This fabulous year is coming to a close, and a big part of why it’s been fabulous is the books I have read and loved this year.
The Goodreads reading goal I set myself was 40 books, but the books I’ve read this year are so fabulous, I’ve more than doubled that.
So I figured I would share those gorgeous morsels of imagination with you all, so you, too, can check them out.
In no particular order, here are my fave moments from 2017:
I loved everything about this book. From the cool kids who led the way, to their friendship and unquestioned support for one another. Read it. Love it.
I make no secret of my love for Brigid Kemmerer’s writing. I loved every one of her Elemental books, and I’ve gone on to love her more contemporary writings. So far, Mrs K can do no wrong. If you love tortured teens who find the light in the darkest spots of their lives, you should deffo give this book a go.
I don’t even know where to start with my love of this book. The narrative voice. The secrets and mystery. The heartache on understanding what, exactly, you’ve just been reading. Just buy it yourself. Read it yourself. That’s all I need to say.
I love a good mystery/thriller, and I Am Watching You certainly delivers on that. I was new to Teresa Driscoll’s writing, and as soon as I’d finished reading this one, I went looking for more. Deffo worth checking out if you love this genre.
Some readers might complain that the MC of this one can be pretty negative, but considering her circumstances, I reckon, personally, that the woman can be forgiven. Life and … is about dealing with the shit hands life can sometimes throw at us, living life in the moment and to the fullest we can, the importance of family, and how love and how it’s portrayed or received doesn’t always have to be conventional. I really enjoyed it. A great way to while away the hours.
I’m not going to lie to you, The Light of The Fireflies is pretty F’d up. But in an oh, so intriguing way that forces you to keep reading because surely what is actually happening can’t possibly be as bad as what you’re being led to believe is happening. This one is written in a way that slowly unfolds all the layers of the story exactly as and when you need and keeps you guessing until your own light begins to come on.
You guys, I LOVED Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and You, Me, Everything is RIGHT UP THERE on par with that. I loved this so, so much. It’s everything I love to see in a book. The characters are everything I love to fall in love with. It’s not out just yet, but I can’t wait for others to read this, and I can’t wait to see what else by Catherine Isaac I can devour.
Before October I’d never even paid the slightest bit of attention to Cat Clarke. It was only when I headed on a mission to clean out my Kindle of all the unread books, eliminating those I’d tried and failed to read so I had only ones to read left on there, that I discovered I’d had Entangled by Cat Clarke for a few years and never read it. So I decided to give it a go, and liked the voice so much, I immediately went out and bought more. The Lost & The Found is definitely my favourite of hers so far – probably because of the mystery and intrigue. If you like easy-to-read young voices in your books, then you should probably give this author a go.
Another genre I love a lot is dystopian/PA, and this latest by Keri Lake ranks right up there with the good ones. I was fortunate enough to be the first person to read this when Keri finished her early drafts, and it was fantastic watching it grow into its published form. I mean, just look at that gorgeous cover! Love dystopian or post apocalyptic? Then, you should give this one a go.
Yes, yes, I know I already a BK book in my list, but I recently got granted an early copy of the follow up book to Letters to the Lost and DEVOURED it! I love this book. I love Rev – he’s one of my favourite teen leads in a book IN A LONG TIME! If you haven’t read Brigid Kemmerer yet, why not? Like, seriously, why? In the words of Arnie: Do it! Do it now!
And that’s it. My top reads of 2017.
I guess all that’s left to say is ….