With 1/3 of the year already over we thought it would be a good time to update you all on what books we’ve loved the most so far this year.
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I knew I would love this book, the only reason I hadn’t read it yet was because I wasn’t sure if I was emotionally ready. I was not sure how this book was going to go considering it is from the perspectives of different characters from the first book but I was very pleased that this book was just as entertaining and that it fit in well with Illuminae. Action packed and unique formatting made this a quick and fun read.
The Dogs I Have Kissed by Trista Mateer
I had to include a poetry book in here somewhere. This is my favourite of the year so far, I love the repetition of theme and words and the overall feeling of this book. I recommended it in my poetry recs post a few days ago which you can check out here.
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
I am pretty sure the only person I had heard talk about this book before I read it was Bec over at Bec’s Books. Bec gave this book a raving review and from then it had been on my tbr for a while, a 25% sci-fi and fantasy book sale lead me to the purchase of this book and the rest is history. This book holds its greatness with its characters, you just want to spend forever reading about them. I’m actually pretty sad that the sequel book follows different characters.
Catalyst by Helena Coggan
I went into this book having no expectations, I just had a feeling when I picked it up at Big W many moons ago that I would enjoy it and I DID! I’m a bit surprised it’s not more popular around the YA community because it definitely has the potential to be. This is a kickass and intriguing story following Rose, her father and impending doom.
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
I should always trust Ely forever and always. Ely loved this book when she read it so she basically made me read it, it was totally worth it though. This book is good mental illness rep, feminist and has strong female friendships. I highly recommend this for those sick of the usual boys cure everything kind of books.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I’d had this on my TBR for ages, but I always put it off because it seemed intimdating. I finally read it this year, and I thought it was incredible. It’s kind of scary how relevant is at the moment, and it’s actually led to a lot of interesting conversations with people at Uni because of that.
Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Val reviewed this ages ago and I’ve wanted to read it ever since. I managed to find a copy in the library, and then read like 80% of it on the train home and almost missed my stop. It was a really fun book, with some really good mental illness rep.
Frankie by Shivaun Plozza
Michelle has been telling me for ages how amazing this book is but I kept putting it off. I don’t know why—I guess I just wasn’t ready for the amazingness. This was absolutely incredible when I did read it, and I highly recommend it.
The Dry by Jane Harper
I’m pretty fussy with my crime books, especially my Australian crime books so I was hesitant to start this one. It was actually incredible, and definitely one of my favourite crime books of all time. I’m incredibly excited to see more from Jane Harper.
Lace Bone Beast by N.L Shompole
Not only is this one of the most beautifully designed books I own, but the poetry is also extremely beautiful. N.L Shompole is now one of my favourite poets, so I definitely suggest giving this one a go, but I’ll talk more about that in the coming months.
What are your favourite books of 2017 so far? Have you read any of the ones we mentioned? We would love to hear from you in the comments.