This post was very hard to write! I’ve had such a good reading year, reading the most amazing books every month. Needless to say, choosing which books to put on this list was very hard!
Some honourable mentions
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan, The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, Warcross by Marie Lu, Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
My favourite books
These are all books I read in 2017. They were not necessarily published in the past year. I’m going from my tenth most favourite to my most favourite book of the year, so let’s get started!
10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This book made me think about what Ron says to Harry Potter in Divination: ‘You’re gonna suffer, but you’re gonna be happy about it.’ This book ripped my heart out. That ending was so emotional and I cried because of it. I really felt for Conor, the main character, as he deals with his mom’s sickness. The monster wasn’t what I was expecting, but it turned out to be even better. The story was immersive and got me hooked quickly. I would definitely recommend it and just as every other book on this list, I gave this 5 out of 5 stars.
9. Ignite me by Tahereh Mafi
I read this right at the beginning of the year and I was obsessed with it. I think it’s the second book I finished this year. I flew through it. I loved Warner, Juliette and Kenji. God, Kenji is amazing and funny. Even Adam, whom I didn’t like, redeemed himself in the end. I didn’t love Juliette in the previous books, but in this conclusion I did. The problems I had with the romance in the previous book were resolved. I loved the plot and its fast pacing. I’m also a fan of Tahereh Mafi’s writing style. I would recommend this!
8. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I listened to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TedTalk and I loved her message so much I had to pick the book up for my shelves. At first I thought the book was a longer version of the speech, but that turned out not to be correct. Even though that was a bit of a disappointment, I loved the author’s words all over again. This tiny book holds such a good message and I think EVERYONE should read it. It definitely deserves its place on my list!
7. How To Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
This was another great book. First of all, Lilly Singh has a very nice writing style full of jokes and references. I definitely learned from this book and took quite a lot from it. I feel like I’ve become a better person. ( Not that I was awful before haha.) In all honesty, I didn’t think I needed this and I picked it up because I liked Lilly Singh as a YouTuber. I was wrong though. I think everyone can take something from this and I definitely recommend it!
6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
You’re probably sick of hearing about this book as it is EVERYWHERE, but it definitely deserves that! I starts a conversation on very important topics, police brutality and racism, and it does so wonderfully! I really liked the main character Starr. She was very likeable and real and throughout the course of this novel she goes through a lot of character development. I absolutely adored the family dynamics in this book. They were amazing, which is something you rarely come across in YA. I also loved this book for how much it made me feel. It made me laugh, choke up, think, angry. This is a very impactful book that everyone should read!
Now let’s get into my top five!
5. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
It was a surprise to me that I loved this book so much! It made me laugh, smile from ear to ear and cry and I love it for it. It made me feel so much and if a book does that there’s a pretty big chance it’ll become one of my favourites. I really liked the characters and the plot kept me very engaged. Every time I had to put the book down, I wanted to pick it up again so badly. If I’d had less to do, I would have finished this in a day. Would most highly recommend!
4. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gaby Rivera
The way this book deals with topics such as feminism, racism, intersectionality, diversity and being lesbian was amazing! This book had a message to tell and it did so wonderfully. It was very empowering and I loved it for it. I found myself highlighting so many passages in this book. On top of that I really liked the main character. She felt real and she was really funny! I liked the other characters a lot too. I would most definitely recommend this!
3. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
I read this for the first time this summer and I immediately fell in love with it. The writing style is absolutely amazing! I’m now re-reading this with my own copy and I’m highlighting so many passages! The way David Arnold describes things is fantastic. This book made me cry several times while reading it, it was very emotional. I loved the characters and I ship Mad and Vic so hard! This was also very diverse. The main character has Moebius Syndrome and this was the first time I read about that. Another great surprise! I love the plot with its constant suspense. I absolutely fell in love with quirky story!
2. Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The main reason this book is so high on this list is because it simply makes me happy. I can’t read this without smiling from ear to ear. It’s so sweet, funny, cute and heart-warming. I ship Simon and Blue so hard! I read for the first time in February and I’ve already re-read it twice this year! I always read it in less than a day, because I simply can’t put it down. I didn’t guess who Blue was and I loved trying to find it out.
And my number one is….
1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer!
I absolutely love this series! I re-read Cinder this year, read and re-read Scarlet, Cress and Winter, and read Stars Above and Wires and Nerve. I loved every single one of those books. I adore the characters and I had such a good time following them through everything that happened. And there happened a lot! The plot was always very entertaining! If you haven’t, please go read this series! You’ll be doing yourself a favour 😉
Now before I sign off, there’s one more thing I’d like to discuss and that is the reason why the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas isn’t on my list. Back in May, when I read the books, I was absolutely obsessed with them and I was sure they were going to make my favourites list of the year. The more distance in time there is between then and now though, the more I can see the many problems. It just doesn’t feel right anymore to put these books on the list.
So those are my favourite books of the year!
What do you think? Do we share some favourites? What book was at the top of your list?
I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading! See you next time in the new year! Happy New Year!