Best books of the year: January – June 2017

I found it incredibly frustrating to write this post, because while there are certainly books I’ve enjoyed this year, there’s been nothing that’s really blown my mind. I think I’m getting more and more difficult to please the more I read! A 5 star rating is becoming somewhat rare from me, alas. #readerproblems

However, like I said, there are books I think are still really good, so while I haven’t really gained too many new favourites in the past 6 months, the following are pretty deserving of acclaim:

Sleeping Giants & Waking Gods (Themis Files #1 & #2) – Sylvain Neuvel

I devoured this series. Entertaining as all hell, thrilling, and left me wanting more. While the first book was a 2016 release, Waking Gods came out in April this year. There’s no news as yet as to the forthcoming books, but I am keeping eyes peeled for updates.

See my reviews for Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods

Hunger: A Memoir of My Body – Roxane Gay

I’ve been reading loads more non-fiction of late, and Gay’s memoir was stellar stuff. A combination of anecdotes from her life growing up and her food issues stemming from a past trauma, combined with commentary about our current society and the way we treat bodies.

See my review for Hunger.

Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner

I don’t read nearly as much YA these days as I used to, but my word, this book shattered me and shredded me and put me back together again. A searing exploration of grief, combined with moments of rib-aching humour.

See my review for Goodbye Days.

The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) – Jane Harper

A 2016 release which I am so, so glad I picked up. Just my type of mystery – not heavy on the gore, but rather focused on the investigative work, the small-town atmosphere, and flashbacks from the past.

See my review for The Dry.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Well-deserving of its literary success, The Hate U Give not only tackled incredibly topical societal issues, but was also well-written and contained some unexpected moments of delightful humour.

See my review for The Hate U Give.

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) – N.K. Jemisin

The second in NK Jemisin’s post-apocalyptic fantasy series was a fantastic addition, following the journey of a mother and daughter at odds in a world of those with geological powers and the societies that shun them. Highly recommended, if you haven’t checked these out already.

See my review for The Obelisk Gate.

Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times – Carolina De Robertis

A collection of essays from a diverse range of contributors for those of us in need of hope in these turbulent political times. Food for the weary spirit indeed.

Read my review for Radical Hope.

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So that’s it from my side. Any of your favourites on this list? Hoping for some more gems to come my way in the last half of this year!

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