The Broke and The Bookish just gave me a reason to turn your TBRs into monsters. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday we pick our favourite reads for 2017 which was a bit hard at first which as you can see I couldn’t stick to only ten books! So I’m giving you thirteen books to consider reading so we can become better friends.
The books aren’t listed in any other at all! They’re a mix of latest releases and releases many years old; I’m also listing indie books because they need to be discovered, so I’m hoping you find something you’d like! You can click on the book titles to be taken to my review for them!
The Book Thief probably trumped the other reads for this year! It was a beautiful story of family and friendship that got me sobbing by the end. I also liked the fact that it was narrated from Death’s perspective!
Katherine Arden’s writing for The Bear and The Nightingale, and The Girl in the Tower reminded of The Book Thief. They’re both poetic and character driven books. In spite of the dark atmosphere in both books, the authors somehow give us this tiny light of hope that makes us want to believe in better things to come.
The Hate U Give was unafraid in its portrayal of the Black Lives Movement. Angie Thomas writes unapologetically illustrating microaggressions to full out racism. I’m so glad this book exists!
I started this year reading the Wheel of Time series which led me to reading Birthrights. I was really impressed with the historical background of the fantasy world. The characters really stood out for me. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is an Asian inspired novel with an anti heroine! Xifeng was a morally skewed character which is unlike any other YA fantasy I’ve read. Though I grouped Magpie’s Song with two fantasy books, this book is a mix of steampunk and fantasy dystopian!
They Both Die At The End was a wonderful and quick read that really hurt me. In spite of already knowing the ending I went into it with a bit of hope but uh, yeah, I spent the night crying. So, to remedy my broken heart I splurged on Lydia Sherrer’s Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus series. I absolutely adored this series – it’s humourous and witty. The characters are all so lovable!
I love reading about historical fantasy settings, and about women who work through the dirt and rise to glory. I love reading about women who defy the odd and these books provided exactly that. With Air and Ash, and Waters of Salt and Sin, I found that I love books with a premise of seafaring adventures! Ash is a princess AND a navy lieutenant who escapes a political marriage by pretending to be a lowly sailor, and then there’s Kinneret Raza who is discriminated because she’s a salt witch but works hard to someday become kaptan of a ship. Both women are hardworking, tough, and possess leadership qualities. I loved reading about their love for the ocean which instilled a wanderlust in me for unknown lands.
While I don’t read horror novels, I am intrigued by novels with a supernatural air. House of Spines is a spine tingling mystery fiction that left me wondering what the heck I just read! The gothic atmosphere of the book captivates readers as it blurs the line between crime and a simple ghost story. Paired with this the well loved classic Jane Eyre because I find this book also a bit darker with a mystery.
And finally, a little a bit of drama. While East of Eden was a satisfying read on forgiveness and family, The Count of Monte Cristo is a crazy revenge story which is satisfying as well. Though they do contrast each other, I found both of them be something of a psychological look at the human soul.
Have you read any of the books I listed? Is there a book I’ve convinced you to try? Which book is your favourite for 2017?