My Year in Books – 2015

My Year in Books – 2015

Using information from My Year in Books from Goodreads, I decided to make a smaller, shorter summary of my Year In Books for this blog. And show you all my 5 favourite books I’ve read this year. (I was going to do 15 but I realised how long that would make this post.) I was actually really impressed with myself this year in terms of the books I’ve read. I made it my goal to read at least 35 books, and I remember setting that goal in my gaming class, thinking oh man that’s going to so difficult. But in the end I hit 35 before we even hit half way through 2015! And I also started book blogging in late December, early January so it’s been a full year since I’ve started blog and I’ve had so much fun writing for it. And having this blog has really boosted my confident in my career of becoming an author.
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BOOK REVIEW: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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goodreads summary:

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival

my review:

Rating: ★★★☆☆

~ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~

Initially, I’m very iffy when it comes to books with multiple POVs. But for this story’s case, it suited. TIWIE is a novel that gripped me at every page, portraying an all too realistic scenario, one that no one can ever imagine occurring happening in their lifetime, but has already occurred 15 in the US alone this year (source: Wikipedia).

In 54 minutes, every student and teacher present in the auditorium of Opportunity High School, Alabama, is fighting for their lives against one boy, one of their own. What was frightening about this story is that it can happen everywhere. But there’s a difference between hearing about that and being thrown into such situation.

This book follows a few different characters during the hour that the shooting takes place. Each character is so completely different and so important in their own ways. I think the central aspect which I really enjoyed was the diversity of the characters. There’s a scene where Tomas is worried for Fareed and how, his faith and heritage, may portray him as a threat to the police officers was a touching moment for me because of how real it was. I really hope more authors begin to write about marginalised character because, honestly, I’m all for seeing more Muslim characters in novels.

However, I do believe the psychology behind the perpetrator’s act was a bit foolish. It boils to the simple “He was evil,” and that’s it. We never really find out why Tyler did it— he goes from being a supportive brother to someone who beats and abuses his sister. It’s too simplistic, and I think that was a fatal flaw in this novel, along with missing out a chance of looking at the psychology of teen shooters and focusing more on the cheap thrills.

Overall, it was an exciting read. Though some scenes felt strange, I don’t want to judge because who on earth would know what they’d do in this situation when they don’t know what else is going to happen?