Top Ten Tuesday is a series of posts curated by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is to list the top ten books you’ve read in 2017, and let me tell you, I had a hard time narrowing it down to ten. This year has been a fabulous reading year for me. But narrow it I did, and here are the books I came up with:
- Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I’m going to count both of these as number one on the list, even though I think I enjoyed Crooked Kingdom a tiny bit more (Wylan’s a perspective character, come on). This duology has definitely wedged itself into my favorite series of all time, and I’m so glad I finally picked it up.
- Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
“I’m done with Cassandra Clare books for a while.” I said that once, then decided I needed to see what all of the hype surrounding The Dark Artifices was about. Lo and behold, this series is Cassie’s best one yet. Lord of Shadows makes up for the slow pacing of Lady Midnight tenfold, and it punches you in the gut before you finish it. I’m still pacing, waiting for Queen of Air and Darkness.
- The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
I have such a hard time finding adult fantasy novels that I connect with, but when I do find them, they tend to be phenomenal. The Lies of Locke Lamora was no exception. From a thrilling plot to dubious characters, I loved everything about Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard debut.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I picked up this classic not long after the television series was released on Hulu, and I was blown away by Atwood’s commentary on the extremes men will go to in order to regulate the female body. The Handmaid’s Tale was published decades ago, but with the current state of the world, it could have been written yesterday.
- The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
It’s so rare you find a series finale that accomplishes everything you’d like it to. The Last Olympian successfully wrapped up a series I grew to love this year, and I can’t wait to dive into Riordan’s other stories.
- History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
This book is a beautiful portrait of grief and mental illness, and I appreciate its existence so much. It’s left a permanent mark on me.
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Speaking of portraits of grief…This is another story that packed a punch. A sobbing, teary punch. This is probably the best book Ness has written.
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
It’s been a while since I raved over a John Green novel, so I’m glad that Turtles came along and rectified that. Despite any flaws this book has, I had such a fantastic time reading it. The characters and story were engaging, and the straightforward and honest portrayal of mental illness is something YA needs more of.
- The Diviners by Libba Bray
This is a book that’s been on my radar (and my shelf) for quite some time. Bray’s story is original, well-written, and atmospheric. If the other installments are anything like this one, I might have a new favorite series on my hands.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I nearly forgot that I read this book this year! The beginning of 2017 feels like ages ago. Big Little Lies is too clever to leave off this list. Add in the fact that Moriarty addresses some very serious topics and you’ve got a 5 star novel.
What are some of the best books you read in 2017? Let me know in the comments below!