Reading – 2017 So Far

Posted May 24, 2017 by Paula in Books / 2 Comments

Reading - 2017 So Far

One of my goals for this year is to read the books I own. Of the six books I’ve read so far this year, five were books I already owned. Which is great! But I’ve only read six books! I read more than that just in January of 2016!

Anyway, in my What I’m Into post for April I listed some of the books I’ve read this year, but I thought I’d go into a little more depth here and give my thoughts on each book.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

My sister gave me this book for a Christmas present. And I was really impressed with it! The main character Alex was really interesting. I was fascinated by her life on the run and the measures she used to protect herself. One of the things I love best about Stephenie Meyer’s books is the banter she has between characters and it was just as fun in this one as it was in Twilight.

Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas

I had this book for forever! I don’t know why I put off reading it for so long because it was really good! Fairy tale retellings are one of my favorite genres and in this one, the big bad is none other than Story herself!

The characters are being forced to live out their lives by Story, who insists that everyone has the happy ending SHE wants. But she hasn’t messed with Pen and Shoe before! They are determined to create their own ending.

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

After reading Six of Crows I knew I needed more of Leigh Bardugo’s world of the Grisha. But for some reason, I kept putting off reading this series. Finally, I picked it up and it didn’t disappoint. Alina is a great heroine. It was especially interesting reading about her wrestling with her dark side and longing for more power.

And I didn’t even mind that all the guys were in love with Alina! Usually, this trope kills me but it felt right within this world. Mal had been Alina’s best friend all her life, The Darkling saw her as his only equal, and Nikolai saw her as a good political move. So they all made sense.

The ending was a surprise but I felt it was fitting for our heroine.

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

I picked this book up on a whim and I couldn’t put it down. It’s been compared to Gone Girl and it did remind me of Gillian Flynn novels in that the heroine is anything but a good girl. Which I love! It’s great to read books in which the main female character gets to be messed up! And I love a book that has a present day mystery tied to one in the past.

And one cool aspect of this book is that it starts 15 days after the present-day disappearance and then works it’s way backward to the day it happened. It’s always interesting to me so see how writers manage to tell a story like this without giving too much away. Megan Miranda did a great job of it!

So, this is what I’ve been reading this year. Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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