At the beginning of December, I asked my readers and fellow writers in the communities I’m a part of what they loved reading in 2017.
Are you looking for some inspiration and recommended good reads for 2018?
Check these babies out.
Or maybe you already read them? In which case, I fully expect you to shout ‘YES!’ and point at your screen, or if you’re somewhere too public, nod knowingly and enjoy the warm glow.
Now, all of these favourite reads were not necessarily published in 2017, but they were discovered and loved in 2017.
First of all, my favourite reads from 2017.
Raid by K.S. Merbeth
Cannibals, post-apocalyptic, fast-paced Mad Max style brilliance.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Okay, this one was actually hands down my favourite. Villains with super powers. Who are the bad guys? Who are the good guys? The sequel is out late 2018, so plenty of time to grab this and devour it.
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
This is sooo good. I had to read this after watching Anansi’s introduction scene in Amazon Prime’s American Gods, which was spellbinding. The book is now being adapted by BBC Radio 4 and I think Lenny Henry will play Anansi.
And now, from other readers across the net…
‘I really enjoyed the Jeff Carlson Frozen Skies series, the continuation of the Ambassador series by Patty Jansen and have started re-reading all the Terry Pratchett Discworld books. My next year is likely to be the most interesting I've ever had with the (hopefully) completed campervan taking us on some real adventures. Our Kindles are an essential part of our travels and so look forward to finding lots of new stuff out there.’
– Ryan Dickerson
Yes Ryan! I’m all for rereading the Discworld series. I keep meaning to do this. Maybe I need to go travelling too…
Your email made me realise that the only fantasy I have read this year is Harry Potter and His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman) (again). I've mostly read historical fiction and now I've moved onto wilderness adventure. Just finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed which was wonderful. Am having a quick read of Little House in the Big Woods and then was considering Call of the Wild (Jack London). I have been recommended The Kingkiller Chronicles (Patrick Rothfuss) so might try those in the New Year.'
- Jo Vere
I love a bit of rereading - remembering what you loved and going back to favourite characters. And it's always great to read across genres, you never know what you'll fall in love with.
‘I think my favourite read this year was Guy Gavriel Kay's book Tigana. It's not new, or new to me, but it's one of those books you can read a dozen times and still find something wondrous.’
- Sandra Bunning
Thanks Sandra! I’m definitely going to check this one out. And you should definitely check out Sandra’s new book right here.
— Merriman Lyon (@LyonMerriman2) December 3, 2017
I keep meaning to read the Splitworlds books by Emma Newman, time to add them properly to the list.
‘Here are some of my favorites by genre.
Horror: Paul Temblay’s Disappearance at Devil's Rock. It's as clever as his first novel, A Head Full of Ghosts, but maybe a little too clever for its own good. Still, a good read.
Urban/Dark fantasy: Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London and Dream Paris. The first book was published earlier but both are strange, quirky and full of memorable dream images.
Fairy tales-based novels: T. Kingsfisher's Summer in Orcus (totally charming and suitable for adults despite being YA) and Naomi Novik's Uprooted (definitely for adults and superb until the last ten pages).
Sci-fi: Cixin Liu's Three-Body Problem and its sequels. They were actually published earlier than 2017 but I only finished the trilogy now and it’s amazing.’
- Elana Gomel
Wow! Something for everyone there. Thanks Elana! You can read all about Elana’s exciting new book coming 2018 right here.
'Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, because it pushes genre limits, is complex and intelligent, and not afraid to offer something different.’
- Sunyi Dean
Why not give Sunyi a follow over on Twitter at @Blind_Nycteris
‘Sendlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft was a surprise favorite for me -- a weird mix of fantasy and steampunk elements in a very original setting. I loved the idea of a honeymoon in the Tower of Babel.’
- J Wesley Bush
‘The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli - great debut, clear voice and good drama.’
- Michael R. Brush
A lot of fantastic reads there. Did your To Be Read pile just get bigger? I know mine did.
What did you love reading in 2017? What would you recommend?
What will you discover and love in 2018?