Coming to the end of the year I think it’s time to do some wrapping up. I’m not going to lie, I have had a pretty exciting year, not least starting my blog, and I have read some pretty amazing books this year. I’m going to try and narrow it down to 5 but I might have to cheat a little bit (you’ll see what I mean in a minute!). So, here goes!
Six of Crows duology – Leigh Bardugo
This is where the cheating comes in because I am treating both Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom as one entry on the list. OMG, these books were just amazing. You know there are some books and you’re just like, where would I be if I hadn’t read these books? Yep, these two do that for me. They had amazing characters, really fun plotlines and were just amazingly written. If you haven’t read them yet, I suggest it as the first thing you do in 2018!
Turtles All the Way Down – John Green
If you have read my blog, you might know that I wasn’t actually planning on reading this book so soon, and had I not got it on offer, probably would not have got around to it in 2017. But, I am so glad I did. This book is my favourite John Green, second only to The Fault in Our Stars and probably only then because of how personally significant TFIOS is to me. This novel was beautifully written and just felt really special.
The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas
Probably the most important book I read this year, this novel was educational and emotional and just all around amazing. It also had some beautiful characters who were so easy to connect with. I’m so glad I read this novel this year, and I’m hoping Angie Thomas has another book out soon because I will be devouring it!
One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus
I think this novel might be one of my favourite contemporary YA’s I have read for a while, and most of that is down to the characters. For me, the biggest draw in any book is the characters and this novel had not one, but four characters who I fell in love with. It was fantastic use of a narrative style I love (several people narrating) and I will 100% be picking it up again in the near future!
Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
I read this book all the way back in April but now in December, it is still one of my favourite reads of the year. Again, I loved the characters, I loved the use of different narrative techniques, I loved the relationships and I loved the twist at the end. This is another book I’m sure I will be returning to sometime soon, and I also can’t wait to finally see the film in 2018!
So there we have it, my top 5 books of the year (unless I read an amazing one in the next few weeks, which seems unlikely as I have essay deadlines and exams looming!). I should add I did leave out rereads which made it slightly easier for me because I didn’t have to choose between one of the books I have mentioned and books like The Book Thief and Carry On!
How do you like my list? Do we share any favourite reads of the year? Are you thinking of reading any of these books in 2018?
As always, happy reading!