It’s that time of year, time to sum up all the books you read into a seemingly impossibly short list. I won’t lie, it was a struggle, but I have finally procured my top ten books of 2017. I read a total of sixty this year so I’m not sure how I got it down to ten. But anyway here’s the rules, these are all books I read for the first time in 2017. And I only include one book from each series, otherwise this list would be a mile long, now let’s get started!
P.S I tried to keep my thoughts on each book small because this post is already massive, enjoy!
10. Never Apart by Romily Bernard
What would you do if you were stuck, stuck in a loop where there is always one end. Your best friend chases you, your boyfriend dies, and you start it all over again.
This book took me completely by surprise, I didn’t expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I did. I soared through it in a day and found myself not only enjoying the story but feeling a heap of emotions at once. This book jumps between timelines which created a nice mysterious atmosphere that kept me hooked the entire time.
9. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Book three in the Mara Dyer trilogy)
Mara can’t remember the accident that killed her friends, but with strangeness surrounding her and her mind playing tricks, how can she know what’s real and what’s a lie.
I LOVE the Mara Dyer Trilogy, but this was the only book from the series that I read in 2017 and it was the weakest in my opinion. But even then, this book was still phenomenal and the series one of my favourites. It is beautifully dark, mysterious and incredible. You can read more about my thoughts on the Mara Dyer series by clicking here.
8. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Samantha’s life is perfect, she has great friends, a perfect boyfriend, and she’s one of the most popular people in school. But that all ends when she dies in a terrible car accident. Now she’s doomed to repeat her death day over and over again.
This novel really made me feel immensely, to a degree I was definitely not expecting. The story was fantastical, but the emotion and message really carried this book up to greater heights. You can read more of my thoughts on Before I Fall by clicking here.
7. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Book one in the Three Dark Crowns series)
Every generation three queens are born, each with gifts from the goddess. But the crown is not there’s unless they fight. So the elemental, naturalist, and poisoner must fight to the death and take the crown from her dead sisters.
This book was so deliciously dark and I absolutely adored it. With such an interesting premise and absolutely no hint of where it’s headed, it gives you such mature and unique young adult novel. This series is really taking off and I can’t wait to find out where we’re going. You can read my full review of this book by clicking here.
6. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (Book three in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series)
Feyre killed a fae and now she must pay with her life. But the fae world isn’t what she expected and she’s starting to realize that this side of the wall is even more dangerous than she first thought.
A Court of Mist and Fury still stands as my all time favourite book. And while I loved this one I think it might be my least favourite so far. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t love the hell out of this book. I am excited for the new books but also sad that this main story is over for now, I guess I’ll just have to keep rereading the first three forever. You can read my full review by clicking here.
5. Winter by Marissa Meyer (Book four in The Lunar Chronicles)
Cinder is a mechanic cyborg that everyone avoids, as well as being a slave to her cruel stepmother. But her life is turned upside down when her younger sister is infected with the plague, the Lunar queen comes to earth, and the prince of New Beijing happens upon her mechanic’s booth.
This book was eight hundred pages of amazingness. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read a better concluding novel. This entire series has blown me away this year and this book topped them all. Click here to read my thoughts on The Lunar Chronicles.
4. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Book five in the Heroes of Olympus series)
There’s a new war brewing and this time it will bigger and harder than before, this time one camp won’t be enough.
Other than the first book, which was good but not fantastic, this entire series was extraordinary. I loved the Percy Jackson series, but this was something else entirely. I highly recommend any of Rick Riordan’s books, you won’t be disappointed.
3. Draekora by Lynette Noni (Book four in The Medoran Chronicles)
Alex Jennings is dreading her first day at her new school. But before she can even start she finds herself walking through a door and landing in the world of Medoran. This land is filled with adventure, a school for the gifted, and danger.
This series just keeps getting better and better. But this book, wow, it was just perfect. I’m not even sure what else to say so you can read all my thoughts on The Medoran Chronicles by clicking here.
2. Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Kacey has finally found a home, she has parents, siblings, a job, and two best friends she does everything with. But what starts with a harmless séance, ends with one of her friends missing and Kacey learning that she can’t trust anyone.
I can’t even express in words how much this book made me feel. Shock, suspense, love, it was all there. This was such a clever mystery wrapped up in a beautiful young adult novel and I love it so much.
1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath’s life revolves around Simon Snow, fan fiction, and her twin sister Wren. But college is about to tear her life apart and Cath’s not sure that she can adapt without her world crumbling.
Thinking about how much I love this book makes me want to cry. I never imagined a contemporary would make it to number one on this list, but it has. I can’t even put into words how much this book means to me. I read it twice this year and it was even better the second time (honestly I could read it again right now). The relatability, the cuteness, just everything is perfect, I JUST CAN’T EVEN.
And there you go, that’s my top ten books of the year! Let me know down below what your favourites are!
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