2017 was a fabulous year for me in my reading and I finished off the year with 99 books and 27,077 pages read and I know it is going to be almost impossible to narrow it down to 10 reads.
Here they are in no particular order:
1. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This is the only book I will say IS in a particular order, because without a doubt this is the book that spoke to me and became my favorite of the year. Starfish is important to me because it tells a story of emotional abuse (similar to my own story) that was beautiful and vivid and more real and true to me then anything else I have ever read. Stories like my own are ones I pretty much NEVER come across and this is the first book that has ever portrayed emotional abuse from a parent that didn’t also include physical or sexual abuse, but also showed how emotional abuse could be just as impactful (in a very different way). I LOVE this book and I know I will reread it again and again in the future.
2. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Bitterblue is home to the most beautiful pieces of writing I have ever read and was the brilliant conclusion to the Graceling Trilogy. Kristin Cashore is one of my all time favorite authors and I know her works will always be a part of my favorites as long as I live.
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
2017 was my introduction into Sarah J. Mass’s work and I was so happy that I started with the ACOTAR series! I could gush about these books and how they made me feel for hours on end (especially about how much I love Rhysand) book 1 and book 2 twisted from each other and caused me both pain and happiness and I can’t help but love this series. (Someday soon I will read ACOWAR… soon!)
4. Silence is Golden by Robert Thier
My happiness is continuously connected each week to reading a new chapter of this series as it is uploaded on Wattpad. Silence is Golden is the most recently complete book out of Robert’s Storm and Silence series and I live for it!!! These books make me laugh out loud and smile and make my heart beat faster and keep me on edge. I will always and forever be reading these books. They are BRILLIANT! Plus this one was set in the jungle and their was a woman tribe leader and chases and guns being fired and spicy romance and so much ice that you could feel the cold heat from every corner of the world and ahhhh!!! I love this series!!!
5. And I Darken and Now I Rise by Kiersten White
My HEART!!! These books fulfilled my need to have a character be unapologetically immoral in the best of ways. Lada is so badass and she will conquer the world one day. This historical fiction does not read like a historical fiction. There is so much action and intensity and tension and breaking familial bonds that I just had no reason to not love this book. It is written to perfection and I will love it forever!
6. Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula
These two have a special place in my heart. With the love interest I wish to have in my life and the interesting morbid charm these two have these two books will always be some of my favorites. This series is just too good!!!!
7. Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
A western horror that felt so raw and epic that I could not put it down this book has earned its spot as one of my all time favorite novels. It was bloody fantastic and everything about it made me fall deeper and deeper in love with it. I highly recommend reading this for an amazing good time!
8. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
This memoir/graphic novel was so beautiful and so needed in today’s times. I am so glad I got to read it and have a better understanding of Vietnam and what happened there as well as of immigration and motherhood. It’s so topical and beautifully written.
9. The Ship by Antonia Honeywell
The writing in this book was GORGEOUS! It made me think about so many things in such a deep and curious way and it made me feel lost yet full of hope in the most curious of ways.
10. The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
A diverse horror novel that was beautifully written and full of heart. I ADORE The Hollow Girl. Everything about it was just so GOOD!
Honorable mentions (that I loved just as much as the rest on this list):
11. A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan
Improve, love, mixed in with Heartbreak, and friendship and you get this funny and delectable gem of a novel! A Messy, Beautiful life was amazing and I adored it!
12. This Impossible Light by Lily Myers
This Impossible Light was delightful and beautifully rendered. What can I say? I am a sucker for prose poetry!
13. The Bone Season and The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
These two were a bright light of happiness and fun for me to read. I devoured these books (just like I will devour the rest of the series as it is released). All I have to say is one name Warden, as one of the biggest reasons my heart races as these stories progress. I’m so in love and I can’t help myself!
14. The Diviners by Libba Bray
These was the PERFECT 1920’s novel. I felt like I was living and breathing in this era while reading, but terrified because of all the paranormal horrors prowling the streets. This novel was all kinds of cool and fun and amazing! I loved it!
15. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
What a gorgeous thing of beauty this novel was. The writing alone made my jaw drop. I wish I could write with an ounce of the beauty that Leslye does! Utter PERFECTION!
16. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
So relevant. So beautifully written. So true. And so incredibly feminist! I adore this novel, but I am also awed by it. Everything about it was incredible!
17. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Labyrinth meets music meets my heart and I end up in LOVE! Wintersong was magical and a ethereal experience. I can’t wait to read book 2!
18. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I wasn’t sure I was going to love this book, but after a few pages I was hooked! So funny, sad, and unique. If you haven’t read this book then you should so you can experience just why this book has taken the world by storm!
19. Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
This book has everything you could ever want in a contemporary. The romance is there, the friendships, but also the family ties. I love how critical family was to this storyline and the way everything flowed brilliantly together. Such an incredible novel!
20. Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten
Bad by Michael Jackson comes to mind when thinking about this book. It was terrifying because it could have easily happened in real life and everyone was so humanely flawed in the most awful yet real of ways. An incredible thriller.
So You all came for a top 10 and ended up with a top 20, but I could not bring myself to leave out any of these amazing (and 5 star) reads. However, before I go I must say how proud I am of this list, mostly because it is a testament to how widely I read from historical fiction to poetry to horror, fantasy, contemporary, and even dystopian there is so much genre diversity in this list. I am so happy with the books I read in 2017!
-Till next time!