2017 has been a great reading year for me. Which is only fair because a was a shit show in a lot of other ways!
But this is supposed to be a positive post and so I’m starting with congratulating myself. I READ FRICKIN’ 99 BOOKS THIS YEAR! Holy camoly! I’ve never read this much before (at least not since I started tracking) the second half of the year was amazing (two months with ~ 15 books read!)
And it was a very good reading year in not only quantity but more importantly in quality. I’ve read some truly amazing books. Now most of these are fairly popular and won’t come as a surprise but they were the best I read, what can I say.
So without further ado, here is my list (also I had a hard time narrowing it down to seven … so I’m sneaking in a few honorable mentions at the end)
I linked all the reviews I wrote so if you wanna know more in depth thoughts you can check out those.
I tried to put them in order from least fav to absolute best, but honestly, the top three are pretty interchangeable in their order.
Aaaand I’m starting my list with cheating a bit. I just couldn’t decide on my number 7 spot, so two books have to share the spotlight.
Number 7: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and Everless by Sara Holland
I loved the characters in Siege and Storm! Nikolai, the Darkling, Alina. I love them all so much. Nikolai is my too clever little ball of sass and I adore him to pieces. The Darkling is everything I ever wanted a villain to be. Dark, twisty, relatable and doing really fucked up things. And I love how corrupted Alina slowly gets with the power she gets. Seriously, the characters make this book!
Everless gained this spot because of the unique concept. And it was creepily realistic. If time was a currency that would be exactly how things would go. The playing with time, the scene where Jules visits this one village: eerie! Loved it.
Now, some things were a bit predictable (the little romance though it was still really enjoyable) but there were enough twists to keep you going and I can’t wait to read the next book!
Numero 6: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This was my second attempt at reading this book. I had started it two (?) years ago in a very very stressful time in my life and let me tell you, not a book to read if you don’t have the calm.
But this time around (albeit nearly drowning in exams) I was at a better place and I was fascinated by this book. Seriously, how can a book be so captivating while still giving off the vibe that nothing much happens? I mean, a lot happens, but then again not, because Kvothe just sits down and tells his life story?
If you haven’t already read this book, go do that! And I can really recommend the audiobook! (Rupert Degas narrates this extremely good!)
Nummer 5: The Diviners by Libba Bray
I had heard so much about this book, had extremely high expectations and let me tell you this book is lit!
Why did I wait so long to read it??
Evie was a refreshingly different character imo. And I loved the mystery, the eerie atmosphere, and the creep factor! Books never frighten me but this one came very close.
I loved every perspective. The characters are all very real, everyone has his own story and voice. Theta, Henry, Sam, and Jericho. The setting feels so rich and I could really see everything. The museum, the streets, the cemetery …
(Also there is a lot of great rep in this series!)
Àireamh 4: Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Another book with perfect characters. Or should I say perfectly flawed and morally ambiguous characters?
The dual timeline thing (sorry I can’t word) was really well done and so interesting to see where everything started.
Victor Vale: I loved how he is perfectly fine with being the villain while doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.
Mitch and Sydney are the best thing and I love the relationship between the three.
And the end, it was perfect. Seriously, this book was simply perfect.
Numerus 3: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
I have a soft spot for my revenge seeking little poisoner Katharine. She is my precious little murderous Queen.
I really like Mirabelle and Arsinoe as well but Katharine is my all time fav.
I love how Kendare Blake is not afraid of going there. Of really having consequences for the actions.
I was so addicted to this story and I need book three! Now!
(I’m a little appeased because there is a short story collection (or something) coming out in April (I think?)
What can I say? Murderous Queens are my aesthetic.
Fjölda 2: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Old news, I know. but this book is freaking amazing! ‘Nough said. Rhys is my pure little cinnamon role, Feyre’s character growth is brilliant and the Inner Circle is serious Squad Goals.
(Also the Suriel!)
Homep 1: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This was the first book I read in 2017 and it stuck with me throughout the year. I really want to reread it this year!
It’s just pure magical brilliance.
I went into it with zero expectations (I had started Shiver and didn’t really like it) but it blew me away.
This book has so much atmosphere, two really unique and lovable characters and a gripping plot.
And I mean … flesh-eating horses! They were great! (Everyone looks at me weird if I say that, I don’t know why?)
The Capaill Uisce were seriously amazing, Puck was the perfect MC for this story, stubborn, driven and strong.
Seeing Sean interact with Corr. You could really feel the emotions there!
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater: A brilliant finale to one of my favorite series of all time. The writing style, the characters. Maggie is Queen!
Wolkenschloss by Kerstin Gier: This is such a cozy, happy book. Like all of her books they make me feel at home.
What if by Randall Munroe: This was everything I wanted it to be! Funny, informative, weird and scientific. LOVED IT.