Being six months into 2017, I thought it’d be a fun thing to take a look back at what my favorite books of the year so far have been. I haven’t read as many as I would have liked, and unfortunately, I’ve read even fewer that I’ve loved. These all just happened to also be new releases, which isn’t something I had in mind when I went through my list. Though they’re all fairly different from each other, I think they’re pretty good representations of what my reading habits have been, and what I’m looking for this year.
Now, in order of release date…
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louis Gornall // Jan 3, 2017
This book got me SO HARD. It’s a YA contemporary novel that deals with the delicate topic of mental illness, specifically agoraphobia, ocd, and anxiety. At parts, it was hard to read because Gornall gets the illness so right that it almost gets triggering. I have never related so much to a character before, having agoraphobia and multiple forms of anxiety. It’s a great read.
Little Heaven by Nick Cutter // Jan 10, 2017
Wow! My first horror book of the year, and the first book by Nick Cutter I’ve picked up and it just shook me to my core. Descriptions are so visceral you can almost feel, smell, taste the things the characters encounter. The plot is amazing with mounting tension that stays with you long after you finish the book. All I want to do now is pick up the rest of Cutter’s work to keep the creep going.
White Rabbit Society pt2 by Brendan Detzner // Feb 1, 2017
This was such a satisfying ending to a unique duology. White Rabbit Society is a magical realism type book featuring a lonely boy, an eldritch monster, and potentially, the end of the world. The pacing is great and the magic feels solid. It’s such a hidden gem, I really, really encourage folks to pick up both part one and two.
Gilded Cage by Vic James // Feb 14, 2017
A fantasy YA novel that weaves magic and politics. The worldbuliding is PHENOMENAL. The book is dark and brutal and what truly makes it fantastic is how well James manages to balance the different aspects of the novel. There’s romance, politics, family secrets. It’s only the first in the series, with the second, Tarnished City, set to come out in September, and I just cannot wait to see how the struggles continue.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco // March 7, 2017
Sweet baby Jesus, I so loved this book simply because Tea, TEA! I just want to know how the twist comes about. I mean, it isn’t really a twist, but I want to know how the two Teas, past and present, reconcile. How did Tea end up where she is. We don’t learn it obviously in this book, but we see the groundwork laid and it’s so juicy. There’s interesting magic, generous descriptions, and of course, a kernel of romance. PLEASE GIVE ME MORE!
Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan // April 11, 2017
A contemporary thriller, I loved this book for the interpersonal drama. The conflict between who we used to be, and who we’ve become. What really sold me on the book was the BEST ENDING I COULD EVER HAVE IMAGINED because so many books of this nature, with characters like Judith, end up being miserable and horrible and unfair. To see an uplifting ending gives me hope.
So, those were my picks for best of 2017 so far. There are a few honorable mentions: Feast of Dreams by Christian A Brown which is the second book in an amazing series, The Devil’s Bride by Penelope Stratton, and the book I’m currently reading, Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt – a fantasy novel, a romance, and a horror story compilation.
What are some of your faves of 2017 so far?
Lemme know so I can add to my ever growing pile of TBR books!