When I sat down to write up a post of the best books that I read in 2017, my first thought was, oh god, I haven’t read nearly enough. There were SO MANY good books out this year and I missed so many of them. I still haven’t read The Hate U Give, or Lord of Shadows, or Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, or Witchwood, or—well, you get it. I’m a sham.
Sociopolitically, 2017 was something of a dumpster fire. Book-wise, it was amazing. This was a craaaaazy year for YA and I’ve got really high hopes for 2018.
(i’ve also got a really high stack of books that needs reading but shhh)
There were a lot of books that I wanted to read this year, but didn’t. Because I was busy reading other books. Here are my top five reads for 2017:
1. Mistwalker (Saundra Mitchell).
It’s not one of the best books of 2017 (it was published in 2015), but it was, hands-down, the best book I read in 2017. I read it way back in March, on a cold, gray day with rain lashing at the windows. It was the most perfect reading day ever and I just so happened to be reading an equally perfect book. Honestly, Mistwalker was just…just…
The protagonist was real and grounded. The descriptions were so vivid that I could taste the salty air. The supernatural element was woven through the story with the lightest gossamer touch. EVERYTHING ABOUT IT WAS AMAZING AND I DIED A THOUSAND DEATHS OH MY GOD YOU GUYS
(ahem. sorry. moving on…)
2. This Dark Endeavour (Kenneth Oppel).
This Dark Endeavour was pure #mood. A moody setting, a brooding is-he-technically-still-a-hero-or-is-he-just-a-budding-psycho protagonist, and lots and lots of creepy alchemy. It was just such a deliciously atmospheric treat. Plus, you know that things aren’t going to end well for poor Viktor, and there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned tragedy laced with dramatic irony (which, incidentally, is my favourite kind of irony).
3. Zodiac (Romina Russell).
I didn’t give Zodiac the glowing review that I gave the other books on this list, mostly because I never clicked with protagonist Rho Grace. There was just no chemistry between us.
The reason I’m including Zodiac on this list is because the worldbuilding in this book is incredible. The vast, lush, complex solar system through with Rho travels is amazing. There’s always some new culture, some new bit of quasi-magical technology, some new sparkling planet. It’s atmospheric and sprawling and it’s the reason that I absolutely recommend Zodiac despite not connecting with its protagonist.
4. I Believe in a Thing Called Love (Maurene Goo).
I Believe in a Thing Called Love was the last book review I did in 2017. It was also the sweetest, fluffiest, cutest, most pure and precious book that I read all year. It made my heart explode into a million tiny cotton candy rainbow unicorns. It made me feel warm and fuzzy from head to toe.
TL;DR: I Believe in a Thing Called Love is good for your heart, and definitely one of the best books of 2017. 12/10 would recommend.
5. Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Leigh Bardugo).
I read Wonder Woman: Warbringer back in July, shortly after it came out, but I didn’t review it at the time for two reasons:
- Too many emotions.
- Not enough words.
About five months later, I’ve recovered from the sheer amazingness of watching Wonder Woman beat the crap out of injustice for several hundred pages. I’ve also figured out how to articulate my thoughts on the book in a way that’s slightly more coherent than “AJDSKLFK”
I’ll be reviewing Wonder Woman: Warbringer in January 2018, so stay tuned!
*EMITS MIGHTY BATTLE CRY THAT SHAKES THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH AND MAKES THE SEAS TREMBLE*
What books made you totally freak out this year? What books were so good that you couldn’t even? Who gets your vote for YA Author of the Year? And—speaking of YA authors—what did you think of that INSANE thing over the summer with Lani Sarem’s Handbook for Mortals? THAT WAS SUCH MADNESS I C O U L D N O T E V E N