I can’t believe it’s that time again when we look at everything we’ve read and come up with our favourites! If you’re anything like me, you’re still frantically trying to catch up on all the 2017 releases. It’s interesting looking back at our mid-2017 favourites list to see if anything has changed. Each of us will be picking our top 4 favourites each – let’s see how much we overlapped this year!
1. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff | My Review
Godsgrave built upon the brutal assassin school in Nevernight and delivered an even more epic story featuring gladiator fights, mystical creatures and more twists and turns than you can poke a stick at.
2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | My Review
The whimsical fantasy story featuring an alchemist, a librarian and a blue-skinned goddess of death was fantastical, memorable and unique. I adored reading this beautiful book!
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | My Review
The Hate U Give opened my eyes when it came to the Black Lives Matter movement. Starr’s dedication to her family and community and standing up for what she believes in was incredibly inspirational.
4. Scythe by Neal Schusterman | My Review
One of the most profound books I’ve ever read, I loved this dystopian world about reapers delivering people’s deaths through random selection.
Check out the rest of my Top 10 Favourite Reads on my latest youtube video!
- A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
- This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandya Menon
1. Moonrise by Sarah Crossan | My Review
Written in verse, this book explores family and grief and I absolutely loved it. It was impossible for me not to connect with this story, even though it’s not something that I’ve ever gone through. Sarah Crossan’s poetry is beautiful and never fails to make me cry.
2. The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee | My Review | Aila’s Review
This was cute and sweet with a sprinkle of magical realism. If you’ve ever wanted to read about love potions in a non-cringeworthy setting, this novel is the one for you.
3. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | My Review
A great continuation of Lady Midnight, this sequel doesn’t fail to deliver. It was full of all the wonderful things that are always in Cassie Clare’s books: friendship, family and lots of romance and unresolved tension.
4. The End of Our Story by Meg Haston | My Review
I was blown away by this second-chance friendship/romance story. It touches on serious topics and is executed in a very tasteful and sensitive manner. I absolutely loved the characters and thought the romance was A+.
- A Silent Voice manga by Yoshitoki Oima
- Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Most of the fave books I’ve read have been in the early 2017’s due to my lack of reading when college started, so they’re pretty familiar books! Also, this is in no particular order because they’re all so amazing and 110% recommended. 😀
1. Dear Martin by Nic Stone | My Review
One word: INSPIRING. Dear Martin just tugged at all of my heart strings, from the awesome main character Jus to his inner turmoil and his developing relationships at home and in his community. I recommend it for any and all readers.
2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | My Review
Another recommendation for any and all readers. The Hate U Give is empowering and necessary – I admit, I cried a couple of times while reading due to emotional overload. Teens living in the USA need this, and I can’t wait for the movie.
This book has a special place in my bookshelves despite its cheesiness. The inspiration from Journey of the West is never done before in YA, and the main character Genie just GETS me.
Love, love, LOVEEE this book. Chokshi’s atmospheric writing and grand love story puts this book close to my heart, making it even more of a favorite than its predecessor. I will literally read anything this author writes.
- Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao
- The City of Brass by SA Chakraborty
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandya Menon + Fanart!
So that’s our favourites from 2017 – what a fabulous reading year! I’m excited to see that Aila and I loved a lot of similar books, including Crown of Wishes, THUG and When Dimple Met Rishi. Because I’m feeling festive, this will be our last post of the year! We’ll see you in the new year with plenty more books to look forward to.
Thanks for your ongoing support everyone! Whether you celebrate this festive season or not, we hope you have a Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year!