I wish I could just pop my Goodreads year in books in here as it looks so pretty, makes me happy to look at it. It’s been a good year for reading, I’d set a target of 24 and managed to read 50 in the end. I’m not sure what happened this year that made me read so much more, I just fell in love with it again. I only read books that I really wanted too which sounds simple enough but I think sometimes you read a book because you feel like you should or if everyone has been talking about it.
I won’t go through all 50 books here but there are some that stand out from the past year that I still think of now, some I could re-read and some that I want to shout about from the rooftops and tell everyone to read it. There are only a couple that I really didn’t like – if I wasn’t getting into a book I just stopped reading it. If I’ve done a proper review of the book I’ve linked to it if you’d like to read more.
One of my first books of the year was North and South I only read it as I’d watched the TV show on Netflix and fell more than a little in love with it. I was surprised at how easy it was to read, it’s so, so good, if you love period classics it’s well worth reading. I discovered a whole load of books that were new to me, even though they’ve been out for years – Water for Elephants, The Night Circus and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society were all amazing. I’d got The Night Circus on my Kindle and had to buy a proper copy too, it became one of my favourite ever books. It’s different to anything I’ve read before and is beautifully written.
I re-read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone as I got the illustrated edition as well as Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. They’re books I can’t help picking up every few years, usually after I’ve watched the television shows. There is a reason that so many people love them and I never get fed up of reading them.
A Year of Living Danishly was one of my Kindle bargains and it is one of my favourites from the year, so much so that I wrote a whole post about it and started planning my imaginary move to Denmark. A Man Called Ove was probably the most moving book I’d read all year, I was holding back tears from the start but it also so sweet and charming. It’s such a lovely book and one I’d definitely read again.
I started a few fantasy series’ this year which I tend to get carried away with and then I’m disappointed to realise that they aren’t finished yet. I’m waiting on a few new releases in 2017! The Patrick Rothfuss books are amazing but incredibly long and quite slow paced, my brother recommended them to me and the story is really something else. I started The Red Queen series and both of the Sarah J Maas series’ and I flew through them all – they really bumped up my reads this year. I’ve fallen in love with The Court of Thorns and Roses books – they have fangirl written all over them and my husband rolls his eye when he sees me reading them but I can’t get enough. Books like that are such a guilty pleasure for me.
Towards the end of the year I finally gave in and read Me Before You. I kept putting it of as I didn’t think it was the kind of thing I’d enjoy and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I’d heard about the story and thought it was going to be bleak but it wasn’t, not at all. I can’t wait to see the film now and the same goes for A Monster Calls which is another favourite from this year. A book that still stands out to me is The Art of Being Normal which is about transgender teens; it was incredibly thought-provoking and one of those books that you feel like could really help people. I found Alan Cummings autobiography, Not My Father’s Son, such a hidden gem. I don’t always like autobiographies but this was very well written and full of charm, just as you would imagine.
Now I’ve started this there are so many more I could talk about, I really have enjoyed nearly every book I’ve picked up this year. I’ve had a slow start reading in January but I’ll be sharing my TBR pile soon and I’ll be tagging my books photos on Instagram with #HFHreads2017 so have a peek if you want to see what book I’ve currently got on the go.
I’d love to know what books you enjoyed reading last year!