2015 Book Reviews

It’s that time of year again when I give my book reviews for the year. I substantially increased the number of books I read this year compared to 2014. I read about 40 books and countless short stories. I’ll mostly be reviewing books but you can see the full list of what I read here. Here we go!

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Top 5 Favourite Authors

I’ve read a lot of authors over the years. Some I’ve loved, obsessed over and then hated. Others I’ve continued to enjoy. I have read some books by certain authors that have blown me away while been disappointed after having read another of their books. But this is a list of the authors who I’ve read multiple books by and who I’ve stuck with.

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2015 Book Reviews (January – June)

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2015 Books

Here are my book reviews from January to June of 2015. I decided to break this year into two since I read a considerable amount in half a year (almost the same as ALL of 2014!) All reviews are spoiler free & I’ve given a small summary of the plots. I also have my own rating below each book. There are books I’ve read for uni & for leisure. I read more after my semester had ended since I was quite busy with college work. But anyway, enjoy!

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Top 16 Harry Potter Tracks

Christmas has just gone and over the holidays I watched all eight Harry Potter movies (as they were on TV). I was quite nostalgic watching the whole story arc over a couple of days, so I decided to pick my favourite tracks from the series. The list is based on nostalgic memories of the tracks and also how affecting they are. I tried really hard to whittle it down but of course there’s just so many good songs. I couldn’t even get it to a rounded 15 so you’re just going to have to listen to 16! The scores are quite nostalgic and moving. They’re incredibly made and I feel each composer brought something to each film. John Williams is a genius and for me his scores are really nostalgic and intricate. Patrick Doyle wasn’t around for a long time but he did create good tracks for the Triwizard Tournament. Nicholas Cooper & Alexandre Desplat were my favourites during the series, I really can’t decide who I liked more. Nicholas Cooper had such fun and upbeat tracks as well as being epic or emotional. Alexandre Desplat is a really serious composer for me. His sounds really have something I can’t quite describe. I wouldn’t say “adult,” as that’s a bit condescending, but more affecting and emotional I think. He just has these brilliant sounds. Obviously each composer has to play off the plot they’re given, but all did a really impressive job in applying music to the story. Anyway, here are the top 16 tracks for me:

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Stuff I love

Here a few things I like in this crazy world of ours!

  • Lists.  I read once in a book about this child who had aspergers syndrome that he liked lists. It’s interesting really because everyone’s got something you know? Like habits, etc.  I really love when stuff is sub-categorised by like colour or department.
  • Florence + The Machine.
  • EFFY EFFY EFFY.
  • Grace Helbig.
  • Chocolate cake with cream or vanilla ice-cream. Mmmmm indulgent. :p
  • Florence Welch.
  • Now, Now.
  • Trees.
  • Scores. I’m a major fan of movie scores. I like most types of music but scores hold a really dear place in my heart. It’s just the massive orchestrated movements and production are impeccable and really tell a story of their own. Some of my favourite scores include The Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, Inception, Gravity, Pirates of the Caribbean, Cloud Atlas, Up, Avatar, Melancholia, Jurassic Park, ET, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Star Wars.
  • Chocolate.
  • Mamrie Hart.
  • Lorde.
  • Alice Glass.
  • Carey Mulligan.
  • Ke$ha.
  • Soundtracks. Some of my favourites are The Great GatsbyAmélie, Twilight (The Twilight saga is shit but there’s a serious amount of good indie bands and artists on the soundtracks), Hanna, Drive, The Hunger Games, Mamma Mia! (LOL)
  • I used to have an obsession with songs from ads. I still kinda do.
  • Mini vans – The Volkswagen ones.
  • Muted trumpet.
  • Justin Vernon.
  • Audrey Tautou.
  • London urban fashion.
  • Vintage advertisements.
  • Jazz music at night e.g. Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Art Blakey, etc.
  • Those few minutes before sunrise, where it’s the darkest, quietest and deadest time of the day. It’s like it’s the most alone you can ever feel yet its the most amazing feeling when the light hits the horizon.
  • Looking at places I’ll never go and people I’ll never meet on Tumblr.
  • 12.
  • Autumn.
  • Losing myself.
  • Alcohol.
  • Books.
  • Gregory Euclide’s art.
  • Old Paramore.
  • Favourite characters include Effy Stonem, Emily Fitch (Skins), Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones’ Diary), Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, April Ludgate (Parks & Rec), Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments), William Herondale (The Infernal Devices), Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter), Marshall Gregson (United States of Tara), Piotr Rasputin/ Colossus (X-Men), Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones), Juno MacGuff (Juno), Tracey Berkowitz (The Tracey Fragments), Donnie Darko (Donnie Darko), Johanna Mason (The Hunger Games), Simon Bellamy (Misfits), Josie Jones, Vod Nordstrom (Fresh Meat), Daria Morgendorffer, Jane Lane (Daria), Max Blum, Penny Hartz (Happy Endings), Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons), Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII), Jackson (Flight 29 Down).
  • Ellen Page.
  • Shannon Coffey.
  • Lana del rey.
  • Snagglepuss.
  • BEARDS!
  • Lady Gaga.
  • Slightly fucked up/ damaged/ quiet/ sad/ depressed/ etc. types of people/characters because I just think they’ve been through something and they just know how the world functions and know how people act. They’re knowledgeable and modest but they’ve got stories to tell you know?
  • Favourite supernatural creature: Werewolf or Faerie.
  • Loners/ the lone wolf character.
  • Hufflepuff 😛
  • A triumph over oppression.
  • Deep, heavy synths that sound like church organs.
  • VODKA.