Wednesday, January 3, 2018

My 10 Favorite Books of 2017

Hello readers,

I had planned on doing this post in December, but I used the complete month to the last minute of December 31st to read. I still had a bunch of books started that I wasn`t sure yet would make this list. Which is why I decided to write this post today.

For some statistics of 2017:
I read a total of 57 Books,  whereof:
0 books got 1 star.
2 books got 2 stars.
21 books got 3 stars.
21 books got 4 stars.
13 books got 5 stars.
My average rating was 3.8 stars.
My shortest book was 80 pages whereas my longest book was 679 pages long. I read a total of 15617 pages.

For all the books mentioned in this post are in depth reviews on the blog, which I will link you to (just click on the title of the book) for more information. For the series I will link you to the review of the last book and from there you will be redirected to the other reviews. I won`t go in depth into what the books are about here, but I will let you know why they ended up on this list. With 57 read books it was really hard to narrow it down to 10 books especially with series included. So its technically more than 10 books mentioned here, but I really would hate splitting up the series, so for this post they count as "one".

#10 Blame it on the Bet by L.E. Rico
Is a book which I read during September, while being in a reading slump. This one got me partially out of it. It had those really likeable characters and played in that cozy little town, where your fortune was read from a pie and the cats wore sweaters and had funny names. I feel if I would read it with snow outside and a cup of hot chocolate on the table and some cozy candles this would have been even more amazing, so I might actually reread it towards Christmas 2018. Overall this was just a really light and cute read.

#9 Round` Midnight by Laura McBride
This book was one telling the story of different women, with different heritage and from different generations with a wonderfully together woven story. It is still hard to explain for me, but I really enjoyed the stories of every single woman in this book and how it was all brought together in the end. It had heavy topics at points but it was extremely intriguing. It was one of the books where the cover was promising, but where I had absolutely low expectations and was completely surprised by it in the end.

#8 Perfection by Merphy Napier
I have thought a long time about where to place this book. Will it make my top 10 or not. It is generally hard judging books that are written by people that you know and I often tend being insecure wether I am too harsh or too soft. This one however is a beautiful debut novel by my friend Merphy Napier. It has its flaws I am not gonna lie but the plot and the world it plays in is something I really loved. It was an idea that I had a long time in my head myself and seeing someone making it into a novel was just great.

#7 Unwind by Neal Shusterman
When I read dystopians they are most likely to make it on my list. And this one does. It takes the discussion of organ donation in such a creepy but necessary way up.
It moved slow at time in my opinion and I had some struggles with the characters (if I remember that right), but the idea and execution and the ethical aspect brought up here was just amazing.

#6 The Selection Series 1-3 by Kiera Cass
I know this Series has more than three books. With that said you might wonder why I only chose book 1 to 3. That is answered very easily. I felt book 3 wraped the story up in a really nice way and having Eadlyns story from book 4 on wasn`t really my thing, which might be due to me not really liking Eadlyn. Maybe that changes once I have read book 5 which I haven`t yet, but since I haven`t done that yet I just want to include the first three books here.
Now this is marketed as a dystopian like The Hunger Games meeting the Bachelor. And if you go in it with that expectation are you probably going to be disappointed at first, because there is very little Hunger Games in these books. They lack world building and they really have lots of flaws, but what really made me enjoy them and what also was the only reason I kept reading on was the romance aspect. I felt so much with the characters and the books were easy and quick reads, that I just couldn`t put down. I flew through them and that is why they totally deserve being on #6 on this list. I would absolutely reread them to get out of a reading slump.

#5 The Ice Child by Camilla Läckberg
Now Camilla Läckberg is by far my favorite scandinavian crime author. I haven`t read a single book in this series that I didn`t love. In this one we deal with child abuse and an extremely disgusting case, so trigger warning for that. But Camilla Läckberg always manages to balance her books out so well. I just love the characters in this series and that we do not have that grumpy loner of a detective.
So I guess what I wanted to say was that it is no wonder that it made the list, it was just a question of where to place it and since it wasn`t my best crime read of the year I had to push it a bit back.

#4 Gizelle`s Bucket List: My Life with a very large dog by Lauren Fern Watt
Now this book gave me all the feel. It made me laugh it made me cry. It brought me places, to be exactly it got me to drive all the way to the Netherlands to spend some time at the beach with my dog. If you want to see more of it I got a seperate post on that trip here.

#3 Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Now this one was a little surprise for me. It was a hyped book and I usually do not read hyped books, but with this one I can honestly say it deserves the hype. I couldn`t put it down. It got me out of my worst reading slump of the year for good. This is funny at times, while at the same time taking up really heavy topics such as domestic violence and bullying.
The murder/mystery is perfectly woven into the story of a horrible fight between kindergarden mothers and a developing friendship between three of those.
And Madeleine just made me laugh so hard at times that I had to put the book down.

#2 The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
Now this one deserves number on as much as the book that is actually on number one, I just had to make a decision for this post.
I loved this series. Every single bit of it.
I loved the characters.
I loved the plot.
I loved the world.
I loved the politics.
I loved the writing.
I loved the little songs that were in between the chapters and that actually contained a lot of back story.
I loved the ending and that it wasn`t perfect.
It has my favorite protagonist.
My favorite love interests.
My favorite villain.
In short, it is amazing and if there would be only one trilogy that I could reread for the rest of my life, this would probably be it.

#1 Something Like Happy by Eva Woods
This one was a total surprise. I thought it was a cliche of 100 days to finding happiness when I read the synopsis. My expectations were low. And then it absolutely blew me away. I loved it. I laughed, I cried. I felt so incredible with these characters. It was just special, there are no other words to describe it for me.

Now this were my top 10 of 2017. What was your favorite book? Let me know in the comments below and I see you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,