Miss Peregrine’s tells the story of Jacob as he travels to a remote island in Wales to unravel the mystery left behind by his deceased grandfather. This book was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month for June and as one of the Best Books of the Year So Far, and I couldn’t agree more! It’s technically a Young Adult novel, but it definitely transcends that age group.
I don’t want to give away the plot beyond what I’ve already said, but this book is so well written and even haunting at times. I still find myself thinking about it nearly three months later and wishing I could read it again for the very first time.
My only issue with the book is that the ending is a bit open-ended, and I was left wanting to know what happens next—yet it’s not the first in a trilogy/series as far as I know. Keeping my fingers crossed that the author changes his mind!
A Discovery of Witches—Deborah Harkness
I kind of hate to keep singing the praises of first books in trilogies since you then have to wait for the next book to come along (such a tease!), but I can’t resist doing it one more time with this one.
A Discovery of Witches is a debut novel from Deborah Harkness that follows Diana Bishop, a direct descendant of the first woman executed at the Salem Witch Trials, as she gets interacts with any number of creatures—vampires, demons—in an attempt to prevent an interspecies war.
I admit that it starts off strong and drops off a bit toward the middle…but the second half of the book is completely worth the effort it takes to get there. I have really high hopes for the rest of the trilogy. Plus, the atmosphere of the entire book is pretty timely; it takes place in Oxford, England in the fall and will have you wanting to curl up in a warm sweater and drink a cup of tea!
So there you have it—my top three favorite books of the year so far. If you’re looking for more book recommendations, you can mosey on over to my blog where I share what I’ve been reading each month .