Top Books + AudioBooks Of 2017 So Far

Sunday, July 02, 2017
Today's post is quite late as I've been too busy being ill and filming over 80 video clips for a couple of upcoming posts - my go to summer makeup and my spring/summer skincare routine! Here are my favourite books and audiobooks from 2017 so far:

As I'm writing this (2nd July) I've managed to read a whopping 76 books which is almost the same number of books that I read in the entirety of 2016 so I've very happy with my reading progress. Last month I read a lot of shorter books which has bumped up my number of read books and I started listening to audiobooks via BookBeat this year which has also helped to increase the number of read books. I don't have that many favourite books or audiobooks far this year sadly but there is still time to read some amazing books this year!

Here are all of the books that I've read so far this year along with my ratings:

- Happy Ending Not Guaranteed by Liam Hogan - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (short story collection)
- The Worriers Guide To Life by Gemma Correll - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (illustrated non-fiction)
- Very British Problems Abroad - ★★★★★, 5/5 (illustrated non-fiction/humour)
- On The Trail Of The Sandalwood Smugglers by Simon Constantine - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (non-fiction/graphic novel)
- Danger! Cosmetics To Go by Mira Manga - ★★★★★, 5/5 (illustrated non-fiction)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling - ★★★★★, 5/5 (YA/childrens)
- Incendium by A.D Swanston - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (historial fiction)
- Someone Is Watching by Joy Fielding - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (thriller/mystery)
- Hygge by Charlotte Abrahams - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (non-fiction)
- The United States of Absurdity by Dave Anthony - ★★★★★, 5/5 (illustrated non-fiction/humour)
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (historical/fairytale/folktale)
- The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (novella/urban fantasy)
- Is Canada Even Real by J.C Villamere - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (non-fiction)
- Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (thriller/horror/short stories)
- Those Who Lie by Diana Jeffreys - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (thriller/mystery)
- The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury - ★★★★★, 5/5 (classic/childrens)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K Rowling - ★★★★★, 5/5 (YA/childrens)
- Stalin - History in an Hour by Rupert Colley - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (audiobook)
- Anton Chekov Short Stories - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (audiobook)
- Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Lions Mane and Other Stories - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (audiobook)
- Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (dystopian/mystery)
- Victorians: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum by Kathryn Hughes - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (non-fiction)
- The Creeps by Fran Krause - ★★★★☆, 4/5  (graphic novel)
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - ★★★★★, 5/5 (audiobook)
- The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (YA/mystery)
- The Body Snatcher and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (audiobook)
- Dickens: History in an Hour by Kaye Jones - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (audiobook)
- The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (historical/mystery/folktale)
- Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (YA/childrens)
- The Dark Room by Jonathan Moore - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (mystery/thriller)
- The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (mystery/thriller)
- Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1) by Vic James - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (YA/dystopian/fantasy)
- Printer's Devil Court by Susan Hill - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (horror/short story)
- Slade House by David Mitchell - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (mystery/paranormal)
- The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (historical/paranormal)
- Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (audiobook)
- White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (mystery/coming of age/contempory)
- What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky by Kelsey Oseid - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (non-fiction/illustrated)
- The Tent by Margaret Atwood - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (short stories)
- The Good People by Hannah Kent - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (historical)
 Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M. Sullivan - ★★☆☆, 3/5 (YA)
- Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know by Mike Lowery - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (non-fiction/illustrated)
- The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (audiobook)
- Hero Risen (Seeds of Destiny, Book 3) by Andy Livingstone - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (fantasy)
- Reaper Man (Discworld, #11) by Terry Pratchett - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (fantasy)
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (horror/mystery)
- Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2) by Victoria Schwab - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (fantasy/YA)
- Blameless by Claudio Magris - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (historical/translated)
 - Animal Farm by George Orwell - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (classic)
- The BFG by Roald Dahl - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (childrens/classic)
- Triumph and Disaster: Five Historical Miniatures by Stefan Zweig - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (historical)
- Three and a Half Deaths by Emma Donoghue - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (historical/novella)
- Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (classic/childrens)
- The Mayfly by James Hazel - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (thriller/mystery)
- The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (mystery/religious/crime)
- The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories by Tim Burton - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (short stories/illustrated)
- Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words by Ella Frances Sanders - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (illustrated/non-fiction)
- Genius and Discovery: Five Historical Miniatures by Stefan Zweig - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (historical)
- Get Well Soon by Marie-Sabine Roger - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (contemporary)
- The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (YA)
- The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers by Richard Aldrich - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (audiobook)
- A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies: A Bedtime Book about the Coming Apocalypse by Paul Lewis - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (illustrated/comic)
- Lost Boy by Christina Henry - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (YA/retelling)
- The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (magical realism/illstrated)
 - Odd & True by Cat Winters - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (YA/mystery)
- House of Furies by Madeleine Roux - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (audiobook)
- The Medieval Anarchy: History in an Hour by Kaye Jones - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (audiobook)
- Marx: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (audiobook)
- Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (non-fiction)
- Machiavelli: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (audiobook)
- Soot by Andrew Martin - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5 (historical/mystery/crime)
- Know It All Chemistry: The 50 Most Elemental Concepts in Chemistry, Each Explained in Under a Minute by Nivaldo J. Tro - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (non-fiction)
- Deer Life by Ron Sexsmith - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (YA/childrens)
- The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook - ★★★☆☆, 3/5 (YA/mystery/thriller)
 American War by Omar El Akkad - ★★★★★, 5/5 - (dystopian)
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - ★★★★☆, 4/5 (dystopian)

You can see my favourite books and audiobooks in the collage above and I hope that there will be a lot more in the second half of the year! I'm currently reading War and Peace so wish me luck as it's gigantic and by gigantic I mean over 1,000 pages...

If you wanted to subscribe to BookBeat then it's £14.90 per month and there isn't a limited on how many audiobooks you can listen to but you can get a ONE MONTH free trial using this link (it's not an affiliate link) rather than the normal two week free trial.


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13 comments

  1. I am just......WOW......76 books?!! This is incredible!! x

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  2. I am shocked at how many books! I thought I was doing well with 20 books x

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  3. Wow, I think I've read about four if I'm lucky! You definitely put me to shame.

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  4. I'm really into podcasts, but I think I might move onto audio books soon! Thank you for the suggestions!

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  5. No way have you read them all already that is incredible! Well done! I wish I could read like that again - but I never have a time anymore! :(

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  6. Definitely need to add some of these to my reading list, you get through so much!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

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  7. Bookmarking this post for reading inspiration x

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  8. You make me feel bad that I don't read much haha I really need to change that.

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  9. Wow that's an impressive amount, I really need to do something about my reading, I think this everytime I read one of your posts about it ha ha xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

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  10. I have never listened to an audio book ever! I read a couple of books a week though and will add you on Goodreads now xx

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  11. So great that so many people can enjoy listening to books now

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  12. I really struggle to find time to read but hopefully I'll be getting a new job soon and can read on my commute!

    Gemma x | flutterandsparkle.com

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  13. Oh wow what a collection!! You've totally put me to shame with this lol 🙈
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

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