I am awful at keeping up with new releases - or rather, purchasing them and then not reading them. So for my 'Books of 2017' lists will be of books I have read rather than books that were released this year!
I want to start with the books I loved the most. The ones I fell in love with and will treasure forever. I somehow rated exactly 17 books 5 stars this year - okay, it was 18 but I'm couting two as one and you'll see why! - and I love lists that use the year for the number of items... that was confusing but you know what I mean: Top 17 of 2017 etc! Although I am sad we're creeping towards an unrealistic number for 'Top' lists, but that's a worry for another day!
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS/PRISONER OF AZKABAN by JK Rowling
This is a no brainer - obviously HP is in my best books of the year. They always will be!
SPEAK by Laure Halse Anderson
I bought this book from The Strand in NYC and I am incredibly glad I did. I don't remember exactly everything that happened in this book but I do remember feeling all the feels and I am on the look out for more of this author's books to add to my collection!
LIFE ON THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR by Alice Kupis
This was a surprising read for me. I found this in a charity shop and bought it on a whim. It's an incredibly quick read as it's made of little notes left on the fridge between a mother and daughter. If you want to cry then read this - it's a great reminder to spend time with the ones you love and to never leave on an argument.
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon
So I know everyone goes on about how this was 'bad rep' or whatever but I adored this. I think it showed us something important that does happen in real life. I don't want to leave any spoilers so I won't say anything about it - it's another one of those topics I could do a huge rant on!
THE BIG LIE by Julie Mayhew
I bought this book so long ago because it featured ice skating (side note, skating is a very small part) and it was alternate history - where the nazi's one WWII and thus the book is set in Nazi England. Oh my god this book! I felt fully captured into the world of Nazi England and I know we often ask how people could live like that and behave in a certain way, believing certain things were wrong but honestly there were parts where I was mad at a character for behaving out of order! If you liked 'The Wave' by Morton Rhue then I highly recommend you give this a try!
MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur
Yup. I'm one of those white girls who likes this type of poetry. The poems that impact me the most are always the short ones. The one liners, the three words. To get all your pain, love, anger, emotion through in such a small space is just ughhhh. Take this sentence that is attributed to Hemingway.
'For sale: baby shoes, never worn.'
Just six simple words but they provide such an impact.
I found some healing through Milk and Honey, a lot of poems spoke to me and situations I have been in and that certainly plays a part - I read her second book, The Sun and Her Flowers and didn't love it as much, though my appreciation of the poems was still high.
THE NIGHT SPINNER by Abi Elphinstone
I AM SO SAD THIS SERIES IS OVER!! I love love love Abi's books and I wish I could give them to my ten year old self! The only thing helping me cope with the lack of any future Moll and Gryff books is that the first book in her next series comes out next year!
THE JUNGLE by Puja Puri
THIS BOOK. Ink Road has yet to release a bad book. Not all of their releases have been five stars but all of them are ones I loved and would happily read again but this one was absolutely five stars. Ughhh. It's set in a refugee camp and I just adored all of the characters and I love it so much please read this!
WILD EMBERS by Nikita Gill
All of my thoughts on this book are here but I can assure you it's pretty much just me saying 'ugh I loved it' because that's exactly what I say when I adore a book!
DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE/THE BOTTLE IMP by Robert Louis Stevenson
I've wanted to read this for a while but classics scare me. I wish I had read this sooner - it's so bloody good! The edition I own has The Bottle Imp as well as Dr Jekyll and I loved both stories equally. I love RLS' writing and I think I just love Victorian/Gothic writing in general! I read this as I had an ARC for a 'sequel' to this book which I equally loved and recommend checking out if you're a fan of this classic!
ONE by Sarah Crossan
Novels written in verse are now my new favourite things because of this book and I need more! Again, something about expression yourself in very few words just captivates me and in particular with this novel it means that every word is important. One of the things I can often dislike about a book is when the author writes droves of setting and other things that aren't integral to the story, but in One, everything matters. There's no pointless filler scenes. Not to mention this book was damn emotional and even though I knew what the outcome would be I was still heartbroken!
BEGIN AGAIN by Mona Kasten
Mona has ruined me. I also want to read all the New Adult now. I really don't care for romance 90% of the time... So imagine my surprise when I spent the entirety of this book screaming internally for the characters to fuck already. Seriously - the sexual tension in this book! I loved this, especially as it handles the enemies to lovers/bad boy-good girl trope really well and I'm a bloody sucker for those tropes! I've also just found out that the second book in the Begin Again series is being translated to English so I AM BUZZING.
WE WERE LIARS by E Lockhart
asdfghjkl. There's a blurb on this book that says the reveal will have many people going back and reading again to see how they couldn't figure it out and I FEEL IT. I was so sure I'd guess or something but nope. I haven't reread it simply because I'm so damn mad I didn't pick up on it. I mean, I think I did, sort of. I had a fleeting moment of 'Oh maybe it's this' but thought better of it and I WAS RIGHT BUT I ALSO DIDN'T AGREE THAT WAS WHAT IT WAS AND AGHHH.
A LION AMONG MEN by Gregory Maguire
Maguire will always be on here because his mind paved the way for my fave musical. I say that, I have a number of favourite musicals but somehow I've became known as the girl obsessed with Wicked more than anything else and I ain't even mad.
DARE TO FALL by Estelle Maskame
Of course my gal is on here! I could rave about DTF forever and ever because it was just incredible and absolutely blew my mind how much Estelle's writing has improved but I'm sure you're all fed up of me talking about it... How lucky for you all that her fifth book has been announced and it's a COMPANION TO DIMILY!!!!!! hahahha good luck you guys. I get my Tyler back and I'm gonna talk about it every chance I get!
CARVAL by Stephanie Garber
And the last book on my list goes to Caraval! UGHHH THIS BOOK. It made me believe in magic again and truly transported me into this world. I am done waiting for the next book and I'm already consideirng rereading this before it comes out!
I'm so glad I found some new favourite books for life and I can't wait to see what books come into my life in 2018!
Were any of your favourite reads of 2017 on this list or did I miss yours? Let me know!
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