It’s crazy to me that we’re already half way through the year. On the one hand I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot, and on the other where has the time gone! Since it’s about halfway through the year, it only makes sense that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is about the best books you’ve read so far in 2017.
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I’ve read a total of 22 books so far this year. It’s actually been a pretty good year for me reading wise. Not only am I reading more, but most of books I’ve read have been good. However, there are definitely some that I’ve liked more than others.
Usually my Top Ten Lists are in no particular order. I’d thought I’d switch it up and talk about them in the order that I read them. Thanks to GoodReads I know that order. Without further adieu, let’s get into it!
1. Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This was my first favorite of the year and for good reason. It was such an intense read which I think is impressive considering this was told in a different way than most novels. It is told using interview transcripts, emails, journal entries, etc. The documents were all done in a cool graphic way which was awesome. All of the twists and turns were really fun, and a few of them I did not see coming. This book is the first in The Illuminae Files series, and I’m really interested to see where it will go next. I’m hoping to pick up Gemina at some point this year.
2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. Actually, I did not know what to expect really. I had heard a lot of great things about Taylor’s writing from BookTube and thought I would try it out. I’m so glad I did because I absolutely loved it! I loved the characters and thought the world was really interesting and mysterious. Also the structure of the book was cool and took me places I was not expecting. This is another series that I really need to continue on with sooner rather than later.
3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
I’m a sucker for a good contemporary (which is funny because most of this list is fantasy), so I had to pick up this book. I loved it so so much! My favorite thing probably being the fact that it focused so much around our main character’s friend group. Female friendship was such a big theme and I loved seeing it explored. I have not read a ton of contemporaries where the friend group was as developed or explored as it was in this book. I also loved the father-daughter relationship that we get in this book and I just related so much to Andie, our MC. Matson has become a new favorite author of mine after reading this and I’m currently making my way through the rest of her books.
4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This was another unexpected favorite for me. It was a book I read for book club and everyone in my book club really loved it. It is a post apocalyptic novel that follows a bunch of characters whose stories overlap. Mandel does an excellent job developing both the characters and the world. This is a story that is deep, interesting, funny, adventurous, and also a little terrifying. I say terrifying, because the world she creates feels so real that I could actually see something like this happen. It’s definitely a book that has stuck with me and one that I will go back to.
5. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stievater
This is the second book in the very popular Raven Cycle series. I read the first book, The Raven Boys, at the very end of last year. I liked it, but I’m not sure if I enjoyed it as much as everyone else did. I wanted to continue on because I wanted to see where the story lead. I’m so glad I did, because this book was great! I fell in love with Ronan Lynch, who is my new favorite main character (I say main because Blue’s mom, Maura, and her friends will be my favorites forever). I liked that this book took me down a path I was not expecting and also enjoyed seeing Stievater expand the world that she created. Her books definitely are slow to build, but by the end you’re on the edge of your seat. Overall, I loved the direction that this book took and am excited to see where it goes next.
6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book is everywhere, as it should be. It is a story that is shouting to be told and I’m so happy that it has been getting the buzz and response it deserves. It follows Starr Carter, a sixteen-year-old girl who witnesses her childhood best friend get shot by a police officer. It is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and does an excellent job at depicting our society and the systematic racism that exists in it. As a white reader it really opened my eyes to some of the privileges I have that I don’t even think about.
Other than the social importance of this book, I loved Starr’s voice as a character. It was so clear and distinct. I feel like I really knew her, especially by the end of the book. The character development in this book was outstanding. Not only is Starr’s character great, but members of her family and friends get great development and their own story arc. This is something that I think is really hard to accomplish in a first person narrative, but Thomas does it smoothly. I want more authors write characters like she does and show their story. I cannot wait to see what she publishes next and think that everyone needs to read this book.
7. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
This book had me by simply being a contemporary retelling of the Cinderella story mixed with fandom and nerds. I had such high hopes for it and was not let down! It was beyond cute and I really enjoyed the duel perspective. It made you fall in love with both of our main characters, Elle and Darien, even more. While I thought the end could have been stronger, I had such a blast reading this book. Hence why it made this list of favorites.
8. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Alright, so I’m a year late to this epic sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses. After all of the hype that this book has been getting, I was not fully convinced that it would live up to it. Especially since I didn’t exactly love the first book. This book came through though. It was epic, in so many ways. I loved all of the new characters Maas introduced, and they may have been my favorite part of the new book. Feyre’s character got so much development and I loved watching her grow into a badass. Then there’s Rhysand, who I’m convinced is impossible to hate. Seriously, you will fall in love with him no matter how hard you try to resist. The ending, which wrecked me. This book was just so god dang good. It was definitely worth getting through the first book for!
9. Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
I’m really a sucker for hyped up series in the book community. What can I say? I just want to see what everyone is talking about. I saw that my library had a copy of this much loved graphic novel series, and decided to pick up the first volume. It was so good! I didn’t realize how much a graphic novel could suck me in until this one. I loved all of the art and our characters. I even bought this because I loved it so much. Slight warning, it is very graphic in terms of violence and sex, so just know that going it. However, if you can handle that sort of thing, it’s excellent and you should pick it up.
10. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
This is my most recent read and most recently added favorite. To be honest, this might my favorite book that I read all year. This is the first book in the Mistborn Trilogy. My friend Jimmy and cousin Kate both recommended the book to me. I knew I had to read it, because it involved a heist and I love me a good heist. I can’t even put into words how amazing this was. Everything from the characters, to the world, to the magic system, to the plot was excellent. I don’t really have anything negative to say. It was that good. I’ve also been recommending it to absolutely everyone, because I love it so much. I will be posting a review where you can hear more about my in-depth thoughts.
Those are the ten best books that I’ve read so far in 2017. I must say that I’ve read a ton of excellent books so far. I almost feel bad for the books to come, as these have set some pretty high standards for the rest of the year. I’ve also just realized, that I’ve started a good chunk of series this year and really need to actually continue on with some of them.
All things considered, 2017 has proved to be a great reading so far and I can only hope that it gets better.
What are your favorite books that you’ve read this year? Do we share any of the same? Let me know down in the comment section below and we can chat about all of our book feels.