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Favorite Books of 2017

Hi readers! SO JUST LIKE EVERY BLOGGER UNDER THE SUN (who am I kidding, readers never leave their homes!) I wanted to share my ~favorite~ books of 2017. Unlike most bloggers, though, I go about my faves a little differently.

I’ll be sharing my fave books from each month this year, and briefly talk about how much I adore them! By doing this, I can tackle the 80 books I read and look at it in 12 parts instead of a giant blob of whatdidireadthisyearohgod?!

Feel free to comment below YOUR favorite books from this year!

I’ll just go right ahead and start with January!

January

  1. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  2. Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

I didn’t read that many favorites this month, but I loved these two! Wayfarer was a beautiful addition and conclusion to Passenger from 2016, and I’m glad I started my year off right!

February

  1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  2. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Once again, this month was overall kind of mediocre, but I happened to read an ARC of one of my favorite books ever?? (I adore Sandhya) Both of these were wonderfully diverse, WDMR containing a cute comtemporary romance of two Indian MCs, and OFS featured a f/f romance between princesses set in a fantasy universe (how awesome is that?)

March

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
  3. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise GornalL

WHAT A MONTH! This was a good reading month, picking up a total of 8 books during March. I read THUG (a gamechanger for YA) and URTS, which I seriously related to the anxiety and MI, and QoG spoke to me on a personal level about anxiety and a love for comic cons.

April

  1. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  2. A Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Both of these books I devoured shortly after I started reading. Even though they were vastly different, I really enjoyed reading about Marin’s story of queer love and loss, and Mariko’s (wow their names are similar) epic tale of ancient samurais and cross-dressing adventures. (What a time.)

May

  1. Always and Forever, Lara Jean
  2. Tash Hearts Tolstoy

I only read 4 books in May. Beside the fact that I had my first AP exam, I think I was busy trying to complete my sophomore year. I read one of my all-time favorite books and one that I felt truly represented as asexual—Tash Hearts Tolstoy—and one of the worst books from this year—ACOWAR. Seeing the Lara Jean trilogy end was bittersweet, but I’m glad we got a third and final book ❤

June

  1. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
  2. Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
  3. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

HELL YEAH PRIDE MONTH! During June I read only books containing queer characters. Unfortunately, I didn’t love any book with all my heart compared to March or May, but all of them were good! And there was lots of rep! NYS and WTMWO featured a bisexual main character, and Ramona Blue (my favorite of the three) was a little more ambiguous, but explored many themes of sexuality I hadn’t seen prior to reading it.

July

  1. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  2. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  3. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  4. Warcross by Marie Lu

Heck yeah my birthday month! I finally read Lord of Shadows, a long-awaited book, and some other novels. Of course I read more books during the summer, and I participated in my first booktubeathon (I’m a blogger leave me alone.) During booktubeathon I read 5 books in 7 days (not quite what I intended but good nonetheless!) I hope to do it again!

August

  1. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
  2. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
  3. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
  4. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Another great summer reading month! I read my most HATED BOOK of the year, Huck Finn for AP English. (Psh, classics.) Otherwise, I read a couple awesome and diverse books! The Library of Fates was one of the few books of 2017 that made me cry. (Damn you, Aditi, but you’re also so good.)

September

  1. Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
  2. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
  3. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

(Let’s take a moment to appreciate my top three faves were all written by a POC.) Anyway, L&L was hella diverse, surprisingly with the amount of rep for multiple identities including bipolar, biracial, Jewish, pan, bisexual, and probably more. EPIC CRUSH and FoaTL both featured East Asian folklore and fairy tales, which I really enjoyed! Overall, a great month.

October

  1. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  2. And I Darken by Kiersten White
  3. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  4. Now I Rise by Kiersten White

October was a good month!. . . .Well, the reading was, at least. I couldn’t put OoUL down and read it very quickly. AID was one of my top ten faves of the year, probably, despite that NIR was a little underwhelming. And TRoM was definitely a strange book, but I really enjoyed the whimsical elements of a historical fiction novel.

November

  1. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Meet Cute anthologies by various authors

AH SO I only read about 4 books during November, but Wild Beauty was one of my favorite books of the year. Plus, I finally tackled a book that I had been putting for 11 months (Crooked Kingdom.) And I read Meet Cute, with stories from some of my favorite authors! (My review for Meet Cute will be up on its release date, January 2nd!)

December

  1. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
  2. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  3. City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

If we’re being honest, the one and only book that makes me scream YES BUY THIS is The Last Magician, this epic book about time travel, magic, and heists. (My three favorite things?) And I really really enjoyed The Princess Saves Herself + the author is a wonderful person who follows me on Twitter ❤ (I’d also like to add that City of Brass is technically not a YA novel, but I needed continuity for my title.)

Thanks for joining me on this 2017 reading journey 🙂 I read 80 books and I’m super happy I reached my goal! (I didn’t in 2016.) I’m so fortunate to be able to share my love of books with all of you and here’s to another great year for blogging! Happy New Year! As a treat for my salty readers, I’m going to add some of the worst books I read in 2017 *cue devil horns*

Worst books of 2017

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  3. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
  4. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
  5. By Your Side by Kasie West

(I don’t despise any book here, except Huck Finn, so please don’t kill me in the comments.)

Anyway, thanks for reading! Happy New Year!


What were the best books you read in 2017? Comment below!

xoxo,

Jill

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8 thoughts on “Favorite Books of 2017

  1. Oh my gosh. I was so bummed by ACOWAR. I liked the ACOTAR was cool (because I’m obsessed with Beauty and the Beast) but ACOWAR was a hot mess.

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