Monday, 17 July 2017

Top 5 Reads of 2017...So Far

I read 4 books in 2016. 4. That's it. As of today I have read 26 in 2017 so far. That's crazy.
You may have seen that over the past 6 months I have posted two 'What I Read This Quarter' posts and although I have shared those books that I have read, within them I also wanted to highlight a couple that I have enjoyed the most. So here are my 5 top reads of 2017. Well, so far!

The Complete Sherlock Holmes
There are so many books known as 'classics' but I reckon there are some that are more 'classic' than other classics, if that makes sense haha. Sherlock Holmes is one of those classicy classics that everyone should read at somepoint in their lives.
Technically 9 books within one, I could have really separated them and made my total 34 but I'm no cheater haha. Anyway, I am so glad I finally read all of the Sherlock stories and can see why they are so loved. I was already a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle so it's excting to say I've now caught up with something I should have done a long time ago.

The Magician's Nephew
How can I be a proper fan of the Chronicals of Narnia if I had only read a couple of the books?! I'm proud to say I have now read them all and both that series and Harry Potter are pretty much neck and neck for my favorites ever. This book however, is my favorite of this series overall.
I read the stories in chronological order as opposed to publication order and much prefered it, plus it was extra magical to know the 'full story' so to say. Where and how things started and how they ended. A much underrated book from a fantasticly famous series.

Countryside: The Book of the Wise
This was a book that was thrown at me, rather than one I stumbled across but I'm thankful it was as I enjoyed it so much! The author himself contacted my via Goodreads as he saw I was reading the Narnia series and thought I'd enjoy his book. Well it's safe to say I did as I read it in a few days and bought the follow up book right after.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Brightest Star in the North: The Adventures of Carina Smyth
Over the past 6 months I've read a few 'book of the film' books, well 4...if you can class that as a few. I've been highly impressed in all of them if truth be told but I really, really liked the direction this one took. For those who have seen the latest Pirates movie, this book follows the female lead, Carina, from her orphan beginings, through to how and why she was in ...... and tells the rest of the story through to the ending we see in the movie. She's a great character with a really interesting past...

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Another that I can't believe has taken me until 26 years old to read. I am a big fan of film and the history of film. I love to read (and watch) things about important names in cinema likeWilliam Friese-Greene, Walt Disney, the Lumiere Brothers, and of course Georges Méliès who this book is about. I did actually see the movie of this first but enjoyed both movie and book equally. It's the first real book of it's type I've real - what with it's combination of illustration and text. Adored it all!

I'm so glad that I've been able to get back into reading. It's all thanks to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry that I read last year.  I can't wait for all the other fabulous books I will read throughout 2017 and onwards. I know I've only mentioned 5 here but really I can count on one hand the ones I haven't really enjoyed so choosing 5 faves was pretty difficult.
Tell me 3 books that you have enjoyed lately! If you have any similar blog posts, make sure to link them in the comments  :)


  1. Lots of books, well done. It's the same for me, a few books last year and double that in the first 6 months of this year. What I'm reading is important. If I don't like it, it takes longer. :)
    I would like to read Sherlock Holmes, I think I would like it.

    1. Thanks! Yeah, I guess I do read things quicker if I really like them, that's true.

      Go for it! I think you would too.


  2. You're doing so well with reading this year! Can't believe you've read so many books already, compared to last year. Amazing! My three books that I've enjoyed the most this year? Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman, The Honeymoon, by Tina Seksis, and Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill. But it's so hard to limit it to 3! I'll be sharing my top ten at the end of the year :) x x

    1. Thank you! Me either to be fair haha. I haven't heard of any of those :O I'll have to get Googling. It is difficult to narrow it down eh? I look forward to reading that! I'll do another 5 for the next 6 months too I think :)


  3. Oh I'm so glad you enjoyed The Magician's Nephew, it's one of my favorites and the entire Narnia series is just great - the imagination for the books is amazing. Hugo Cabret is STILL on my list too, and it's one my Uncle recommended to me ages ago because he loved the story, so I really need to get on that. The Countrywise book is intriguing - will have to check that one out as well! And 26 books is great, I set myself a goal of 20 on GoodReads as last year I read 14, so I've really been slacking because life just gets in the way, so you're doing great Danielle! - Tasha

    1. The series is just perfect in my eyes and despite not being religious at all, all of the Christian stuff is super interesting to me.
      Have you seen the movie Hugo?
      I was surprised by it but really enjoyed it.
      My goodreads total was 10 for this year so seeing I'm 260% complete is funny haha. Reading isn't about the numbers though eh. It's about words.