I don’t know what it is maybe the cold weather, the ease of using my Kindle, or the longing for a great story. What ever it seems to be it’s got me on a steamroller. In the past weekend I finished a book I’ve been working on for months, picked out a new story and that must have been exactly my type because I finished it in two days!! Of course once I finished that I needed to pick up the following book in the series, and so now I’m working on that book!
I will say I’ve absolutely loved setting time aside to sit down and read each weekend and now I try to get a little bit in during the week although that’s harder than I originally thought. Being able to immerse myself in a story and get lost between the pages is the best feeling and the stories are literally endless! I’ve created a bit of a list here for your enjoyment of some of the great but maybe skipped over books of 2017, they are all sorts of different types, fiction, non-fiction, biographies I’ve got a little something for everyone.
Here are the few books that I’ve got myself wrapped up in at the moment. I initially started with the The Sparrow Sisters – Ellen Herrick, after finishing that on Saturday I picked up a book called The Witches of BlackBrook by Trish Thawer. It was one of the most intense, mind grabbing books I’ve read in a long time, (the last book I read when that happened was the Harry Potter series) so I ended up finding the sequel called The Daughters of Maine, Trish Thawer got my mind going in The Witches of BlackBrook so I had to keep going and see what the characters were up to in this novel! I’m so excited, sometimes I wish I got paid to sit around and read books like this, #dreamjob haha!
And just in case you are over 2017 and your ready for the new reads of 2018 I’ve got a few of those as well and the announced release date. I hope some of these spark your interest and get you curled up on the couch with a great book. Recently I’ve gotten the urge to dig out the Harry Potter books and re-read them all. That was my original thought before I picked up the book I finished over the weekend, (but I figure there are so many stories I haven’t had the pleasure of diving into yet, they deserve a chance too! 😉 Although, those were the stories that kept me intrigued and I followed the plot and the story line to the end, it was a whirlwind! The emotions that a book can pull from you is incredible to me, reading a biography about Princess Diana will pull emotions like sorrow, mystery, it’ll get you asking the question Why? Was it a set up? What really happened? Then moving to a thriller novel like The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown brings up emotions of panic, bravery and anxiousness! A great book will be able to twist your emotions from one to another, from page to page intrigue you and paint a picture in your head.
If a book is well written I always find it too short.
Sometimes, for me, it’s hard to get going into a book, it really needs to captivate me and catch my attention, paint a mental picture for me. So a lot of the time I find it hard to get a hold of great books. Another great part of reading is you get to find out more about yourself, you get to experience new genres figure out what you like and don’t like; and that’s exactly what I’m doing! I really enjoyed Sara Palin’s book America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag it really captured her as a person and I appreciated that. Although, I will say anything about magic, witches, and history I love as well, there is some sort of allusiveness about the subject that makes it so interesting to me! There are so many books and so little time, but check out the list below to see some of 2017 greats and some of best anticipated novels of 2018 as well!
They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib
Heather, The Totality by Matthew Weiner
The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
Stephen Colbert’s Midnight Confessions by Stephen Colbert and The Staff of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Grace by Paul Lynch
The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch
Anticipated 2018 Release
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton (Grand Central, non-fiction, on sale April 24)
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (Ballantine, fiction, on sale May 1)
The Cruel Prince: The Folk of the Air by Holly Black:
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory