December 27, 2017

Best Books of 2017


Every year when I start to put together this list, I turn to Goodreads to see which books got 5 stars from me and as usual, it’s not a super long list. I’ve always been pretty picky about handing out that perfect rating. What surprised me this year was that as I reviewed the books I rated highly, I couldn’t quite remember why I gave them 5 stars! (I ended up tweaking my  ratings.)  And it was actually a bunch of the 4.5 star books that stuck with me more. Because of that, it was impossible to whittle this down to just a mere 10 books. Plus there really were a lot of excellent reads this year! So I’ve decided to share 10 books from two different categories: Contemporary and Fantasy/Paranormal plus one honorable mention at the very end.

Contemporary
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway • This YA novel about three adopted siblings who find their way back to each other just blew me away. Benway is such an underrated author and I hope everyone makes room for this book on their TBR.

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills • Every new Emma Mills book just gets better and better (and becomes a favorite). Her books always places a lot of importance on friendship, which means so much to me.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu • Another underrated author whose books I feel are so powerful. Her latest one on feminism and one girl who finds her voice and inspires others to do so is a must-read.


Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley • The last Crowley book I read was four years ago so I was happily surprised to hear about this new release. It is for book lovers everywhere.

Bloom by Beau Taplin • Technically it’s not fiction but it’s a collection of poetry about love, life and relationships so I think it counts as contemporary. He’s from Australia and my favorite poet!

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord • An absolute tearjerker that talks about family, friendship, love, religion and the pains of growing up. This is my second favorite books of hers. (Open Road Summer will always be my #1!)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon • I smiled and laughed so
much while reading this. It’s so sweet and heartwarming while also taking a real look at juggling your personal heritage with the culture you grew up in.

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins • I didn’t know how much I loved generational stories until I read this. It spans the lives of such different women — grandmother, mother, daughters — in such a poignant way. Beautifully written.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman • Of the most different books that I read this year and surprisingly stuck with me. But when you meet Ms. Oliphant, you’ll totally understand why.

In Pieces (Something More) by Danielle Pearl • Big thank you to Estelle for giving me this book! If you’re in the mood for well-written, sexy New Adult with characters that have off-the-charts chemistry, read this. (Heads up: The book goes on sale on 12/31!)


Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-fi
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas • This was the TOG book I didn’t realize I needed! At first I was bummed to hear the final installment would be pushed out in favor of a Chaol book (I’m a Rowan girl, ok?) but as usual, Sarah just blew me away with her storytelling skills.

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) by Cassandra Clare • I just can’t quit Cassandra Clare and her Shadowhunter world.

Roar (Stormheart, #1) by Cora Carmack • I was excited about Carmack’s venture into YA fantasy and she did not disappoint. I loved her take on elemental magic.

Warcross by Marie Lu • There was a ton of buzz around this book and for good reason. Loved her futuristic, gamer-focused world!

Strange the Dreamer by Taylor Laini • This author’s writing is so beautiful and while Strange the Dreamer does start off quietly and slowly, I promise you will find yourself so immersed in the magic and heartbreak of her characters.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas • WHAT A WAY TO END THE SERIES. Feyre continues to be one of my favorite fantasy heroines but I also became very (surprisingly) attached to Cassian (!!) and Nesta.

Fireblood (Frostblood Saga, #2) by Elly Blake • Whoever decided the second book in this series should be released only 8 months after the first — thank you! I loved the sequel and can’t wait for the third.

Air Awakens series by Elise Kova • I was only supposed to read the first book for Flights of Fantasy book club but I was so sucked into the story that I dropped everything to read the whole series in a week.

Written in Red (The Others, #1) by Anne Bishop • This was another book for Flights of Fantasy that I unexpectedly loved and binged (albeit at a slower pace). I still have the last book to read!
Eona: The Last Dragoneye (Eon #2) by Alison Goodman • Alexa had been telling me to read this series for a while and since she read one of my ultimate faves (The Harper Hall trilogy), it was time to return the favor! Of course, she was right and I loved it.

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What were some of your favorite books of 2017?
And did you love any of these books as much as I did?

2 comments

  1. I somehow have never heard of Roar before! It looks good! Adding to my TBR list!

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  2. I've got to say, I'm pretty proud of the fact that I've read all of your fantasy picks (except for the fact that I haven't finished the Air Awakens series... yet). As for the contemporary ones, I still have a few that are on my to read list or to check out list, namely Bloom, You Bring the Distant Near and Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine!

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