I want to talk about my 2016 favorite(s). I did have a few five star books that I read this past year: The Bees by Laline Paull, The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison, Illusionarium by Heather Dixon and many more. Like I mentioned in my introduction post I am not a picky reader so handing out 4 and 5 star reviews are not hard for me. But what is really hard for a book to do is make it to my favorites shelf. To do that the story has to stick with me well past when I finish reading. If I enjoy the book while reading it that is great, but if I enjoy that book six months after finishing it (that’s hard to do in my case) the spot is rightfully earned. The book that has stuck with me the longest this year is American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. I read his book back in April and I love it so much that I named one of my rabbits after the main character. Patrick Bateman is such a complex character and that makes him utterly fascinating, you just can’t help being drawn to him. He is charming successful and surprising in a horrible way. I have read graphic novels before but American Psycho is the most graphic and gruesome one yet. I don’t think I will find one that will top it. The writing is smooth and easy to follow, even when our characters thoughts are cut off mind sentence. You are inside this mans head for a majority of the story and it is a rough place to be. One moment he is calm and composed, making millions in his business and looking sharp (due to his ridiculous morning routine that never changes) and is charming as hell, then the next he is the most terrifying person you can imagine. I was consitantly wondering while reading “is this what actually goes on in a persons head when they are crazy?”. As you read you know what he is going to do next when his mood flips but I never imagined that every time would be worse than the last. This book had a solid five stars from me and a permanent spot in the favorites shelf before I was half way through. If you can handle gruesome and at times repulsing,American Psycho is a must read. It truly shook me to the core.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this book whether you have read it or not, let’s talk about it! Thanks for stopping by and until next time,