I don’t know where 2017 went. It flew by! Somehow I managed to read a total of 80 books! Three were graphic novels with quite a bit of reading, and three were books of poetry. I reread 14 books, 11 of which were audio books.
Below is my top 10 reads for 2017, with honourable and dishonourable mentions! I had quite a bit of trouble picking just ten, but I got there in the end!
The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly.
Another great Matthew Reilly book! It was thrilling, wild ride, which I enjoyed thoroughly. And damn, them dragons! DRAGONS! I also loved the female protagonist, CJ. She was badass, and smart.
“It’s all pretty cool and impressive… if you never saw fucking ‘Jurassic Park’.”
The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan.
The now mortal god Apollo is a hilarious narrator. Even when he’s being a bit of a dick, he’s very entertaining. He goes through some great character development, but in a realistic way. I’m enjoying the set up of this series’ overall plot. It looks like it’s going to be fresh and interesting. As always I love Riordan’s writing style, sense of humour, and his witty dialogue.
“While I had invented mansplaining and was it’s foremost practitioner, I had no answers to give her.”
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.
This modern interpretation of Sherlock Holmes was wonderfully done. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson are descended from the greats. They were characterised perfectly, and the setting was interesting and quite realistic, if not entirely relatable. The murder mystery was done so well; just as well as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, even. All the references to his stories were done well and much appreciated.
“I felt like I was being pulled through a dark, dank wardrobe into some boozy Narnia.”
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.
This was the sequel to “Six of Crows“, which I read in 2016. It was quite different to its predecessor, but in all the best ways. It was brilliant! It was full of creative and insane hijinks, which made me love the motley crew even more. I love the writing style and language. It all effortlessly creates this vivid world and characters. It all just feels so real! I fell deeper in love with the Dregs. And honestly, I was teetering on the edge of my seat the whole way through in anticipation/terror.
“How many times have you told me you’re a monster? So be a monster. Be the thing they all fear when they close their eyes at night.”
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.
Stab. Stab. Stab.
This was perfect bloody mayhem. The writing style is unique, and easy to get sucked into. The characters were varied, and each interesting in their own ways. There was a lot of character development (which I always appreciate). The world was amazing also. It was so vivid. And I found the occasional footnotes provided great background details. I can’t wait to read it’s sequel in 2018!
“The brighter the light, the deeper the shadows.”
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
This book was amazing! It was heart-felt, character driven, well written, and the setting was done so well. It felt so real. I loved all the pop culture references. I loved Eleanor, and I loved Park.
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
This series is just as brilliant as all of Riordan’s other series. Magnus is a hilarious main character, who makes me care about him and his quest. The final book in the trilogy was the best, and a perfect conclusion to the story. I loved the whole cast. They’re a diverse bunch. I loved the inclusion of a gender fluid character, Alex. Alex who is amazing, and one of my favourite characters in the series. As usual with Riordan, there’s a great plot, action, humour, and writing (the writing!).
“I always say. Eat chocolate first, destroy the world later.”
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
This was such a moving story! It was incredibly well written, and I’m so glad I’ve read it. I liked that it focused on a young German girl during the Second World War. It’s not often that you get a story set in that time period, looking at regular German people. I loved Death as the narrator. It handled a bunch of sensitive topics rather well. While still making the story realistic and believable.
“I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
The first book of the series was pretty good, but the series gets better with each and every book. So much better! The fifth book in the series is my favourite so far! “Empire of Storms” was just so fucking epic! And that cliff hanger?! OMG! There was a lot of realism considering it’s a fantasy book. So much character development, all around. And all the favs finally meeting *heart eyes*. I can’t wait to read “Tower of Dawn” and the final book in the series, which should come out end of this year!
“Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.”
- Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
This was terrible. Hard to read. Misogynistic AF.
- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
OMG this was soo poorly written. The murder mystery was the only good thing about it.
- The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M. H. Boroson
Great concept, spectacularly horrible delivery.
- Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
I loved getting back into the Lunar Chronicles world. A bunch of great little stories.
- Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally
I love me some Miranda Kenneally teen/YA romance. And this one is about a swimmer!
- Rocky Road by Rose Kent
I finally got around to reading this, and it was such a pleasant surprise! A lovely story.
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston
I loved this geeky version of Cinderella.
- Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Ugh, this was such fun!
- Beyond Band of Brothers by Major Dick Winters
I always need more Band of Brothers. Always.
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
This was super interesting. A bit hard to read at times.
- The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
These were good, but not great. An interesting concept, a great world, a pretty good plot.
And the top spot goes to…
I am glad I left this trilogy for when the final book came out, because holy hell! Soooo good!! I really liked the first book, but I loved the second and third. The second just edged out in front of the third, just. The magic, the action, the romance. Oh my! Feyre was a wonderful, realistic protagonist. Rhysand is bae. I want more!
“To the stars who listen – and the dreams that are answered.”
Books I’m Seriously Excited to Read in 2018:
- Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YAAASS!!)
- Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meghan Spooner
- Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
- The Caldera by John Flanagan
- Tower of Dawn and its sequel by Sarah J Maas
- A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
- Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Have you read any of the books on my lists? If you have what did you think of them? What books are in your top 10 for 2017? Let me know in the comments below!