My initial reading goal for 2017 was to read 50 books because I usually average around 40- 45 in a year but I knew I wanted to accomplish more this year! Once I hit 50 I upped my goal to 70 and I’m happy to say that I’ve accomplished it!
So here’s my Top 10 list of books from the books I’ve read this year. I’ve picked these based on how elated and satisfied I felt after reading them!
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10. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
This was a really new fantasy read to me that I ended up enjoying immensely! It was very unique in terms of the plot, it didn’t focus heavily on romance but rather the fantasy elements and world building took precedence. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves an EPIC fantasy read!
9. Mosquitoland by Dan Arnold
I loved the perspective of this book. Mim Malone is a brave and rebellious teenager who goes on a crazy adventure to get back to her mother. She’s very quirky and you meet more quirky characters along the way. It was a great contemporary read and I recommend it to all!
8. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
The 6th book in the Throne of Glass Series. Not technically since it’s from Chaol’s perspective instead of the regular main character and was intended to be a novella but Sarah J Maas surprised us all with a 600 page novel with more epic story content. Don’t read this until you’ve read the first 5 novels of the series!
7. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
The 3rd book in A Court of Thorns and Roses series! Another epic fantasy novel from Sarah J Maas. She was on a roll this year! This novel wrapped up a lot of plotlines but also opened up more – good thing since she has announced that there will be a novella (haha) released in the Spring and three more novels added to the series!! Read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury (my fave) before this one!
6. I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This novel was so refreshing. It was a fantastic book written from a boy and girl (twins) perspective that also flashes back between their preteen and teenager selves. I absolutely loved the story and the writing! It was a great contemporary read!
5. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Another fantastic contemporary read! I loved Eliza as a character and really resonated with the anxiety she battled with. The story was cute and I loved that Eliza was also a writer! Definitely recommend!
4. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
One of my absolute favourite reads from this year. Maggie herself said this was a hard book to describe but it was just so crazy yet beautifully heartwarming. It’s a subtle fantasy read and I will recommend it forever!
3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
One of my favourite Sci-fi books! I loved all the 80’s nostalgia that filled the pages. It was a really fun read!
2. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
I LOVE manga. I got back into watching anime and reading manga this year. I had never read or watched Fruits Basket before but once I watched the anime I HAD to read all the manga. The manga was originally published in 1998 and has had a steady fan base since then. All 12 of the Collectors Editions have just recently been released! Fruits Basket was a lovely mix of fantasy/friendship/romance. Highly recommend to all age groups!
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
I read this back in February of this year and I still think about it. I often think that books come into our lives at certain times for a reason and this was no exception. This wasn’t even a book I chose for myself, it was one someone had picked for a book club I’m part of. It was a such an interesting, funny and heartwarming contemporary read. Definitely recommend!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I have to include this one! This was another favourite book that absolutely knocked itself out of the park! I became a fan of Leigh Bardugo this year after reading her Shadow and Bone series and after hearing the rave reviews on Six of Crows knew that I wouldn’t be disappointed. It’s worth ALL the hype, guys. Six of Crows was a fantastic book. Clever, snarky, funny, endearing. It hit everything. Just sooooooo good. Please read and join the Grishaverse!
What do you think of my list? Have you read any of these? What did you think? I’m happy with 2017 and that I reached my reading goal and found some amazing reads along the way. Can’t wait see what 2018 brings!
As always, Happy Reading!