“You must know that feeling when it’s raining outside and the heating’s on and you lose yourself, utterly, in a book. You read and you read and you feel the pages slipping through your fingers until suddenly there are fewer in your right hand than there are in your left and you want to slow down but you still hurtle on towards a conclusion you can hardly bear to discover.”
2017 was filled with a lot of wonderful books, and choosing the top favourites, as always, is not an easy task. Looking back, there are quite a few books that I not only loved reading, but that left an impression and that I would happily reread over and over again. Here are my top seven of the year!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except for the fact that he lives in a graveyard and is being raised by ghosts, which is where he ended up after the murder of his family. This book is absolutely wonderful and I could not put it down. The characters, the writing, and the overall story really hit the mark for me. By far my favourite Neil Gaiman book so far.
The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Magpie Murders provides a compelling mystery (or two 😉), and in a format that is unique and intriguing. I was completely glued to this book every spare minute I had. I absolutely enjoyed the novel and would recommend it to fans of the genre.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid There are so many words to describe this novel, all of which point to the fact that it is just plain addictive. It is wonderfully written with complex, interesting characters, and a story that had me glued to each page. At this point, TJR is definitely a must-read author for me.
God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo
This is one emotional read. It is wonderfully written and draws you into a story of Beatrice and Jacob, two lost souls who meet in a quirky way and embark on a life-changing relationship. It’s raw, emotional, and a worthy read.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
You know those books where you sit down to read a couple of chapters, but then realize hours have passed and you’ve read half the book? This was one of those books for me. What can I say. The writing is beautiful, the characters are intriguing, and the story is compelling. This will be part of a duology so there is another book to look forward to!
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
A story of a small town, hockey, community, and the choices we make. I absolutely loved this book, which completely drew me in, and in true Backman style, made me cry. This one will stick with me for a long time.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This book gave me all the feels, and quickly became an all time favourite. I absolutely loved getting to know Eleanor and couldn’t help but root for her. So much so that I ended up purchasing a different edition to the one I already owned because I loved it so much. It is humorous, emotional, endearing, and at times heartbreaking. An absolute favourite.
That wraps up 2017!