10 Books that Surprised me in 2017 | The Best of 2017

Since the year is almost over, it’s time to recap all the books I’ve read in 2017. I’ve read so many amazing books this year it’s hard to create a top 10, but I’m going to try anyway. These books are not only books that surprised me (in a good way) but also books I loved so much I’d reread them right this second if I had all the time in the world (which I don’t).

All of these I’ve rated at least 4 stars and I have loved them to pieces! These books will count down to my favourite book of this year (why am I doing this to myself???). So before I start rambling too much about how much I love these books, let’s go on to the list!



#10 A List of Cages by Robin Roe

This book was so emotional, so emotional! It’s so beautiful and heartwarming at the same time. It is about this boy with ADHD and his friendship with an older boy, but there are also very heavy topics discussed like abuse. It is so wonderfully written and I loved it so much! (I’ll try to keep the “I loved it so much” to a minimum but I’m not making promises :P)

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#9 What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

I’ve discovered my love for feminist books through this series by Holly Bourne. The entire series is amazing but What’s A Girl Gotta Do? was definitely my favourite. It’s a series about (an amazing) friendship, feminism and mental health but also about school and boys and love.

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#8 In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers

I read this all the way back in January but it was so amazing! It’s so underrated and I won’t stop yelling about this book until everyone has read it. It’s about this really diverse group of teens that are stuck together on a scavenger hunt after their friend (and the only thing they have in common) Hope dies. Probably one of the most diverse books I’ve read. Ever.

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#7 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I read Six of Crows and loved it and then I read Crooked Kingdom and loved it even more! I struggled a bit with Six of Crows because I couldn’t really get into the story but with Crooked Kingdom I didn’t have that problem at all! It’s such an amazing duology that’s both epic and a little emotional and made me feel all the feels!

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#6 The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

This book is just amazing. I read it in the first half of 2017 and I just couldn’t stop thinking about how much I loved it. So I reread it. I went in with no expectations because I thought I wouldn’t love it that much, but oh boy, I was so wrong. I don’t think I’ve read a book that made me this emotional before. (oh wait I did, with All The Bright Places but let’s forget about that one for a minute) And I heard that there might be a movie in the making and I’m already so emotional because I need Dill’s music in my life!

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#5 Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Starfish has received some criticism lately, but that won’t stop me from loving this book. I was blessed and was lucky to win an ARC of this one and it’s honestly so well-written, with amazing characters and I just loved the story! I can’t wait to read whatever Akemi writes next.

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#4 This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

This was my first V.E. Schwab book and I fell head-over-heels in love with it. The writing style is just so amazing and it was so imaginative, with the best characters (I LOVE MY AUGUST AND KATE)! I couldn’t recommend Schwab’s books more, it deserves all the praise it’s gotten and definitely didn’t let me down.

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#3 The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

Another amazing feminist book, this one by far one of the best I’ve read. I loved the way the story was written and how you got glimpses of girls and boys’ perspectives. It was so powerful! I loved it so so much!

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#2 A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

After I read This Savage Song,  I immediately wanted to read more of V.E. Schwab’s books, so I picked up the Shades of Magic series. I did not regret that for one bit. Both series are so amazing! A Gathering of Shadows was my favourite of the series because it had aspects (the competition, the hiding of the characters identity, etc) that I loved so much!



#1 Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

This book was a little hard to get into but once I was oh my gosh… I can’t even describe the way it made me feel. I went through like a thousand emotions at the same time and I just had to put down the book for a full day because I couldn’t handle it. I couldn’t stop reading but I forced myself because it was seriously messing with my head. This book is probably not for everybody but I absolutely loved it.

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Honorable mentions: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – This Mortal Coil by Emily SuvadaSymptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin – Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa BashardoustAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanThe Raven King by Maggie StiefvaterWe Are The Ants by Shaun David HutchinsonA Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Bernard – It Only Happens In The Movies by  Holly Bourne.


