Hello! Welcome to Day 1 of the 30 Day Book Challenge!
The book I need to talk about today is the best book I read last year.
Full disclosure, guys: I spent a full 10 minutes wondering whether this question means best book I read in 2014 or best book I read in 2013 and I finally decided that it meant the best book I read in 2013 because 2014 isn’t over yet. It also made sense this way because I’ll be revealing the 14 best books I read in 2014 at the end of the year. Then, of course, I spent 20 minutes scouring Goodreads because I couldn’t for the life of me, remember which books I read last year. (Thank God for Goodreads!)
The best book I read last year was…
I can’t decide!
Ok, let me tell you the shortlist so you can understand why I’m struggling.
-Book Thief by Markus Zusak
– Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
-I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
All three of these books have entered my list of all-time favourites and are all very different and excellently written and I simply cannot choose between them.
On one hand, Book Thief moved me to tears. (Tears, snot and a damp pillow, actually.)
However, I’ve reread my favourite parts of I Capture the Castle many, many times which shows how much I adore it.
Yet, Cat’s Cradle left me with a long-lasting book hangover and I couldn’t stop thinking about it (Or talking about it) for days. Besides the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre is hands down, my favourite genre to read. In fact, an idea for a dystopian novel has been floating around in my head for over a year and I will eventually write it. (Uh…Maybe. If I can get off Youtube.)
This is all very subjective, of course. Objectively speaking, I can’t help thinking The Book Thief was the best-written. It was written from the perspective of Death, for God’s sake! And it was just beautiful, heart-breaking and overwhelming.
So…yes! That’s my answer to today’s 30 book challenge! The best book I read in 2013 (and probably one of the best books I’ll read ever) is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Next year, I am going to get my hands on and read I Am the Messenger because I’ve heard it’s just as good, even though it has a completely different premise from the Book Thief.
If you haven’t checked out Markus Zusak, or for that matter, Kurt Vonnegut and Dodie Smith, please do. Dodie Smith wrote 101 Dalmations, by the way, if you haven’t heard of her.
Note to self: Must read more of Vonnegut. His writing is insane and amazing.
See you tomorrow with the next post. 🙂
P.S: I’d like to give an honourable mention to The Shining by Stephen King. I skipped a day of work to read this and was rocking in fear on my bed in the middle of the afternoon because I was so invested in the characters and I did not want bad things to happen to them but I knew they would and I was already frenzied because of that and the writing style… it just blew my mind. (Which is the cool way to say it freaked me the f*#k out.) I feel like this is especially relevant this month because so many people are doing Halloween themed reads and Stephen King is the king of horror, I think.