Since I left the bookshop four years ago, I’m rarely up-to-date with my reading. Thanks to Booktube and social media, I’m at least aware of the books that are being published but most of the books I read didn’t come out in 2017.
Now that we’re coming to the end of the year, it’s time to make a list of my favourites. Books that I enjoyed immensely. Books that made me lose track of time. There weren’t that many in 2017, so I had to do my best to find five…(I know.. tragic) I think I tried to hard to read the popular books this year. We’ll have to change that for 2018.
Nutshell – Ian McEwan
This story is told from the POV of an unborn baby.
“How?” You ask me?
This book made me laugh out loud several times. Mostly because I kept hearing Stewie (family guy’s Stewie) as the narrator. The storyline may be a little bit predictable at times but the writing is amazing. I didn’t want it to end.
It’s the third Ian McEwan book I’ve read so far.
1) Enduring Love (first book I ever read in English)
2) On Chesil Beach (don’t really remember much about it)
And it’s by far my favourite!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
I wasn’t sure about this one when I first started reading it but then it swept me away into this magical world of angels and monsters. But the best parts of this book (at least for me) were the bits that took place in Prague. It’s a destination that’s at the top of my “to visit” list and Laini Taylor described it beautifully. Made me want to jump on a plane and fly there. (That happens quite often though. I would just travel around constantly if I could.)
Eliza and her monsters- Francesca Zappia
This book was only supposed to be a nice and easy contemporary, an inbetweener. You know, a little bit of fluff to feel better. It turned into so much more. I feel like this book just understands me. It completely blew me away. This book deals with anxiety and creative processes. It’s me in a book. All of my doubts, my highs, my lows.. how I get my energy out of creating, writing.. my love and sometimes fear of the internet.
I’m so glad I decided to pick it up.
Illuminae – Amie Kaufmann & Jay Kristoff
This is one I stayed away from for the longest time. Simply because everyone and their dog had read it and loved it. Hyped books are hit or miss for me. I either fall head over heels in love or I want to throw them at a wall, out the window,… you get my point.
This one was a pleasant surprise, the book is made up of chat-messages, documents, transcripts of security cameras. It was the first time I read a book like that and although I’m not convinced that it will works every time, it really worked for this story.
Also, damn those plot-twists!! They nearly destroyed me.
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
My number one was easy to choose. This was easily the most beautiful book I read all year. The characters, the world-building, the magic and the story.. it was all so, so beautiful. Eerily beautiful at times. I don’t really want to tell you any more than that. You should just go read it for yourself.
The second book will be “The Muse of Nightmares” but I couldn’t find a release date. So if anyone wants to tell me.. that would be great.
Looking back on this list now, it seems my books are more recent than I thought they would be.
What’s the favourite book you read this year?
Which ones would you recommend to me?