This year is passing by in a blur and somehow we already find ourselves in the cold but beautiful grips of Autumn. Although we still have a few months left I have already read a multitude of wonderful books that have become some of my favourites. I thought I would write this post to share that with you because a good book is made to be shared.
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
First up is the novel that was actually my very first read of the year. After hearing about this book for months I thought I would give it a go and it’s safe to say this book is now one of my all time favourite books ever. The toxic, twisting story, the incredibly complex characters who you both love and suspect make this a deliciously dark and engaging book to digest. Tartt has such a beautiful style of writing that just hooks you to the page. After reading this book I immediately wanted to re read it and I’m sure every time I do there will be something new to discover.
The Wolf Wilder – Katherine Arden
The Wolf Wilder is the story of a young girl Feo who goes on a mission with her pack of wolves across the Russian wilderness to save her mother and it was utterly beautiful. This story was not only heart warming but also had a lot of meaningful themes that were extremely well handled. Although this is a children’s book, anyone could read this and enjoy every page. Full of the beautiful landscape of wild Russia and the inclusion of Wolves who are extraordinary creatures, this was a lush setting and would be a perfect Winter read.
The Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson is known as a master of fantasy so I finally decided that 2017 was going to be the year when I gave his work a try and it blew my mind. In the world of the this trilogy people known as Mistborn are able to burn metals and use their compounds as a abilities. With this power a band of thieves and misfits try to overthrow a crooked hierarchy and it’s leader. With epic fight scenes, complex themes, incredibly detailed world building and a truly mind-blowing story this series was impeccable. There really isn’t anything I didn’t love and this series will forever be one of my favourites.
Lord Of Shadows – Cassandra Clare
I’m an avid Cassandra Clare fan, both her Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series are some of my favourites. So that being said I have read a lot of her books but hands down Lord Of Shadows is her best book yet. I can’t even begin to explain how detailed, complex and beautifully crafted the characters in this series are without making a blog post hours long. This book is not only an exciting adventure with all the magic and mystery you could want, but also a deeply meaningful and diverse read. This book includes characters with leaning disabilities, a transgender character, gay characters and also deals with young carer issues. I can’t wait to carry on with this series, the wait till 2019 is going to be a long one!
Night Film – Marisha Pessl
I have read a lot of thriller books and have enjoyed most of them but there is just something about Night Film that really made it stand out. The inclusion of photos and files along with the toxic side of the film industry weaving its way through the story made this book addicting. Every time I picked it up, I didn’t want to put it down again as the story felt ever-changing and the characters a step away from a discovery or dark end. I’m really interested to read her other work so I’ll definitely be picking up more of her books next year!
Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo is one of my all time favourite authors so when this came out I had to pick it up. I have never been a big super hero fan and going into this I knew pretty much nothing about Wonder Woman so I was a bit apprehensive that this would feel like a Bardugo book. I was pleasantly surprised though as this not only had the epic shield crashing fight scenes and a big dose of wonder, but also had a host of meaningful messages and Leigh’s distinctive voice was intertwined all the way through. This was an extremely fun adventure and had a full cast of lively and inspiring characters.
The Last Magician – Lisa Maxwell
This was such a fun urban fantasy read set in the roaring 1920’s of New York City. With magicians, time travel and gang wars, this was an action packed ride wrapped up in a wondrous, alive setting. I loved the time travel aspect in this novel, it was very like Inception and the other abilities were really cool too. I loved the main character Esta, and seeing her try to fit into the constraints placed on women during that time period. This novel just had everything you want from a good fantasy and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
An Enchantment Of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it lived up to all the hype. Following the story of a painted called Isobelle navigating her way through the lands of the fae after committing the fatal crime of painting human sorrow in a fae’s eyes, this was a magical adventure. With lush writing, beautiful settings and a unique take on the life of fae this was a really enjoyable read. I loved the simplicity of the story that was just crafted in a perfect way to make a short and sweet story. With just enough magic, darkness and fantasy this will always be a fond favourite of mine.
Daughter Of Smoke And Bone – Laini Taylor
I have been wanting to start this series for years now but finally bit the bullet and did it. This first instrumental made me fall in love with this story after the first few chapters. Laini Taylor has such a beautiful prose that the word sing of the page and straight into your heart. This story full of angels, demons, wishbones and blue hair have me enraptured. I’m about finish the third and final book later today and I’m not looking forward to putting this story down. I’m definitely going to get my hands on everything else Laini Taylor has written because I need more of her work!
The Language Of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo
This collection of short stories from the Grisha world was everything I expected it to be and more. They were dark like a Grimm’s fairy tale and had the magical twists from Leigh herself and each one was wonderful. Coupled with beautiful illustrations that moved through the story with you page by page, this is a book that I will treasure forever. The cover is delicately embossed and foiled, the pages smooth and the text inside wondrous. This book isn’t just a great collection of stories but a treasure.
That’s about it for my top favourites of the year so far. I have a lot of other books i really enjoyed, bu these were the ones that really made an impression on me. If you haven’t some of these books before I highly recommend you do, and I hope you enjoy them just as much as I did!
Leave a comment and tell me some of your favourite books of 2017 so far. 🙂