2017 Mid Year Recap: six months, six favourites

I remember when my grandmother used to tell me something like “aprovecha ahora, que después te haces vieja como yo y el tiempo vuela!”. No, my granny was not crazy, she is just Spanish. If you want to get all stereotypical then yes, she might be a little crazy, or what we like to call passionate. Anyway, what she would tell me translates to something like we youngsters should make the best use of time now, before we go and grow old, because time flies when you are all wrinkled. At least according to grandma.

And you know what? That woman is right as a Saint. And yes, that is another Spanish saying directly translated to English. I might have inherited some of granny’s passion, but I do feel like every year time flies by faster. I mean, look at us now, talking about mid year recaps when I didn’t even have time to start the diet I promised on my New Year’s resolution list. Oops.

One way or another, wrinkles or not, here we are. Mid 2017, Summer just started – although in Germany we did not seem to get the memo, cough cough, rain rain – and it’s time to reevaluate what we’ve read so far. So, in today’s post I present you my favourite six books that released during the first six months of the year.

Mid year recap: 6 months, 6 favourites

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA, Paranormal/Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 | How is it possible that 700 pages felt like a breath? Like a whisper. A quiet sigh. A caress so soft and gentle you think you must have imagined it. How are we even supposed to survive until 2019 with our hearts shattered into a billion pieces, huh? It took me around one week to gather the strength to update my LoS reading status on goodreads and I don’t think I could ever review this book. To say this is a favourite, doesn’t begin to cover. I call her Cassandra crush-my-heart Clare for a reason, guys.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: NA, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 | We waited for what seemed forever. The hype around ACOWAR was a force to be reckoned with, and I shouldn’t have been surprised. At least not after ACOMAF. But regardless, I couldn’t help but wonder how did we get here. To this point where every single person in the bookishphere was yearning to hold this book, to dive into Prythian one more time. To know whether our ships will sail, or crush and burn while trying to leave port. Well, I hoped to find the answers on this book and we were left with more questions. Read my review, theories and discussion post but beware, spoilers ahead!

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Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Romantic suspense

Rating: 5/5 | You know, there is a reason why Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favourite authors… that is because I absolutely love everything she writes. I would buy and enjoy reading her freaking grocery shopping list. I love her that much, guys. I do. This is a romantic suspense, and usually I would say this is not my cuppa. I mean, hell yes to the romance but suspense, thrillers and mysteries don’t usually excite me. WELL, that was until I read one out of JLA’s mind. Because let me tell you, this one excited me, made me swoon and kept me on the edge of my sit. I just loved it. Ah well, I just love this woman. Goodreads

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The Animal Under the Fur by EJ Mellow

Genre: Action, Romance

*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5 | What. A. Ride. I must confess, I was instantly drawn to this book because of its title, The Animal under the Fur, but also because it is not often I find a book cover so beautiful and vibrant. I am human after all, and sometimes I can’t help being superficial like that… Only with books, I promise. This time around I can only celebrate I let that shallow side of myself take over, because as I was saying earlier this book was a RIDE. The Animal under the Fur is gripping, extremely entertaining, badass and over all, refreshingly good! This book is definitely different from any other romance I have ever read. Usually, it’s the lead female the one in need of protection and salvation, and this time around it is him the one that needs to be protected and saved. From her. But the best part is that after all, this is not about who saves who but about allowing to be saved. Read full review here

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Genre: YA, Crime/Mystery

*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5 | YES. Motherfreaking yes to this book. It’s been a while since I don’t finish a book and I am this satisfied. Because guys, one of the reasons I love to read is for plain entertainment. And this book is the very description of entertaining. Moreover, it reads like a movie. A good one. One of those that you are completely engaged from first to last scene. Well, like a good movie, One of Us is Lying has this x factor that makes a story addictive. That keeps you glued to the screen (of my kindle in this case). “One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.” But the best part is that murder is not even the best part – I know I am being redundant but hear me out. The strongest point of this book is not the mystery aura of an unresolved crime, the best part is actually the many layers the reader discovers with every page they turn. This book is written in 4 different povs, alternating chapters and all in first person. And that right there, ladies and gentlemen, is what makes this book so very addictive. Because you get each and every detail from every possible angle. The fact that one can live everything from each of the main characters points of view puts the cherry on top of the already delicious double chocolate cake. And let me tell you, I devoured this cake. I mean, book. The mystery, the way the story is surprisingly character driven for actually being all about a crime, the character development, the importance of all the super actual topics the book brushes over, the ships. THE SHIPS, guys. Okay, I know I said I picked up this book because I wanted a break from my romancey comfort zone and boom. Bang. Boom, again. Out of nowhere, the most perfect one true pair. Bravo, Karen M. McManus. Bravo. Goodreads

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A Boy like You [Like Us #1] by Ginger Scott

Genre: NA/YA, Sports romance, contemporary

*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5 | As soon as I started A Boy Like You I just knew this is what I needed. Precisely, what I needed was my Ginger Scott fix. I have a few favourite authors, those I know will not disappoint me. And Ginger has quickly become one of them, if you are curious check my reviews of her previous books The Hard Count (YA) and Hold My Breath (NA) which I absolutely recommend you read if you are into sports romance. This time, Ginger brings us Joss and Wes’s story. A Boy Like You is a sports romance, baseball this time, and the perfect blend between YA and NA. This book is the first part of a duet, and its second part, A Girl Like Me, just released a few weeks ago. Ultimately, this book is about growing up and letting love opening your eyes. Love, friendship, passion for baseball… A Boy like you is about taking all that love and letting it help you become stronger. Overcoming the shit life throws at you and not giving up. Read complete review here.

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Have you read any of these books? As you see, my faves always have one thing in common: the romance. No regrets there, folks. I have also read great books that were not released during 2017, so just to keep the aesthetic this post was dedicated to only recently published books.

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7 Comments

  1. Wohoo glad to see that you seem to had a great reading year! I’m so excited for One of Us is Lying, I can’t wait to read it myself! 🙂

  2. Great List! I loved ACOWAR and A boy Like You! They’re both amazing reads! Till Death and One Of Us is Lying is already in my tbr. I hope I’ll get to them soon! 🙂

  3. Wonderful list! I’m glad you’ve been having a good reading year! I haven’t actually read any of these books, although I am seriously considering reading The Dark Artifices. The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices were my favourite series a few years back, and when City of Heavenly Fire was released I thought it was a good place for me to stop with the Shadowhunter world (there are so so many books and I don’t know how I can keep up). But seeing the overwhelming positivity for Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows does really have me tempted!
    I hope the rest of your reading year goes just as well for you 😀

    1. oh you MUST MUST MUST start The Dark Artifices. No pressure really, haha but you will NOT regret it. All the hype is much well deserved. Promise 😀

  4. I haven’t read any of these yet even though Lord of Shadows and Animals under the Fur are on my tbr-list as are the Sarah J.Mass books. But do you know what that means? There are apparently still some excellent reads ahead of me this year!
    And thank you for recommending “one of us is lying”. It sounds just like my cup of tea and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve never heard of it before, but it seems perfectly mysterious…
    xx
    hope