I can’t believe another year has come and gone! To tail off the year, I thought I’d do a little blog post about my five favourite books/series that I’ve read this year, and which book disappointed me the most.
It only feels like yesterday I was stood in the square with my friends, looking up at the fireworks and promising myself that this was the year I got published (HA!). Instead, I’ve moved from Pembrokeshire to Birmingham, then back to Pembrokeshire again before finally finding my current and awesome job in Brecon, and moving to my own flat in Talgarth. I’ve written a single novel for NaNoWriMo, as opposed to the two or three I thought I could get down on paper throughout the year. I managed to read 39 books, rather than the 59 I read last year, which was a little disappointing – though there were some months when I only read one or two books. A lot has happened this year, good and bad, but I reckon 2017 was a good year all in all.
So, which books and or series were my favourites this year? In no particular order:
‘Gilded Cage‘ and ‘Tarnished City‘: The Dark Gifts trilogy, Vic James
I bloody loved this series. I liked the concept, and loved it even more when I started reading both books. I am thoroughly excited for the last book in the trilogy! I was pleasantly surprised with ‘Tarnished City’ – normally, sequels struggle to live up to the first book’s name. This series was phenomenal, and I’m sure that the third book is going to be equally explosive. Vic James never seems to do what you expect, and that makes her narrative shine all the more because of it.
‘The Diabolic‘ and ‘The Empress‘: The Diabolic triolgy, S J Kincaid
I was blown away by both of these novels. I’d picked the first novel up and absolutely loved the world that S J Kincaid had created – it was so vivid, and her characters were so well written. Nemesis is by far one of my all time favourite protagonists. Plus you cannot imagine my excitement when I found out this is actually a trilogy! The third book is going to be beautifully vengeful, and I can’t wait to see Nemesis go all bad ass. Though I’ll have to wait a whole year or so for the last book to come out, I’m guessing!
‘Blind Tiger‘: Wild Cats series, Rachel Vincent
This book really did wow me, because I hadn’t been too fussed on the first novel in the series when that came out. Vincent is one of my all time favourite authors though, so of course I was going to give it a go. I was blown away by how polished the prose was considering this is one of her self published novels, and how water right her plot was. It was just so well done, and I was so glad I gave this series another chance. I can’t wait for her next book in this series, ‘Wild Card’, to come out! Though I’ll probably wait until she sells some signed hard copies so I can add that to my collection.
‘It Only Happens In The Movies‘, Holly Bourne
Bourne is one of my all time favourite authors that I discovered last year. The way she incorporates humour into all of her novels is brilliantly done, and makes sure she hits you right in the feels when the character/plot related stuff happens. This was a beautiful standalone novel that tackled tough subjects in regards to love and relationships. I found it so easy to identify with Audrey as a character, and her story really hit me in the feels as a former child of divorce. Plus her own personal experiences with love were so relatable, it was easy to fall in love with this book.
‘Throne of Glass‘ series, Sarah J Maas
I discovered this series towards the end of last year, and read a majority of it this year. It’s had its ups and downs in my estimations, but the last two novels rescued it for me (‘Heir of Fire‘ and ‘Queen of Shadows‘) – I love Maas’ other series, and am determined to stick with Celaena even though she can irritate me sometimes because I love the rest of Maas’ characters. Plus I really want to see how this is all going to end, because I really didn’t see the ending of ‘Queen of Shadows’ coming! I’ve still got two books to go, but they’re next on my ‘to be read’ list.
To be honest there are loads of books and series that I could include here which were pretty awesome this year. These are the ones that most stick in my mind that I’ve read this year, though. Plus the Skulguggery Pleasant series making a comeback has to be given a shout out! Though I think the most disappointing book I’ve read this year has got to be Maggie Steifvater’s ‘All The Crooked Saints‘. Normally, her books are bloody brilliant – brilliant characters, brilliant plot… Her books really come alive in your mind. So when I found out about this novel, I forked out £40 for a specially doodled copy from America. You cannot imagine my disappointment when I read it, and found the nonsensical setting to be lacking her usual lustre, and her characters to be these horrible paper imitations of her usual standard. So disappointing!
Hopefully I can crack on with more writing next year, and actually write something BEFORE the next NaNoWriMo. Hopefully I can read a hell of a lot more books as well! Now that I’ve got all my books with me in my new flat, I’ve got no excuse (especially as I still don’t have internet yet there because of some fault on the line). So here’s to an awesome 2018!