My favourite books of 2015

For my last post of 2015, I’ll go through some of the books that stood out for me in 2015 (14 in all). Here we go:

1 Mindwalker by AJ Steiger

Why I liked this: I found some elements of Divergent in there, but I really liked this because it was extremely fast-paced and well-written. I am really looking forward to the sequel, Mindstormer. I found Lain to be relatable and I was rooting for her.

2 Counting My Blessings by Francis Brennan

Why I liked this: Francis Brennan owns a hotel in Ireland called the Park Hotel Kenmare in county Kerry. As shown in the book, he has a sunny outlook on life. It was a light easy read and enjoyable.

3 The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

Why I liked this: I simply got sucked into the story immediately and the book was very descriptive. I think there should be a sequel.

4 Divergent by Veronica Roth

Why I liked this: I forgot to finish The Hunger Games, but this was an excellent novel with great characters.

5 Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Why I liked this: Again see above. I am hunting everywhere for Allegiant and I cannot wait to finish this excellent series!

6 Travelling To Infinity by Jane Hawking

Why I liked this: I picked this up in my local library. I have long had a fascination with Professor Stephen Hawking, but also I had personal reasons for choosing this. A truly eye-opening account of life with a very famous man.

7 Weightless by Sarah Bannan

Why I liked this: This caught my eye in the library. The way the book was written in the third person gave it a fresh perspective. An original piece of fiction.

8 Tease by Amanda Maciel

Why I liked this: This book was based on the tragic suicide of Phoebe Prince who moved from Ireland to the US. Similar to Weightless but again this sucked me in from the first page.

9 The Smartest Guys In The Room by Bethany McLean

Why I liked this: I read this in April when we had watched the documentary of the same name in strategic management class. If I hadn’t watched the doc, I would have found it very dry but I found it gripping.

10 Prince Lestat by Anne Rice

Why I liked this: I love Anne Rice and her vampire world – simple. This was an easy choice, with well-crafted characters.

11 The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Why I liked this: Though this is a Christian book in tone, I found the book non-preachy and very comforting.

12 The Owl Who Liked Sitting On Caesar by Martin Windrow

Why I liked this: A man who adopts an adorable tawny owl called Mumble? Gimme…..cue “awww!” I am crazy about owls and I just fell in love with both Martin and Mumble.

13 Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom

Why I liked this: I realised that brands are impossible to escape, they are everywhere.

14 Screw Business As Usual by Richard Branson

Why I liked this: I really admire Richard Branson and unlike some other business books this is easy to read. An interesting look at his philosophy.



My favourite Christmas songs

Christmas is nearly upon us. I know this year will definitely be more sombre for me, for reasons already covered in my last post (A month of mixed emotions), but I thought I would cover my favourite Christmas songs. So here they are:

  1. Jim Reeves – Silent Night (Silent Night)
  2. Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry (Stop The Cavalry )
  3. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas (I Believe In Father Christmas)
  4. Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone (Merry Christmas Everyone)
  5. Mike Oldfield – In Dulci Jubilo (In Dulci Jubilo)
  6. Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (Merry Xmas Everybody)
  7. The Greedies – A Merry Jingle (A Merry Jingle)
  8. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime (Wonderful Christmastime)
  9. David Bowie & Bing Crosby – Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth (Little Drummer Boy)
  10. Dean Martin – Let It Snow! (Let It Snow)

In terms of Slade, please excuse the fact that the git that was Jimmy Savile is introducing them; it was the highest quality live TOTP recording I could find!

Hope you enjoy my song selection!