It’s that time of the year again! time to review and recap my year of reading and talk about some of my favourites. 2017 has been a pretty good reading year for me, granted not as good as 2016, but I still read more than I thought I would. Continue reading to hear about some of the stand out books I have read over the past 12 months. Please note that these are in no particular order, as much as I tried to order these at first, I just couldn’t figure it out…
First up… taking it back to the very beginning of the year and a book I still can’t stop thinking about;
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
From what I have seen online people either seem to love or had trouble connecting to this book. I personally loved it, I really enjoyed the whimsical writing style and the element of mystery surrounding certain characters. I love novels where you don’t know who you can and cannot trust. I had a lot of fun reading this book and the way it left off I think we are going to get to see a big extension on the world/setting in the sequel Legendary, which I’m super excited about coming out in 2018!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A book I have no doubt will be on countless favourites of the year lists. This story is so powerful. You know you enjoyed a book when you can remember all the little details 6 + months later. It’s a book I knew I wanted to pick up, from the early reviews and learning about the premise.
The character Angie created in Starr, is such an inspiration for girls, wanting to find their voice. It was really great to see her grow throughout the story, see the dynamic with her family, which was refreshing in the respect she has for them, in terms of what is in YA at the moment.
I loved learning about the neighbourhood she grew up in, Garden Heights. The tight-knit community of people that look out for each other.
The Hate U Give is relevant and important, it’s heart-breaking and honest. I’ve literally been recommending this book to everyone I know, I think people are going to be talking about this book for a long time.
I’m extremely excited for Angies second novel; On the Come Up, releasing in May 2018!
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
My favourite adult contemporary writer did it again with this one. her books always make me laugh and give me that kind of warm fuzzy feeling, her characters are always so relatable and real, which is what I love most, they don’t always make the right decisions, but that’s life, isn’t it? This one did feel a tiny bit ‘Devil Wears Prada-esque’ but I love that film so, I was completely okay with that. I loved how this book included social media in a big way, in terms of comedic value but also it has a deeper meaning in the underline of the story. This book is up there with ‘Can You Keep A Secret?’ and ‘The Undomestic Goddess’ as my favourite novel by this author. I highly recommend checking out her books if you haven’t already!
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
I read This Savage Song in 2016 and enjoyed it but 2017 is the year I finally read ADSOM! (and AGOS) and in my opinion, this series is completely worth the hype it gets. Victoria is a wonderful writer and these books are a lot of fun, with characters you will instantly fall in love with.
The magic system is seriously cool in this book, the use of having tokens from each of the London’s to help gain a pathway is really interesting, with the main character Kell, being a bit of a collector of magical items himself, it was fun to see him pick up interesting objects along the way. Something I found really interesting was the fact that Kell often travelled from the same spot in different Londons and would end up at a similar place in each one – a different tavern. It was funny to see all the different kind of characters that popped up from time to time in each of the different Londons.
Victoria is great at writing friendships, quirky, humorous friendships and this book is no different, I loved Kell’s friendship with Rhy and Lila Bard. I loved Lila as a character and really enjoyed reading from her POV. I loved reading from her POV, because she doesn’t take any stick from anyone. Lila is a thief in Grey London, who is trying to gather enough coin together so she can by a ship, she just wants to be free from the life she currently has.
I’ve been following Victoria’s twitter as she’s been writing this past year and I’m so excited for her new projects she’s been working on. Especially Threads of Power (!!!)
Warcross by Marie Lu
This book blew me away! the whole concept and the world, was truly something else, the world has so much depth and intrigue, I was completely entranced by what was going on, everything was so atmospheric. There are so many clever little things that you can do in this world, the way you earn points and advance to new levels, the fact you can see peoples levels above their heads! the ability to convert game money to dollars! I could go on. The virtual arenas within the Warcross tournament were really fun and interesting to visualise, as the characters/teams played their way through, It was the perfect amount of information, about all the tech in my opinion, where it didn’t become too confusing.
The main character Emika, is so smart, badass & just all around awesome, her ability with coding was just mind-blowing. As we learnt more and more about her past and the struggles she has I felt I really connected with her, she didn’t always make the right decisions, but I liked that. I was also living for the occasional Mario references (just saying) The last maybe 25% of the book was SO strong, The story took us in a direction I wasn’t expecting at all! And I’m so excited that this isn’t a standalone. For me, this is Marie’s best work to date.
And these are just a few of my favourite books of the year. I could of added a whole bunch more, but I wanted this to be more selective.
Here’s hoping for a good reading year in 2018.