This is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s challenge is Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far!
I originally was going to focus this week’s post specifically on fantasy and sci-fi books, but I realized that it left me with no excuse not to pick multiple titles from the same series (looking at you, ACOTAR and The Lunar Chronicles!). Instead, I thought I’d just give you guys a rundown of my ten favorite reads of the year so far – any genre! I limited myself to one title per series, which is why you won’t see a few of my beloved titles in this list.
1. A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
While I love all three of the books in this series that have been released so far, ACOMAF is still by far and wide my favorite. Watching Feyre’s character develop from this broken creature into a raging badass, plus meeting the inner circle of the Night Court, made for such a fun time.
2. Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I loved Illuminae so much, but hot damn, no sci-fi book I’ve ever read has held a candle to the brilliance and delight of Gemina. It’s full of twists and turns, and has such an incredible delay of characters.
3. Cress – Marissa Meyer
Cress is the third installment in The Lunar Chronicles series, and is my personal favorite of the first three books (I haven’t completed the series yet). Cress is such an adorable MC and I loved watching her relationship with Thorne develop.
4. Royal Bastards – Andrew Shvarts
This was probably my ultimate “dark horse” of 2017 so far. When I got approved for an ARC, I went into it optimistic but honestly not expecting very much. What I received was an amazing story of family, friendship, romance, and adventure, all set in a beautifully sculpted world.
5. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
Almost everyone I know who has read this series has raved about it and insisted that I needed to read it, so I expected that I would enjoy it, but I had no idea that it would only take me a few short chapters to become basically obsessed with Blue and her boys. This book has such endearing characters and a really intriguing plot, paired with Maggie’s beautiful flowery prose.
6. Now I Rise – Kiersten White
I gave the first book in The Conqueror’s Saga, And I Darken, 4/5 stars because, despite how much I loved the characters and plot, I was just bored through a lot of it. That was not the case at all with Now I Rise. I wasn’t bored for a second, and the characters that I already knew and loved were expanded upon so beautifully that I couldn’t stand to see this book end.
7. Stacking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco
I have no idea why I didn’t pick this book up sooner than I did. It’s historical fiction, it features a kickass female protagonist, and it involves Jack the Ripper – what a recipe for a good time. I loved the scenery that Kerri painted in the book, and Audrey was such an enjoyable MC that I couldn’t help but want to be friends with her. Plus, Thomas is a trip all on his own.
8. How to Make a Wish – Ashley Herring Blake
Everyone knows I’m a sucker for a good LGBTQ+ contemporary, but especially one that depicts a bisexual gal as the narrator. This book was beautiful from start to finish and I just wanted to turn it over and reread it as soon as I finished it. The characters are wonderful and feel so real, and the story line is full of heartache that just made me want to hug poor Grace.
9. Tell Me Three Things – Julie Buxbaum
This is probably one of the most underrated contemporary reads in my library, I think. I hear so few people talk about it, but it’s absolutely adorable and has such a unique spin on it: girl moves to new school, girl gets a secret admirer, girl falls for secret admirer… It’s precious and fun and predictable and kind of feels like the book equivalent of snuggling up with a cozy blanket.
10. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
I actually didn’t think I would love this book when I first started it, because it admittedly begins pretty slow and a little bit boring, but by the time I got about 1/3 of the way in, I fell so in love with Cath and Levi that I had to finish the rest of it in one sitting (which I stayed up until 4am to do so). It’s hilarious, sweet, and brilliantly unique.
What have been some of your favorite reads of the year so far? What did you think of the titles that I picked? Did you love (or hate) any of them? Feel free to leave your thoughts below, and a link to your T10T post if you made one!