2015: The best books published this year

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From good ol’ murder to love poems; a step through history to photographs of humans, here are my top four books of 2015.

[Bryony Wharfe | Contributing Writer]

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Based on human obsessions and frailty, six people connected through marriage or infidelity are all to blame for something, but only one is a true killer. Rachel takes the same train to work every morning and evening, seeing the same houses and signals that she passes by. She also sees the same couple eating breakfast on the terrace until one morning, the woman disappears and then is later described as missing on the TV. As she gets closer to the man, she becomes more entangled in a world of betrayal, secrets and deception.

The Girl On The Train

Stranger Than We Can Imagine: An Alternative History Of The 20th Century by John Higgs

The twentieth century is a period of history we know the most about, the story follows through World War I, the Great Depression, World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall. It speaks of a network of constant surveillance, unsustainable competitions, tsunamis, radical artisit, scientists with innovations like relativity and quantum mechanics. Higgs gives a new fresh insight of our present day, exploring familiar and unfamiliar territory to show us that our world, in the words of Sir Arthur Eddington, is “stranger than we can imagine.”

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

In 2010, Brandon Stanton began a blog named Humans of New York, consisting of stories and pictures of people he encountered on the streets of New York. He published a book of the blog in 2013 and his newest book, Humans of New York: Stories, is another addition of in-depth, intriguing and moving photographs and longer stories of everyday people. A beautiful and brilliant distraction from a hectic world, Stanton’s photos and the stories he has included create an amazing, touching and inspiring read. From occasional Facebook posts to having each story at your fingertips, this really is a beautiful book to own.

“The images are gorgeous, and the effect is like walking through a version of our city where startlingly honest thought bubbles appear over everyone’s head.” (The New York Magazine)

Humans of New York Stories

The Dogs I have Kissed by Trista Mateer

This is Mateer’s second collection of poetry and what an awe it is. Known for her eponymous blog, she has captured the underside of love, anger, pain and hopefulness, all within her confessional style of writing. You could read the book over and over again; letting each poem touch you deeply as it did the first time, comforting but also painful as it grasps the very human nature of us all. Since her first book, Mateer has shown her growth and maturity as a writer, carefully stringing the poems together to create a elegant flow rather than a bumpy ride. If you’ve never looked into poetry or never known where to start, this collection is most definitely a step in the right direction.

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2015: The best books published this year