Sunday, 29 December 2013
Top Five Books of 2013.
Top Five Books of 2013.
I thought for today's post I would do something a little different. Much as I am obsessed with beauty products, there are other things in my life. Like many of you I love reading. I have always been a bit nervous of book reviews as it is quite hard to balance describing a book without ruining the plot. After seeing Wendy at Blush and Barbells top 5 I thought I would follow suit. You can see what Wendy's were in the link .
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is the book I just finished reading and was recommended to me by a friend. This is the story of a husband and wife. In this novel the wife disappears, and the story is told through the eyes of the husband and the wife. This isn't your average "missing" story, with a happy ever ending. It is clever and complicated, and I really enjoyed reading this. The characters aren't quite what you first think they are, they are players in a game created by the wife.
The Game of Thrones series by George R.R Martin have to be amongst my all time favourite books. I am sure many of you will have seen the TV series, but the books really are worth reading. This is one of the few programmes which have stayed true to the original books. The Game of Thrones series are of course pure fantasy, and tell the story of an epic power struggle between various houses or families. It is full of twists and turns, double crossing and treachery. Will good overcome the bad? Who will be the ultimate ruler? No-one knows, it has not yet been completed. I can't wait to find out how this unfolds.
Brain Dead by Eileen Dreyer is the story of a nurse working in a hospital who comes to realise their are a lot of unexplained deaths in the local community and in particular the local care home. Of course as she begins to voice these concerns she herself becomes under threat. This was another really good read. Very well written and really quite humorous at times, but then again you have to remember that most nurses develop a sense of black humour.
Avenging Annabelle by Mandy White is the story of an ordinary family who's youngest daughter disappears. After time the finger of suspicion is pointed at the father, who has always had a close relationship with Annabelle. Whilst Annabelle is missing, the father is haunted by dreams where he feels his daughter is pleading with him to find her. This isn't a straight forward story of a missing child, there are some really good twists that I didn't quite see coming. I really enjoyed this book.
My final choice is The Butterfly Forest by Tom Lowe. This is the story of a college student who releases some rare butterflies into an American Forest. In doing so, she unwittingly captures evidence of something which puts her in grave danger. There are a lot of red herrings in this book, so the plot wasn't easy to figure out. It kept me guessing, and I really didn't want to put this book down.
What have you enjoyed reading this year? I am always looking for recommendations.