My best reads of 2015.
There are four books that stood out for me in 2015.
The Bone Season & The Mime Order
These two books written by Samantha Shannon are part of a planned 7 book series about clairvoyants in the year 2059. I bought the first one The Bone Season at a book sale and it exceeded my expectations, so much so that when I saw the second book was out I was ecstatic. The main character, Paige Mahoney, is a clairvoyant and lives in a world where simply existing as such, is illegal. The narrative is quite fast paced and one is left hooked when Paige gets hauled off to prison where she learns that everything she knew is about to be challenged.
I’m not going to go on too much about The Mime Order, because spoilers. Following Paige on her next adventure, the book takes more time than the first to dwell a bit deeper on the characters, giving them more flesh.
If you like sci-fi, thrillers and a bit of romance then these are for you.
The Mulberry Forest:
While reading The Mulberry Forest, I had a feeling that I’d read it before. My mom recommended it to me so there’s a good chance I had picked it up at some point. But this time it stuck with me a lot longer.
Although the context is a South African one, I felt that it spoke to a much deeper theme around colonised lands, foreign immigrants and the injustice faced by the working class. If you’ve read Dalene Matthee’s Circles in a Forest then you’ll like this book more for than just the similarities between them.
When Italian silk farmers are offloaded in Knysna, headstrong Silas Miggel is given charge of helping them settle in, when it’s the very last thing he wants to do. There are plenty of comedic moments with the added language barrier, I burst out laughing at least three times.
The Mulberry Forest is one of Dalene Matthee’s less famous books, although it definitely deserves a read.
We Should All Be Feminists
This is an amazing book. Chimamanda nails her point early on and drives it home for the rest of the book and it’s not a very long book at all which is great for those of us who have ADD. The question that’s given spotlight here is ‘What is feminism’ particularly in the context of the 21st century and with a narrative of inclusion and understanding. Chimamanda also uses personal stories to demonstrate her point making it a lot more relatable. This dialogue is one that I full heartedly support, and Chimamanda has just made it easier to navigate through.
I’ve left this one next to the toilet to help nudge everyone in the right direction.