Since I moved away from home, I’ve had a very hard time reading. Netflix is a trap, it is a never-ending trap. Which is why in I have only read about 30 books in 2017, most of them I read in December (shameful, I know). This has to be the worst reading slump I have ever been in. However, I love making lists and I couldn’t pass on making a list of the best books I have read in 2017.
I have read some really good books this year (this month). I have also delved into genres I never did before. And I didn’t regret that either. Here are some of my favorites from this year!
Disclaimer: Not all these books are 2017 releases.
I kept hearing such amazing reviews about this book since it’s release (2015) but I was terrified of the hype. Because I do not trust the hype. It came back into my radar a few months ago and I was finally ready to read this. I loved every minute of it. Coming back from a reading slump to this? WOW. I loved the concept of the different Londons, the magic system was wonderful and unique (not something I see usually). I loved the characters, the plot and the writing style. Basically, it was book heaven. This was the best book I have read all year. If you haven’t picked it up yet, do it. NOW.
The second book in the Shades Of Magic trilogy. It picks up four months after the last book ended and I was hooked from page one. I can’t say much about this book without spoiling the first one. What I can say is this book allows for more world building and character growth. It is about a competition between magicians (which was amazing btw). And the ending, oh my God! It will tear your heart into pieces.
The final book in the Shades of Magic Trilogy. This was BEAUTIFUL! Seriously, this is how fantasy should be written. A Conjuring of light was intense, magical, heartbreaking and the perfect end to this trilogy. It made my heart bleed and made me feel whole again. If I haven’t made myself clear yet, READ THIS SERIES! This entire series is a “best books” series.
“Scars are not shameful, not unless you let them be. If you do not wear them, they will wear you.”
I wasn’t planning on starting this series at all, but I did want to read The Hidden Oracle and wasn’t sure if I should. After a lot of research (hoping to hear someone say I didn’t need to read 10 books before I started The Hidden Oracle) I realized that I need to start from the first book. I am so glad that I did! For those who don’t know Percy Jackson and The Olympians consists of 5 books:
- The Lightning Thief
- The Sea Of Monsters
- The Titans Curse
- The Battle Of The Labrythin, and
- The Last Olympian
I loved all five books. I loved them so much, it took me only five days to finish all five books. It was amazing to see Rick Riordan writing improve with each book. I loved all the characters. The trio from this series is right up there with Harry, Ron, and Hermione!
This debut novel blew me away! It was magical, whimsical and romantic – the perfect blend! From the start to the end, there was never a dull moment. Every time I thought I had this story cracked, Stephanie Garber would throw me off. There were so many puzzles, twists, and turns! I wish I could be a part of Caraval too. It was so magical, I don’t really know how to describe it. Caraval left a lot of questions unanswered and I can’t wait to read Legendary!
“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find yourself magic in this world.”
I have had this on my TBR since June of 2016. I was hesitant to read this because sci-fi is a hit or miss for me.This is yet another book I wish I had read a long time ago. This book is told via IMs, emails, stolen files, interviews etc (in case you didn’t already know) and that left me feeling completely lost in the beginning. BUT, 30% into the book and I started to understand what was going on. It may seem like a long wait, but it is worth it. The authors had me at the edge of my seat from page one and NOBODY in the book was safe. The character development of one particular character left me in complete awe. The romance was SO sweet!
If you can listen to the audiobook, please do. That is also an experience you do not want to miss. It’s like a movie but without the images.
“They are beyond me.
With their brief lives and their tiny dreams and their hopes that seem as fragile as glass.
Until you see them by starlight, that is.”
I still don’t know how to describe this book. It was devastatingly beautiful. It’s a book about childhood, fear, resentment, cruelty, love, and friendship. The book was magical, scary and nostalgic. I longed for my childhood, I wanted to go back to being a 7 year old and understand her as an adult. This was the first book I read by Gaiman. Let me tell you, it won’t be the last.
This was my most awaited book of 2017. Sarah J. Maas blew me away with her writing yet again. I love how Maas perfectly juggles so many characters in this book. The way each and everyone finds a different way to be strong. I was completely wrecked! The perfect ending to the trilogy. I know I will be repeating myself but this is another “best books” entry (in case the title didn’t make it clear).
Crooked Kingdom was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish (seems like a recurring theme for most books on this list). Every time I thought things would be calmer now, something would happen. This book had zero chill, seriously. I loved the characters and how unapologetically they are, well, them. The friendships were beautiful, the ending was realistic and perfect. Basically, if you haven’t picked up this duology. Do it.
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you.”
This is the very first graphic novel I have read and I picked the right book. I read this horror graphic novel right before bed. BAD IDEA. Yet, I couldn’t stop till I finished. The book consists of five short stories – all of them spooky.The writing was simple, but it worked. The graphics – oh my God, they were so good. If you want to pick up a graphic novel and don’t mind spooky stories, then go read this.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you have a safe and happy new year!
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