I debated whether or not I wanted to do a list of my “best of 2017” or something along those lines and realized it would be silly not to because I read some absolutely FABULOUS books this year! But I also decided that I wanted to feature books that you could go out into the stores and buy already rather than wait until they release (that sort of post can come later).
And if you’re doing the Beat the Backlist reading challenge, all of these books will count for 2018! 😉
Here are my fave reads of 2017 (that are already published)!
(in no particular order)
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. This book wrecked me. The EMOTION was just so intense. If you haven’t picked up this book (or the series because ADSOM and AGOS are both amazing) you really should!
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. Just. WOW. This debut fantasy is everything I could have asked for and more. It’s the perfect blend of magic embedded in history and myth that makes it not only a fabulous read but beautifully diverse too.
The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark. Ruthless. Vicious. Utterly vile. And I loved every moment. Featuring morally ambiguous characters with plenty of grit and imagination, this grimdark fantasy will have you craving more.
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. An already intriguing fantasy story takes a turn toward ancient Rome vibes with a ship-worthy F/F romance and plenty of plot twists. This is a series that y’all don’t want to miss out on!
Wilde in Love by Eloisa James. Yes, a romance novel is making my favorites list! A gentleman who’s an explorer and a writer, a heroine who’s upbeat and fun to read, and did I mention good rep for consent in a romance novel?! This book is honestly quite entertaining and worth picking up.
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi. Packed with plenty of humor and action without getting bogged down into dense detail, this sci-fi shows you a whole new world through the eyes of a large (very opinionated) cast that makes it a fun read!
Warcross by Marie Lu. Sci-fi is usually hit or miss for me but this book was a hit and then some! Masterful world-building, engaging characters, and a story that hooks you from start to finish. Featuring a diverse cast of characters, this book needs to be on everyone’s TBR.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Yes, a contemporary novel that I absolutely adored! This book sang to my soul and was pure perfection. Someone make this book required reading in school please!
Geekerella by Ashley Poston. Cinderella meets sci-fi fandom love in this quirky, light contemporary re-telling. Yet another of the genre that I fell in love with (which is rare for me) and if you need a bit of a fluff read this is perfect!
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. My need for a good fairy book has finally been fulfilled! I haven’t read one that I enjoyed this much since Holly Black’s Tithe and Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely (no, I’m not counting ACOTAR in this mix). Fun, exciting, I need more!
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser. River gods, vibrant writing, and a carefully crafted world make this a great read for YA fantasy fans. The heroine is perfectly flawed and will appeal to my fellow pirate lovers out there (even if she isn’t technically a pirate).
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee. This book needs a sequel. Please? Diverse cast and world that’s not only wonderfully written but made accessible to those who may not be familiar with the culture, this book is a fantasy must-read!
A Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. This book is hard not to love. A masterful re-telling of the evil queen set against the backdrop of East Asia, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns introduces us to the tale of a villain you will fall in love with.
Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta. A unique take on magic and fantasy kingdoms with characters you can’t help but love (or hate, depends on the character haha). The perfect balance of character development and story, this book is definitely the start to a promising new series!
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. Haunting, filled with superstition and myth, and a famous vampire that might truly rise from the dead once more. This sequel was even better than the first book and is perfect for fans of mystery and suspense (as well as everyone else)!
Honorable Mentions from 2016
I thought I’d include some of my fave reads from 2016 too since a few had sequels come out this year and some have one coming out in 2018 so it’s the perfect time to check these out!
Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I read this in 2016, technically, though my review went live in 2017, but if y’all follow me on any social media you know my obsession with this book. Mysterious magic, a twisting plot, pure intrigue and delight. Read it.
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria. Why, oh why, does this book not have a sequel?! Early 1900’s Boston is in for trouble from two remarkable young women with an unusual kind of magic. This book was just perfect, y’all. Please read it.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. This book destroyed my capacity to love any more fantasy novels, or at least I’d like to think so. Unique story-telling combined with hilarious footnotes makes this fantasy a worthy adversary for all readers.
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid. Expansive world, masterful characterization. Nemesis will win you over in a heartbeat and so will this book. A sci-fi must read for all readers!
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. This book messed me up in the best of ways. It’s dark, it’s gritty, and you can’t help but keep reading. There’s no happy ending here but y’all should absolutely read it anyway.
Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal. World War I meets the paranormal in a twisting story of a medium doing her part in the war by speaking to the dead. Nothing is ever as it seemed and my only regret reading this book was that there isn’t a sequel.
There were SO MANY great books to read this year that this list doesn’t even begin to cover it!