2017 will be the first time in years I have the whole year free to read as many books as I want, and I’m definitely taking advantage of it. My goal is to beat last year’s amount (14) and so far I’ve finished 5 (!!!). Here are the five books that took up my life (and lunch breaks at work) during the first month of the year:

The Killing Ground

Author: Graham McNeill

Genre: Science Fiction

Description: The 4th book in the Ultramarines series from the Warhammer 40k universe, The Killing Ground follows the adventures of Space Marine, Uriel Ventris. After finding himself on a war-torn world that is suffering from corruption and an angry spiritual entity, he must find a way to save the world from perishing under its own wrong-doing.

In a Dark, Dark Wood

Author: Ruth Ware

Genre: Thriller

Description: The epitome of a bachelorette party gone wrong. Nora gets invited to her long time best friend’s bachelorette party – except she hasn’t spoken to her in 10 years (!?!?). After a weekend of uncomfortable events, she finds herself in the middle of a murder scene and no way of remembering what happened.

Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation’s Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

Author: Robert Graysmith

Genre: True Crime

Description: To this day, the identity of the infamous Zodiac killer remains unknown. Graysmith, who was staffed at the San Francisco Chronicle at the time of the murders provides an incredibly in-depth analysis on who his main suspect is and why.

A Clockwork Orange

Author: Anthony Burgess

Genre: Dystopian Fiction

Description: Alex is a 15-year-old gang leader with no remorse and a hunger for causing trouble. After one scheme goes too far, he finds himself the guinea pig of a reformation project aimed at curing criminals of their violent tendencies. (You can read a more in-depth review here)

Serial Killers: Up Close and Personal

Author: Christopher Berry-Dee

Genre: True Crime

Description: Berry-Dee goes face-to-face to interview 10 notorious serial killers, including the infamous John Wayne Gacy. His exclusive look into the minds of these killers includes thorough biographies of each individual from their childhood up to their life of crime, along with an analysis on why they became the murderers we know them for today.