Favorites of Jan – Mar 2015

I thought I’d do this post to highlight my favorite books that I’ve read since the year began to the end of March. Luckily I’ve done a wrap up each month so I can actually make accurate decisions!

January Wrap Up — 6 books read

February Wrap Up — 4 books read

March Wrap Up — 7 books read

total books read — 17

PS. I didn’t name this ‘Spring Favorites’ because where I live we don’t have spring. We have the dry season and the wet season.

#5 The Jewel by Amy Ewing

The Jewel

Even though I did have a few problems with The Jewel I really enjoyed it from start to finish. If I remember right, it took me a day or two to finish and afterward I just had to tweet Amy Ewing expressing my need for the novella, The House of Stone, and the sequel, The White Rose.

I did a full review on The Jewel which I will link here.

#4 The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project

This book is basically what would happen if Sheldon Cooper were a geneticist. I absolutely adored the main protagonist Don for this very reason. I’ve always identified with Sheldon but we didn’t share the common love for physics. While I do appreciate the field, I like the life sciences a lot more. Especially genetics.

Graeme Simsion did a sequel to this book called The Rosie Effect but reviews have been generally unfavorable so I’ve stayed clear of it. I would prefer to have my ideas of Don, Rosie and the other characters loved and untainted.

#3 My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

MHAOBH

It’s always a pleasure to have books sneak onto your TBR and then surprise you with their amazingness. That was exactly what happened with MHAOBH. Initially I didn’t plan on picking up this book but I was looking for something to read when I saw it in one of Epic Reads’ Tea Times and decided to give it a try.

The rest is history. Very similar to The Rosie Project, I was able to identify with Aysel since I’d had some problems with mental health in my late adolescent years. I’m still not completely over it so books like this strike me very close to my core.

I was unable to put words together for a full review, instead I did a playlist. Here’s the link.

#2 The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

THOA

Honestly I should have put this book at number three just for how long it took me to finish. I love Mistborn: The Final Empire. I love Vin and Kelsier and Elend and others. But as the trilogy went on I found myself losing interest — contrary to the general consensus on these books. But THOA was a phenomenal conclusion with no loose threads. And after more than 1500 pages of plot twists, I think it’s earned its spot at number two.

#1 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Perks of Being a Wallflower

My favorite book of the year so far is definitely The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This was actually my first time reading it and I had yet to see the movie so everything was a brand new experience. I read it in a day then proceeded to watch the movie and cry my eyes out. And I mean ugly sobs and tears streaming down my face.

Seeing as it is the only book to have this effect on me ever, it won the number one spot fair and square.

– GJA

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