The year is almost at its end and I am kind of bummed to report that I didn’t read nearly as much this year as I did in 2015. Maybe this is due to the fact that my commute was much longer last year or perhaps the fact that I am now more focused on taking pictures of my bookhauls rather than focusing on the reading… ha!
But here are 3 books that I highly recommend you check out…
- While the World is Still Asleep by Petra Durst Benning
This was by far my favourite read this year. It is a translation from the original German text but the translator has done an excellent job!The book is set in 1880’s Germany and revolves around our heroine Josephine and her new found love of cycling that she developed after she was blamed for the untimely demise of her 7 year old brother and sent to a village to recover from an ailment and psychological trauma 😔 🇩🇪
She is even sent to prison because of her desire to cycle 😐 😵
🔸Fun fact: Did you know that women were not allowed to ride bicycles in 1880s Germany?🚲 That is so messed up on so many levels and makes me so grateful that I was born when I was born. I know there is still a lot of work to be done.
If you are a feminist, read this!
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Genre: FictionI loved this book. It also happens to be my first Hemingway read. Not gonna lie, it was a tad hard to get into since Hemingway took his own sweet time talking about the surroundings and banal things but I started enjoying that a few chapters in.You should check it out if you enjoy reading fiction inspired by real life and reminiscing about Paris and its lost generation. Not going to do a review, you can google it!
- Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA FictionSo this book! OH MY GOD! ALL THE FEELS! I even talked about it on my blog earlier this year! I really enjoyed my time in university (well mostly) and I love the feeling of falling in love. This book was perfect for anyone who likes all of the above! I don’t really read that much YA anymore but Rainbow Rowell is the reigning queen and I suggest you check out her work pronto!
What were some of your favourite reads for 2016?