Top 10 Books of 2015 – Worldwide

 

These books have been culled from several best seller lists and each stands out on its own merits. The list spans both fiction and nonfiction and spans several genres, from thriller to coming of age novels. Each book on its own is outstanding from its structure to the vivid descriptions, making it an enthralling read.

 

A Little Life

This novel deals with Child abuse and the aftermath; it follows the lives of four men who had all suffered from child abuse at a very young age. And the rest of the story takes up where they still continue to suffer from the aftermath of being abused over prolonged periods of time. This book certainly paints a poignant picture of abuse and underscores the fact that many of the abused often find it hard to recover their ‘self’ as a result of the abuse.

Read it For:
beautifully written, heartfelt, empathetic and vividly written
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into this type of fiction you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
it is both unusual and riveting in the narrative; certainly stands out as one of the top 10 books of 2015

The Story of a Lost Child

The conclusion to the 4 part Neapolitan series is finally out and it is breathtakingly beautiful. While most current novels aim for the shock and awe factor, this one focuses simply on storytelling at its very best. Think Jane Austen or Verga and you would have this novel down to a T. The novel picks up where the last one left off with postwar Naples described in vivid detail. This book is both frightening in parts and wonderful at the same time and brings the series to a perfect conclusion. A must read for all those fans of period fiction

Read it For:
for the perfect period fiction
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into historical fiction, then you would want to sit this one out
What makes this book stand out?:
erudite, well detailed and a well-scripted plot, definitely ranks right at the top when it comes to book recommendations

A God in Ruins

This book is definitely one of the best examples of Kate Atkinson; following the lives and tribulations of the Todd family, this one picks up where the last one left off and focuses solely on Teddy, Ursula’s younger brother who goes on to become a bomber pilot. What makes this book stand out is Kate’s narrative style and the sharp wit that jumps out of the pages at you. The vivid descriptions and the tight story line makes up for a riveting read right from page one until the last page is turned. A definite must read

Read it For:
the novel stands out on account of the narrative techniques used, making it one of the top 10 books of 2015
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into period pieces, even the Second World War, you may want to sit this one out
What makes this book stand out?:
simply beautiful, beguiling at times and well crafted

A Brief History of Seven Killings

This book was Man Booker’s winner for 2015 and with good reason – it is wonderfully scripted right from page one to the last page and closely follows the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. The book is full of sex, drugs and violence and yet despite the stereotype gore that’s more reminiscent of all thrillers these days, the book and the story it weaves brilliantly, stands out despite the same. This book is a definite must read for one and all and has been brilliantly researched with vivid descriptions adding to the magic, which makes this apparent why this book took the top prize

Read it For:
sharp witty dialogues, well-detailed,
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into this type of fiction, you may want to give it a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
epic, far reaching and complex, making it hog the top spot when it comes to book recommendations
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A Spool of Blue Thread

This book paints an excruciatingly detailed picture of an urban family complete with its misgivings, quarrels, and family dynamics and manages to bring it to the fore with some vivid storytelling on Anne’s part. The book may seem similar to Little women with good reason while the classic managed to tell the story of family in 19th century England, this one tells the story of a modern family with all the existential baggage that all families come with. It has been beautifully crafted from page one and coupled with vivid descriptions makes for a good read, at any time of day

Read it For:
for an entertaining read
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into this type of fiction you may want to give it a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
strong characters, unique voice, well-detailed thereby making it one of the best books.

Purity

This book is pure Dickensian in scope and the way it deals with the various characters and the underlying theme. The story is based on social media and how it plays a critical role in playing an influencing role in nearly everyone’s life. It even draws a parallel between East Germany and its totalitarian regime and the fact that most of the content you see online today is pre-approved before it is allowed to be posted online. While some of the conclusions may be a tad over the top, nevertheless this book resonates with modern life today

Read it For:
immaculate style, brilliant narrative
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into this type of work, you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
thought provoking, infuriating, enthralling which is why this book stands out as one of the best books

The Buried Giant

With this book, Kazuo takes you off into yet another story set within a Tolkienesque realm, wide in scope and certainly enthralling to read to the last page. This book takes you on a journey of self-discover as you follow the adventure to the last page. It forces you to rethink about love, what it is and why you have this strong desire for the same. The book encompasses love, tragedy, death and forgiveness and pushes you to question yourself as to what you would do under similar circumstances

Read it For:
beautifully captivating, enthralling read making it one of the top books of 2015
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into this type of work, you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
this book stands out for its narrative style and details

The Shepherd’s Crown

The final concluding chapter to the discworld saga was published posthumously after Pratchett passed away. It was beautifully rendered with a tight story line and full of sharp wit, making this book eminently more enjoyable.  Pratchett’s books always leave you wanting for more and this one does the same, it has been beautifully crafted and comes with a well-scripted plot line

Read it For:
good riveting read
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into this type of fiction you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
vivid descriptions, the narrative, making this book one of the top books

Common Ground

Nature writing at its very best, the sort that has not been seen since the last century. Rob has certainly outdone himself and you would be unable to put the book down right from the first chapter. The book is more of a memoir than anything else and is based on Rob’s attempts to map his current surroundings and the personal transformation that takes place in the course of this journey

Read it For:
inspirational story and one that allows you to connect with everything around you, at a deeper level
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into this type of work, you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
lyrical, enthralling and a fantastic read which is why this book stands out among the top when it comes to book recommendations

Last Man Off

This book is based on a real life account of a catastrophe at high seas, in the midst of a storm and is more reminiscent of the perfect storm than anything else. Matt closely follows the lives of the crew as they take off on this ill-fated voyage and paints a vivid picture of the whole crew so that it feels like you are with them right on the boat. What follows next is an ode to human survival under some of the most extreme circumstances

Read it For:
well written, vividly detailed with strong characters and story line
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into this type of work, you may want to give it a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
the narrative, the courage, the strong story lines making it one of the top 10 books of 2015

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