Top 10 Books of 2017

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of year where I talk about my favorite books of 2017. This year was much harder on my reading than I expected. I managed to surpass my original reading goal of 50 to reach my second goal which was 75 but I didn’t read that many 5 star books as I thought I did. Usually all of my top 10 choices are 5 star reads but this year I only had a total of 11 out of 75 and while I loved those books, I didn’t want to repeat series in my top 10 so I deviated from my regular format this year.

I will be sharing the books, their Goodreads link, my review if I have one and two sentences for why I love them.

SO let’s get started!

Before I start talking about the books, I wanted to share some of my reading stats of my 2017 reading year.

Total Books Read: 76 (71 books and 5 novellas)
Total Pages Read: 26,185 pages
Shortest Book: The Dire King Sneak Peek (54 pages)
Longest Book: A Conjuring of Light (624 pages)
Average Read Pages: 350 pages
Average Rating: 3.7 stars
5 stars: 11 books
4.5 stars: 10 books
4 stars: 29 books
3.5 stars: 7 books
3 stars: 16 books
2.5 stars: 1 book
2 stars: 1 book
1 star: 1 book

Genres Read:
Middle Grade –
1 book
Young Adult –
46 books
New Adult –
16 books
Adult –
13 books

Contemporary – 41 books (23 Romances, 4 Thrillers, 4 LGBTQ+ reads, 3 Coming of Age, 3 Mental Health, 2 Realistic Fiction, 1 Poetry and 1 Retelling)
Historical Fiction –
9 books
High Fantasy –
13 books
Paranormal –
3 books
Science Fiction –
2 books
Non-fiction – 2 books
Urban Fantasy – 5 books
Mythology –
1 book

Authors Read:
9 Male
67 Female
(From United States, United Kingdom, Canada and other Nationalities)

Obviously, my stats this year don’t look as well as I hoped they would when the year started. However, I don’t feel too bad about how much I read this year. I really need to work on branching out a bit more in the genres I read, though I am very happy that I managed to read more adult and new adult books.

Now onto my favorite books of the year! There’s a lot of sequels on this list because I worked hard to finish series that I left open ended for awhile. I am the kind of person that makes a definite ranking from 1 to 10. So I will be counting backwards from the last to my ultimate favorite book of the entire year!

#10: Shelter the Sea (The Roosevelt #2)
by Heidi Cullinan

Goodreads

I read this book with my amazing book club friends. We read the first book together as well as this one and the story lends really well with sharing thoughts with others. We had a really good time with this book and I don’t really want the series to end.

#9: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)
by Victoria Schwab

Goodreads

To no one’s surprise, I have a Victoria Schwab book on my favorites list for the year. But it might be surprising how low it is on my list. While I love all her books and I become completely entranced with them, a friend of mine read this series as well and she pointed out some things that made me think a little differently about the book. I don’t love it any less than I did before and it’s still in my favorites, it’s just a different way to think about it.

#8: The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards #1)
by Scott Lynch

GoodreadsReview

 I read this book after the recommendation of one of my favorite booktubers and I’m glad I listened to her because this book was amazing. Full of twists and turns between the past and the present and a group of mischievous trouble makers who have a blast at causing a ruckus. I can’t wait to continue this series and see where the story goes.

#7: The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight #3)
by Melissa Grey

Goodreads

This is the finale to one of my most current favorite series. I loved the first book when I read it and while the second book wasn’t the best, it set up a lot of what was hopefully going to happen in this last book. And I was definitely not disappointed in the slightest. This book tore out my heart and left me speechless. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself, because I need these characters in my life again!

#6: A List of Cages
by Robin Roe

GoodreadsReview

Since we’re talking about books that broke my heart, might as well mention this one now. This book isn’t for the faint of heart. I definitely wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of emotions that hit me as this book hit its stride. It brought me to painful tears and I recommend it but be prepared!

#5: The Dire King (Jackaby #4)
by William Ritter

Goodreads

I’m so sad that this series is over! It took me completely by surprise when I first started reading it because I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. This last book was a highly anticipated one of mine and I loved it! The whole series wraps up completely and much more differently than I expected and I honestly want to go back to the beginning and read it all over again.

#4: Every Last Word
by Tamara Ireland Stone

GoodreadsReview

Another book that took me completely by surprise when I read it. This book became an instant favorite as soon as I delved into it. It’s beautiful and emotional and intense and it completely captivated me. The story hit so close to home even though I don’t have the same struggles as the main character and I definitely recommend it for everyone.

#3: The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3)
by Rae Carson

GoodreadsReview

I don’t know how I could’ve possibly almost forgotten that I read this series this year. I absolutely and completely love this trilogy specially this book! This series has absolutely everything that I look for in high fantasy: high stakes, adventure, romance and a whole lot of badass women who grow and mature and kick ass and take names. READ IT PLEASE!

#2: Dawn Study (Soulfinders #3)
by Maria V. Snyder

GoodreadsReview

No one is surprised by this book, right? By now you should all know that this is my favorite series of all time. This one, however, was really bittersweet to read as its the last book in the entire combination of trilogies. I never wanted this to get here! I’ve loved experiencing years in this character’s lives and this last chapter with the main protagonist was really bittersweet but an amazing way to end the series.

AND MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR IS
#1: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)
by V.E. Schwab

GoodreadsReview

Yes, I have another Schwab book on my list. No, I have no regrets because I didn’t read as many amazing books this year and I have to share the ones I love! This finale was everything I was hoping for and more. It took my emotions through a roller coaster and left me completely and totally in love with this world. I want to read it again.

So that’s it for my favorite books of 2017! Let me know if you’ve read any of them and what you thought. I hope that this year brings a lot more books to read and a lot more favorites to add to my list. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!

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12 thoughts on “Top 10 Books of 2017

  1. Great to see you posting, Sara! For me, 2017 sucked reading-wise. I think I had a fantasy overdose and I couldn’t even enjoy it anymore. It had never happened to me before! I couldn’t even make a 2017 favorites list. But I’m glad to see yours. A List of Cages has been on my TBR for long, so I’m happy to see it here 😀

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  2. Ooh @ all these series I need to catch up on/start! (LOL) I haven’t read ACOL or book 2 yet, but I remember I really liked book 1 (for Schwab’s series). I also need to finish the Savage Dawn and catch up to the whole Poison Study series (I’ve read book 1 a looong time ago… should I do a binge? lol). I also adored Rae Carson’s first trilogy! Yay for all the SFF on this list. 😀 Hopefully 2018 brings another batch of amazing books.

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    • Definitely continue Shades of Magic and let me know what you think of them and The Savage Dawn. And most definitely you should binge read Poison Study and all the books after! It’s my favorite series of all time haha. I really want to read Rae’s newest trilogy but haven’t had a chance to start yet.

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