Must Read: 2015 Booklist

January 16, 2015 § 3 Comments

Last year I set myself the ‘mission’ to read twelve specifically selected books, in an attempt to make a dent in my ever-growing list of ‘must read’ pieces of literature. While 2014 was a success in that the twelve (actually, 13) books were read, I didn’t manage to make any headway on that list. Perhaps 2015 will be different … 

JANUARY. Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky by Patrick Hamilton. 

Un-ashamedly someone who judges a book by it’s cover, the black-and-white image drew me in. Add in that it’s set in my home-for-now, London, Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky was bound to make the list.

FEBRUARY. Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked by James Lasdun.

The true story of a man stalked by an ex-pupil. Real-life drama played out in the written word. What more does a novel need?

MARCH. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Fulfilling the dual role of easy-to-read young adult fiction and last years book to screen adaptation for teenagers (only surpassed by the latest Hunger Games instalment), I was sucked in way before watching the film version.

APRIL. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell.

With a love of all things Spanish and having being pleasantly surprised by ‘Down and Out in Paris’ last year, Mr. Orwell makes the list yet again in 2015.

MAY. Still Alice by Lisa Genova.

A late entry to this year’s list (apparently May was the forgotten month when I came to put this together), Still Alice gets the spot due to the captivating narrative portrayed by the official movie trailer that is being played on repeat on my laptop.

JUNE. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe.

In an attempt to expand my literary horizons, I’ve included – yet again – a collection of short stories, this time by what is touted by Google as “the first modern detective story.”

JULY. Long Way Round by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman.

Adding another spot of non-fiction, the charming Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge, anyone?) tells the tale of his journey of his motor-cycling adventures round the world. Passing up on the chance to read this (in my head) in a terrible Scottish accent? I don’t think so.

AUGUST. An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman.

When you open a book in a bookstore with the sole intention of only browsing the first paragraph and look up realising you’ve read the first five pages, you know it’s a ‘must read’.

SEPTEMBER. On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

A little bit of a cliched ‘classic’, read by American university students in an effort to appear effortlessly cool. Shamelessly joining the bandwagon to join the cool kids.

OCTOBER. Elizabeth I by Margaret George.

The time of the Tudor-Stuarts holding court in England is my favourite in history. A book on one of the most inspiration women, Queen Elizabeth I, of that era? No need to say more.

NOVEMBER. A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif.

Pretty yellow cover. Great reviews. Simple as that.

DECEMBER. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

Ending the year with Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’, combining (at least according to Amazon reviews) journalistic skill and evocative narrative. Cold-blooded killers. I’m in.

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