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)


Recommended Reads: Winter 2017

With the temperature dropping down into the minus numbers, in Britain anyway, there’s no better excuse to stay inside, wrapped in a big fluffy blanket with a mug of hot chocolate, tea or coffee and read. So now that the Christmas countdown has officially begun I am going to share my Recommended Reads for this Winter.

1). Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie (Review) – A great bit of classic fireside crime, now with the movie out, why not read the origional.

2). All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Review) – This book will change your life so read it before the year is out so you can start the new year with a brand new perspective on things.

3). The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson – Another book to change your perspective with the humor added in, it’s no ordinary selp-helf book.

4). Killing Floor (Jack Reacher 1) by Lee Child (Review) – I will never not promote this book, it is amazing and a great place to start when looking for new Thrillers to read.

5). Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica (Review) – A book that I definetly want to re-read and I think any YA/Thriller fans would love this one, really clever and so well written.

Recommended Reads: Halloween 2017

So now that Halloween is less than a week away, 6 days to be exact, I have decided to compile a list of some of my favourite Horror and/or Thriller books that are perfectly fitted for this time of year. All of the books mentioned I believe are the best of the best, no less than 5 stars in my opinion. I will also link my review to the books next to the titles.

1). Scared To Death by Alan Gibbons (yet to do a review)
2). Stalker by Lars Kepler   Review
3). The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay
Bonansinga   Review
4). Murderablilia by Craig Robertson   Review
5). His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (yet to do a review)
6). The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena   Review