Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Five Best Books I've Read So Far This Year

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's topic is excellently convenient. Mainly because I was planning to do it anyway. We're roughly halfway through 2017, so here's a breakdown of the best books I've read so far. It's a short list because I haven't read many good books so far this year.

1. Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, so if we're going to be technical, I haven't quite finished Crooked Kingdom yet, but I'm far enough through it to know that my review will be pretty much incoherent. This is honestly one of the best series that I have ever read. I love all of the characters. Every. Single. One.

My review for Six of Crows is here.

2. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Spooky Gothic goodness starring two sisters in a creepy house.

My review for We Have Always Lived in the Castle is here.

3. The Shaman King series by Hiroyuki Takei

Fairly typical shonen manga with a tournament as the central plot point. It draws inspiration from every culture under the sun for the shamans' powers. What really makes this one stand out are the character dynamics and the fact that the hero's power stays on the same level as that of his friends.

4. Instructions for Flight by Kate I. Foley

Poetry collection featuring a variety of topics and forms. If you like dramatic metaphors, beautiful imagery, and good pacing, you should give this a shot.

My review for Instructions for Flight is here.

5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I usually hate dystopia, but this one was stomachable. Although I still don't understand why Thomas (or anyone) likes Minho.

My review for The Maze Runner is here.

So I think we can all agree that this has been an utterly terrible reading year so far. I mean, I only gave one of the books on here three stars. That's a perfectly good rating normally, but on a top ten five list, I expect the ratings to be higher than that. Here's hoping it improves as the summer wears on. 

What's the best book you've read so far this year?