Top 5 Books of the Year So Far...

So we’ve past the halfway point of 2019 and I’ve read a fair few books so far. Not as many as some but more than I did last year. I thought it would be good fun to have a look through all the books I’ve read so far and choose my 5 favourites. If you haven’t read the following 5 books then I recommend you go grab a copy!

5. The Girl Next Door - Jack Ketchum

This is a horror book and it’s not for the faint hearted. It’s pretty up there in terms of… well horror. It’s a nasty book. If you have a look at some of the reviews this book has then you’ll see how strongly some people feel about the content in this book.

I cam across this book during a time when I was wondering exactly where the line was for horror. For me anyway. I found that line in this book. I wouldn’t want to read a book that went beyond this.

A teenage girl and her sister lose their parents and they are taken in by a woman and her teenage sons. The woman is not all there, to say the least. She and her sons, as well as some other boys from the neighbourhood, take the girl prisoner and keep her tied up in the basement. She is then sunjected to various kinds of torture and the book jsut grows progressively more horrible.

This books is certianly not for everyone and if you don’t like hardcore horror then steer well clear of it. Don’t worry the rest of the books on this list are all a lot nicer!

4. Grimm - Shayne Silvers

This book is part of the Nate Temple series. This is the third book in the series so I’d recommend you start with book 1. Nate is a wizard/maker (you’ll have to read it to find out what that is) who lives in St Louis.

I’ll have to tell you about this book without giving much away or I’ll ruin the books that come before it. The Brothers Grimm have excaped from a prison realm and want to resume their quest to kill everything superntural they come across. Starting with Nate Temple.

It’s an exciting read that is action-packed and rund at about 1000mph. It didn’t take me long to burn through this book. The whole Templeverse is a thrilling creation that spans across 12 books and has 2 spin-off series too. If you like urban fantasy I sugest you go and get book 1 now!

3. Kill Creek - Scott Thomas

This is another horror and it’s a cracker of a read! It’s a haunted house story that’s succesfully avoided becoming a cliche of the genre. The story follows 4 authors who have all been lured there with a promise of publicity and a lot of money.

The author does a great job of building hte characters up so they come alive perfectly in your head. The first half of the book is focused on character building and psychological things going on in the house. The second hosue is when the author cranks up the horror.

I’d say it was kind of a cross between The Shining and The House on Haunted Hill.

If you like horror then you need to read this.

2. Summer Knight - Jim Butcher

If you like urban fantasy then you already know what this book is all about because you’ve heard of the Dresden Files.

This is as far as I’ve read in this series and I’ll be honest, the first 3 books in the series were a bit meh. I didn’t see what all the fuss was about. This book changed that. This is the best one I’ve read so far. It was amazing.

Harry Dresden, a wizard living in Chicago, has gotten himself right in the middle of a brewing war between the summer fay and the winter fay. He has to figure out who killed the Summer Knight before the fay go to war with each other. Oh, and if he fails his own people would probably kill him.

This was the second best book I’ve read so far this year and I’ve finally started to see hwat all the other fans see in the Dresden Files.

If you haven’t already then go and start this series.

1. Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

Here it is — the best book I’ve read this year so far. This is a young adult fantasy novel set in a fictional world that seems to be based on Europe.

The worldbuilding is on point and the characters are fleshed out to perfection. Kaz Brekker is such a fascinating character that he has become one of my favourite fictional characters.

It has mutliple viewpoints (six - clue in the title) and focuses on a task given to them. They are hired to break into one of the most secure fortresses in the world and break out a prisoner who has the potential to change the world of magic for forever.

It’s kind of like Game of Thrones meets Oceans Eleven. It’s a fantastic heist story set in a fantasy world. I don’t think any book will beat this in the second half of 2019, that’s how amazing it was. I’m now palnning on reading all of the books set in this world.