A love a good book. I read 21 books in 2017. Here are my favs (in no particular order)
Fall by Candice Fox
I think Candice Fox is the bee’s knees. Although her first crime novel, Hades, was painful to read(those poor kids), I fell in love with the first line. And that was it – I was hooked.
Hooked on Hades and hooked on Candice Fox. I didn’t read the sequel, Eden, until early 2017. I quickly followed it up with the third instalment, Fall, not long after I met her at an author talk (see the photo as proof).
I’ll admit, I didn’t love Eden or Fall as much as I did Hades but come on, these stories are addictive and let’s face it, Candice can write like a MoFo.
You know what to do.
The Latte Years by Philippa Moore
I stumbled upon this memoir by Tassie-born blogger, Philippa Moore in my local library. I love true stories. I dream of writing my own memoir some day so I usually devour good personal reads.
Philippa’s journey into blogging and the bullying that came with it (as well as her marriage breakdown) is showcased in her first book, The Latte Years.
I loved Phil’s story so much I even contacted her to be a voice in a feature article I wrote for SBS Life about online bullying. The Latte Years is an easy read about one woman’s life in and out of the blogosphere.
The Dry by Jane Harper
So. I know I’m late to the party with only reading The Dry in 2017 but better late than never, I say. The subject matter of this rural crime story is hard to take but not enough for me to put it down. Any crime story that features the loss of a child will be emotionally hard to accept. I’m a mother and since becoming one 12 years, I am quite sensitive to tragedies that involve a child. But Jane Harper does a good job of relaying this Aussie crime mystery. The sequel, Force of Nature was released in 2017. I’ve yet to read it. But I will.
Get on it.
Traveling With Ghosts by Shannon Leone Fowler
Another memoir on my list of book loves for 2017. Here’s what I wrote on Good Reads about Traveling With Ghosts:
Wow. What a story. This is a memoir about the sudden loss of Shannon’s fiancé on a Thai beach after being stung by a box jelly fish. She writes of her raw, unrelenting grief with honesty and grace. Like it was something we all go through. And let’s hope and pray we never actually have to. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I hugged every word and got lost in her what ifs.
This travel memoir will tug at your heartstrings and make you curse the earth for such unfairness.
Grab a box of tissues.
Leave Me by Gayle Forman
I’ve read 3 other books by Gayle Forman and they were all bloody good. Great even. So, yes, I had high expectations for Leave Me. But, there was nothing to worry about – this book is kick-ass. And so relatable. It’s about a career woman, who is also a wife and mother of twins, who suffers a heart attack and needs to undergo emergency by-pass surgery (that’s not the relatable part for me). Once back at home she feels like nobody will let her recover that way she needs to. Someone always needs something or shit’s just not getting done properly (that’s the relatable part for me). So. She packs a bag and leaves them all to fend for themselves (also relatable… in a fantasy way for me).
Do you think she ever goes home? You’ll have to read it to find out.
Love at First Flight by Tess Woods
Tess Woods is Perth physiotherapist who has churned out 2 fab romance novels. Love at First Flight is about a 40-something-year-old woman who meets a random on a plane. That chance meeting fucks up her “perfect” world and throws her into some messy, emotional drama that would just suck to go through. But it’s that kind of crisis that I love to read about. I found myself being torn between good and bad morals while reading this. I wanted the main character to go down the rabbit hole. And stay there. I wanted a different ending. Sigh. Any novel that gets you emotionally involved in the characters’ lives is a ripper.
Take this one on your next flight.
Paper Chains by Nicola Moriarty
Paper Chains was recommended by Tess Woods! I had always wanted to read something by Nic Moriarty (she’s Liane Moriarty’s sister) but just hadn’t got around to it until it made Tess’s list of favs. This book is shroud in mystery right from the get-go. Both lead characters are running from something but it’s quite a ways into the story before the penny drops. Paper Chains tackles some pretty big issues, especially for mothers. For me, it really highlighted the need for honest communication with a spotlight on knowing when to ask for help.
A good one for women who are trying to be perfect. all. the. time (just like in Leave Me)
The Way Back by Kylie Ladd
OMG, I love Kylie Ladd. She really knows how to tap into big emotional issues with grace. The Way Back is about a 13-year-old girl who goes missing during a horse ride. The book flip flops between characters to document the facts and feelings of such a tragedy. As a mother myself, I get emotionally tied to any stories involving kids but this one is soft and light on the “gory” details.
Kylie is such a beautiful writer. All of her books are amazing.
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
I loved The Girl On The Train so when Paula Hawkins wrote another book, I had to read it. No, Into The Water is not as gripping or addictive as her first book but the storyline is interesting and very moreish. In this mystery, there are a lot of characters to keep track of but once you get it straight, you’ll want to go full speed to find out ‘who done it’.
Don’t read this one by the river.
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
And finally, a “self-improvement” book to round things off. My favourite colour is orange and my favourite word is fuck so this book was a winner from the beginning for me. To be honest, I don’t read Mark Manson’s very popular blog but I knew who he was long before I picked up his book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*uck (man, I love this title). It’s not that this book says anything that is mind-blowing but it acts as a reminder. A reminder to not take life so seriously and to not get caught up in the “small stuff”.
Read this one to learn how to give zero fuhcks about the things that matter least.
Did you notice that most of my best reads of 2017 are written by Australians? Yew! That was not planned at all. I’ve lived in Australia for 12 years (in May) so the sway is natural, I guess.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Tell me which books you loved in 2017.