Top Books of 2017

This year I have managed to get through 40x books. Reading a really wide range of genres from mystery to memoirs, historical fiction and fantasy. I am sharing my top 5x books that I really enjoyed this year and why I loved them so much.

1. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Rating- ****

Ove is a grumpy old man set in his ways and his routines, but when a new boisterous young family move into the neighbourhood Ove’s life begins to change, and he becomes more cranky than ever. Ove has to be one of my favourite characters I have read in a while, he is loveable, funny and grumpy. The book is comical in parts tinged with a sad story, a very heartwarming story I laughed, I cried I loved it!

2. Homo Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Harari
Rating- ****

Homo Deus is a compelling book about the future of mankind and what could be the next stage of human evolution. The book broaches on subjects such as artificial life; how famine is disappearing; war becoming obsolete and how death is just a “technical” problem. This is not a book I would normally pick up and read, I took one look at the blurb and thought this will be far too intelligent for me to understand, however Harari has a unique writing style, which is understandable and interesting. I couldn’t put this book down it has given me a great insight into what the human race could become, it was shocking, provocative and original.

3. Misery – Stephen King
Rating – ***

Paul Sheldon is a novelist and after a tragic car accident he finds himself being nursed back to health by his No.1 fan, Annie… but she isn’t just a fan of Paul’s work she is also his captor tending his broken body but also keeping him as her prisoner. I have read a few Stephen King books in my time but this was the first time I have read Misery, the book is intense and King keeps you gripped throughout. The only bit I didn’t quite like is the novel flicks to chapters of Paul’s story he is writing. It didn’t add anything to the story for myself but overall a fantastic thriller!

4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Rating – *****

In the wake of her mother’s death, Cheryl spirals down into a depressed state which thus effects her marriage and a lot of life choices. Wanting to get her life back on track she has an impulsive idea to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with no hiking experience at all. Cheryl’s true account is told with sadness, warmth, humour and suspense. I really loved this book, as I have been travelling before I felt really invested in Cheryl’s story, how she felt hiking alone and meeting so many people along the way. Her story is inspirational and full of “woman power”.

5. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Rating – ***

Set in Russia The Bear and the Nightingale is a fantasy novel full of house spirits, frost demons and magic. Vasilisa the main character is a young girl who is a bit of an odd ball, she can see the house spirits and befriends them but when a priest comes to help the village he only makes things worse causing death and destruction but can Vasilisa save her family and home town? It took me a little while to get into this novel, most characters are called by 2 Russian names which at first was confusing Vasilisa is also Vasya. Once things started happening the story got really exciting and I am already half way through part 2 of the trilogy. If you love fantasy and magic this is worth a read.

How many books did you manage to read this year? What were your favourite reads of 2017? We would love to know so get in touch!

Katie x

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