Books for Life is where I share bookish lists, recommendations, and favourites. You can also catch me talking about non-bookish things here, as well as my life outside of blogging. Today I’m talking about…
my favourite book of 2017
So, in mid 2017 I wrote a post about my favourite books of the year (so far). I thought, since 2017 ended a mere two days ago I’d do a post of my favourite books of the whole year, and not just the first half. And then I realised only one book was really missing, and that was Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray. And then I did some thinking and realised if I had to choose only one favourite book of the entire year…. Before the Devil Breaks You would be it.
In preparation for the third installment of The Diviners series I re-read both The Diviners and Lair of Dreams. I was reminded again how much I adored the characters and world and craft of these books and realised that they were among my all time favourites. Enter Before the Devil Breaks You and The Diviners series is now… my absolute favourite series.
There is so much to love about The Diviners. Libba Bray has created the most vivid characters and world that I have possibly ever read. I feel like her characters are real, and that I know them as more than just words on pages. I adore every single second I spend reading this series, and I mourn the loss of each book as soon as I turn the last page. And not only are the characters and world of The Diviners amazing in that way, but the series would have to be the most diverse I have ever read. There is Black rep, Jewish rep, mental health rep (in spades), disability rep, gay rep, ace/homoromantic rep, biracial rep, and probably some more rep that is just not coming to me right now. So many people beg for diverse books and intersectional diversity and this series truly has it all.
The Diviners has a major focus on the relationships between the characters, and these relationships are nuanced and messy and that’s what makes them so real. The characters are aware of each others’ imperfections but instead of seeing past them as if they don’t exist they love each other including and sometimes because of these imperfections. I adore that aspect of this series.
To be honest I could talk about The Diviners for an age. I love everything about this series. The mysteries, the paranormal aspect, the fact that it’s set in the 1920s, that our protagonists get scared, the way they come together as a found family, the writing style, the chapters written about the world as it was in 1920s that translate to the modern day all too well, how the story has been woven across all the books in such a flawless way, the way 500 pages seems too short because I just want more of everything…. there is almost too much to love about these books but that’s impossible.
I really hope that if you’ve ever considered reading The Diviners that you pick the first book up soon. It is not something you’ll regret because there are just so many things to find and love. Including those covers (I couldn’t help myself, they are some of my faves!). Now someone hold me while I think about this series ending with book four sometime in the future. IT CAN’T END. IT CAN’T.
If you had to pick one favourite book of 2017 what would it be? Have I convinced you to read The Diviners?