It seems only logical that one of my first posts of 2018 is one that gives a shout-out to all of my favourite reads of 2017; when I first decided I was going to do this post I thought I would only include 10 books, but as it turns out there are 20 books that I just have to put on this list. Despite probably being able to comfortably say which books are my top 3 reads of the year, I’ve decided to list the books in order of author names just so I don’t get stressed out trying to decide where each would go on a chronological list of enjoyment.
What Krysti said about the world needing Among The Red Stars right now & what Gwen said in response made me think about how important books about the Second World War are right now, so I decided to throw together a list of books that illustrate how horrific those times were. This post includes some of my own recommendations, as well as some from some of my Twitter followers & three upcoming titles that I’m really looking forward to.
The Diplomat’s Daughter is in part a story of love, but is also a story of hope, tragedy & survival. I read scenes unlike any other I’ve read before & also learnt things about the war that I did not know before. This book is beautiful in every way & Karin Tanabe has done an incredible job with it. I was given an advanced copy of this book to review & I cannot say how glad I am that I was. This is my favourite read of the year so far & I have a feeling it will still hold that spot by the end of the year.
This review may contain some spoilers!
Disclaimer: I was sent an eARC of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Please note that this book contains scenes depicting rape, miscarriage & war, as well as anti-semitic language/hate speech & racial slurs appropriate to the time period of the book. There are also many scene of human suffering that some readers may find difficult to read.