The year is coming to a close, and I’ve read a personal record number of books. I’m currently on my 52nd book of the year. And lately, I’ve been seeing things about “best book of the year.” This has got me wondering what book would I dub best book of the year out of all those I’ve read.
Hence the book brawl! I’m splitting this up into four parts otherwise this would be a crazy long post. So, the brawl will end on Friday, December 29th and announce my best book of the year winner. This will be fun but also challenging.
I will present all the books I read in a given month. I will then pick a monthly winner. The monthly winner will then brawl the previous month’s winner to see who comes out on top. So for instance, I will pick a January winner and a February winner. I will then pick a winner of these two and that winner with battle March’s winner and so on. I’ve split the year up into quarters, so let’s begin the battle for Q1.
In January, I read four books:
- Death by Black Hole by: Neil DeGrasse Tyson
- The Divine Comedy by: Dante
- The Little Paris Bookshop by: Nina George
- The Venetian Betrayal by: Steve Berry
While I enjoyed all these reads, the clear winner is The Little Paris Bookshop. It had a ton of feels and even the snarkiness of Tyson and the epiciness of Dante could not take it down. It was a wonderful read for the dark winter months and will be very tough to beat.
In February, I read three books:
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
- Sidney Chambers & the Perils of Night by: James Runcie
- Inferno by: Dan Brown
Sidney Chambers was a cute novel, but kind of forgettable and while Inferno was action packed and clarified some of the more confusing parts I had read the previous month in the actual Inferno, Hugo gets February’s prize. The book was great. Disney totally lead me astray, but, nevertheless, it was an interesting read and made some unique points.
However, in a battle between Hunchback and the Paris Bookshop. I say the Bookshop clearly wins. Delightfulness is a hard one to beat for me.
In March, I made it through four books:
- Otherwise Engaged by: Amanda Quick
- The Wise Man’s Fear by: Patrick Rothfuss
- The Charlemagne Pursuit by: Steve Berry
- The Paris Key by: Juliet Blackwell
I did not care for Otherwise Engaged. It was too much on the romance side for my taste. The Wise Man’s Fear was good, but a bit of a disappointment in comparison to the first book in the King Killer Chronicles. I can’t even remotely remember what Mr. Berry’s novel pertain too, so the clear winner is The Paris Key. It was again a delightful novel.
In a brawl between the two Paris novels The Little Paris Bookshop wins. Both would be reads that I highly recommend.
This gets us to the end of Q1 and The Little Paris Bookshop remains undefeated, so tune in next Friday to see if it hangs on to its title or if it gets ousted in Q2.
Until then, happy reading!
What book would take the top prize for the first three months of your reading in 2017?