4BF | Best Books [So Far] in 2017

Four Book Friday | Best [so far] in 2017

Can you believe we're already halfway through 2017? (Fully aware that it's actually now more than halfway through the year. Oy.) I am a new release junkie and I'm happy that I've run into so many good ones this year. Taking a page from one of my favorite bookly podcasts, All the Books, I wanted to give you four books that I've read that came out this year that you should definitely add to your TBR pile.

Four Book Friday | Best [so far] in 2017

Best YA | The Hate U Give | Angie Williams

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There's no amount of hype that can overstate how good this book is. It's relevant and authentic, not to mention a sad yet enjoyable read. The protagonist, Starr Carter, is a high schooler who is riding home from a party when she and her childhood friend get pulled over. Despite being unarmed and cooperative, her friend Khalil is shot and killed by a police officer. Khali's character gets smeared by the media, and Starr wonders if she should she speak out about what really happened. If she does speak out, who will listen? This is a great YA novel and a contender for one of the best books of the year. I'm not alone in thinking this, as it's been on the NYT Best Seller List for 15 weeks and counting. Definitely add this to your list, both YA readers and non alike. Full review here.

Best Contemporary Fiction | All Grown Up | Jami Attenberg

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I think this was the biggest surprise for me so far. Andrea Bern is 39 years old, single, and reasonably satisfied with her life. However, when her only niece is born with a life threatening ailment, she finds herself re-evaluating her relationships and life choices. It's a quick read, but I found myself consciously slowing down and relishing the humor with which the author describe's Andrea's life. A must read for any woman, and someone in her mid-to late-30s might find it especially relatable. Full review here

Best Thriller | The Girl Before | J. P. Delaney

I said this was going to be one of my favorite books of 2017 back in January, and I still stand by that. It's a thriller of the traditional sense. The chapters alternate between the two narrators, Emma and Jane. Both women are tenants of the same apartment- an apartment that was designed by an enigmatic architect who has very strange requirements of anyone that lives in it. The apartment is a character in and of itself. If you like dark books that unravel slowly, you'll like this.

Best Mystery | I Found You | Lisa Jewell

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Who is the mysterious man on the beach? When Alice sees a man sitting seaside outside of her house for an entire day, she has to investigate. She finds that he has no idea who he really is, so against her better judgment she offers her guest house to him. You know, just for a night. At the same time, Lily, young and idealistic and a newlywed in a brand new country, finds that her husband doesn't come home one night. The police don't believe her when she insists he's not fooling around on her, so she takes things into her own hands and uses what little resources she has to find him. Only, it turns out that her new husband doesn't actually exist... Complex yet fast paced, I Found You might be my most favorite yet this year. Full review here

So tell me- what was your favorite new release of 2017?

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