“We don’t need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.”
– Lloyd Alexander
2017 came and FLEW by so fast. August through December went by in a blink (some of which I was happy about due to homesickness) and now January of 2018 is here. Although it didn’t last long, I still am not ready to completely say goodbye to 2017 until I compile my first-ever Favorite Books of the Year. This year due to my traveling I didn’t get to ready nearly as many books as I wanted, but it was the year of the series. I barely read anything stand alone which is why my favorites are so few because a couple are lumped as a whole. Anyway, without further ado here are my favorite books that I read in 2017:
4. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Sun is Also a Star has to make my favorites of 2017 list. It was one of the first contemporaries I read all year, and it was the first contemporary that gave me hope back into contemporaries. I can’t believe I didn’t write or even record a review over it and that is a real regret of 2017. It’s a cute story about two people who don’t believe in fate but they meet on this one day where they both have to do something important. I won’t say too much more because I personally love going into contemporaries pretty blind. This book is so cute, it’s not super long, and it will give you all kinds of emotions. Go pick up a copy, it’s adorable as all get out.
3. Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Crooked Kingdom is the thrilling conclusion to Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology. I finished this book in the earliest of days of 2017. It didn’t exactly start my year off to a great start, but it was a great book. Since it’s the sequel to Six of Crows, I won’t say much other than the Six of Crows duology is about six misfits, heists, and what it takes to get things achieved. Bardugo wrote characters that are so tangible and real. The character arcs seen in this book is one of my favorite parts of it. Go grab Six of Crows if you haven’t read it already because everyone needs these characters in their lives.
2. A Conjuring of Light/Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab
February saw the end of a beautiful series by V.E. Schwab. To prepare, I re-read A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows as a refresher. I fell back in love with this series despite only reading it for the first time in 2016. Schwab weaves stories, worlds, and characters that come to life on the page. Each character no matter how small has their own little arc. Everything about this story was alive. I loved this series so much I received the collectors edition of ADSOM in black for Christmas, including a Red London candle. I love both so, so much. I fell in love with her writing and I hope 2018 finds me reading more V Schwab books. If you are a fantasy reader, you absolutely with no doubt need this series.
1. A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy by Sarah J. Maas
To be honest, it’s a tie between #2 and #1’s on this list. I only placed ACOTAR at #1 because I’m still in book hangover mode and I finished this book nearly a week ago. I absolutely loved this series. I read it over a period of 3 months (not ideal) but I loved it. I just ran out of time to read when I was abroad. ACOMAF alone took me 2 months, but once I got home the last 60% of the book took 3 days. Heck, I liked it so much I made a playlist for it (a newfound thing I like to do, I guess). ACOTAR is a retelling of Beauty of the Beast but with faeries. I actually have reviews up for all three books (shocker and rare, I know) and I’ll link those so if you’re interested you can go check them out. I fell in love with this series and its characters despite dragging my feet to start ACOTAR and ACOMAF. This series is a must read especially since it’s getting more books this year. #3.5 comes out in May and then 3 more books in the the Prythian world is getting released 2019 on, I believe. Please go read these, you won’t forget it.
And those, my friends, are my favorite books of 2017. I read 19 and only 4 were standalone. I hope to read at least 30 in 2018 and get back into hardcore reading. 2017 was a great year for me even if it wasn’t the best of reading years.
What are your favorite books of 2017? Did you read a lot?