You know what? 2017 started out pretty bad book-wise. I didn’t feel I was in my groove – a large part of this was to do with my internet connection. I had transferred from TalkTalk to the Post Office Broadband. Worst mistake of my year – a very costly mistake too! It took 4 months and £300 in excess charges to get it sorted and finally I went with Plusnet – best decision ever. After that I found my groove and I feel that my reading rhythm was found Huzzah!

So I read 191 books this year (possibly 192 because at the time of writing I am halfway through a book that I could finish today. Ah bygones, it will be the first book of 2018) and some of them have been epic. I am going to try and narrow it down to a top ten but that may be impossible. Obviously, I am writing this in real time rather than reflective because I have no idea how this is gonna pan out.

Wish me luck!

Top Ten Reads of 2017

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Cows by Dawn O’Porter
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • A Song for Tomorrow by Alice Peterson
  • The A – Z of Everything by Debbie Johnson
  • The Girl’s Guide to Summer by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Ok that was tough but I actually managed to do it. Go me!

So yes, my favourite book of 2017 was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I was genuinely blown away by this book. It was a phenomenal read that I have recommended to all the bookish people in my life.

For that reason, I am giving away two brand new copies of the book. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite book of the year
  2. Follow me on Twitter (@LJBentley27) and Retweet the competition post
  3. Follow me on Instagram (@LisaTalksAbout) and like the post of The Hate U Give
  4. Comment on the picture
  5. Follow me on Facebook at /LisaTalksAbout

For each thing you do you will earn an entry into the prize draw. This is for the UK only.

Good luck and I hope you have a very bookish 2018.

Lis x

The Hate You GiveTitle: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Pages: 444 Pages

Publisher: Walker Books

The Blurb

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.


The Review

Holy Cow!

I love it when a book lives up to its hype and The Hate U Give certainly does.

Angie Thomas has tackled a contentious issue (racism and the Black Lives Matter campaign) and packaged it for teenagers. I feel that this was a really ambitious topic to tackle for many reasons but the main one being how do you explain to young adults such a brutal and horrific subject knowing that these things happen in real life. Books are escapism but you have to be real otherwise people won’t want to read on. Thomas does this beautifully.

The story of Starr and her experience of watching a friend be gunned down by a policeman – the people who are supposed to protect you – is beyond comprehension. The Hate U Give deals with the aftermath, how rival gangs influence certain cities, the feeling of helplessness and above all the growing feeling that police in America are being given a free pass to kill people as long as they say they were doing it in self defence.

The Hate U Give packed a massive emotional punch and for a debut novel was ridiculously good. If this is Angie Thomas’s first offering then I can’t wait to see what she will do next.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is available now.

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5 Stars