I thought I would list down a few books that I have enjoyed this year. I will keep on updating it as the year goes by.
Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Meija
A girl is murdered in small town everyone knows each other. The story takes you through the investigation by the local sheriff who is a close friend to her father. We also get to see the events that led to her death through flashbacks. Read my review here.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A girl witnesses the death of her childhood friend in the hands of a police officer. The story follows the aftermath of the incident and how it changes how she sees things. The book has been hyped up and for a good reason. Read my review here.
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adichie does it again. She offers an insightful piece of work in a short book in form of a letter to her friend. She has a way of bringing out these important issues in a light way that would make people against feminism see why it is necessary.
Home by Ginny L. Yttrup
This was one that shocked me, completely. I had never read a Christian fiction before and I don’t think I had any plans of reading one. But I got an ARC of this one and it blew me away. I was skeptical going and when I told my sister about it she laughed. Issue being I question a lot of things about religions. But I absolutely loved it. Read my review here.
Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
A woman lives in fear of her husband’s release from prison. He was controlling and violent so she made the decision to leave him for the sake of her daughter. He eventually gets out and she gets constant reminders from him that he can still torment her life from a distance. Read my review here.
City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
The Young Adult book is set in a made-up town in Kenya with a mix of Mombasa and Nairobi in it. A girl seeks vengeance for her mother’s death. She is willing to do anything to ensure the person responsible gets what he deserves. But an old friend makes her doubt herself. Could she have been going after the wrong person all these years? Read my review here.
Rebecca by Daphnie du Maurier
On my quest to read more classics, I discovered Maurier and I fell in love. I absolutely fell hard. This was about a woman who is taken as a second wife to a widower. But she constantly feels like the shadow of the first wife, Rebecca. She is constantly reminded of her perfection and how she could never fill her shoes. She even doubts her husband’s feelings towards her. Read my review about Mandalay here.
An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur
My sister didn’t like it but I loved it. The vulnerability of the characters Laqueur created was fantastic. It was raw and heartbreaking but honest all the same. If you want something different with a little bit of taboo in it, this is the one. Read my review here.
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
This was the first book I read in 2017 that did not leave me thinking I wasted my time. It’s such a twisted thriller and I don’t know why I never read it when it came out. I didn’t even know about it until I saw a review pop up on my goodreads. Girls kidnapped and kept in a garden for years until the kidnapper decides it’s time for them to die. Read my review here.