We’re in December, which also means we are in the final month of this years reading.
Here are some of my book highlights of 2017!
New Favourite author:
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. So you know how I was obsessed with Big Little Lies back in April? Well the TV show was originally a book written by Liane Moriarty who has quite a collection of books under her belt. My friend picked Truly Madly Guilty in a bookshop and lent it to me once she was finished. Moriarty’s central theme of her books seems to be mystery and just like Big Little Lies, this book isn’t any different. Putting the plot to one side, her characters are captivating and kept me reading until the very end. In the new year I plan on reading more by her.
Favourite book this year:
The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
Last year All The Light We Can Not See was my book highlight, but this year the Casual Vacancy has taken the crown. When this book originally came out in 2012, I didn’t have a major interest in reading it. Though I felt a flicker of curiosity at all the controversy the book was creating in the media, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy a story by JK Rowling that didn’t involve Harry Potter and his friends. But effortlessly, I found myself naturally tumbling back into Rowling’s writing.
Least Favourite book this year:
The Green Road by Anne Enright
This may be a book I will have to return to in the future, but first time round reading it I found it quite struggle. But that could have been the point of it, as all the characters face their own individual struggles throughout the novel, so much so the writing is done in the way where their stresses seep through the pages. I don’t remember particularly liking any of the characters in the book. But again that could have been the point.
The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo Series by Stieg Larsson
This is another book that came out years ago and you probably have already read. But if you’re like me and are behind the trend and need a new series to start, this one is exceptionally good. I made an attempt at reading the fourth book which was taken over by David Lagercrantz, but it sadly couldn’t compete with how good the original Millennium series was.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
I thought this book was going to be similar to The Night Circus which, though beautifully written, I found it hard to get into the story. But after a slow start, with Water for Elephants, I fell headfirst into it and really enjoyed the climatic endings each chapter finished on. The book is really beautiful and the attention to details put into the circus and the emotions of the characters is what made this book stand out for me this year. Not long after finishing it, I watched the movie version to see how it compared (the movie was good, but the book always wins).
Currently Reading: The Handmaid’s Tale
What was your favourite books from this year?
If you enjoyed this, you might like a similar post I wrote last year for my 2016 book readings 🙂