Top 5 Books of 2017

Looking back on 2017 I think it’s been a good year. I went on a plane for the first time to Lanzarote, went to the Royal Albert Hall for the first time, got my first tattoo (a bookish design), passed fourth year and read so many great books! I actually keep a little Nutella jar full of good things and happy memories I make as I go through the year, writing down little notes as and when, and I’ve opened them all on New Year’s Eve to reflect on the good this year has brought. I did this last year and it was such a good idea because we always remember the sadness or fixate on the bad so this is a really good way to remember the best of the year – there’s always so much you forget about!

I have to say I have enjoyed 2017 very muchly and there has been some truly amazing books this year so here is my top 5 books of 2017:

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by Stephanie Garber

This was a book full of magic as well as tantalising description of a world where you can be a part of the game but not everything is as it seems. Filled with mystery and deceit, it was a rollercoaster from start to finish and I am highly anticipating the sequel and the return (or is it meeting?) of a certain legendary character.

 

 

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by Samantha Shannon

One of my absolute favourite reads of the year and of all time because of how I just couldn’t put the thing down! It was pulse-racing and one of the best books I’ve ever read – it stuck with me for ages. The third in The Bone Season septology with an epic storyline, it’s definitely going to be a favourite of mine out of the whole series.

 

 

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by Laini Taylor

What a beautiful cover to reflect the gorgeous story waiting inside. The first in a duology, this tome holds some of the best description I’ve ever read with such brilliantly constructed characters. It truly is strange and a book for the dreamers.

 

 

 

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by S J Maas

This book legit made me cry and I NEVER cry at books (I know right – heathen!) but normally, I just don’t cry at books or films – I just mope obsessively about them afterwards, but this one had me weeping because it ended. I couldn’t deal with this brilliant trilogy coming to an end and wringing my heart throughout the journey.

 

 

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by Holly Bourne

The only contemporary on my list but one of the best I’ve ever read. This book is about how all that stuff you see in the movies regarding love and relationships, it’s just not like that in life and it follows the story of a girl falling for a typical movie-cliché of a guy and how she deals with the fallout. Honest and with pearls of wisdom, this is a must-read for anyone and everyone.

 

 

And there you have it! My top 5 books of 2017 (some making it onto my top fave books of all time). Are any of these on your top 5 books of 2017? If not, feel free to share with me your top 5! I hope you’ve had an awesome year of reading and 2018 brings some brilliant books as well as memories for you 🙂

I just want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you out there who actually read what I post and follow my blog – it means so much to me and I appreciate each and every comment and follow I get so thank you so much!!!

Happy New Year everyone x

 

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Catch up and December wrap-up & January TBR

MERRY CHRISTMAS BOOKWORMS! And a Happy New Year! I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in ages, I’ve had exams this month and then all I wanted to do was just rest afterwards but I’ve been LOVING the festive period – I’ve watched a tonne of films this month, including the amazing Rise of the Guardians (currently obsessed with the soundtrack!) which is absolutely beautiful and one of my top five films of all time, as well as doing some much-needed reading and getting on with more of my cross stitch project I’ve got going on. I also finished my fourth year exams and passed!!! Oh and I had a driving test booked but then it got moved to another day since it SNOWED!!!

I’ve been watching as many Dreamworks films as I can since coming back home from uni because I went to Dreamworks In Concert in London earlier this month which was absolutely OUTSTANDING and soooo magical – definitely one of the best moments of my life ever, let alone for 2017! The music was just so heart-meltingly good and yeah as I’ve said, I’ve watched Rise of the Guardians so many times this month it’s definitely a firm favourite; I’m currently listening to the soundtrack as I write this too 🙂 I also went to see Beauty and the Beast live in Concert spontaneously which was just as magical – I’ve realised just how much I enjoy seeing a live orchestra and I’m hoping to see many more next year!

Christmas wasn’t that great because my dad was ill and still is (just a virus but it seems to have affected him quite badly) and now my sister has got it! It’s only a matter of time before I do, but at least I didn’t have it on my birthday yesterday where I turned 22 (ugh) and I got loads more books to add to my little collection from Christmas. And of course I’ve done some reading this month and I’ve got stacks of it to do in January thanks to my little Christmas/birthday book haul.

Anyway enough of my rambling! Here are the books I read in December:

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Author: Melissa Hill
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Ltd
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An adorable Christmassy read about a woman who accidentally runs over a man on her bike and she gets drawn into this mysterious man’s life and trying to figure out who he is as he struggles with his temporary amnesia. A bit far-fetched but it definitely got me in the Christmassy mood!

 

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Author: Meagan Spooner
Publisher: HarperTeen
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A strange take on the Beauty and the Beast fairytale with a beautiful message in the end. I loved the flicking between the Beast’s character and Beauty with an added edge to the story that I wasn’t expecting. It showed me how it’s fine to want more from life and to keep dreaming because there are others out there, and that’s magical and heart-warming.

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Author: Erika Johansen
Publisher: Bantam
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A reread for me so I can finally get round to reading the next in the series but it went better than the first time round! I grew to like this book more compared to how I felt after finishing it for the first time and I can’t wait to pick up the next and finish this trilogy in the new year.

 

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Author: Lucy Daniels
Publisher: Hodder
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The sequel to Summer at Hope Meadows (a new series based off the children’s book series, Animal Ark, with Mandy Hope all grown up and a fully qualified vet), this Christmassy book was full of festive cheer and a lovely sequel to a great new book series about a vet and her life in Yorkshire.

 

January TBR

 

I’m currently reading Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart to finish off the year which makes a change from the usual fantasy I read but it’s a light-hearted funny book to round off December with. As for my January TBR, I’m hoping to get started on my little book haul from Christmas and my birthday! I definitely want to finish off The Queen of the Tearling series and get started on some books I’ve had for my birthday as well as some books that have been sat on my shelves for a while. I’ve got to read Little Women for the book club I run at uni and I’m hoping to get started with it tomorrow and I can watch the television series that was shown over this Christmas.

What I’m listening to at the moment:

I thought I’d end off this post with a little music recommendation! I have so many soundtracks I love listening and I’d love to share it with you bookworms 🙂 So I’m currently listening to the Rise of the Guardians soundtrack and I one of my absolute favourite pieces of music from this beautiful soundtrack is Wind Take Me Home – I hope you love it as much as I do! It makes me feel so happy and full of magic every time I listen to it 🙂