Halfway Through 2017: Favourite Books of the Year So Far!

We’re halfway through 2017 and I’ve been looking back on the books I’ve read this year. I usually set myself a Goodreads goal of 50 and I’ve read 29 books so I’m right on track! Here’s my favourites:

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – This was incredible. With characters I couldn’t help but fall in love with, action and danger, revenge and lies, unspoken promises, fierce loyalty, and the value of love and honour, Flame in the Mist was a dream to read. I couldn’t get enough of it while reading and I couldn’t stop thinking about it long after the last page.

The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury – The final book in the Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy. This series means so much to me and I know I’ll come back to it many times.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – A refreshing spin on previous Shadowhunter books. Though each series has the familiarity that I love to find with each book I start, the series each have something unique and wonderful about them that sets them apart from each other in many ways. This is the ninth Shadowhunter book I’ve read and after each one I finish I look forward to the next.

The Broken Ones by Danielle L Jensen – Seeing Marc and Penelope’s story unfold like this after reading the trilogy was wonderful. I loved getting a deeper insight into their past. I rarely read short stories/novellas, but I ADORE this series. This is almost a full length book so I knew it was something I was going to get to sink my teeth into and I loved returning to Trollus.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – What a treat to be back with the Song girls with this surprise follow up! These books are inspiring and full of heart. I have adored every book in this series, so much that I’ve baked Lara Jean’s cookies at Christmas for the past three years – it’s become a Christmas Eve tradition of ours.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James – A brilliant high-suspense psychological thriller set in space – I can see the movie posters already! The story took unexpected turn after turn and had me glued to its pages. I love Lauren James’s books and this, for me, was the best yet. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel – A gripping thriller with darkness at its core. Told in ‘then’ and ‘now’ chapters, we get an all-round look into Lane’s life as a teenager and on her return as an adult. I loved the small town feel – it reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse books, without the supernatural. I raced through this one.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – I was really impressed by this Queen of Hearts origin story. All I could think was—how can this sweet character turn into the feared Queen of Hearts? And I got my answer. It was such a brilliant story, so many little details to appreciate, take note of and look back on. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

And the books I’m most looking forward to reading in the second half of this year? I’m looking forward to starting Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Wings and Ruin and I’ve got Kasie West’s By Your Side waiting for me too! On my TBR I’m looking at starting Wing Jones by Katherine Webber, A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas very soon. And upcoming releases I’m looking forward to include Cat Winters’s Odd & True, The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao.