2015 Reading Challenge – Completed

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In my introductory post, I said I was going to share my love for movies, TV, music, and books. However that last one never really showed up in any of my posts so that is going to change now! At the beginning of this year, I discovered Goodreads (I know, super late, where have I been?). One feature I like is that it asks you to choose a reading challenge per year. 

2015 reading challenge

For 2015 I chose to read 10 books. It isn’t a lot but to me it was already an increase compared to my few years at university. I am happy to say that I already completed my challenge for this year! So I thought I would share that list here with a short opinion – check it out!

 1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

anna and the french kiss

I don’t remember why I picked up this book but somehow it ended up on my shelf and one day when I felt like a love story I decided to read it. It is pretty cheesy so for those of you who want something more heavy or dark this is NOT the book for you. It is an easy-read full of romance and friendships. If this book was made into a movie it would probably a very typical chick flick similar to Wild Child (2008) as the story features a girl being sent to a boarding school in Paris and she falls inevitably for the cutest boy in the school.

2. Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

not that kind of girl

Many of you probably know Lena Dunham from her hit TV show Girls. If you like the show you will probably like her book if you haven’t already read it. In this book Lena has compiled various of her childhood and young adult stories in an attempt to help us learn from her mistakes (as she states in the introduction). It is witty and in short very ‘Lena Dunham’ which may not appeal to all but I liked it.

3. These Days are Ours by Michelle Haimoff

these days are ours

So I chose this book mainly because of its cover. I know, I know. Don’t judge a book by its cover but look at it: it looks like a beautiful Instagram profile. Anyway, I learnt my lesson because to be honest it wasn’t that great. The story is about a young rich girl who just graduated and is looking for a job. The sarcastic tone of the main character although interesting was quite usual and I guess just not very special. It was an easy-read and I wouldn’t say it was bad, it just wasn’t very exciting or unique.

4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 

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This book was also adapted into a movie: Dark Places (2015). It is a scary thriller but pretty well done! It features Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Chloe Grace Moretz. If you are interested check out the trailer:

5. Paper Towns by John Green

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After the thriller I decided to go for a light-heart love story. This was my 4th John Green book and it was fine but not spectacular. I read it before the movie and to be honest I think I preferred the movie. It was fun and again easy-to-read but nothing special. It could be because I have been reading thrillers but I feel that a lack of suspense can really kill a story. However, if you are a fan of John Green, I would still recommend reading it. Just don’t expect A Fault in our Stars

6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

the girl on the train

This book was everywhere this year. Literally every shopped I enter had placed this book on its display. At some point I decided I just had to see what the fuss is all about. 

I LOVED IT. That is literally all I can say without spoiling it. If you like suspense and a good thriller, read it! It also won Goodreads Best Mystery & Thriller of 2015. Also, a movie is currently being made based on this book featuring Emily Blunt and Lisa Kudrow and more being released next year so you better hurry!

7. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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Another great book by Flynn. Although it is my least favourite of the three it is still a good thriller! The beginning is a bit slow to get into but as the protagonist starts to uncover more and more about the murders, you get sucked into everything, desperately wanting to find out what happens. 

8. She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick


Again I don’t remember why I  picked up this book. Perhaps it was the title or the pretty colours (oops) but I don’t regret it. It is a mystery as the main girl searches for her dad with her little brother but I definitely wouldn’t call it a thriller. Throughout the story, things happen that make you really think and I always love books like that. 

9. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

the kind worth killing

This book was also nominated as a top mystery & thriller of 2015 and although it didn’t win, in my opinion it is my favourite book of the entire year! 

It was seriously AMAZING! The different characters and points of views made it exciting. The story itself is so intriguing and I just could not put it down! If you like thrillers, I definitely recommend this one! I can’t wait to read more from Peter Swanson.

10. The Abundance of Katherines by John Green

abundance of katherines

The final book on my John Green list and I am afraid to say it was my least favourite. I just didn’t think it was very exciting. Nothing really happens and I did not really understand the whole formula/algorithm idea. It was interesting to explore the idea of prodigy children but I guess it was just not a theme that appealed to me. However, give it a go and see what you think!

11. Seriously, I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres

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If you are a looking for a laugh or just something to cheer you up on a bad day, this is it! Unless you don’t like Ellen’s humour (is that even possible?), I don’t see how this book couldn’t make you smile. It is short and simple but filled with twists and jokes. In fact I think it would make a great Christmas present!

12.  Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Del

love letters to the dead

I loved the idea of this book. Writing letters to dead famous people depending on the content. It was cool to find out things about certain famous people. The story itself was okay, not spectacular and the beginning builds up quite slowly but I liked the ending. I realised at the end how throughout the book, as the character grew up, so did her writing and her letters which was cool to read.  

So, those were the 12 books I have read so far! If you are interested in seeing what else I want to read, have read, am reading.. look for me on Goodreads (Lydia Yeh). If you are looking for more books to read have a look at Goodreads Best Books of 2015 hereMy goal for 2016 is going to be 25 books! What about you? How many books do you want to read in 2016?

What books have you read this year? Do you recommend anything? Did you read any of the books I listed, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below! Or you can tweet me @theLydiareview and as always Subscribe on the left so you never miss out!

Love to all ❤ 

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