Top 5 reads of 2017

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As the end of 2017 is nearing, I thought I’d show you my top five books that I have read in the past year. And you see it right, there are only four books featured in the photo above. That’s because I read one of them as an ebook. Now, let’s get on with my top five favourite reads of 2017!

5. Survivor by Hayley Oakes

I live by one motto – work hard, play harder.

A pro-football player at the top of my game; the Devereux charm, and my skills on and off the field, haven’t let me down yet.

Whatever I want comes easy to me but when I see the cute, blonde gym instructor with the sensational body, I want her … but something tells me it’s going to take more than my name to score with Perrie Fraser.

Head down, no distractions – it’s my new mantra.

As a gym instructor to high-end clientele, all I want is to get through each day without attracting unwanted attention. Even if that attention does come in the form of a drop-dead gorgeous, annoyingly charming pro-football player.

If his ego doesn’t send me running, then his playboy image definitely should … but the more I get to know him, the clearer it becomes that saying no to Thomas Devereux is going to be much harder than I thought.

Sometimes the last thing you think you need becomes the only thing you can trust.

I have read two books of the Richmore series by Hayley Oakes and I totally loved both of them! They are NA, but not in the way that it’s just about physical lust between the two main characters. In this series you get to know the main characters really well and the bond between them is so strong! It was especially strong in the second book Survivor – I just rooted for them to become a pair! It really made the steamy scenes thus the more enjoyable 😉

Read my full review over here!

4. The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

Soon the first snow will come

A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Outside, he sees her favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman.

And then he will appear again

Detective Harry Hole soon discovers that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years.

And when the snow is gone…

When a second woman disappears, Harry’s worst suspicion is confirmed: a serial killer is operating on his home turf.

…he will have taken someone else

I love crime books about serial killers, because only one kill is just boring right? So, of course, I loved The Snowman, and not only because of the serial killer. This book was set up just right. And the movie adaptation was absolutely chilling as well!

Read my full review over here!

3. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

Exclusive to the print editions of NOS4A2 are more than 15 illustrations by award-winning Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodríguez.

This book was about more than “good” and “evil”. One’s “bad” is the other’s “good”. It was a wonderful coming-of-age novel and one big creepy ride!

You can read my full review over here!

2. 11.22.63 by Stephen King

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

Finishing this book was like losing some of my best friends! It was such a thrilling rollercoaster of emotion!

Read my full review over here!

1. IT by Stephen King

It was the children who saw – and feel – what made the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread.

Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as it sirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Yes, this was my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE read of 2017. And to top it off: I thought the 2017 movie adaptation was just fantastic!! Although this is a monster of more than 1000 pages, I already want to reread it. And watch the movie. And the miniseries. I just want to live IT. Or, well, you know, without the actual monster please. Just from the safety of my couch would be quite enough.

You can read my full review over here!

What was your favourite read of 2017?

8 thoughts on “Top 5 reads of 2017

  1. I’ve heard really great things about 11.22.63! I’m not a huge fan of Stephen King’s writing style, but I’ve been thinking about giving it another chance with that one. Great list! 🙂

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