So, I’m currently curled up in my living room, watching the glow of bonfires through the window as my cat kneads my leg and I’ve been thinking about all the books I’ve read so far this year. Although I haven’t given out loads of 5 star ratings, I have read some really fantastic books and, I figured, why not share with you all my top 5 favourites?
Even though most of these books received 4 stars, is definitely still recommend them to friends and family – they’re fantastic reads!
1. The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time
I’m not going to get too much into this, because my review isn’t out yet and I don’t want to ruin the surprise! However, I think the best word for this book is perfection. It was perfectly paced with the most detailed narrative and character development I think I’ve ever encountered. Not to mention that it was just such a beautiful life-affirming story, Christopher is definitely one of my favourite characters of all time.
If you remember my review for this bad boy, it’ll be no surprise to you that it’s on this list. I absolutely loved this book. My rose-tainted lens (no pun intended) has even made me forget why I didn’t give it the full 5 stars! This book really surprised me and captured a character living with OCD really well. It was tasteful, and beautiful – definitely a good read for the beach or on a lazy Sunday morning in bed.
The second book with a protagonist suffering from OCD to make it into this list… are you sensing a theme?
This book was not at all what I was expecting. At first, I thought that was a bad thing, but the more I read the more I liked its bizarre plot. Obviously, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it really appealed to me (even though I’m not a huge poetry fan).
It’s definitely worth a look, especially if you liked Under Rose-Tainted Skies and are looking for something along the same lines (or vice verse).
This novel deviates from the contemporary genre that is definitely dominating this list, but don’t let that deter you. This is a wonderful story that modernised the traditional slave narrative in a way that isn’t disrespectful but makes for a very readable story. It’s a harrowing tale, and it shows how Cora has become desensitised throughout her life, but it’s also a story of hope and freedom.
Even if it doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, check out my review for more info, it’s set to become a classic.
Yet another contemporary (are you sensing a pattern here?)
This was yet another adorable novel that I absolutely flew through during a readathon last month.
The narrative was beautiful, and I really liked the way it incorporated BSL into the story. It’s one of those stories that just warms the cockles of your heart – I’d highly recommend it.
I’m aware that the contemporary genre really owns this list, and I’m okay with that, it’s been my thing lately! What’s your favourite book you’ve read so far this year?
Let me know in the comments, I’ll see you there (as soon as I finish stroking my k)