So with the end of 2017 quickly approaching I would like to do a little summary of the best books of the genre’s I have read this year. For some of these they are easy choices for me and I have clear favourites, others, it’s a bit more difficult. I would also love to read your feedback in the comments of what you found to be your best books this year.
Category One: Thriller/Psychological Thriller
‘Killing Floor’ (Jack Reacher 1) by Lee Child (Review)
I have never read Lee Child before this year and I didn’t expect after only a couple of books for him to become my favourite author, I cannot fault his work and all of his Jack Reacher books are exceptional but ‘Killing Floor’ still takes the top spot as my favourite of the all. I look forward to continuing the series next year.
Category Two: Crime/Mystery/Detective
‘Not Dead Yet’ (Part of the Roy Grace series) by Peter James (Review)
A book that I left un-read for way too long. Again, like Lee Child, I’d never read Peter James’s work before this year but I couldn’t put this book down. I love Peter James’s writing style, the characters were great (especially Norman Potting, my favourite) and the story was so gripping from beginning to end. Once again, I look forward to continuing this series also next year.
Category Three: Classic
‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Review)
This one was a very close competition with ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ by Agatha Christie, I loved both books but Sherlock Holmes just had to be my winner. Also my first ever Sherlock Holmes book ever read, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I just really liked how it is a collection of short stories all with clever twists and brilliant reasoning. A true fire-side crime classic.
Category Four: Horror/Dystopian
‘Stalker’ by Lars Kepler (Review)
An easy winner for me. Actually the longest book I read this year and I loved every page. This was actually my holiday book this year and I’m so glad it was. I cannot fault this book as it had me hooked into the story from start to end and the twist at the end has to be my favourite of this year. I couldn’t recommend it enough.
Category Five: Young Adult
‘All The Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven (Review)
I can’t put into words enough praise for this book. A phenomenal read that truly opens your eyes and the way it handles ‘sensitive’ topics it perfect, there isn’t a book that I own that has more real characters than this one.
Category Six: Other
‘The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck’ by Mark Manson (Review)
If you’ve never heard of this book before, let me clarify things by tellings you it is a ‘self-help guide’ but, with a twist. An eye-opening book written so perfectly by blending comic and humor and a great big slap in the face together. Loved it.
The Best Book I Have Read In 2017: It has to be ‘Stalker’ by Lars Kepler (Review)
The Worst Book I Have Read In 2017: It has to be 1984 by George Orwell (Review)