- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Because the world she created and the story in that world is magical beyond any reckoning or description. I can only think the most literal of readers, the kind who hate the fantastical, could dislike this.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Since this was the first time I read Austen, because I felt I must, and I was hooked and have read half her books now...I think. It's so nice to know I love a classicist in every manner one can imagine.
- Enclave by Ann Aguirre Since, on one hand, it's a really great book that was the start of all my dystopian love and allowed me to start in this section and world of reading. On the other hand, it's also the book I class as having opened the door for me to the book blogging world and community. I've got to love a book for that.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth Since I wanted it for so long beforehand, and it didn't disappoint. Along with looking intriguing, the story was like rollercoaster you queue for hours for, expecting to be disappointed, and only being in complete awe of afterwards. I loved this book and I commend and definitely see why it won Goodreads' book of the year.
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett Because it opened my eyes to a suffering that I knew existed but never really understood properly until this book. It's one of those books that teaches and educates whilst also being entertaining and funny. It was one of those rare completely all-rounded books. And this is one no one could dislike, I'm sure.
- The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson Since it was a much darker book than many I'd ever read and was graphic to a degree I don't want to think about. Yet it was the first non-fantasy or sci-fi book that I found myself hooked on and read in a day, moving immediately on to the sequel. Again, it was also quite and insightful book on Sweden.
- Dark Matter by Michelle Paver One area of books I don't read is horror or ghost stories, otherwise my over-zealous imagination goes into overdrive and I'll sleep badly. I picked up this book in passing to just see how it was (Paver wrote another series I particularly enjoyed) and I found myself caught and couldn't stop. All the while, I was telling myself to stop otherwise I'd freak myself out but I couldn't. It riveting and brilliant. It's a ghost story as well, not horror, I might add.
- Junky by William S. Burroughs Since I liked finding a modern classic writer I liked, since they're a bit rare. I found the book oh-so-clever and really liked the pictures and imagery created by it. I intend to read more of his work after this pleasant experience.
- The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting As I mention in the review, I found this through something else the writer wrote (an article I believe) and just fell head-over-heels in love with the writing style itself. I loved the book since it was both unique and tremendously well-written.
- The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Was probably the first predominantly romance book I sat down too, and I really liked it. It was quirky and perhaps difficult to understand at first, but it quickly improved and became a book I recommend when I can. At the moment, my Grandma actually has my copy.
There's my list, and I hope you all had a Festive Christmas and relaxing St. Stephens day (Boxing day... I like to be different, it's not religious I assure you) as well as wishing you a truly Happy New Year! Let's all make resolutions we can keep, hmm?
Happy Hopping and Happy Reading!!!