Friday, 12 January 2018

3 Books I Loved in 2017

books, book pile, sarah dessen last chance, say her name juno dawson, sir arthur conan doyle the adventures of sherlock holmes

I spend most of my summers reading. Whether it's a rare day of pure sunshine and 25-degree heat, or if it's just mild at best and a little bit cloudy, you'll find me tucked up outside with a book and probably a notepad too, petting the neighbour's cat whilst feeding her Dreamies. 

In the summer of 2017, I was writing my latest novel - so far without a title -, and because I was so in the zone I really didn't want to stray from the young adult theme, but there were so many books I wanted to read. I did end up mostly re-reading Sarah Dessen books, but I did also discover some new novels that I ended up thoroughly enjoying. In today's post, I thought I'd share them with you.

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES - SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

I picked up about five of these beautifully bound Sherlock Holmes books in mint condition in a charity shop for about £3 altogether - it was a total bargain. I just wish I'd been able to get the remaining books with matching cover illustrations. They're the perfect on-the-go size so they'd have been ideal to take on holiday if I hadn't already read them all. Although I enjoyed most of the Sherlock Holmes series, this collection of mini-stories was definitely my favourite as it was broken up into bite-sized chunks that made them easy to digest, and it meant I didn't have to commit to long chapters or plots. I'd wanted to read the Sherlock Holmes books for a while so it was nice to finally check something off my to-do list! (Also, for anyone curious, Irene Adler appears to be merely a footnote in the books, rather than a whole entire 90-min saga). 

LAST CHANCE - SARAH DESSEN

Last Chance was one of Sarah Dessen's earlier works, and I'm pretty sure it's the only one I'd never read up until last summer. It was recommended to me by Lola when I featured another Sarah Dessen novel on my Instagram and we began to talk about how much we enjoyed her novels. I'm really glad I went back and read this one - it was thoroughly enjoyable and a fairly easy read. It's not my favourite of Sarah Dessen's works, but it's worth a read if you're a lover of Sarah or realistic young adult fiction. Also, now that I'm familiar with the gang from the Last Chance cafe, I recognise the appearances they've made across all the other books!

SAY HER NAME - JUNO DAWSON

In recent years I've wanted to get into horror writing, and I've wanted to read it too, but I always struggle and find books I'll enjoy in the adult section (I've struggled through several Stephen King novels). I believe I discovered the book Hollow Pike by Dawson on Goodreads or a similar site, and whilst I still haven't read that one, I ended up buying Say Her Name on Amazon when I was bulk buying books anyway. I read this one in about a week, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Although it was a little bit cheesy with the young love thing - it was handled a bit differently to what I'm used to from years of reading Sarah Dessen -, I loved the story and the horror aspect. It was super enjoyable and it didn't drag or become tedious which is fab considering it's my first horror YA book I've read, as now I can look forward to reading more from Juno in the future.

What books did you enjoy in 2017? Leave any recommendations below!

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