Are any of these books on your list of favourites? What was your favourite book of 2017? Any books you’re going to pick up after reading this?

43 thoughts on “10 Books that Surprised me in 2017 | The Best of 2017

  1. It didn’t quite make it onto my list of top books this year but I also really loved A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I also really want to read some of the books you’ve listed like A list of cages and autoboyography so i’m really glad to see you enjoyed them! 😊😊

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  2. I absolutely loved This Savage Song duology and I cannot wait to read more of Victoria Schwab’s works! I have some of these books on hand that I haven’t read yet like Six of Crows and Illuminae so I’ll definitely get to them soon! Great post and have a fantastic reading year next year!

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    1. You must read Six of Crows! I think if you love Victoria Schwab’s book, you will love it! And Illuminae is fantastic! Thank you and have a fantastic reading year too!

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  3. I loved A List of Cages! Such an emotional book. I loved how it broke my heart, but then picked up the pieces and repaired it. So so good. I also adore Illuminae and Crooked Kingdom. I really want to read The Nowhere Girls and Starfish. Also, if you enjoy feminist books you should check out Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. Hands down one of my favorite books of this year.

    Glad you discovered so many great books in 2017 & hope your 2018 will also be great! 🙂

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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    1. Yes, A List of Cages did the same for me! It’s so beautiful! I read and loved Moxie but just a little less than The Nowhere Girls and the Spinsters series! I hope you have a wonderful 2018!


  4. I haven’t read a lot of these yet, but I absolutely adored Illuminae! Have you picked up Gemina yet? In my opinion, it was even better than Illuminae. And with the upcoming release of Obsidio, it’s the perfect time to pick it up if you haven’t already!

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  5. I think I just added 5 new books to my TBR 😂 Great list! I totally agree with you about Illuminae – such a great story! I had a hard time putting it down too.

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  6. I’e never heard of In the Hope of Memories before, so I’m super grateful for the recommendation. I’m always looking for new and diverse reads, as I’m trying very hard to focus on those novels. But I’m also interested in reading something of Schwab’s, and I’ll most likely start with those two series because they’re so well loved in the community. Happy holidays!

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  7. Jup, I was so happy to find Illuminae being published in Germany. So I had to read it right away and I loved it. The end was so emotional and thrilling at the same time. It just was woooow! This book makes it unto my favorite list as well 🙂

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    1. I was in Germany a few months ago and I kept passing this sign about Illuminae being released there and it made me so happy! I’m so happy you liked it!


  8. Ahh this is such a fantastic list, I love it. A List of Cages was SO emotional, it made me tear up and I loved every single second of it haha. I also loved Illuminae, The Serpent King and AGOS. I’m so happy to see Girls made of snow and glass in your honorable mentions, I got the book recently and can’t wait to read it 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad you loved those books! Girls Made of Snow and Glass is so good! A bit slow at the start but the ending is amazing!!


  9. I LOVE this post, Lia! I’ve read almost all of the books on your list — but I’m definitely looking forward to reading Holly Bourne’s series!! The Nowhere Girls was SO amazing; the messages were so beautiful. Illuminae was SUCH a shocker for me (concerning the plot twist & how good it was), and The Serpent King was just so much more beautiful than I’d expected! And yeah, I’ve been hearing lots of things about the abuse rep in Starfish? Which makes me sad. But for me, Starfish is the only book I’ve related SO much to in regards to the Asian rep.

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    1. YESSS you must read the Spinster’s series!! I think people found it problematic that the mother has a mental illness but is abusive, I think?? I loved Starfish though!

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    1. Yes all of Holly Bourne’s books are amazing (at least all the ones I’ve read) and if you love her books I think you will love The Nowhere Girls too!

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  10. So many of my favorites and also books on my TBR have made your list! Yaaaasss!!! 🙌 I can’t quite decide my “#1 favorite”…. it’s either Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom or A Gathering of Shadows ❤

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