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.

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!)

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.

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


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

  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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