I’ve loved a good book for as long as I can remember. I feel like I have a really special bond with my fellow bookworms so this is something I’m really excited to share on my blog.
One thing I don’t like, however, is spoilers – so much so that I often won’t even read blurbs. If I see a book that my trusted sources are raving about, I just dive in. I don’t want to know anything, I want to be unprepared and uninfluenced by preconceived notions. It’s so much more fun that way!
And instead of starting the book portion of my blog with full-on book reviews, I thought I’d try something a little different and just do a brief round-up of what I’ve loved and what’s on my TBR list so far this year.
I read a LOT but there’s always those few that just really stand out amongst the crowd. I think that’s how you know when a book is really good. When it’s been weeks, months, even years later and that book still resonates with you. Those are the books that are featured here.
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The Ghostwriter by Allesandra Torre
This is by far the best book I’ve read in a very long time. Hands down my number one pick for 2017. That’s saying a lot since my two favorite authors released books this year both of which were outstanding. The Ghostwriter is an absolute page-turner – I could not put it down. If you’re into dark and twisty and a need a good dose of suspense, you have to read this book.
Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher
I’m a Tarryn Fisher junkie. I’d read her grocery list but I bet she’s too cool to write one. Her writing can be dark but I crave her raw honesty when it comes to love and life. She’s able to put my experiences and emotions into words better than any author I’ve read. Her words will rip every deep-buried emotion from your core. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray is no exception – I feel these are her most powerful words on love to date. I highly anticipated this book for months and spent a Friday night on my couch reading the entire thing in one sitting. Then I read it again. So yeah, I think it’s pretty good. If you’re looking for a love story that’s real – not sugar coated – give this book a chance. By the way, it’s not actually about atheists or religion. 😉
Without Merit: A Novel by Colleen Hoover
Colleen tortured us for months awaiting the release of this little gem. You’ll fall in love with the colorful cast of characters that make up the family of Merit Voss and get an honest glimpse into a dynamic that’s not exactly typical but still filled with love. The subject matter isn’t light, but Colleen always knows how to put the hard topics into a perspective that leaves you feeling like it’s okay to not be okay and show us that we all fight through hard things in life.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
Although this is a 2016 release, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things finally made it to the top of my TBR list. The subject matter of this book is understandably hard for some to accept. However, despite the less than comforting subject matter, I feel it was really beautifully written and portrays a very real element of our society. I don’t think this book or my recommendation of it is intended to condone the subject matter contained in its pages, but more so, to educate readers, to open their eyes and see things from an honest and probably unrealized perspective. Not everyone is raised in a world of wholesome families and white picket fences. Go into this with an open mind.
Bright Side by Kim Holden
This is another earlier release but I just couldn’t leave it off the list. Bright Side was just recently brought to my attention in one of my book groups. This book wins the award for inducing the worst book hangover I’ve had in years. Wow. Without giving too much away just prepare for an emotional read. And I hope you really enjoy the word “dude“.
Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires by J.R. Rogue
I’m new to J.R. Rogue’s poetry but I love what I’ve read of it so far. I’m not a huge poetry buff per se but if you like poetry along the lines of Atticus, Tyler Knott Gregson, or r.h. Sin, I’d say J.R. Rogue is their female counterpart. Real, raw views on love, depression, and life in general.
And, last but not least is my pick for the most anticipated book on my TBR list this fall:
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Like most people, I’ve loved everything I’ve read by John Green. I’m excited to see what he has in store for us with his latest novel, Turtles All the Way Down. No, I haven’t read any blurbs so I have no idea what to expect but I’m sure it will end up on my next Badass Book Roundup!
Does anyone have any thoughts to share on these titles? Have you read any of them? Drop me a line and let me know what you’ve loved, what you’ve hated or if you have any suggestions for a 2017 must-read. Leave a comment and let’s chat!