Good afternoon readers!
How are you doing lately? I’ve been quite busy with my finals, but somehow I’ve managed to write a few blog posts, so that hopefully you will get some while I’ll be at school. Anyway, December is almost gone so I thought it was about time to share with you my favourite books of 2017! (In no particular order)
1- A torch against the night , Sabaa Tahir
I’ve already talked about this series in my most anticipated releases of 2018 post , so if you’ve read it you’d know why I love this book! The main characters, Laia and Elaias, are absolutely amazing, some of the bravest ones I’ve ever met, and the plot oh my gosh, mind-blowing! The best word to describe this book is “pain”, I mean, whenever you think it can’t get any worse…it does! Dear Sabaa, haven’t these poor guys suffered enough?
2- Crooked kingdom, Leigh Bardugo
Crooked kingdom has been my first read of the year and definitely one of the best. The six of crows duology is different from any other series I’ve ever read, it’s full of diverse characters, unexpectable plot twists and cute romances. Here is goodreads‘ synopsis:
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
UTTERLY AMAZING isn’t it?
3- Lord of shadows, Cassandra Clare
OH. MY. GOD. THIS. FREAKING. BOOK.
Honestly this book is pure suffering, probably the book that made me cry the hardest with ACOWAR and “Me before you”. I mean, after finishing it I literally sat in a corner for half an hour weeping like a baby, no joke! If you’ve read it, you can feel my pain ahah.
Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don’t wish you didn’t fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn’t feel anything.
-Lord of shadows, Cassandra Clare
4- The gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue, Mackenzi Lee
Honestly this book was a beautiful surprise. It came with my July owlcrate, I had never heard about it before, and I’m so glad I discovered it because I LOVED IT!
It is a historical fiction, so not a genre I’m used to, but it wasn’t slow or whatever, at all. The writing flows effortlessly, I think I’ve read more than 400 pages in only two days! I really enjoyed the romance and all the adventures as well, and most of all Felicity. She’s an amazing character, Percy and Monty would’ve probably died a ton of times if it wasn’t for her. That’s why I can’t wait to read “The lady’s guide to petticoats and piracy” which is coming out next year, it is a sequel to the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue, narrated by Felicity!
5- Eliza and her monsters, Francesca Zappia
Another book I discovered thanks to owlcrate and another ultimate favorite.
This book talks about Eliza, in the real world she is shy, friendless and awkward, while on the internet she’s known as Ladyconstellation, the anonymous creator of the popular webcomic “Monstrous Sea”. But one day her identity is accidentally discovered, and everything begins to fall apart.
Please guys this book is wonderful, it really touched my heart. To share my love for Eliza with you, I decided to include in this post a letter written by the author that came with the owlcrate.
Dear OwlCrate Reader,
Eliza and Her Monsters is a love letter.
I wrote it for everyone who has ever been obsessed with a book, TV show or movie. I wrote it for anyone who has come face-to-face with their inner monsters. And especially I wrote it for an eight-year-old me, who was shy and weird and who loved stories so much she decided to try making one of her own.
If you love stories – and I know you do because you got this wonderful box – Eliza and Her Monsters is for you.
If you live in a world of fanfiction and fanart, Eliza is for you.
If you struggle with your doubts, fears and insecurities, it is for you, and I hope reading it reminds you that for every sea filled with monsters, there is a sky full of stars.
-Francesca Zappia, author of Eliza and her monsters.
6- The upside of unrequited, Becky Albertalli
You’ll probably know this author because of her famous book “Simon vs. the Homo sapiens agenda” (which I haven’t read), but I swear to you that this book is a masterpiece as well! The main character, Molly, is literally the most relatable character ever. She’s had 27 crushed and no boyfriends, a fact that makes her really sad and uncomfortable, while her twin sister Cassie is the exact opposite.
The upside of unrequited is a story about love, diversity, growth and self-acceptance, where the reader learns to love themselves like Mia does. I highly recommend it!
