I read a total of 110 book this year, and there were some really great ones. These are the best of them.
Before we commence with my top 10 here’s a couple of honorable mentions.
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel was a re-read this year, and it’s solidly placed it into my favourite books of all time. Meanwhile Force of Nature by Jane Harper was a close contender for my top 10, except it’s not due for release until 2018 in the UK. My post on the blog tour is coming in February.
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ★★★★☆
Such a powerful story, wonderfully written. Trigger Warning for abuse and sexual assault.
9. Ragdoll by Daniel Cole (Detective William Fawkes #1) ★★★★☆
Exactly what I want to see from a dark and gory crime/thriller. I’ve been lucky enough to have a proof for the sequel come next year and I can’t wait to get into it. Full review (I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review)
8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ★★★★☆
Probably to most powerful story of year and one you can’t have gone the year without hearing about this. Full review
7. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton ★★★★☆
I love it when you go into a book blind and it pays off. Such a great read, and I really need to watch the BBC adaptation. Full review
6. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) ★★★★☆
I can see why everyone raves about this sequel! I could do without the sex scenes, but it’s a really great Fantasy novel. Full review
5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Caraval #1) ★★★★☆
A great surprise of the year. After hearing some very mixed reviews it was great to fall in love with this world. Just don’t expect a story along the lines of The Night Circus! Full review
4. Poison Study by Maria V Snyder (Study #1) ★★★★★
On to the 5 star reads! The joys of falling in love with a new series, and this was a fantastic start. Full review
3. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ★★★★★
Everybody should read this short essay, or look up the original TED talk. Full review
2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ★★★★★
A really great, gripping novel, in fact it’s my favourite fiction read of the year. Full review
1. A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray ★★★★★
I picked this up completely on a whim, and it was such a pleasant surprise. Not only did I love the audiobook (narrated by Jenni Murray herself), but I kept thinking about this through the year and it’s completely reignited my love of history. Thanks to this I’ve been watching more documentaries, and marathoning my way through history podcasts. And if that’s not the sign of a great book I don’t know what is. Full review