Happy New Year my lovely bookish friends and followers!
I’ve been excited about this post since November because if we’re being honest this is going to be one big fangirl post. I read so many great books this year, and I started my blog a little over halfway into the year, so the whole first half of 2017 is a blank for you guys (unless you follow my Goodreads)! I’m going to start this with the books I read during the beginning of the year and work my way through to the very end, feel free to comment and tell me what your favorite reads of the year were!
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
This was the first book I read in 2017 and it was a hell of a way to start the year! This was one of the best books I’ve read, probably ever. It was deeply beautiful and moving, and hit me in all my feels. It had me laughing and swooning and screaming and crying, all in one chapter at times. I don’t want to say too much about this one because I’d hate to give anything away, but just know that if you haven’t read this yet you really need to.
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
So I don’t understand why, but epic space romances are kind of my thing. It started with the Across the Universe trilogy, but since then I can’t resist a good space romance. That being said, the Illuminae trilogy (although not complete yet) is one of my all time favorite book series. There so much drama and action and romance and good/evil that I can’t get enough. I devoured this book and am eagerly waiting for Obsidio to come out this March. It’s already on my calendar.
A Court of Mist and Fury & A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
If you know anything about me, literally anything at all, it’s probably that I love love love the Thorns and Roses series. This is basically the only book series (besides After) that I have read and reread numerous times, that I buy bookish merch for, and that I think about at least once a day. Seriously, these books killed me and then brought me back to life. The way Sarah J. Maas writes these incredible worlds and characters makes me feel like I’m there with them, going through all these wonderful and terrible things. I’m so pumped for A Court of Frost and Starlight that I get notifications from Sarah’s Instagram account so that I know if she posts any news about this series. I’m totally obsessed.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
After the let down that was In a Dark, Dark Wood, I didn’t have high hopes for this one but was completely and utterly surprised. This book was borderline terrifying. The fact that she was on this little yacht and there was a killer on the loose and she didn’t have a single idea who it was, or if there had even been a murder committed. I was so confused and curious and scared, all in a great way! Not to mention the little newspaper articles spread throughout the book that were equally confusing. It was just a wild ride, from start to finish, and I had so much fun. One of the best thrillers I’ve read.
Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The hype over these books was too great for me to pass up, and boy, did they live up to that hype. These books were crazy good, although the ending left me furious (in a sort of good way?) and longing for more. The representation in this book almost out shadowed the actual plot, but they both worked to make this duology the phenomenon that it is. Bravo, Bardugo. The good news is that I still have to read the Shadow and Bone trilogy, and that King Nikolai is getting his own series!
Hideaway by Penelope Douglas
Okay. So. Hideway had been on my radar since 2015 when I finished Corrupt. I was stalking Goodreads once a month, signed up for newsletters, and followed Penelope on every social media outlet just waiting to get my hands on this gem, and it DID. NOT. DISAPPOINT. When I saw someone posted it on their IG story that it was live I didn’t hesitate. I screamed like the fangirl I am and one-clicked that shit and read it that week. It went way too fast though, and here I am with all these feelings and another year-long wait for the next book. Part of what makes me love this series is the danger aspect. The cat and mouse game and the underlying drama is really what keeps me on the edge of my seat, and the sexy parts are over the top sexy. Ugh, Penelope, you slay my life.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
Where do I even start on this one? Meddling Kids was my first dip into the horror genre, and I totally only bought it because of the Scooby-Doo comparisons, but this book was so good. It was funny and deep and mysterious and scary, I loved every second of it and just wanted to find out more and more. Not to mention the cover art on this book is stunning, absolutely stunning. This book was a wild ride from page one to the very last paragraph. Seriously. There’s a twist on the very last page.
Boys South of the Mason Dixon by Abbi Glines
The queen of all new adult romance, Abbi Glines, delivered another fantastic book this year! This one was probably one of my favorite Abbi Glines books ever, and I can’t wait to read the next ones. This book was full of drama and sexy scenes and was everything and more that I could have wanted from Abbi. At this point I think I’ve read all her books except two or three, and they still manage to give me butterflies and take my breath away every time.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Perhaps the most original book I’ve read this year, A Darker Shade of Magic was everything I hoped it would be and more. It was funny and daring, the magic and mystery was enough to have me on the edge of my seat through the whole book. Not to mention the character representation blew this out of the water. It was perfect, utterly perfect, and I can’t wait to read the next books in this series.
Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
When I received the ARC of this book I screamed like a little girl because I had wanted it sooooo bad and it lived up to everything I had hoped it would be! I blew through this book and my only thought after I had finished was “man, I really want more”. This was sweet and funny and swoon-worthy and full of family drama, but in the end it had me in tears because of the growth of this little family. I can’t recommend this book enough.
There you have it! The list of my best reads of 2017! It was a crazy year for me in terms of books because I started my blog and really did read so many amazing books, some of them being my first time ARCs, and did my first author interview.
I can’t wait to crush my reading goals this year, meet other amazing bloggers, get more awesome ARCs, and do more interviews! Here’s to a wonderfully bookish 2018!