Now that 2017 is over and 2018 is beginning I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my past year of blogging and to look forward on what might be coming my way. To start I’m going to be talking about my top 5 books of 2017! I didn’t read many books compared to other bloggers but I did read some really fantastic novels. Throughout 2017 I read a really varied collection of genres, and even sub-genres within that! From Tolkien, to Bridget Jones and new YA releases, I read a lot of different and fun books from some really great authors. I thought long and hard about what my favourite books of 2017 were and I think I’ve finally narrowed it down (although I’m terrible with decisions and will probably mentally change my top 3 choices every day for the next week, so this is just rough guidance!).
- Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
I have waited so long to read these books after being a lifelong fan of the films and I decided that I was ready in my last year of university. I read both Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Edge of Reason and fell even more in love with Bridget than I knew I could! The books are seriously hilarious and had me laughing out loud at every page.
- As I Descended – Robin Talley
I got this book in a ‘blind date’ at Waterstones after picking up the brown package because it had a Shakespeare quote from my favourite play, Macbeth. It turned out that As I Descended is a YA retelling of the play! I really adored this book and found it so exciting. It was so refreshing to read a different take on Macbeth and I thought it really worked.
- Trapped in Silver – Emily Sowden
I was sent this book to review by Oftomes Publishing when I became one of their reviewers for the autumn of 2017. I hadn’t read a YA fantasy for a while and it’s my favourite genre, so I definitely wasn’t disappointed by this novel. The characters are so well written and I loved them dearly, and the plot was rich and full of twists and turns. I’m always looking for new takes on vampires and werewolves and high fantasy and this delivered. I’ll certainly be finishing this series as soon as I can.
- RoseBlood – A.G. Howard
I received RoseBlood in my first every book subscription box. I’d never read The Phantom of the Opera or even seen the popular musical so I was worried about what I would think about this retelling. It turns out I really loved the story! The paranormal-style aspects were so intriguing and right up my street. I even got so drawn in to the love story, which aren’t normally my favourite aspects. This was so well written and such an amazing idea.
- The Witches of the Glass Castle – Gabriella Lepore
This is another book I was sent by Oftomes Publishing and one of the final books I read in 2017. I have never read many books about witches, besides the Harry Potter type, but I knew I’d love the idea of a school for young witches to harness their powers. This was immediately exciting as you were thrown into the action, learning about this new world as the protagonists did. The plot was exciting and the characters were loveable. This even had one of my favourite romances in it! My TBR for 2018 is long but the second book has a place close to the top.
So that’s just a brief look at my top 5 books I read in 2017! There’s been so many great reads but it’s clear that fantasy and YA almost completely dominated my list. There are so many titles here that I never would have known about had it not been for the opportunities given to me from blogging. It’s been a wonderful bookish year and I can’t wait to share my 2018 TBR with you all. What were your favourite books of 2017 that should be on my list this year?