Best books of the year (so far)

I’ve read a lot this year, and that, in part, is thanks to the influx of awesome books that have been published in the last couple of years. But not all of the books that made it into this top ten list were published this year. Some of them are books I’ve had on my shelf for a long time, and, for some reason, have only just got round to reading. It’s safe to say that my writing has benefited from this year’s reading material. I’m a firm believer in reading directly benefiting writing. I get inspired by other writer’s work. Stephen King is an author who i can read and be instantly inspired by. It comes, in part, from wanting to emulate the quality of the writers i read, but also from the simple fact that reading is teaching. I’ve learned more about writing from reading than i have in the two years I’ve been at University– and i didn’t pay even have to pay the authors £27,000 for it. What follows is my top ten books of the year so far (that I’ve read). It wasn’t easy to put together, and they are in no particular order. It’s possible, and probable, that by the end of the year this list will have changed and grown. But for now, here are the top ten books I’ve read this year:

1- Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
2- Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
3- Edge of Tomorrow (All you need is Kill) by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
4- The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
5- The Amulet of Samarkan by Jonathan Stroud
6- Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
7- Without Fail by Lee Child
8- Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Not yet finished, but it makes the list)
9- Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall (This is not yet getting the recognition it deserves)
10- I am not a serial Killer by Dan Wells

If there are some on this list you haven’t read, i urge you to check them out.


About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

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