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)
#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.
#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.
#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!
#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!
#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.
#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.
#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!
#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.
Honorable mentions: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin – Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust – Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Bernard – It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne.