Ten Outstanding Books I've Read in the Last Six Months

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Best books of the first half of 2017




Some of you probably already know this, but I have been writing this little book blog for almost eight years now!  Isn't that crazy?  When I started I only wrote reviews on books I stumbled across and enjoyed... and then I realized there was a whole world of book bloggers... and my life changed... I realized the community of book bloggers was more fun than I could expect.  They showed me Goodreads... and well seriously it's been an amazing ride...


Best books of the first half of 2017



There are some years where I seem to stumble across more and more duds than good books, and it's depressing.  But then there are gems that shine brightly through.  And other years the good books flow freely across and I have a hard time picking the best because they are all so great.

This year, 2017, has started off wonderfully when it comes to books I've picked up. Some were just released, others have been out for a while I just got around to reading them... Isn't that how life is... some of those great books stay hidden for some reason... all the more reason we need book bloggers around to scream out which books are worth picking up, and why.

So here are my top ten books that I have read since 2017 began... they might not be in my final top ten of the year, but for now they are stand outs.






10 Outstanding Books I've Read in the Past 6 months


1-3. Defiance Trilogy by CJ Redwine... so this is an example of a book that a social-media book-lover-friend recommended to me, and I picked it up for only that reason - and I am in love with these books!  They are amazing - if you are looking for an adventure this summer, do not hesitate on picking these up. Since I didn't know much about them, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I am looking to find these books to add to my bookshelf.  While the idea of a dystopian story with a strong female protagonist sounds like a plot line that has been beat to death, Redwine has a way with writing that makes this series completely different, and amazing.  If the Hunger Games was semi-interesting to you, then you need these books in your life.  


4-5. Illuminae & Gemina by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff ... Again, I only agreed to these books because another book fanatic online-book-buddy recommended them.  I listened to these on audio, which is why my friend recommended them- it is performed by a whole cast... quite the production. And as far as Sci-fi stories go, I'd call this a more technical-ish science focused.  They are in space, and there are tons of technical explanations... and artificial intelligence... and it is impossible to explain, but if you are on the fence about trying out an audio book, try these first. 

6-8. The Court Series by Sarah J Maas... I'm so afraid I've praised these books too much and set expectations for people that are just unattainable... but they are quite the adventure, and since I read this before starting The Game of Thrones series, I didn't compare them.  I have been told they are very similar to the GoT books but more of a New Adult level, instead of the full Adult level... which to me is hard to believe because there are some graphic scenes in these... but yes, if you like the epic fantasy adventure story you will want to try these.


9. Hunted by Meagan Spooner... Alright this is a new take on the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with more of a Russian feel to it.  Which seemed odd to me when it was explained to me, but of course I read it as soon as it came out.  And it was fabulous.  This is not at all like the Disney fairy tale which was nice, and the storytelling of Spooner is amazing... this is a good one for book lovers.


10. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern... so this is book two in a duology, the first was Flawed.  These books are so amazing.  Ahern somehow brings the concept of the Scarlet Letter into the 21st century with such power you will start thinking about society differently... it's worth the read... it might even be worth teaching...








Call out to hosts


Thank you, The Broke & the Bookish for this fun weekly prompt and chance to interact with the Bookish Blogger community. 







Best books of the first half of 2017



I actually only put up ten this time!  That is quite the accomplishment if you've caught my previous top ten posts!  

What books have you read this year that were amazing?  Seriously, I'd love to know!  






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18 comments

  1. I hadn't heard of any of these books. Thanks for the recommendations.

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    1. You're welcome! They are great choices if you like plot driven stories with strong characters.

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  2. My favorite book this year so far has been Shauna Niequist's PRESENT OVER PERFECT--I'm a nonfiction girl all the way! :)

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    1. Yes! Shauna has great books! I was part of her Bread & Wine book release back in the day. Did you do the group study or just the book?

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  3. I really badly want to read Hunted and although I love the Disney version (obviously), I can't wait to read a different interpretation of the original story!

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    1. I hear you - I love the Disney version.... but there is something about classics too and this one is much more dark, and reminiscent of the classic version

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  4. Love your list! Gemina and ACOMAF made mine, too. Here’s my T10T for this week!

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    1. Love it! Thanks for sharing yours too ;)

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  5. Amazing list! I still need to finish the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and I've been really wanting to read Illuminae. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed them :)

    Here is my TTT post!

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    1. They were both so good! And I can't wait to see yours...

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  6. I loved Illuminae, but haven't read Gemina yet. It makes me happy to see them both on here!

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    1. I was really surprised because I didn't think I was going to like them... but the audio was just amazing

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  7. I have read so many books, but I read mostly non fiction. I haven't heard of any of these!

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    1. Non-fiction is great too! I go through spurts of non-fiction reading...

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  8. I still need to get caught up on the Maas series! I read and enjoyed the first novel but the size (and fall release dates that coincidence with the start of school schedules) have kept me from reading the next two. Glad to see you enjoyed them!
    Thanks for stopping by The Local Muse

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    1. They are super long, and I understand the issue with school reading... but if you enjoyed the first one you really need to read the other two because they are great

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  9. These seem like AMAZING books. I particularly love Cecilia Ahern. I've found so many of her books that I've enjoyed.

    Also, I have to agree with you on the book blogger community. I only wish I had found it sooner than last year!

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    1. Cecelia Ahern is an interesting author - these are different from her other books, I think... and yes the book blogging community has been hiding well!

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