A Better Ten Commandments by James Miller

★★★★★

Pages: 110   Published: 2017   Genre: Non-fiction

Blurb:

“A Better Ten Commandments is a compilation of humanities most timeless wisdom and illuminates a path to meaning and purpose in life that takes nothing on faith. It’s about who we are, what we want, and what truly matters in life … the only life you can count on.”

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Dead Simple by Peter James

★★★★★

Pages: 457   Published: 2005 by Macmillan   Genre: Crime

Blurb:

“It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared and four of his friends are dead. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendant Roy Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot more to gain than anyone realises, for one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune…” Continue reading “Dead Simple by Peter James”

2017 Reading Wrap Up

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)

 

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

★★★★★

Pages: 210   Published: 2016 by Harper Collins   Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-help, Humor

Blurb:

“A Counterintuitive approach to living a good life. In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger shows us that the key to being happier is to stop trying to be “positive” all the time and instead to become better at handling adversity.” Continue reading “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson”

Not Dead Yet by Peter James

★★★★★

Pages: 529   Published: 2012   Genre: Crime, Detective

Blurb:

“For LA producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him. For rock superstar Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination. For Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the city’s greatest love story – between King George IV and Maria Fitzherbert – is incalculable. For Detective superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes. An obsessed stalker is after Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton. Now, he has been warned, the stalker may be at large in his city, waiting, watching, planning.” Continue reading “Not Dead Yet by Peter James”

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

★★★★★

Pages: 352   Price: £9.00   Published: 2011   Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Blurb:

“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive.”
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Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

★★★★★

Pages: 368   Price: £8.00   Published: 2016 by Harlequin Mira
Genre: Thriller, Young Adult, Suspense

Blurb:

“In an apartment in downtown Chicago, Quinn Collins wakes up to discover her flatmate Esther has disappeared. Quinn searches in vain for clues but the only thing she finds is a discarded letter addressed to ‘My Dearest’. Alex Gallo works in a coffee shop in a tourist town on the shores of Lake Michigan. When a mysterious woman turns up, the teenager is drawn to her, but what starts as an innocent crush soon spirals into something more sinister. As Quinn wonders about her friendship with Esther, and Alex falls under the strangers spell, both must question how well you can ever really know another person. And how can you  be sure that they are telling the truth?” Continue reading “Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica”