I just finished another book, and that leads me to 24 books read this year so far. I’m confident I can read at least one more book this month, which means I will have hit my halfway mark in my reading goal at the halfway point of the year. This is a good sign. *cue happy dance*
I thought I’d share my top five (new, not reread) books from this year so far, and the top five books I want to make sure to read by the end of the year.
Top 5 Favorite of 2017 Thus Far:
This was different to the YA fiction I normally read, and I loved it. You can read my full review here, but despite being a bit cliché at times, the tone, the characters, and the story were all solid examples of how YA fiction should be written.
Mrs. Kennedy and Me
I wish all biographies were written this way. Half autobiography, half biography, this story of Jackie Kennedy and her Secret Service agent made a strong impression on me, and I can see myself picking this book back up in the future.
A Monster Calls
Remember a while back how I urged you to read A Monster Calls? Have you read it? If you haven’t, for shame. Get it, read it, have a good cry, and then go tell your friends about it. It’s a beautiful story with deep themes of love, loss, and letting go.
The Queen’s Poisoner
Ah, I had no idea what I was getting into when I listened to the audiobook of The Queen’s Poisoner. I didn’t think I’d get sucked in, but alas the story grabbed me, and then the characters latched on, and I haven’t been able to shake them off…not that I’ve tried, that is.
The King’s Traitor
The third book in the Kingfountain series is one of the best fantasy books I’ve read in quite some time. From characters to story to plot twists and the weaving together of each element, I was thoroughly impressed with The King’s Traitor.
Top 5 To Be Read
You know that old question, “If you could have a last supper with any five people, dead or alive, who would it be?” Jane Austen would be at the top of my list. However, Mansfield Park is the one Austen book I still have yet to read, and this is not acceptable.
I can’t count how many times I’ve been told to read this J.R.R Tolkien novel, and considering my love of The Lord of the Rings, it’s shocking I haven’t read it yet.
I can’t go anywhere without hearing about someone who is reading American Gods. Neil Gaiman is all the rage on Booktube and Pinterest, and I assumed this was a newer book, but turns out it was published in 2001. Perhaps the comeback is due to the TV series in production. Either way, I feel this is a necessary read.
The Mistborn Trilogy
Ask any fantasy lover which series out of any they’d recommend, and I guarantee at least 75% would say The Mistborn Trilogy. The only reason I’ve hesitated is because I want to get all three books at the same time, and I want to purchase the UK cover editions…’cause they’re pretty. But depending on the selling source they can also be rather pricey, so I’ve been putting it off. Seeing as how I’ve been on a major fantasy kick lately, however, I believe these will be in my possession sooner rather than later.
The Book Thief
I made a boo boo and watched the movie before the book; never a good idea as that often lowers my motivation to go back and read. I loved the movie, however, and everyone sings praises of The Book Thief, so I’m determined to read it this year.