27 June 2017

Favourite Books of 2017 So Far

My Top 6


I always love seeing what my favourite books from the first half of the year have been and if it stays that way come December. Here are the six books which you have to add to your reading lists right now because they're so good.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber*
This is the one and only fantasy book on this list. I don't read fantasy all that often, as I prefer my contemporaries or non-fiction, however if you're going to read one this year - let it be this. I couldn't put this book down. It was addicting, imaginative and intriguing, and for a pretty big book it only took me a day to read. This is about two girls who run away to the circus, and as one sister gets lost in Caraval, the other goes on a quest to find her - going on a scavenger-hunt type journey, where you don't know what's real and what isn't. I just fell in love with the idea of this story and the twists and turns you're presented with along the way.

Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O'Toole
My first book of the year and definitely one of the most thought-provoking and memorable. After reading this I want to read everything about gender I can get my hands on because it's such an intriguing and interesting topic. This book is part scholarly, part biography - the author shares her personal stories of gender experimentation and discovery and breaks down the idea of gender as a social construction in a readable manner. I'm so glad I read this because it opened me up to some ideas I'd never really thought deeply about before.

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstorm*
I had to pop this one in the pile after I gave it 5 stars. I liked this one purely because I couldn't stop reading it and it was a nice change from the contemporary romances I often read. A compelling YA thriller, it follows a teenage girl called Gwen who goes to Europe in search of her father who's been kidnapped. I think I had craved the action that this book brings, following a schoolgirl who turns into an assassin just like that. How realistic is this book? Not very, but I had to include this for it's addicting nature and interesting storyline.


Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Have you heard enough about this book yet? If you haven't managed to pick it up yet, do it now because it's worth it. I was lucky enough to see Rupi perform some of her poetry this year at The Auckland Writer's Festival. You can tell the amount of passion she has and it reflects in her poems. I never would have thought I'd pick up a poetry book, but this is the kind I can get on board with. Her writing explores love and heartache in an accessible and wonderful way.

Margot and Me by Juno Dawson
This is a very recent read but I enjoyed it so much, it was definitely going on this list. Margot and Me is about a girl who moves to the countryside with her mum, to live with her strict Grandmother. Fliss has no idea what made her Grandmother so stern and hard, but then she starts reading her teenage wartime diary. She finally sees what has happened in her Grandmother's past, all the while going through her own struggles at school and with her mum. This book was witty and just a joy to read, but maybe have a tissue or two with you when you read.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
I've saved the absolute best for last because I strongly think this is one of the best books I've ever read. YA romance at it's best, this is about a girl who is a select mute who finds herself friends with a deaf boy. As she's the only one at school who knows sign language, they form a special kind of friendship with each other. This is a love story, but it's done so, so well. This is the type of book that makes you want to smile, squeal and laugh - it kind of has a special place in my heart.


Are you interested in reading any of these books?

-Emma


*Review Copy
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  2. I really want to read Milk&Honey. And wow, I hadn't heard of A Quiet Kind of Thunder- and now I definitely want to read it. That sounds so relevant to my life, and I'd love to see someone's take on it. I'm glad that selective mutism is getting more and more coverage now :)

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    1. Definitely read it, it's fantastic! :)

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  3. I always love your recommendations :). The Cruelty sounds fantastic. Can't wait to get into Margot & Me soon. Thanks for lending it to me!

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    1. Thanks Sophie :) hope you enjoy it!

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