My Top Books of 2016 (so far)

Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains ~ Marilyn French


1. 1984 – George Orwell

Perhaps most famous for the novel Animal Farm, George Orwell’s 1984 is a novel worthy of high recognition.

It follows the story of Winston and his relationship with ‘the party’ a totalitarian government. Telescreens monitor actions and thoughts scanned for treason; there truly is no freedom. Black is white, 2+2=5.

1984 is a gripping novel, with a daunting storyline. I found myself hoping for the downfall of the party and for the freedom of the common person- freedom came from utmost faith in the party.

Perhaps the greatest love/dystopian piece of fiction, 1984 shows us the hardships in life. Death is inevitable. My words can truly describe how thrilling the novel is.

2. Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley

An empowering novel…. A modern day To Kill A Mockingbird, it does not recieve the recognition it deserves. This book should be a necessary GCSE study. It is a truly amazing piece of art.

Two girls, hatred is high, but their love is just blooming, it did make me cry.

3. Cuckoo Song – Frances Hardinge

‘The first things to shift were the doll’s eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swivelled, until their gaze was resting on Triss’s face.’
Cuckoo Song, in my opinion better than The Lie Tree, has a creepy physcological storyline. Its twisted story of events lead a gothic, saddening storyline.

With the same air of the Brothers Grimm fairytales, Triss’ troubles are so much realer. Her family is ravaged with pity sadness and the illness….

After re-reading this book it still had the same creepiness and tension of my first readthrough, Cuckoo Song is a book which I recommend to all those with time and maturity.

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