Reading Recaps

Top 17 in 2017

2017 is over and I’ve got 17 books I loved this year. I’m going to lump any series I read together. Below is my complete list of top 17 books. It was really hard to pick a top 17 honestly and I struggled with it. I read 121 books in 2017 and a lot of them were very good (3-5) star reads.  My goodreads overview is here.

1. Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab – this was my first finish it series and I can’t believe I waited so long to read them. The best series I’ve read recently and such an adventure to take in.

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2.  Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is easily one of the best books I read this year. I still can’t believe how good it was. I really can’t wait for Felicity’s book to come out and to reread this one.

3. Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake.  So this series took me by surprise. I knew my friends had liked it and I was excited to read them, but they really wowed me and I’m PUMPED for the next book. I’m even reading The Young Queens Novella because I can’t get enough of this universe.

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4. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner was the surprise of the year. I didn’t think I would love this book. Hell I didn’t think I was that in until that last portion of it. I was BLOWN away. I’m ready to dive into the rest of the series in 2018.

5. The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson was another surprise for me. This series has it all so far and I can’t wait to read book 3 sooner than later.

6. Scandal and Scoundrel series by Sarah MacLean was a series I got to wrap up in 2017 and left me very happy. I enjoyed how these books mirrored modern day gossip magazines and managed to deliver in so many ways.

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7. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire was another one my friends recommended and I put off. Finally got a copy from the library and WOW. I love the concept of children who have come out of alternate worlds and how they deal when they return. I just picked up the second one and it may be my first read of 2018.

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8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin was a book I had never heard of until this year. I’m not sure how I missed it, but this book was a thrill ride of all kinds. I will be reading the next two books and the Noah Shaw book in 2018.

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9. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is quite possibly one of the sweetest books I read this year. It really captures the age of the characters and takes you back. I do think that there are still some problematic things in the book (slut because of bisexuality), but overall it’s still a really great read. I’m excited for the next one by Sandhya Menon.

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10. Geekerella by Ashley Poston is a love letter to fandom put into a cinderella shaped package. This book ranks high on my favorites for contemporaries I read this year. This book for me felt like curling up with my favorite things fandom and fairy tales.

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11. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones is the book I didn’t know I wanted. I didn’t realize I was wanting a Goblin King story until I read this. I’m beyond excited for book two in this duology and have more time with these characters.

12. The Wrath and the Dawn Series by Renee Ahdieh was the first series I finished in 2017. I really love Renee’s writing and find myself quickly transported into another world. The character development and plot was delightful. Also I met Renee at Y’all fest and she was amazing!

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13. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova was a book club read and let me tell you. I did not expect the twists or the turns. I love the struggle Alex faces at becoming a bruja and the culture we get to experience as a reader with this one. I can’t recommend it enough.

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14. Hamilton’s Battalion by Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole and Rose Lerner was the I didn’t even know this was happening for me this year. I devoured the trio of novellas. I loved every minute of it and it’s easily the best Hamilton related thing I’ve read.

 

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15. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton is most beautiful book I read this year. I was left feeling full of a lot of emotions (eww) after this one. It’s really one of those magical realism books I think people should try even if it’s not their thing.

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16. Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff is everything a former boy band lover would like to read. It’s delightful and heartbreaking. It’s about growing up and learning that things are what you always think they are. It’s about fandom and how the fans create expectations for these music groups.

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17. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco felt like a big prequel but I was still left excited for book two to come out in 2018. I think if you go in with that knowledge and the knowledge it isn’t a middle grade book (which I’m not sure where I got that idea) it’s a great read.

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