Annike: Hey guys, so similarly to last year, Zoe and I are going to do 2 separate posts that’ll go up together for our favourite books of the year. So these are our last blog posts of 2017 – which is crazy. This year I read 94 books in total. 22 of which were audiobooks (!) and the rest which I read in hard cover. This was actually the first year I started listening to books and they were great considering I have so little time to properly read. And surprisingly I only had 6 books that I have 5 stars, so either I’m getting a bit stingy or my reading year wasn’t as good as it was last year. So without further ado, let’s get onto my favourite books of 2017 and some honourable mentions at the end.
So yes, if you have been following this blog since the beginning of the year you would know how obsessed I was with AEITA when I read it in January. I absolutely loved the plot and the characters – the world building was amazing and I just couldn’t put the book down so I would most definitely recommend it to all YA readers especially if you love fantasy!
Of course, this means ATATN by Sabaa Tahir comes in second place. I read this book in March, and because it was such a long time ago I actually can’t remember if I liked it better that AEITA but we will keep it like this anyways haha. This book was so gripping and had so many twists and turns ahhh. I just loved it but will definitely need a refresher by the time the next one comes out. Surprisingly, I also had the first two books of a series (The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea) as my first and second favourite book last year!
This book is very different from the fantasy books above and it is in fact a historical fiction book. I read Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey in May of this year (even though it doesn’t feel that long ago) and thought it was just so beautiful. The plot is so unique and interesting, focusing on a woman who has an affair with a man fighting in WW2. The books is actually set in the 2000’s and involves a modern and an past love story which were both so beautiful. Dan – who Stella fell in love with in 1943, is looking for her in his old age. Just such a heart-breaking and warming story.
4. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Obviously I am entitled to my contemporary favourite so this year it goes to Simon vs. The Homo Sapeins Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This is just one of the cutest books I have ever read with such great family and friends supporting characters. Simon is one of my favourite characters of all time and reading his emails with Blue made me so happy. Similarly to Letters to the Lost, SVTHSA included communication through emails/letters which I always love. The story is also filled with a very relatable humour which is definitely a feat.
Lastly, I was a bit torn with what to include for my last favourite book because after those 4, I’m not sure that many stood out but eventually I landed on Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. I also read this book in March (wow, I read all my favourite books very early in the year!) and it just had one of the most intriguing plots I have ever read. All 3 of Carver’s best friends died in a car crash – the result of a text that he sent his driving friend. The book is so sad and so beautiful at the same time and I loved the 4 best friends so much in the flashbacks. So yeah, definitely a favourite.
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (5/5 stars)
The Lake House by Kate Morton (4.5/5 stars)
Anyways, so that is all. Let me know if you guys really liked these books too or if you really want to read them cause they are all incredible reads! And of course there were so many more that I would have loved to include. This year was pretty good for reading, however I’m looking forward to maybe reading some more enjoyable stuff next year – because I don’t think I read as many outstanding books as I would have liked to. We’ll be back next year with another post. Happy New Year!!
Check out my year in books on Goodreads by clicking here 🙂