Top 10 Favorite Books of 2017

I know 2017 has been over for a little bit now, but I can’t stop thinking about the books that I read in 2017.  It wasn’t my best year of reading as I had a massive reading slump, but I got to read a bunch of books that I really loved.  Here is a list of my top 10 favorite books of 2017.

1) Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo

I read Six of Crows in at the end of 2016 and started out 2017 reading Crooked Kingdom.  Best decision ever!  This is the final book in the Six of Crows duology so I was a tad upset that the series was ending, but man, this book was a thrill ride!  There were so many plot twists that I almost couldn’t keep up with them.  I am a little interested to see if the author does anything more with these characters as she left a bunch of loose ends that could potentially become something later on. You can read my full review on this book here.

2) Here Lies Daniel Tate by: Cristin Terrill

I got an ARC of this book at Yallfest in 2016, but I didn’t decide to read this book until about a month before it was set to publish.  I totally kicked myself for that plan.  This book was amazing to say the least.  It follows a con artist who poses as a boy who went missing years ago and gets taken in by the boy’s family.  As the con artist gets closer to the family he finds that things are not as they seem in this star-studded family.  The plot twists in this book had me constantly on the edge of my seat until the very last page.  You can read my full review of this book here.

3) Gemina by: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

When Illuminae first came out I was a little apprehensive due to the fact that the book was written in a different format than many of the books that I’ve read before.  I gave it a shot and here we are.  I absolutely love sci-fi and this book has got to be one of my most favorite YA sci-fi novels out there.  There were a bunch of little plot twists in this book, but there was one big one that had me rereading the page to see if that really happened (you know the one if you’ve read the book).

4) The Falconer by: Elizabeth May

Last year I did a ton of driving to work and to go train a few horses so while I was driving I decided to get Audible to listen to some audiobooks.  This is the first book I got to listen to and OH MY GOSH it was amazing!!!  I have always loved Scotland and this book takes place there so it already had bonus points to start out with.  This book also has steam punk elements in it as the main character comes up with and builds her own weapons to fight the bad fae or faeries.  This book also contains one of my top OTPs of all time.  Aileana and Keiren forever!  You can read my full review of The Falconer here.

5) The Thousandth Floor & The Dazzling Heights by: Katharine McGee

Yes, I know this is two books on one number, but I just couldn’t choose between them so I included both.  Either way I did not go into this series expecting to love it as much as I do.  I’m not really into drama or the soap opera type books, but these books are just incredible!  These books also got me with their plot twists.  I desperately need the third book in this series so I can know what happens next.  You can read my review on The Thousandth Floor here and for The Dazzling Heights here.

6) The Dire King by: William Ritter

Ever since I found this series and started reading it a few years back, I was anticipating and dreading this book.  I really fell in love with this Sherlock reimagining and couldn’t bear for this series to come to an end.  The ending of this book hit me so hard in the feels that I was crying over it for days after finishing the book.  I really need to do a reread of this series sometime soon.

7) Warcross by: Marie Lu

I was really late to the party when it came to reading Marie Lu’s books even though I own all of them.  Oops!  I really liked the gamer aspect of this book.  There aren’t too many young adult books that have some type of gaming in them.  I desperately loved this book and cannot wait to get my hands on the next one.  You can read my review of Warcross here.

8) All the Crooked Saints by: Maggie Stiefvater

This was one of my most anticipated read of 2017, and I was ecstatic when I was able to get my hands on an ARC of this book.  I have been reading Maggie’s books since Shiver was just released and with every book she writes her writing just keeps getting better and better!  This book was so filled with hope and tons of deep soul-searching.  I also loved how lyrical the writing was and how the characters were initially described.  I desperately want to visit the desert just because of this book.  I highly recommend this read to anyone who loves a great heart-warming story!

9) Retribution Rails by: Erin Bowman

This was another one of my highly anticipated books of 2017.  I have always loved all things Old West including cowboys, horses, ranches, and standoffs in the middle of town at high noon.  I was so fortunate to get an ARC of this book through a trade and I cannot ever express how thankful I was to the people who made that possible.  This book is everything to me.  Not only is it the best possible companion novel for Vengeance Road, but my inner Old West loving soul has been satisfied.  If you love tales of revenge, action packed fight scenes, and strong female characters look no further than this book.

10) Zenith by: Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

I finished out this amazing reading year with this hunk of a book; 500+ pages of sci-fi goodness.  I got to meet these two lovely ladies at BookCon 2017 and get an ARC of this book signed by the both of them.  With it’s all female crew, the Marauder has to be one of the most BA spaceships in the galaxy.  There were also so many plot twists in this book that left me wanting to stay up all night reading to find out what happened next.  You can read my review of Zenith here.

There were so many more books that I would like to add to this list, but I could go on and on and then this post would be thousands upon thousands of words long of just my ramblings.  And in writing this list I realized I love books with great plot twists that catch me off guard.  All in all, 2017 was a great reading year filled with many overly amazing books and bookish experiences.  I cannot wait to do this list again at the end of this year to see what books I loved.

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