I enjoyed sharing all my favorite movies so much that I decided to do the same with books, because I LOVE books with all capital letters! The hard part is, of course, choosing favorites because it’s somewhat arbitrary and highly dependent on my mood. These are my favorites at this moment, but if you ask me tomorrow, the list could look very different because my mood shifted, I read a new book or just because. And that is exactly how it should be.
Most Loved Book of All-Time: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
Most Overrated Book: Girls by Emma Cline
Most Underrated Book: What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera
Stand-Alone Book I Love: The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Book Series I Love: In Death by J.D. Robb | Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Favorite Trilogy: The Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown (YA)
Favorite YA Book: Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys (stand-alone) | The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (series)
Favorite Series that I Gave Up: Sookie Stackhouse (aka True Blood) by Charlaine Harris. I think the only person who ended up hating the series more than me is Charlaine Harris, given the travesty to she did to her own once great series.
Least Favorite Literary Tropes: Love triangles, insta-love and over-use of unreliable narrators. All, when done well — especially the unreliable narrator — can be fine, but in too many instances, it now seems more like protocol versus in the best interest of the story.
Favorite Romance Book: One Plus One by JoJo Moyes
Favorite Fantasy Book: Changes by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
Favorite Mystery/Thriller Book: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pineborough
Favorite Horror Book: The Shining and Doc Sleep by Stephen King
Favorite Self-Help Book: The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes (maybe not technically self-help but I don’t care)
Favorite Literary Book: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah,
Favorite Non-Fiction Book: Troublemaker by Leah Remini
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Book: Sexy vampire books. I don’t read them so much today but at one time …
Childhood Favorite Book: Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Book that Surprised Me: The Martian by Andrew Weir
Book that Disappointed Me: Liane Moriarty. She is so widely praised but I realize she doesn’t write the kind of books I enjoy. And that’s okay.
Favorite Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Least Favorite Genre: Romance, which was once my favorite genre. 😀
Book You Recommend Most Often: Behind Her Eyes (for mystery/thriller lovers)
Least Favorite Book Read in 2017 (thus far): I See You by Clare Mackintosh. I had extremely high expectations and it was a boring, hot mess.
Best Book Read in 2017 (thus far): For pure enjoyment: The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison. For literary prowess: The Mothers by Britt Bennett
Most Anticipated book in 2017: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It’s been sitting on my Kindle for the past few months. I’m so excited to read it because it’s my first TJR book, but I am also both nervous about it not living up to my high expectations and the book being over. After all, a book (and book reading experience) is only brand new the first time you read it.
I Told You Mine …
So there you go — my favorites today. But perhaps not tomorrow. And that’s what makes it fun. There are always new books being published that I will hold near and dear to my heart. I’d love to know what books made the cut for you!