The top 10 favourite books of 2017 will also be in my reading recap but I really wanted to do a post going into some details to why these books were on my list. Not all of these are necessarily rated 5 stars because some I may have found a fault with them but I will go into more detail for each book.
10. Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard
I believe I only rated this 3 out of 5 stars but there was something so lovely about Sara Barnard’s writing style and some things I really did enjoy about reading this book and despite only giving it 3 stars in the end, I still felt like this book belonged somewhere on this list compared to some of the other books I read. In fact, I’m considering upping it to 4 stars because after some time, I do feel it deserves more than some of my other 3 star reads!
9. Turtles All the Way Down – John Green
I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would and you can find my review here which goes into detail of my thoughts. But in summary, I just really loved the mental illness representation in this book and read the majority of it in one day.
8. The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan
Despite being a rather thick book, I absolutely sped through this one. I really need to get to the other books in the Heroes of Olympus series at some point. I adored Leo and he was definitely a favourite out of this book. What’s not to love about this book?
7. Caraval – Stephanie Garber
This probably, in reality, doesn’t deserve the full 5 stars which I gave it but I really did base this rating on how much I enjoyed this book and I enjoyed it. A LOT. I must admit, perhaps the writing isn’t the best and I feels very much YA-ish but like I just, said, I enjoyed this book so much. I think I read it in about 2 days and couldn’t put it down.
6. Our Chemical Hearts – Krystal Sutherland
Another book that didn’t get the full 5 stars. I gave this one 4 stars and you’re probably wondering why it’s already so far down the list if it wasn’t a full 5 stars, but I really love this book, and it’s just a book I want to hold close to me. The main reason it didn’t get the full 5 stars was because for most of it, it felt like it was going down the same route as every other YA contemporary but maybe it deserves the full 5 stars. Maybe I’ll get around to changing it.
5. They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
I was looking forward to this book, don’t get me wrong, but I really thought I wouldn’t find it that sad at the end because I knew what happens to them both but boy, was I wrong. The ending still ripped my heart out. I still cried. A lot.
4. George – Alex Gino
I was a little worried when I picked this book up that I would be comparing it to Gracefully Grayson the whole time as they both have a very similar plot, but despite this, I didn’t. And I well and truly loved it. It’s a lovely book and I believe it is a middle grade book and I think it’s an important one.
3. Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare
When I read this, I really did think this was going to be my number 1 book of the year. It isn’t far off and I really did love this book. The thing I find with books like Lord of Shadows is I forget what happens in them as a lot goes on and my memory really isn’t that good. But that end, that had me. And I know I loved reading it and that’s what mattered. I love the blackthorn family and I really feel there’s been an improvement in Cassandra Clare’s books since City of Bones.
2. History is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera
I really really love this book. It’s one of my top 3 favourite books now. I’ve never had a book where I was crying within the first few pages but I was with History is All You Left Me. This entire book was painful to read and I can’t wait to do a reread for it in the future.
1. Dear Evan Hansen – Steven Levenson, Benji Pasek and Justin Paul
I’m listening to Dear Evan Hansen as I write this. This book and musical has brought me so much comfort. I was sobbing by the end and this is just another very important book, not just to me but just very important in general. It was a fairly quick read for me since I read it in a day, but I think I could have easily read it in one sitting.
What were some of your favourite books in 2017?
Lucy 🙂 x