This year I managed to read 40 books which I didn’t even think was possible for me given I’m usually a fairly slow reader but I still managed it. Now all I have to do is pick 10 of them as my favourites of the year.
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgensten
I know there were mixed reviews over this book with a fair amount of people finding the story a little slow but personally I loved it. The magic of this book was undeniable magic that’s laced through the entirety of it. Besides the magic competition that creates Circus Tents that I would absolutely love to see in real life or maybe just in a film adaptation the book great and makes a beautifully thought out world with great characters, the Characters are so well developed that I can actually believe the love story between the two protagonists too which is rare especially given I usually don’t like love stories.
2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This book is absolutely amazing. It’s honestly such a charming story with the monster being a Yew tree that has seen a thousands lives and tells a young boy stories of when he came walking to help people who need the help. Admittedly this book is also incredibly sad and though I found it heartwarming it is heartbreaking too and it now has a special place in my heart just for how much I can relate to the story and the utter grief that is spread through the book, even in the funnier, more heartwarming parts.
3. Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge
I loved this book. I’ve read some really good Thrillers before, especially in 2017 but this was probably my favourite. It feels a little like you’re reading the plot of a Saw film but so much better and you get some genuinely great plot twists that you do figure out but it still sort of takes you off guard even if you do figure it out. This would also be a great book if you wanted to get into the Thriller genre but don’t know what to start with.
4. Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
If you want to read a feel good, heartwarming and coming of age type of film with the two protagonists being gay then you should definitely read this. It’s a great book about coming to terms with your sexuality in a time when homosexuality was still seen as wrong, it doesn’t necessarily have a plot but it doesn’t need one because the characters are just so endearing.
5. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Everything Everything is not what I expected it to be and I was somewhat skeptical of all the hype around it but I was not disappointed at all because this book was heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once. It’s an unique love story that shows that sometimes love is enough to want to live even when you can’t go outside and I loved the reckless but strong character of Maddy when she decided staying inside wasn’t enough anymore. Yes her decision was very reckless and a massive risk but it makes you question what makes life truly worth living.
6. Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas
I was torn between ACOMAF and Throne Of Glass for this because I loved them both but I decided to go with ToG mainly because I prefer Celaena to Feyre with one seeming stronge and brave whereas the other just seemed to be made of weak and niave tropes that made her rather annoying. So yes, my choice is the Assassin who has to fight for her freedom even if it means working for the man who put her in the Salt Mines.
7. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
How did the Queen Of Hearts become so heartless? Well, read this book and you may find out. I loved this book, it has all the quirkiness of Alice In Wonderland but with a darker side to show how Catherine became so cold of heart. It’s a lovely book which will make you laugh and cry and feel angry on Catherine’s behalf. It’s a brilliant sequel that shows no villain has always been evil.
8. The Fireman by Joe Hill
I love Joe Hill books and this is no exception. I’m not usually one for reading books that are over around 600 pages but how could I resist this amazing Apocalyptic thriller from Hill. It’s brilliant book about survival and spans the time of around 9 months as a pregnant woman tries to survive after getting Dragonscale, a spore that makes you self-combust. There are some really great characters, one of the best being a young deaf boy but the Protagonist shows she can hold her own to protect herself and her unborn child.
9. Animal Farm by George Orwell
I haven’t much to say about Animal Farm but it is one of my favourite books of the year nevertheless. It’s a great political satire that shows how rebellion can become power and how power can corrupt those who used to how a clear course but have become blind to that course due to the power they have gained. The short novel is set over years and made me laugh but also made me angry because the book is still relevant today.
10. Filth by Irvine Welsh
I may not have given this book a massive score when I reviewed it and it did take me 2 months to read but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. The utter randomness that is entwined through the actual plot makes you feel like you may just be tripping along with Bruce and you do not see the plot twist coming until it’s hit you in the face with a hammer. The characters are great but if you are offended easily then this book is definitely not for you because this book is packed with Sexism, Racism and Homophobia but all to satirical effect and somehow it all works.
So that’s my Top 20 for 2017, I hope you liked it and I hope you stick around to see what else is to come in the New Year. 2017 is over and I am definitely looking forward to reading more books in 2018. I hope you all have a great New Year and manage to read plenty of books in 2018.
Until next time guys, happy reading!