This was a rather slow or fairly uneventful year for me in terms of reading. I don’t know if I’m just getting more picky with what I read or what. I do know that one of the reasons this year I’ve only managed to scratch the surface of my TBR pile at only 90 books is because I don’t have much time to read. There’s also a lack of motivation. I definitely still get excited for new books by my favorite authors and others that are buzzed about, but when it comes to actually reading it, not so much.
I did a lot of rereading this year, just to spark my love of reading again, and while it worked for those books, I still don’t have the time or energy to get much other reading done. Thank goodness for audiobooks, since I spend a lot of time in the car or doing other things that require my hands, audiobooks make it so I can at least make somewhat of a dent in the pile of books I want to read.
In any case, I did manage to read some really amazing gems. Surprisingly, to me most of all, most of these books are Contemporary. SHOCKER!!!! If you know me at all you’ll know I’ve never been the biggest fan of Contemporary books, particularly YA (the Romance genre being the exception, but even that can be lukewarm at times when it comes to YA romance). Maybe it was just time for me to come around on the genre, or maybe these authors just know how to spark my interest. Who knows?!
In no particular order:
Ruined and Avenged by Amy Tintera
This series is just awesome. From start to finish, I was glued to the pages. It’s also amazing that the second book was just as good as the first, which hardly happens. I’m super excited to read the last book, which comes out next May. You’ve got magic, action, romance, intrigue – the whole shabang! I couldn’t put these books down.
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Something about the characters and the plot progression just kept me so interested and engaged in this book. I remember still thinking about it heavily days after reading this book, which hardly ever happens nowadays. I’m so excited to read the companion novel, which is about a particular character we meet in here. I can’t wait!
The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young
This one surprised me. I’ve always been a fan of Young, particularly her On Dublin Street series, but those are romance novels. This was a complete deviation for her and I loved it. Each character brought something different and entertaining to the table. Young tackled the various aspects of family, friends, and the tough times in life in such a way that really spoke to me.
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
Way to make me fall for you and your writing all over again, CoHo. I was beginning to lose faith that I could ever get back into CoHo books considering how much I loved her earlier works. The later books just didn’t do it for me. Thankfully, her last two, possibly three (I forget) books really blew me away (counting this one). This book was just plain amazing. Classic CoHo! She just drew me in with her words and her characters, and what a crazy bunch this family is, and I just couldn’t stop reading.
Warcross by Marie Lu
Honestly, anything this author writes is basically gold. She just has a way with words, characters, and world-building. All of this draws you in and holds your attention until the very end. I really enjoyed Warcross, so much so that I told my hubs to read it and he even enjoyed it (and he’s not much of a reader). It was pretty cool to imagine this virtual reality world and seeing this game play out.
I also wanted to give honorable mention to her other series, The Young Elites, I binge read that series after reading this book because I was behind on Lu’s books and yeah, she’s just an amazing author no matter what.
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
CL never disappoints me. They shine when it comes to romance, but they also somehow managed to tackle so many important and meaningful topics in this one book, I seriously want everyone to read this. This is another book where the issues of family, love, and friendship come into play, but even more it’s about love and acceptance in who you are. Such a great semi-self-discovery kind of book I devoured.
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Probably my Top Pick of 2017, if I really had to choose. I just did not expect to love this book as much as I did, but it’s so damn good. Amazing! I already liked Benway’s first novel and I knew she could tackle emotional and difficult subjects with flair and intrigue, but I didn’t know she could do it like this. This is THE book about family and I urge everyone reading this and everyone I know in real life to read this book. It’s SO DAMN FANTASTIC!!!! The message in this book is so powerful. The characters are unforgettable. The storyline is different and yet so relatable. Just the best.
What are some of your favorite books you’ve read this year? Love any of the ones I have above?