Here we are! The end of the year! I say this every year but how on earth has this come around so quick?! There have been a lot of changes for me this year, some great some not so good at all and I am very much looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for me. This post takes you through my favourite books of this year, the are not in order but there are a couple that I loved a tiny bit more than the others, if thats even possible….? Have you read these? Let me know what you thought about them in the comments and enjoy!
Moonrise and One by Sarah Crossan
Seeing as one of the books down below is not actually out until January 2018, I had decided to add in two books by Sarah Crossan. I rated both of these books 5 stars and found it very difficult to pick just the one. Bother Moonrise and One are written entirely in verse and they totally blow me away. Moonrise is about a young boy who visits his brother on death row and One is about conjoined twin sisters who are faced with an incredibly difficult decision. I won’t say much more about these books because I don’t want to spoil them for you, but I seriously recommend you read both of them.
Forensics by Val McDermid
I had read plenty of Val McDermid’s crime fiction books in the past and really loved her writing style. I had no idea that this book even existed but when I found it I bought it immediately. I am so glad that I did! The book includes chapters on fire investigation, bloody spatter, DNA and the Courtroom. It is so well written. It is simple even for the average Joe to understand without being patronising but detailed enough that you read get a good feel for the topics that have been discussed. A brilliant book by a brilliant author!
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
I feel really naughty talking about this book because it doesn’t actually come out until January 2018. I could not do this list however without mentioning it. It has been my favourite book of 2017 and has made my list of favourite books of all time. I won’t tell you much about it but will leave you with the synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.” Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
Trust me when I tell you, you NEED this books!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book broke me and then put me back together again. It was a tough choice between this and The Hazel Wood for the top spot of this year. The Hate U Give is the story of Starr, a girl who witnesses her male, teenage, black and unarmed friend being shot by a police officer. It is story of love, strength, community and revolution. This story stayed with me so long after I read it. It is so relevant right now and that makes it all the more powerful. Read it. Now.
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
This books is one of the biggest surprises for me this year. I picked up the book on a whim, thinking the premise sounded interesting. It. Blew. Me. Away. See What I have Done is a debut novel retelling the story of Lizzie Borden. The writing is stunning and the way that Sarah has developed this story is magical. I loved that there was no ‘resolution’ in the story, which of course mirrors the real life case. I found the characters fascinating and they had very distinct voices. If you haven’t read this yet, I really suggest you do.
Thornhill by Pam Smy
This was a book that I heard about on the What Page Are You On Podcast. I’ve been sat here for ages trying to sum up the book in a coherent and succinct way. I am failing miserably, and for that reason I’m just going to add in the synopsis here:
1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it’s shutting its doors. When her few friends are all adopted or re-homed and she’s left to face a volatile bully alone, her revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself.
2016: Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window. Determined to befriend the girl, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill’s shadowy past.
I have already forced 4 friends to read this book who have loved it in equal measure and I am sure you will too!
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
I read this one as part of the House Cup Reading Challenge, as the buddy read book. In all honesty, I am not a huge superhero or comic fan. I was therefor a little reluctant to pick this up, however when I won it in a giveaway and after reading the amazing reviews about it, I knew I had to pick it up. I was not let down. The action started immediately and the story kept me hooked throughout. Warbringer is a story about Diana, and Amazon and Alia, a Warbringer who must work together to save both of their worlds. A gripping read, and while I can’t imagine many of you haven’t read this yet, if you haven’t you really should.
And there we have my loves! My 2017 favourites! Leave links to your 2017 favourites in the comments down below because I’d be so interested to see what you have loved this year.
Peace and pages