So as March Hare posted about her top-10 lists for 2014, I wanted to post my top-10 list for 2015. Without further ado, here is my number one top-ten list to be completed by December 31, 2015.
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1/ A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin (currently on book one ^_^) – a story about characters from different families’ struggle for one single throne.
2/ A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers – a memoir of a student who loses his parents to cancer within a short amount of time and is left alone to take care of his eight-year-old brother.
3/ Lolita by Vladimir Nakobov – “Humbert Humbert – scholar, aesthete and romantic – has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust.”
4/ The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – “With a timeless charm [the book] tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.”
5/ Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – “On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.”
6/ Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Set in the year 2044, Wade Watts, who prefers living in the virtual world OASIS, dreams of finding the treasure that OASIS’s creature had hid in the virtual world. When he finds the first puzzle, he is up in a competition against players who would to anything to get the prize.
7/ And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – “Ten strangers, each with a dark secret, are lured to a mansion on an unhabited island and are killed off one by one.”
8/ Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin – “Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!”
9/ Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura – “When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly, enigmatic father calls him into his study for a meeting. ‘I created you to be a cancer on the world,’ his father tells him. It is a tradition in their wealthy family: a patriarch, when reaching the end of his life, will beget one last child to cause misery in a world that cannot be controlled or saved. From this point on, Fumihiro will be specially educated to learn to create as much destruction and unhappiness in the world around him as a single person can. Between his education in hedonism and his family’s resources, Fumihiro’s life is one without repercussions. Every door is open to him, for he need obey no laws and may live out any fantasy he might have, no matter how many people are hurt in the process. But as his education progresses, Fumihiro begins to question his father’s mandate, and starts to resist.”
10/ The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – “ After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.”
*Book synopses in quotes are from goodreads.com