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.


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!


13 thoughts on “Best books of the year: January – June 2017

    1. Definitely. I’m so glad THUG is out there breaking records and kicking ass. It was quite a tricky list to put together, I’m hoping I’ll have more ‘WOW’ reads later this year. Thank you for stopping by!


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