This year was marked with several reading slumps and also trying out different kinds of fiction than I normally read. I bought more books than I read, hence I collected a new to-read pile of books that also include design, photo and cookbooks. Even so I did manage to read a decent amount of books and even have a top 5 for this year.
A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
I have been half aware of this book since it was published but for one reason or another, I wasn’t interested in it. Probably due to the dramatic reviews of how many bad things happen in the book. This year finally I decided to go for it. And I was not disappointed. This book wrecked me, but in a good soul-cleansing way. I don’t think I’ll ever forget Jude. One of the most remarkable book characters I ever “met”.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Another book I have seen in the top 10 sections of every bookstore I walked into. Wanting to read something that’s not my usual I bought a copy on impulse. This book blew me away. I’m not a fan of books that go back and forth between past and present. But this one was so well done and the story is so captivating and heartbreaking, I couldn’t put the book down. After this one I read Malibu Rising by the same author and it wasn’t half as good in my opinion. I believe The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is her best book.
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow – Gabrielle Zevin
I got this one as soon as it was published for the simple fact that the plot revolved around video games. But this book is about the lifelong friendship of Sam Masur and Sadie Green. They meet as kids and bond over video games. Later in life they meet again and start a videogame company together. Through it all their friendship undergoes many trials and changes. It’s a bittersweet story.
The Sun Down Motel – Simone St. James
I had been craving dark mystery thrillers and ended up picking this one. It has many things I like about these themes; small town, gothic nights, ghosts, true crime and and 80’s vibe. Not to miss: a fearless heroine. This book sure was spooky and scary. I did not see the finale plot twits coming. I definitely recommend this books if you like this genre. I’m planning on reading this authors other books.
There’s a War Going On But No One Can See It – Huib Modderkolk
First book I read this year and wow! An investigative non-fiction written by Dutch journalist Huib Modderkolk. About the rising cybercrime in the Netherlands and Western Europe. The Dutch secret service and how much is going on that we are not aware of. I read the book in Dutch but there is also an English translation. This book is a must read. Especially now that Russia and China are an increased risk to our infrastructure and daily life. The book covers several incidents the past years and things that happened that most of us are not aware of. You won’t look at your computer and smartphone the same way again after reading this book.
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