I thought it would be difficult to pick just ten of my favourite books from this year, but it was surprisingly easy. It’s not that I read a lot of books I disliked this year, but I didn’t read a whole lot that I adored. In saying that, this has probably been my best reading year ever as I completed a total of 50 books. I can definitely attribute this to joining bookstagram and book-blogging, where I’ve been exposed to so many books that I would never have been had I not joined up!
I’ve decided that I will list my top ten books – in order of date read – and just jot down a few reasons why I loved them. Enjoy!
Uprooted by Naomi Novik: Magical, earthy and warm. This story made me feel as if I was in a fairytale myself. I read this while holidaying in Tasmania and it was endlessly cozy and beautiful.
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer: A book that has sparked my interest in non-fiction reads. One of the most eye-opening books I’ve ever read and probably the one I recommend most to people. Vegetarian or no, this book is absolutely integral.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Despite having this on my TBR for a very long time, I actually knew nothing about it going in. I was shocked, discomfited and impressed. This story is a must-read and it sucks you straight in and refuses to let you go. I couldn’t get this book out of my head for weeks.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor: I feel the need to say trilogy because two of these were a re-read for me and I binged them all in one go so I find it difficult to separate them in my mind. Either way, this is one of my favourite series ever. Laini Taylor is absolutely magical and her writing is unbelievable. Also kick-ass female characters and a refreshingly different story.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: I have always been a Shadowhunters fan, but Cassie Clare just upped her game with this one. Her writing has just blossomed and this book blew me away. I loved every moment of it and I cannot wait for the third instalment.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent: I was intrigued by the setting, the story, and the fact that this is based loosely on true events. Hannah Kent weaves a lyrical, eerily beautiful and sad story that keeps you clinging to the hope of a happy ending, even though the blurb tells you it won’t be. One of my most surprising books of the year.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien: What more do I have to say? I have been meaning to read these books for a lifetime and I was terrified that they would be too heavy, dense and difficult. Boy, was I wrong! Yes dense and yet heavily worded, but so incredibly beautiful and readable.
The Two Towers by J.R.R Tolkien: Read above ^ + In the movies I am always bored by the Sam and Frodo parts, but this book completely changed my mind. Frodo is less whiney and Sam is even more awesome than in the movies.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: I have never read a more spellbinding, magical story. Laini Taylor’s writing is delicious. This book is long and meandering but so gorgeous. Also incredible character as always. I am highly anticipating the next book.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood: I was a little daunted by the size of this book but I was also determined to get through it before I watched the tv show and I am so glad that I picked it up. Despite its size, this book is incredibly readable and it flows in such a way the you don’t realise how much you’ve actually read. I also realised just how much I appreciate Margaret Atwood’s writing style. Incredible.
Overall I’m pretty proud of my reading year. I read more diversely than I ever have in terms of genre and I’m so excited to see what 2018 brings. My reading horizons have been broadened so much this past year and I’m so much more confident in my reading abilities. I’d love to know your favourite books of 2017, so please let me know!