Good evening you guys and welcome to the second to last day of Blogmas! Can you believe we’re this close to Christmas already? Honestly, December pretty much flew by and I have no idea how that happened! I also apparently quite underestimated how much work I would have to put into (especially the last few) these posts! But I am so excited for today’s post as I get to talk about all of the books I’ve loved this year!
I promise to try and keep it somewhat short. No one has time for a 2.000+ word post, right? Let’s get into this!
Up first, we have a returning favorite from 2016: A Court Of Mist And Fury! It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Sarah J. Maas’ books so this should come as no surprise to most of you. I loved the Feyre and Rhysand dynamic in this novel, the expansion of the world, the Inner Circle and the addictive manner of Sarah’s writing.
If I read the same book twice within just four months, you know it is going to end up on my favorites books list: Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. And no, I don’t think I’m going to stop talking about this book anytime soon. I loved Simon as a character, I loved the things he had to say about being gay, I loved his group of friends, I loved the email exchanges with Blue and I loved the ending. And the rush it gave me on behalf of the characters.
Here we have a book that really surprised me quite a bit this year: Now I Rise! I had heard about the first book in the trilogy but never felt the need to pick this book up until earlier this year. And I’m so glad I did because this series has been soo good so far. I love Lada and everything about her, I love Radu and his journey, I love the supporting cast of characters and I love the fact that Kiersten White made me do research on Vlad The Impaler, the person Lada is based off on.
Whenever there is a book about fandoms and being a fan, I get a bit weary because I just liked Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl but I am so, so happy to say that I truly loved Eliza And Her Monsters! I loved the way the creator/fan relationships were explored in this book, I loved the way mental health was dealt with and the conflict between Eliza and her family. This book also did a really good job of dealing with heavier topics which I really appreciated!
My first middle-grade novel and such a fantastic introduction to it! I loved the writing style in Furthermore, the narrator was so, so well done, I loved the adventure aspect of the story and just how much joy this book brought me.
It was pretty much impossible to escape the Wonder Woman hype this year and I am so glad that I read Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo because it was a perfect addition to the movie! I loved Diana, I loved her friendship with Alia, I loved that there was no unnecessary fighting between the female characters (!!!), I loved the twists and turns this book took while simultaneously ‘hating’ Leigh for them.
At this point, I also want to mention the Six Of Crows Duology which I reread this year and loved just as much as before! I was going to give it its own spot but figured that might be a bit unfair, so it gets a mention with Leigh’s other book!
Up next, we have my third circus-themed book I read this year: The Night Circus! I absolutely loved the writing in this, the way the book drew in its readers, the mystery element throughout, the different timelines and setting!
And while this was my favorite circus-themed book, I also want to give a shoutout to Amanda Foody’s Daughter Of The Burning City which I really enjoyed too!
Here we have a book that I am sure a lot of us will have on our lists: The Hate U Give! This might have been the most important book I have read all year. And the book I want everyone out there to read – especially in the current political climate. I loved Starr and her family and dynamic with them, I loved Starr’s journey throughout the book, I loved the writing and language and I loved how relevant this book is. And I am so happy for Angie for all of the success she’s had with this particular book!
This is also where I want to mention Nic Stone’s Dear Martin which deals with similar topics and was released just a few months ago. While it’s shorter than THUG it still manages to deliver that punch. And make you want to hit some people over the head for what they say and/or do. If you can, read both.
And now, let’s talk about Marie Lu’s most recent novel: Warcross! I wasn’t sure if I would love this book as I am not really interested in the gaming world but I did end up loving it! I still very much loved Marie’s writing, I loved the world she created here (while also being slightly terrified of how digital it all had become) and I loved the ending. it was so, so good. The characters got put through quite the journey and I cannot wait to see how this continues in book 2!
One of the first few books I’ve read this year and that I should have talked about a lot more: A List Of Cages! If we’re talking about books delivering a punch? This book needs to be on that list. Hands down. I loved the importance of friendship and kindness in this book, I loved the dynamic between Adam and Julian and how their relationship developed after they reunited and I loved the writing. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as terrified for a character as I did in this novel. I do want to put a trigger warning on this for child abuse though. Please be aware of that when going into this book.
I feel like it wouldn’t be a complete list of favorites if it doesn’t have a Cassandra Clare book on it and this year’s highlight was definitely Lord Of Shadows. Yes, I am still very angry with Cassie for that ending and I will be until I have Queen Of Air And Darkness in my hands and know what happens next. As always, I loved the writing and character dynamics, I loved the expanded world Cassie built here and I absolutely loved being back at the London Institute! We all know how much I love The Infernal Devices (which is set in London) so this was right up my alley and I loved all the references to past characters!
And now it’s once again time to link to you guys’ posts for yesterday’s prompt of the day: Books You Would Love To Find Under The Christmas Tree! If you guys want to be featured for any of the upcoming prompts (including today’s) just make sure to write your own post and pingback to the corresponding post of mine so I don’t miss your posts! I can’t wait to see what some of you guys’ responses to the upcoming prompts are going to be!
- Siobhan over at I Am A Book Dunkard shares the books she’d love to find under the Christmas tree
And now, what have been some of you guys’ favorite reads of 2017? Did you read any books you didn’t think you would love as much as you ended up doing? Let me know in the comments down below!