Fav Books Read This Year So Far

September 07, 2017

You should all know by now how much I read. There is always a book in my bag. No matter where I'm going or who I'm with, a book accompanies me. Who knows when the opportunity may arise for me to read a chapter? 

Somehow I've read a staggering 38 books this year, so far. With three months to go, I reckon I'll read a hell of a lot more, although bear in mind I will be returning to university this month which means more writing, more studying and less recreational reading. Saying that, studying creative writing means my course surrounds writing (Duh!) and reading. I remember during first year a lecturer telling us that if you're reading and someone questions your lack of studying, you can simply say reading is part of my course. 

A few of my favourites include 

Young adult: 

The Graces by Laura Eve - a thrilling young adult novel about witches, with stunning descriptions. The Graces are three siblings, Summer, Fenrin and Thalia and the story unfolds around secrets, rumours and superstitions. Need I say any more? 

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland - Written through the perspective of teenage boy Henry (Yay young adult, switching it up sometimes) as he falls in love for the first time. This was my favourite because you don't often see the other side, the males perspective of young love and heartbreak. Full review here

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Oh my goodness. This book!!! Starr unfortunately witnesses her best friend shot dead by a white policeman. I was gripped by its raw emotion and brutal honesty about the treatment of POC by the police. A very important read!

Non- Fiction

Running Free by Richard Askwith - I run, I love running. Running Free is an account of Askwith's experiences with running, all the different kinds, the downfalls, the highs and some excellent tips for fellow runners. An inspiring read.

Science Fiction 

Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel - Jumping between now and then, before and after, of an apocalyptic world. The world as they know it ends after a Georgia Flu epidemic, a group of survivors name themselves The Travelling Symphony and travel their surrounding cities performing plays for other remaining survivors. A story of survival. It is hauntingly terrifying and surreal.    

Mystery 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - A mystery well written. A travel journalist gets the opportunity to travel to Norway on a brand new luxury cruise liner, but when she hears a loud splash from the next cabin she suspects it was a body and it wasn't an accident. A thrilling story with many twists and turns that left me wanting to scream.

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