Considering it’s already February, I’m probably a little late with a 2017 reflection post, but I just had so many ideas for the start of the year! Reading is a hobby I’ve enjoyed on and off throughout my life, however as I’m getting older it’s becoming a bigger part of my life. There’s something so relaxing about lazing around at night with a good book; it certainly does wonders for my mental health. My taste in books is very similar to my taste in movies; I love a good horror, and am definitely also partial to a motivational self-help book! So without further ado, here are the best five books I read in 2017!
#5 The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom
This book is weird. Not bad weird though, the sort of weird that simply makes you furrow your eyebrows and think ‘wtf?’ on several occasions. The Birthing House was one of the first books I read last year, and is what sparked my interest in reading back up. I was on the edge of my seat throughout; it was one of those books you feel really immersed in, as if it’s really happening. The only let-down? The ending. I just didn’t understand it; I imagine it’s actually a really clever ending with some sort of hidden meaning, but I just couldn’t read between the lines with this one. So in a nutshell, I’d give this book 10/10 for suspense, and I absolutely loved every second of it, apart from the very end.
#4 I See You by Clare Mackintosh
I aren’t usually into crime books so much, but the creepy element of this one appealed to me. The story begins when commuter Zoe Walker stumbles across a mysterious advert in the local newspaper. The ad simply contains a picture that bares a striking resemblance to her, along with a phone number and web address – ‘findtheone.com’. I found this one took a bit of getting into at the beginning, but the perseverance was well worth it; once it gets going you won’t be able to put it down. I loved the twists and turns, which kept me guessing till the very last page; the ending is surprising and genuinely unpredictable. Well worth a read!
#3 The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight
I absolutely adore this book. The second I set eyes on it in Waterstones, I was immediately drawn to it. As somebody who throughout life has predominantly given way too much of a f**k about pretty much everything, this was an eye-opener for me. It covers everything from family dramas to bikini bodies, whilst helping the reader actually implement the “no f**ks given” attitude, or the NotSorry Method, with the help of practical exercises as you progress through the book. It’s empowering, so relevant to modern day life and makes a great deal of sense. Well worth the buy.
#2 The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
I actually found out about this book in Cosmopolitan, and immediately thought it’d be right up my street. First of all, if you like an aesthetically pleasing book, you will love this one. The cover on the hardback version is lovely, and sets the scene for the novel nicely. Similarly to I See You, I wasn’t hooked right from page one; it takes a little time to get into the nitty-gritty. However, in this case it just adds to the suspense. Let me tell you, this book is super creepy, which is why it was my favourite fiction book of the year! It’s really hard to be genuinely scared by a book, and as a real horror fan, it’s probably even harder. Flipping between three different times periods gives the book and extra edge, and a whole new level of mystery. Although it all does slowly come together and start to make more sense, the last page still made me gasp. I love a twist, and The Silent Companions certainly delivered!
#1 The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
This is my number one because it literally changed my life! If you want to get your life, or more specifically your space, in order, this book will do it for you. Or it’ll at least give you the tools to do it for yourself. I’ve always enjoyed tidying when I put my mind to it, but somehow always ended up living in a pretty messy environment. Reading The life changing magic of tidying changed my perspective hugely, and put the magic back into the simple act of tidying up. Since I put into place the strategies in this book, I have never been tidier and more relaxed in my own environment. It really is a game-changer.