“And it’s a little different with every guy, so it’s kind of hard to generalize—but if I had to describe the feeling of a crush, I’d say this: you just finished running a mile, and you have to throw up, and you’re starving, but no food seems appealing, and your brain becomes fog, and you also have to pee. It’s this close to intolerable. But I like it.”
― Becky Albertalli,
7- A court of wings and ruin, Sarah J Maas
AH. Here’s another book that utterly destroyed myself with just one sentence. If you’ve read it you know what I’m talking about…it still haunts me!
However, you know that this is one of my favorite series ever, a lot of discussions are going on about it but I can’t help to love it. The acotar series (especially acomaf) helped me so much in several ways, it taught me to pursue my dreams and many other things. Although acowar is not my favorite of the three (that place will always belong to acomaf) it still deserves to be in this list.
“Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.”
― Sarah J. Maas,
8- Tower of dawn, Sarah J Maas
Yep another SJM book, sorry guys ahah, but I can’t help it.
This one is the second-to-last book in the throne of glass series, which focuses on Chaol and Yrene. I can’t say anything about the plot because I would spoil you everything about the previous books, but I want to tell you that before reading this one I didn’t really like Chaol…and now he’s my favorite character in the series besides Yrene ahahah.
“Using the chair is not a punishment. It is not a prison,’ he said softly. ‘It never was. And I am as much of a man in that chair, or with that cane, as I am standing on my feet.”
-Tower of dawn, Sarah J Maas
9- A gathering of shadows, Victoria Schwab
You’ve probably heard about this series all over bookstagram, so you may not be surprised if it has earned a spot on this list. A gathering of shadows, second book in the “Shades of Magic” series, is my favorite of the three, although it was hard choosing.
These books won my heart from the very first line, I love the plot, the characters, the magic in it…everything! I’m definitely going to re-read them soon, I need to dive back into this wonderful world.
I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.
-A darker shade of magic, V.E.Schwab
10- It ends with us, Colleen Hoover
It ends with us is the first and only book I’ve read by CoHo, and I deeply loved it.
Beware, it is not an easy read, it talks about violence, abuse, death, so it might not be a book for everyone. I suffered while I was reading it, I cried and got angry; I even had to stop reading it at a certain moment because it was so hard. And that’s exactly why I loved it. I absolutely enjoy those books that wreck you, that make you feel something, and this is exactly that type of novel.
Imagine all the people you meet in your life. There are so many. They come in like waves, trickling in and out with the tide. Some waves are much bigger and make more of an impact than others. Sometimes the waves bring with them things from deep in the bottom of the sea and they leave those things tossed onto the shore. Imprints against the grains of sand that prove the waves had once been there, long after the tide recedes.
-It ends with us, CoHo
11- Prodigy, Marie Lu
Now let’s move onto a dystopian! Prodigy by Marie Lu is the second book in the legend trilogy, a series I’ve read in less than 5 days! Unfortunately, as I binge-read it, I don’t remember many details so I’ll need to re-read this one too, but I assure you it is an amazing trilogy if you are a fan of dystopians.
You know, sometimes I wonder what things would be like if I just…met you one day. Like normal people do. If I just walked by you on some street one sunny morning and thought you were cute, stopped, shook your hand, and said, “Hi, I’m Daniel.”
-Prodigy, Marie Lu
12- Nevernight, Jay Kristoff
The last but not the least is Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I won’t talk much about this one because this post is getting way too long and I’ve already posted a full review HERE. Just know that this book was awesome and that Mia is now one of my favorite female characters ever!
“Your mind will serve you better than any trinket under the suns…It is a weapon…and like any weapon, you need practice to be any good at wielding it.”
― Jay Kristoff,
The longest post ever has finally come to an end, thank you so much for reading it! Let me know in the comments what are your favorite books of 2017 and don’t forget to share this post on your socials!
I’ll see you in my next article, bye.