Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is the Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far. I love this theme! I think I’ve had some surprisingly good reads this year, but to do this list properly I had to hit my goodreads to see everything I’ve read since January 1. And it is a LOT of books. I don’t think I’ve ever read so many books in a year!
Want by Cindy Pon
I am nearly finished with this book, but I’m calling it now… it’s one of my favorite reads of the year. Period. And it has me counting the days until the next book in the series comes out. Hopefully that will be in 2018.
This book was refreshing (despite the urban, super polluted futuristic setting of Taipei). The groups of friends vs. the evil corporation tale was immediately engaging, and I love the diversity and the artwork on the cover that gave me anime vibes. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a sci fi book that was set on Earth, as well, so really this hit all the right notes with me. If you haven’t gotten your hands on it yet… do it. Love this book!
A Court of Thorns & Roses, A Court of Mist & Fury, A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
I’m lumping these three together because I think I read ACOMAF 3 times this year, and ACOWAR twice now. I definitely read ACOTAR twice this year too.
These books haunt me in the best way. I love all of the characters (even a little love for Tamlin now), and am aching over the fact that the Feyre/Rhys trilogy is over. I’m sure they will show up again in future books, but their love story is just so much more than swoony… it’s full of hope, strength, self-discovery and acceptance. I couldn’t have hoped for a better pairing. These will also be on my shelves as an all-time favorite series.
Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack
This is a given. I’m sure if you’ve read any of my blog, you will know that this book was not only one of my most anticipated, but my most loved as well. Aurora / Rora / Roar is a young woman that began as naive and sheltered, and goes through her own journey to find a way to survive in her world without having to submit to an arranged marriage and rely on others to protect her. And of course, there is love, adventure, violent storms, magic, friendship and terrible, wrathful enemies.
This is yet another book where I NEED the sequel. Immediately. Thankfully it did not end on a cliffhanger, but it still has so much more that has to happen…
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Hunted was an almost unexpected win of a book. After ACOTAR, I wasn’t sure that I was ready for another Beauty & the Beast re-telling. But ACOTAR was very loosely inspired by it, while Hunted is a dark, richly textured re-telling of it that combines the best of Beauty and the Beast with Russian folklore and lots of empowering moments. The beast is calculating but nearly feral, having lost track of himself over so much lost time trying to break himself of his curse.
It also shed itself of the Disney vibe that other re-tellings pretty much insist on, so this book won me over easy. Plus all of the work that Meagan Spooner put in to learning archery and fletching JUST to make those scenes more realistic… So good!
Given to the Sea (Given to the Sea Duet #1) by Mindy McGinnis
This is one of the books that witnessed a huge divide in fans… I was amazed at how polarizing a read this really was ultimately. People either loved this book or hated it (for any number of reasons). I was on the side of loving this book. It was unconventional. Among many issues that people discuss: love triangle (sort of, not really), multiple POVs that got confusing for some, it fought to avoid some tropes that many ya readers hate, and yet some of those same readers argued to have more trope-y elements… and it had a crazy ending. More than a regular cliffhanger, it abruptly solved some issues in a way that no sane person would ever want them to end. Add to that the fact that Goodreads didn’t even show that this was a duology, contrary to the fact that Mindy announced it was a duology a year or so before, and you had a lot of confused, angry readers.
And to me, that ending was an interesting choice that I didn’t want, but I fully believe it will all be righted in the second book (Given to the Earth) next year. I really enjoyed Given. I will like it even more if Donil gets more page-time in the next one.
Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Two words: The Darkling. And really, this applies to the whole Grisha Trilogy (which I can’t believe I read in January of this year… it feels like so long ago!). I am one of those who prefer The Darkling to Mal. And that likely makes me a bad person. But I’m okay with that. I am not the Sun Summoner, and if I were, the tale would have gone incredibly differently… Alina is okay, don’t get me wrong, but I probably would’ve gone a little power crazy. Although, at first her power of shining some light was like… huh? She’s a flashlight? Okay… but then it all worked out into something more interesting.
Regardless, the whole GrishaVerse is one of my favorite places to visit and I have recommended these books time and time again to anyone who will listen. If you haven’t read them yet, you should try them!
Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber
This book… I will admit, I struggled with it at first. I liked the setting, but Scarlett was driving me UP THE WALL. And her sister, too. They were not only obnoxious at first, but so wooden. I craved a little more depth.
But once the game began, the magic drew me in. I love the spinning thoughts, colors, excitement and confusion. It felt like Wonderland because the rules were just bonkers. BONKERS!
Even then, I still wasn’t in love the with book… then the last 30% of the book I was fully invested in the story and went for the 5-star “LOVE” rating on Goodreads. So excited for the next book!
Remember… it’s only a game…
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
This should be a movie. It was reminiscent of so many stories for me that I have loved in film and lit, and yet felt also very new and unique. And, happily, it is a series that will continue. Apparently I’ve fallen in love with a lot of series this year!
So that’s my 10ish books, not all released in 2017, but the majority of them are… and all but one are from a series! For now it looks like Hunted is my only standalone recommendation… unless it becomes a series. And then I have no standalones. I have read a lot of good ones that are NOT on this top 10. When I look back, I definitely favor my preferred genre of YA fantasy, however there have been a ton of excellent contemporaries and other genre reads this year.
Do we share any books with your top 10 for this year? What would you recommend I try to tackle in the second half of 2017?