January 15, 2018

Top 10 Books of 2017

Well I ended up completing my Goodreads Reading Goal.
Sixty books!
Over 20,000 pages!
An average rating of 3.7, oh.
Pretty mediocre, if you ask me. I feel like this year I was really stingy with my ratings, savouring my five stars for the mind blowing.

When putting this list together, there was only a few that instantly sprang to mind when compiling my list. And then I went back through, and did the traditional "I read that THIS YEAR?!" and then adding it to the list.

Without further ado (and in no particular order):

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)
Laini Taylor


This was everything that I expected to come out of that wonderous brain of Laini Taylor. I'm sure you've heard me rave about this enough.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Susanna Clake


I am completely cheating by putting this book on here, but I have read at least half on this. That's why I don't have a rating for it yet.

Pantomime (Micah Gray #1)
Laura Lam


This is on of the few that have made it on the list, not because I gave them anything but five stars, rather because they were memorable.
Even know I can think back on this books and it shines above all the other books.

The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas

I haven't had time to write a book review for this one yet, but I am very sure that this will be making it on many list this.
I found some of the writing to be a little tedious in description which is why I only gave it five stars, but in terms of plot and character and importance - this one deserves to on the list.

A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge


I'm putting this one on the list for it's beautiful prose, the characters and found family that runs it course through this book. 

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicles #2)
Jay Kristoff


This was probably my most anticipated sequel of 2017, along with Lord of Shadows and The Song Rising.

And it lived up to my expectations. AND THAT FREAKING ENDING?!

Still not over it.

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2)


I know some people have had some issues with the pacing of this book, yet I'm one to disagree. 

I need that slower paced opening to see the development of characters, such as Rhy, who we didn't get to see very much of in the first book, A Darker Shade of Magic.

The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)
Samantha Shannon

This was another one of those most anticipated sequels that I had talked about. Still making it onto this list, because although it may not have packed a punch like its previous, it still resonated deeply and has stuck with me throughout the rest of the year.

I loved the character growth that this novel was able to give up in its short 350 (ish) pages.

The Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1)
Jen Williams

I had so much fun reading this one. 

And even got those shipping "feels" that you get when you read about two characters. Inside my head the words "just kiss. just kiss. just kiss" circulating round.

I'm bouncing on the balls of my feat, eager to get into book two- The Bitter Twins.

A Shiver of Snow and Sky
Lisa Lueddecke

I'm a sucker for unique and beautifully written books, alright?
At least I know that's where my faults lie.
This book is one of a kind in today's YA market, the world building was snowy and tantalising. The mythology had me intrigued and the prose?
Up there with Laini Taylor, honestly.

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