2017 has been a great year for me in terms of reading. I read a couple of new authors in addition to a few classics, and also found some surprisingly good books that affected me like no other. So as the year comes to an end, I decided to compile a list of the 10 best books that I read this year. I’ve read 91 books so far and will finish the year at 93 (or 94). 🙂
I read two books in the Bridget Jones franchise this year. Bridget Jones’s Diary, I didn’t like much, even though it is on a number of must-read lists and is considered to be an exemplary piece of writing. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the second in the series is a different matter altogether, even though it is still written in epistolary form, in this case, a diary format.
The Woman Who Saw the Future is author Amit Sharma’s second novel. I had the opportunity to review his first, False Ceilings as well. And after reading both of them, I can say that he has a unique style that draws you in to the story and helps you ignore the little things that grate on your nerve for just a few seconds.
I responded to a call for reviewers for author Mark Draycott’s book, Chasing Shadows, the first in the DCI Morgan series. I found the premise very intriguing and reached out, wanting to review it for my blog. And here I am, doing exactly this.
There are zombie books that make you shudder in fright, and there are those that make you pee your pants. But what if the entire zombie epidemic has a reason behind it and we are unjustly blaming them for everything? What if we can coexist in harmony? A lot of what ifs that are answered in this short, fun story by Frank Livingston and Janee Livingston.
When a book has a title as interesting as Becoming God, you sit up and take notice. You have a lot of expectations from it. And when it’s a new author who’s writing about this seemingly complicated topic, the excitement mingles with a sort of apprehension that you cannot explain. After all, you will now get to read a fresh perspective of divinity.
There were three things about A.K. Asif’s Hell! No Saints in Paradise that attracted my attention. First, the cover. Dark and broody, there was no question that the book was going to be a roller-coaster that explored the possibilities of the existence of Heaven and Hell. Second, the title. With a title such as Hell! No Saints in Paradise, a paradox in itself, it is hard to rein in one’s curiosity. And lastly, the blurb, one that expanded on what the cover led me to believe.
The BFG was my first Roald Dahl book. And this was after I watched the movie that came out last year. I know, I know! 27 years old (then) and never having read one of the most classic writers of all time. I know it’s a shame. But you know what they say. Better late than never. It’s never too late to fall in love with a story, however simple, however bumbling the protagonist is.
Even with his other works, Sharath Komarraju showed that he knows how to bring the right balance to the story. Now, with his latest murder mystery, The Tree Bears Witness, he reiterates the hold he has over the language. The Tree Bears Witness is in the same series as his earlier work, The Crows of Agra (which I regret not reading). But the beauty of the author’s writing is that his books can also be read as standalone stories.
I am an early reader of this book, approached by the author to give an honest review about it. When I read the blurb of A Ticket to Syria, I was intrigued. The reason behind this is the current situation that the ISIS has plunged the world into. Though the massacres have comparatively reduced, the Islamic State remains the most dangerous terrorist outfit in the world, showing no mercy or remorse in whatever they do.