Friday, December 29, 2017

Favourite Reads of 2017

Today I will be sharing my top ten favourite books that I read in 2017. So far I read 86 books and I enjoyed the majority of them. In fact I struggled making this list so I do have honorable mentions at the end. I tried to make this list in some kind of order from my least favourite of the favourites to my absolute favourite. I also cheated a little and if I read more than one book in a particular series I grouped them together. We are also not including rereads on this list which is why Harry Potter is not on it.

#10 The Thousandth Floor and The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1)
I read both of these books this year and loved them! The Thousandth Floor is actually my first read of the year. This book takes place in New York in the future. In New York there is a building that has 1,000 floors and we follow 5 characters who live in that building. I don't want to say much about it but yes you need to read this book. I will say this trilogy won't be for everyone. There is a lot of drama in it and some of the characters can be annoying at times but the books are addictive and very entertaining and I loved it!

#9 Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea I was the biggest fan of historical fiction till recently and part of the reason was because of the Author Ruta Sepetys. I love her writing and her other book Between Shades of Grey and yes I loved this one even more. Salt to Sea follows 4 different character during World War II. This book taught me about events that I never knew happened during the war. It is also obvious that Sepetys did research before writing this book and I really appreciated that fact. This is by far my favourite historical fiction read ever and I cannot wait for her next book. If you love historical fiction you need to read this book or any Ruta Sepetys book.

#8 The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes

The Darkest Magic (Spirits and Thieves, #2) I read the A Book of Spirits and Thieves last year and I really loved it. I finally decided to pick this book up and I think I love it even more than the first book! The Darkest Magic is the second book in the A Book of Spirits and Thieves trilogy. I think it is a trilogy correct me if I am wrong. Due to the fact that it is a second book in a series I can't really give a synopsis of the book. If you were wondering whether or not you can read this series before or after the Falling Kingdoms series it doesn't matter. You can read this series without even reading the Falling Kingdoms series but both are amazing and you should read both of them. The Darkest Magic easily got a spot on this list. I love the characters and the world basically everything about it. 

#7 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)I read both ACOTAR and ACOMAF this year however ACOTAR did not make it onto this list. Sarah J. Maas is one of my favourite authors so I am not surprised that ACOMAF made it on the list. This is the second book in the ACOTAR trilogy following Rhysand and Feyre. Fun fact Rhysand is not on my top ten favourite male characters of all time he is though on my 11th favourite. I know an unpopular opinion. I enjoyed this book so much more than the first one though. The Night Court and the Inner circle are absolutely amazing. I am excited to continue on with the series. The second half of the book though was just wow.

#6 Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer I absolutely love Morgan Matson's books and when I saw that this book was available on Overdrive I had to pick it up and it became and instant favourite. Second Chance Summer follows a girl name Taylor Edwards and her dad receives terrible news and her parents decide that they would spend the summer at their lake house one last time as a whole family. It is a cute summer contemporary book that has some romance in it as well as family. Yes family plays a big part of this book and I think that is one of the reasons why I love this book so much. The characters were also amazing and I really loved this book and I remembered after I finished it I literally recommended it to all my book loving friends. I also read The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson and I did enjoying it just didn't make the list.

#5 Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes 

Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms, #5)Yes another Morgan Rhodes book made it on my list. I can't give much of a synopsis for this book because it is a sequel (5th in the series). The Falling Kingdoms series is known to be the YA version of Game of Thrones so for you Game of Throne lovers you may want to check this series out. The first four books are on my all time favourite books list for there is no surprise that this one also made it on the list. The world of Mytica is amazing and the characters are phenomenal. I also need more Magnus and Cleo in my life. I cannot recommend this series enough and cannot wait for Immortal Reign to come out. Also have you seen that cover! I am fangirling so hard right now.

#4 Warcross by Marie Lu 

Warcross (Warcross, #1)Yes I still haven't read the Young Elites trilogy yet but I just had to pick up Warcross. I heard so many good things about it and had high expectations going into it and I was absolutely blown away. When you have high expectations going into a book and those expectations were exceeded, you know you read a good book. Also note that the author said this book takes place ten years from now. I am still not over it. Basically Warcross is a virtual reality world. Emika Chen is struggling to pay rent and is a bounty hunter trying tracking those who use the game illegally. When Emika is is need to make money fast and accidentally glitches herself into the Warcross opening game. Instead of getting arrested, she is contacted by the creator game to spy in the tournament to fix a security problem. If that does not sound interesting I don't know what is. I loved this book so much and cannot wait for the next book 

#3 Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)Stalking Jack the Ripper was a surprise favourite. I read this book around the beginning of the year and I read Hunting Prince Dracula around October. I loved both of them instantly. I cannot decide which one I loved more. Stalking Jack the Ripper follows a girl name Audrey Rose Wadsworth and she lived in London during the time of Jack the Ripper and gets very interested in the cases. One thing I love about her is that she is a strong character and she works in her uncle's laboratory to practice forensic medicine even though it wasn't considered lady like. She didn't care what others thought and I really liked that. Also Thomas Cresswell is definitely one of the most swoon worthy guys I read about in a very long time. I highly recommend this book especially during the Halloween time.

#2 A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) I heard so many amazing things about this series and I knew A Darker Shade of Magic would become and instant favourite but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. In this world there are parallel Londons which are named after colors. Black, Red, White, and Grey. Kell is from Red London where magic and society is flourishing. He is one of the last remaining Antaris who can travel between Londons. There is also another character named Lila Bard and I love Lila so freaking much. I also love Kell and Rhy and basically I love all the characters. I haven't read the last book yet because I don't want the trilogy to end. Of course I know that V.E. Schwab is writing some sort of spin off series and I am super excited for that and I cannot wait to read the last book even though I am so nervous to read.

#1 Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare 

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)If you have been following me on Instagram (@andreasbookishthoughts) you probably know I love Lord of Shadows. This book had all the feels. Yes you do need to read The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy first. Lord of Shadows may also be my second favourite Cassandra Clare book! I love the characters especially Kit. I wasn't a fan of him in the first book but now I freaking love him and he may be my favourite character in this series. It keeps changing. The ending though. I won't say too much but as soon as I finished this book I knew this book was going to by my favourite of the year.

Honorable Mentions

This section is in no particular order

1) Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
2) Simon vs. The Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
3) Geekerella by Ashley Poston
4) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
5) Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer

So those are my favourite reads of the year 2017. I already posted my most disappointing reads of the year which you can find here. I still have a few other end of the year posts coming. What are some of your favourite reads this year? Hope to see you in my next post! 

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