Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far“.
Putting this list together and going through my reads so far this year made me realise I haven’t had a particularly great reading year! I’ve read a lot of good books this year, but only a few truly stand out books that I think will be contending for favourite reads of the year. That might be because I’ve been mixing up my reading a bit more this year – more contemporaries, a couple of thrillers, even a few re-reads.
I wasn’t sure what to expect of Am I Normal Yet? but I ended up really enjoying it despite being slightly destroyed by the emotional rollercoaster Holly Bourne put us through! One of Us is Lying could just as easily go in the thriller section – five students go into detention, and only four make it out alive – and it certainly lived up to the addictiveness it promised! Release’s two separate plotlines evoked very different responses in me, so it won’t be vying for best book of the year, but I loved Adam’s story and it stands out as one of my most memorable reads of 2017 so far.
I picked up The Dry on a bit of a whim and ended up getting totally addicted to it, finishing it in two sittings! The unusual setting helps it stand out, because I sometimes feel thrillers can get very same-y. Orphan X was a Christmas present and I loved the element of the secret-government-conspiracy (a total weakness of mine) which made it stand out. I ultimately enjoyed it so much I’ve since bought and started book 2.
Of Fire and Stars was a review copy that I ended up really enjoying. It was pretty light on the fantasy and pretty heavy on the romance (two princesses = awesome!) which was a bit disappointing, but it was a quick, somewhat fluffy read. Shadow and Bone has been on my shelves for a really embarrassingly long time, and it finally got picked up this year because it won a TBR vote… Why did I wait so long? I enjoyed it a lot, and ended up reading the whole trilogy in less than two weeks. I haven’t reviewed A Court of Wings and Ruin yet because I just had so many thoughts after I finished it, but it’s safe to say I enjoyed it. I still prefer the Throne of Glass series, but I ended up loving this series a lot more than I expected to.
Contenders for read of the year
Well, it’s no surprise to anyone that Assassin’s Fate is here, right? I had such high hopes for this book, and Hobb lived up to every single one. Strange the Dreamer had everything I hoped for and more, and I ended up loving it even more than the Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy I think.