Ahhh, that time of the year where we look back at all the amazing books that we read. I didn’t quite finish my Goodreads goal but I got pretty darn close (111/120). It probably doesn’t surprise you, but most of my favourites are either fantasy, sci-fi or magical realism (what would we do without Jenna’s love of contemporary here?). It was so tough to choose my favourites – I MEAN JUST 10 BOOKS? WHAT IS THIS. I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year and a great start to 2017! Happy New Year everyone <3
10. The Vanishing Throne – My Review
I absolutely loved this follow up to the dark fae fantasy The Falconer, with so much more world building, fae mythology, action and tension between the kickass Aileana who is a fae warrior, and the sexy brooding fae Kieran. As a mash up to historical, fantasy and steampunk settings, this installment adds even more with the post-apocalyptic Scotland.
9. When The Moon Was Ours – Aila’s Review | Jenna’s Review
With the love between a transgendered male and a girl with roses growing out of her hands, When The Moon Was Ours is a beautiful, poetic book about standing up for each other despite your differences. I loved the gorgeous diversity and the Pakistani and Latino mythology intertwined in this book.
8. Sleeping Giants – My Review
Told through a series of interviews and journal entries by an unnamed narrator, Sleeping Giants resembles my favourite Illuminae series. However, it’s set in today’s world where humans have stumbled upon a gigantic robot hand, and covers the political and scientific implications of such a discovery. I loved the plot filled with twists and turns and it will definitely get you thinking.
7. Summer Skin – My Review | Aila’s Review
As the only contemporary to make it on this fantasy devotee’s list, you know Summer Skin has to be good. This Aussie book is what every modern female should read, busting gender stereotypes, female sexuality and reinforcing feminism in a fierce and notable way.
6. The Star-Touched Queen – My Review | Aila’s Review | Jenna’s Review
With a beautiful, evocative Indian mythology setting, a Hades and Persephone retelling and a hilarious talking horse, there’s much to love about The Star-Touched Queen. I loved the concepts that it covered, including the threads of destiny, reincarnation and the underworld.
5. The Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet – My Review
This was my favourite diverse book of the year, as a quiet space opera featuring different alien cultures and species and how they interact with each other. I loved the Wayfarer crew which is made up of humans, aliens and AI who come to appreciate each other and the beauty of each and every race, no matter who they were.
4. Chaos Walking series – My Review | Jenna’s Review
I can’t believe it took me so long to finally read The Knife of Never Letting Go, but after reading and loving the first book in this dark and chaotic world run by a corrupted and dangerous leader, I binge read the whole series and loved it. The creative narrative of the book really showcases the chaotic nature of the series and really pulls at your heart strings.
3. Morning Star – My Review
Another sci-fi series that tops my list, Morning Star was a fantastic series ender filled with emotion, impossible odds, the strength of friendship built upon the foundation of hope. With Greek wartime tactics merged with a deep sci-fi world, I absolutely loved the fierce, independent Darrow and his lovable sidekicks, Sevro and Ragnor. This series seriously gets better and better with every book and it will freaking wreck your emotions from it’s epicness.
2. Gemina – My Review | Aila’s Review
When I look back at all the books I read this year, Gemina definitely tops it as my most raved about book all year. I was completely enthralled by the book and could think of nothing else, even re-reading the book straight after just so I could make sense of it. From the mind bending twists, to the layered characters and the awesome deep space plot featuring alien parasites, wormholes and space ships, Gemina feels like it was written for me.
1. Crooked Kingdom – My Review | Jenna’s Review
It’s not a surprise that our Happy Indulgence favourite book made it as my top favourite book of the year. I’ve never cried so hard in a book before which shows the level of emotional attachment I had with the characters. From the Russian inspired fantasy world, to a diversely awesome cast of characters, each who will capture your heart, I absolutely adored this duology. It’s one of my favourite series of all time and I wish there was more!
Ha, you didn’t think I was only going to pick 10 books did you? Of course I had to cheat a little. Here’s some of my favourite reads that didn’t quite make it into my top 10, but definitely came close. (Sorry Aila and Jenna, I TRIED MY HARDEST).
Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little – Aila’s Review
I’m obsessed with the desert setting in books, so Forbidden covering the ancient Mesopotamian setting was definitely a winner in my books. It’s a sumptuous, sensual, feminist story of a girl surviving all odds to escape an arranged marriage and save her sister from temple worship.
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman – Aila’s Review
Another historical book based on the Western landscape, Vengeance Road features a charming belle with a heavy Southern accent and a thirst for revenge. It’s a cracking adventure fraught with danger, dangerous bandits with a thirst for gold, a young Apache girl, charming brothers and hidden family secrets.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – My Review | Jenna’s Review
I’m glad I finally read Miss Peregrine’s, featuring a strange and unique cast of children with different peculiarities on a creepy place in time. The narrative is set around peculiar black and white photos which tell a story on it’s own, and it was interesting discovering the sci-fi twist in the series.
Which of these books make your top 10?