Sunday, December 31, 2017

Top Ten of 2017

After 57 books comprising 20,711 pages (and counting! I’m planning to finish Laura Marx Fitzgerald’s The Gallery by the end of the night!), I’m finally ready to recap my year in books. For the first time since I started blogging, I somehow read more this year than I did last year—in terms of number of books and number of pages—and here are my ten favorites in the order that I read them:

1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I waited until winter break to read this one because I knew I’d want to binge-read. It was my first book of 2017, and I couldn’t imagine a better start to my year in reading. I don’t think I need to explain any further.

2. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
One of my favorite retellings ever, this Cinderella-meets-cosplay story perfectly encapsulates fan culture. It’s an absolute joy to read, and it’s a manifesto for being an unapologetic fan of whatever you enjoy.

3. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
This existential novel about aliens, grief and depression, the end of the world, and our incredible insignificance as humans creates a magical, immersive reading experience. The author vividly brings the characters’ emotions and experiences to life, interspersing the plot with imaginative scenarios that could cause the destruction of life on earth—unless the main character decides it’s worth saving.

4. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
On the surface, this novel promises to deliver plenty of high school scandal and drama. And it does, but it also delivers so much more. Seven Ways We Lie features clever characterization (seven main characters represent the seven deadly sins) and perfectly-paced dialogue, creating an obsessively addictive story.

5. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
I never cry while reading, and I’m pretty sure I cried about 50 times during this 256-page book. The entire story envelops you in a sense of deep melancholy and loneliness unmatched by any book I’ve read before. Basically, reading this book feels like facing a dementor—but in the best possible way. (Like Ron Weasley once said, you’re going to suffer, but you’re going to be happy about it.) Plus, it’s one of the most character-driven books you’ll ever read, but never in a way that seems dull—instead, it will immerse you enchantingly, entirely into its perfectly-paced plot.

6. Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis
This YA debut is one of the most underrated books I’ve read this year. It’s about inadvertently becoming an artist, questioning who you are, and chasing romance but finding yourself instead. Told in a fun, feminist voice that reads like a (more socially- and self-aware) Georgia Nicolson, this book should be on your TBR.

7. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
This book doesn’t come out until next year, but I had the exquisite privilege of reading it this year. It truly lives up to the hype; the world-building is beautiful, and the thrilling, sinister plot will have you constantly on edge. If this book somehow isn’t on your TBR already, please take this opportunity to add it now.

8. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
At 210 pages, this was the shortest book I read this year, and it was one of the best. It packs such an emotional punch into its short page count—the heavy, heartbreaking subject matter will make you want to take a break, but the sharp, staccato dialogue will keep you turning pages. I read it in a day, but I’ve been thinking about it for months.

9. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
I love Becky Albertalli, and I love every character she creates. The Upside of Unrequited made me cringe, smile, and nurse multiple heartaches right along with its protagonist. Just about everyone can find a reason to relate to Molly.

10. Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer 
Being Fishkill is the kind of heartbreaking-yet-hopeful book that the weary weight of the world is resting on your chest. It follows a young girl navigating family, friendship, poverty, and more, and I absolutely loved it.

What were your favorite books of 2017? Link me to your best-of-the-year posts in the comments or on Twitter!


  1. Geekerella is one of those books I *really* want to read, but haven't yet! I'm excited about reading it eventually though.Also, Leigh's books are HIGH (high) on my list of must-reads. And the 'Crows' duo sound like my kind of books. :) Hope 2018 is an amazing year for you!

  2. Okay, basically after reading this We Are Okay and Six of Crows have definitely moved WAY up on my TBR. I even own Six of Crows and I still haven’t read it. I know, the shame. I will this year, I swear! Anyway, I’m glad you got to read so many great books this year and let’s hope that 2018 is even better. Happy new year!

  3. I'm embarrassed that I haven't read ANY of these books. I *really* need to get on the Six of Crows boat + really want to read Geekerella, We Are Okay, and We Are the Ants. So glad you read some great books! Looking forward to hearing about your 2018 reads <3

  4. Crooked Kingdom made it onto my list and, like you, I read it all the way back in January. It must be good if we BOTH remember it a full year later! :)

    I really want to read We Are The Ants, but I haven't managed to get hold of a copy yet.


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