2017 has been such an amazing reading year for me. After a good few years of struggling to find the time for it, this year I felt that I properly got back into reading, which I am so happy about as it has always brought me so much joy.
Particularly since starting this blog in May, I’ve found some amazing reads this year, including some novels which I’m sure will remain all-time-favourites. A good portion of the books I enjoyed were historical fiction, but there are also a couple of novels from other genres which I really felt deserved a mention.
So without further ado, here (in no particular order) are my top 5 reads from 2017:
1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This was such a beautifully-written novel set in the Second World War. Focusing on the lives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a budding young engineer in Nazi Germany, this story combined an intricately-woven narrative with rich historical detail. I’ll be recommending this book to anyone who likes well-researched historical fiction or beautiful prose, as it has both qualities in abundance!
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
I read this as part of Victober, as my mum had been telling me to read it for ages. All I can say is this: I need to have more faith in my mum’s book recommendations, because oh my goodness, I have no words to describe how much I loved this book! I completely devoured it; willingly losing myself in the dark atmosphere of the Yorkshire moors. This was my first Brontë novel, but I definitely plan on reading more in 2018.
3. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
I will admit to being a little apprehensive about this novel when I first picked it up. My last meeting with the Tudor period was, a little embarrassingly, history lessons in Primary school, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I had nothing to fear. This novel was a delight; bringing the politics and personalities of the Tudor family to life in a fast-paced, engaging style.
4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
No review of my year in reading would be complete without a mention for this incredible YA debut novel inspired by the #blacklivesmatter movement. It really was one of those books which deeply affected me, lingering in my mind even when I wasn’t reading it. The message it gives is so important, and I feel as though I want to spread it as far and wide as possible by recommending that everyone reads this book.
5. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
This was one of the first books I read in 2017, and it has stayed with me throughout the year. It’s a YA novel which follows Steffi, who doesn’t speak due to suffering from anxiety, and Rhys, a boy who is deaf. As someone who suffers from anxiety myself, I felt the issue was dealt with sensitively, and I could definitely relate to Steffi. This was a beautiful story, and I’m eagerly awaiting Sara Barnard’s next book.
I’m so pleased to have found these amazing books this year. I’d love to hear what you enjoyed reading in 2017, and I wish you all a great reading year in 2018!