. There’s always opera. There’s angel-food cake and neighborhood children caroling, and the look of autumn leaves on a wet roof. But no. My heart’s some kind of idiotic fishing bobber.

  8. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

    Nervous means you want to play. Scared means you don’t want to play.

  9. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

    As long as you keep getting born, it’s all right to die sometimes.

  10. Drown by Junot Díaz

    I’ve tried to explain, all wise-like, that everything changes, but she thinks that sort of saying is only around so you can prove it wrong.

Honorable Mentions:

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  • Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

    The world unmakes stuff faster than people can make it.

  • Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

    What was an experience becomes a dream and then a memory. I cannot see the edges between the three.

  • number9dream by David Mitchell

    You look for your meaning. You find it, and at that moment, your meaning changes, and you have to start all over again.

  • No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

    Forgive yourself for the decisions you have made, the ones you still call mistakes when you tuck them in at night.

  • Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

    And I never expected that you could have a broken heart and love with it too, so much that it doesn’t seem broken at all.

There goes my list. I’m planning to read less this year. But I’m looking forward to find new favorites.

The Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

Just a few hours more and 2014 is about to end. This year, I have read 55 books and 3 more from the Animorphs Series. Here is the list of my favorites from the books that I have read this year, plus some of my favorite quotes from each book.

Top Ten:

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  1. Atonement by Ian McEwan

    “A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.”

  2. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

    “What is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”

  3. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

    “One can’t be forever dwelling on what might have been. One should realize one has as good as most, perhaps better, and be grateful.”

  4. Stoner by John Williams

    “The love of literature, of language, of the mystery of the mind and heart showing themselves in the minute, strange, and unexpected combinations of letters and words, in the blackest and coldest print—the love which he had hidden as if it were illicit and dangerous, he began to display, tentatively at first, and then boldly, and then proudly.”

  5. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

    “We’re all made up of many parts, other halves. Not just me.”

  6. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

    “So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.”

  7. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

    “Turn down a chance to feel magic for fear of a little dirt? I couldn’t believe it.”

  8. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

    “The soul which loves and suffers is in a state of sublimity.”

  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    “It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on, coughing and searching, and finding.”

  10. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

    “She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.”

Honorable Mentions:

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  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

    “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

  • Hunger by Knut Hamsun

    “It was not my intention to collapse; no, I would die standing.”

  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

    “…I like the comradely sense of turning pages someone else turned…”

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

    “I certainly liked the memory, though. I can see why it’s your favorite. I couldn’t quite get the word for the whole feeling of it, the feeling that was so strong in the room.”
    “Love,” The Giver told him.

  • A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one”.

It’s been a good year of reading for me. And I am looking forward to read more amazing books in 2015. 🙂