Time for my 2017 in books: I read 54, 726 pages spread across 140 books. I was so strong with my reading during the summer, almost reading a book per day, so that’s why it’s so high! The end of the year got super busy because of graduate school but I still managed to get back in the swing of things to finish off the year.
Without further ado, here are my top 10! It was so hard to choose just 10 books I loved. (Disclaimer: I tried to keep to books that were published in 2017 that I read in 2017 for this! They are also in order of when I read them, not by my favorites.)
1. The Upside of Unrequited
This book really hit home for me. I found it just as beautifully written as Becky’s Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda.
2. Flame in the Mist
I am such a fan of Renee and I love how she writes her retellings. This was of Mulan and the cover art is simply gorgeous!
3. Daughter of the Burning City
I love the representation of LGBTQIA+ characters in this book and it’s told in a way that is dark and mysterious. I can’t wait for Amanda’s next book, City of Sin!
4. Hunting Prince Dracula
It’s not a surprise that this is on my list. Anyone who has known me on Twitter (@frayedbooks) knows how much I love Kerri’s books and this was so enthralling!
I love the idea of this book and the story is told in a way that has you on the edge of your seat. The ending also made me actually scream WHAT?!
A perfect mix of Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy. I was pleasantly surprised that it lived up to all the hype!
7. When Dimple Met Rishi
A great example of an #ownvoices author telling the perfect love story. I can’t wait for Sandhya’s next, unrelated, book Twinkle!
8. Song of the Current
I actually picked this up after a recommendation from an author (Katherine Locke) on Twitter. I usually don’t like pirate books but this was a swashbuckling success for me!
9. Girls Made of Snow and Glass
This was the first book I received through Netgalley and I absolutely loved it. It’s so feminist and this retelling actually pulled on my heartstrings!
10. Turtles All the Way Down
This was my final 5-star read of 2017. What blew me away was how John described the anxiety spiral and how much it really spoke to me.
I am looking forward to so many books in 2018 (Heart of Iron, Escaping from Houdini, Queen of Air and Darkness, to name a few) — what are some of yours?
Happy reading! ~ Taylor