Best of Books

This year has been filled with some real page turners but also some downers. So without further ado, below are the top 5 books I read in the past year.

5.  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This book was an absolute pleasure to read. It is the perfect beach read making you dream of prince charming who will shower you with love and care for you and just make you feel like the princess that you are. Stephanie Perkins is an absolute wizard when it comes to writing; you don't know whether to fall in love with the characters or the writing or the story itself. Perfect for the romantic in you!

Read my review here or go right ahead and Buy it here!

4. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

This was an eye-opening read. Despite my varied reading experience, never have I read a book that is written concisely but still with so much detail. The imagery in this book was so detailed and beautiful that I felt that I was standing right there at the scene of the crime. I can honestly say that now when I read a true crime novel I will be comparing it to this one. A must read classic!

Read my review here or go right ahead and Buy it here!

3. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

I listened to the Handmaid's Tale as an audiobook on audible. I thought the story itself was very insightful and objective. It did show us how difficult it was for the Handmaid's but Atwood also talks about the difficulties and pain the wives go through and even some of the men in the story. It's all about resistance and fighting for what is rightfully yours and is definitely inspiring. Also, the narration was brilliant which helped bring the story to life.

Read my review here or go right ahead and Buy it here!

2. Where'd you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

This book is the cutest well-written story about the bond between a mother and her daughter. It was such a brilliant look at how Bee, the central character, never gives up on her mum despite what her dad says to her. Some people may call her mum crazy or weird but for Bee, her mum is the best in the world and their love is of the purest kind. For me, it was just the most perfect story about a relationship that isn't written about a lot.

Read my review here or go right ahead and Buy it here!.

Before we reveal the book that has been awarded Best Book of 2017, I have an honourable mention which I just can't forget:

Honorable mention: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling

The first Harry Potter book is where it all started. It introduced me to the world of Hogwarts and magic and that is what I grew up with. To me, hands down Harry Potter will always be the best series of books of that I have read. Not only because of the nostalgia but also because who wouldn't want to get lost in a beautifully written world with a brilliant underlying story which tackles issues that deal with out here in the real world; discrimination, prejudice, love and family. Harry Potter will always have a special place in my heart.

Read my review here or go right ahead and Buy it here!

And Finally...

1. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

The book at number one is the one and only Promise of Fire.  This book gives you adventure, romance and thrills all neatly wrapped in one imaginative package.  What is there not to like about this book; the characters, the storylines, the world building all of it was executed absolutely perfectly, and for a debut novel? It was the best book I have read all year!

Read my review here or go right ahead and Buy it here!

This year has been a brilliant year of books and I can see I enjoyed reading every single one of them, even those that I really didn't like. Heres to another year of great books!

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