Hi everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and will have an even better new year. It’s been over a month since my last post, but Christmas is a buy time of year – but hopefully I’ll post more this year! Anyway, on with this post!
I read 27 books last year, which, for me, is quite a lot, but this year I would like to read more. Fingers crossed I can do it. Here are my favourite books that I read last year, in the order I read them;
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling.
I’m 99.9% sure I don’t need to say what this is about. But, even though I love the movies, I have never read the books, so I was so happy that I finally began reading it. I enjoyed every bit of it, and only wish I read the series sooner.
Stardust – Neil Gaiman
You can read my review for this novel here. While I enjoyed this, I have to admit, I slightly prefer the movie, which I don’t say often. I think it was maybe because of the ending.
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
This is the story about two workers, George and Lennie, who start work on a ranch. They have worked on other ranches previously, but trouble always follows them.
This is probably best known as a GCSE book, mainly because of the ending. But this was actually one of the few books I enjoyed reading for school. I’ve read it twice since studying it, and it never gets old. There’ll be a review on this soon!
Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
A quick and insightful read, this book of poetry and prose is about life. Each chapter contains poetry and short stories on different stages of life, which most people would be able to find relatable in different ways. There are drawings on almost every page which are so beautifully drawn in a somewhat different way. You can read my thoughts on this book here and here.
The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise – Crystal Jeans
The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise is a delightful, humorous and serious collection of stories of Crystal’s life. The stories are something that we can relate to; they are nostalgic and show real struggles.
I was recommended to read this for one of my University modules, and I’m so glad I did. It’s so entertaining and I can’t wait to read more of her books.
Quidditch Through The Ages – J. K. Rowling
One of the books that Harry Potter read for his first year at Hogwarts, this is truly educational. It was a quick, fun read.
I am obsessed with Shakespeare (not at all a cliché of an English student). So reading this was quite interesting and fun. It was nice yet quite sad to see how he changed his poetry as he aged. Obviously, I will be writing about Shakespeare in future.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has a fun way of writing and really brings his characters to life. This book was really interesting and gets your mind working.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling
It’s Harry Potter – of course a bookworm and Harry Potter nerd will enjoy it! It’s a fun, quick, enjoyable read. I just need to read the rest now :O.
Araby (Dubliners) – James Joyce
I had to read this short story for one of my University modules and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s part of a collection of “Dubliners,” so I will definitely read the rest of them!
The Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore
Obviously read on the night of Christmas Eve, this delightful and nostalgic poem is definitely going to become a tradition for me to read. Everyone should read this on the night of Christmas Eve at least. It’s fun and shows you the true meaning and joy of Christmas.
What were your favourite reads of 2017? And what will you be reading in 2018?
Have a magical year!