Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Best of Historical Fiction and Contemporary in 2017

With this year concentrating on reading more of the books and genres I love instead of ARCs, I've come back to reading more and more of not only the classics, but historical fiction too and I've loved it so much! I had forgotten how much of this genre I can devour and not get tired of. And while I still haven't read a ton of contemporary, there are a couple that I've read this year that I think need to be talked about so I'm combining the two genres for my best of the best of 2017 post.




Jamie Ford first impressed me with his book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet many years ago and when I saw he had another in a similar setting and theme, I didn't hesitate to pick it up. I'm so glad I did, it was another one that will stay with me for a very long time. So good and I loved the historical detail mixed in with the story. 






I've always loved Sherlock Holmes books and themes and when I saw Sherry's take on it last year with her first book in this series I knew it was one I had to try. I loved it and her latest in the series A Conspiracy in Belgravia was just as fantastic. This series has a bit of it all, mystery, intrigue, a dash of romance, I adore it. 






Another series that even though it is only two books in, is so addicting. I had a hard time putting this one down. I love how each book has a unique setting and with it legends, lore, a beautiful historical setting and of course just enough romance and mystery to have you eagerly turning the pages. 







You all know how I feel about series that have a lot of hype and yet this one lives up to all the hype and then some. While I have yet to read the last book, I devoured the first two and can't wait to dive into the last. Truly addicting in all it's western feel to it. 








Letters to the Lost was just so unexpected this year. A book dealing with loss, love, and grief, I couldn't put it down. It was just so touching and emotional and I loved every page of it. A winner from Kemmerer for sure.






I've been pretty lucky this year in this genre, I've read very few books in it but so far, all of them have been beyond fabulous and that includes this next one. So far, I've read two of this author's book and I've adored them both, so darn good!






Is there anything this author can't write? I don't think so. I'm starting to think that Bennett is gold in whatever genre she writes but this one, happens to be my favorite. I so look forward to more from her. 






24 comments:

  1. I loved Alex and need to get to What to Say Next and Letters to the Lost. I didn't read much historical in 2017 but should change that next year.

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    1. I try to read a few but I definitely had fun with reading more this year. I'm hoping to do more of it next year as well.
      Definitely read the other two you mentioned, they are both so good!

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  2. I've not tried any of these. These are two genres that I don't read often. I will say that Hunting Prince Dracula looks interesting. I hope you find just as many fun books next year.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  3. Oh Kindlemom these look good, I'm putting some on my wish list and the Hunting Count Dracula on my next buy list!! Happy New Year!

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    1. Yay! Happy New Year to you as well Debbie!

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  4. I haven't read any of these but they sound good.

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  5. Thanks for sharing! I have the first Lady Sherlock and hope to read that soon. I loved Hunting Prince Dracula!

    -lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. If you loved Hunting Prince Dracula then I think you will really like the Lady Sherlock series as well!

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  6. What To Say Next looks great, and Conspiracy in Belgravia caught my eye earlier this year too. Love and other consolation Prizes looks like such a good read too!

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    1. They all were and it really depends on what you like to read but I highly recommend them all, especially if you like the genres already.

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  7. So many great books! My bookdep. basket is already full. What to do? haha. :)

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  8. I just love that Bennett cover. So pretty! I enjoyed the first in Thomas's series as well. I need to get to that one soon :) Great picks!

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    1. I do too, in fact all her YA covers are gorgeous!

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  9. I've only read Bennett's 2 YA books, but they're superb! I want to read her other books soon. And I have both of those Jamie Ford books on my wishlist. I checked my library but it sucks and rarely has what I want in ebook format.

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    1. You should read them, they are amazing. Boo on your library though, it's weird what they do and don't carry in ebook format.

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  10. The Sherry Thomas Sherlock series is not for me. I read and didn't like the first book. I did however love Letters to the Lost and Alex, Approximately.

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  11. I loved Alex, Approximately. So good. I've not read any of the others though. Glad you found so many good ones for you!

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    1. So glad you read that one and loved it!

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  12. Alex made my list of favoriyes of the year too. Soooo good. Happy 2018!

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