While it seems everyone else is super organized and has already posted their favorite reads of the year, I have decided to finally embrace the ‘perpetual state of behindness’ that I seem to live in. So, here I am, a week or two later, finally compiling my list of the 7 books I read in 2017 that gave me all the feels.
Seven you ask? That is a weird number to choose.
Well, you see, five was too few, I couldn’t narrow it down that far. But ten was too many, I couldn’t categorize 10% of the books I read as favorites. So, I settled for the in between.
And conveniently, I can group all seven of these reads in to two distinct categories. Ready? Ready.
- I knew I would love Godsgrave; I think what took me by surprise was how SMART this book was. I mean, I was flabbergasted by the end. The story has grown and evolved so much, and to be honest I have absolutely no idea where the overall plot is heading. The bloody brilliant world, the absolutely amazing character development, and the insanely gorgeous covers, I am ready for the next book, but not ready for the series to be complete.
- An unexpected favorite of the year, but I absolutely LOVED Roar! While sometimes I try to tell myself that I am indifferent to romance in fantasy, I am a big fat liar. The slow burn relationship in this book, combined with the amazingly unique magic system, pretty much knocked my socks off. The plot was a tiny bit slow, but to be honest, I don’t mind that because I love character development in books rather than a fast action moving plot. Nevertheless, the ending of Roar had me reeling and I can’t wait for book 2 next year.
The Song Rising
- Speaking of fast plot and character development, The Song Rising has both. Not only was TSR in my favorite books of the year, but this installment of Paige’s saga really solidified The Bone Season books in my ‘favorite series ever’ category. In every book, Samantha Shannon delivers something different; a blend of genres that keeps readers on their toes. Never knowing what to expect when you venture into the next Bone Season book, combined with the absolutely torturous slow burn romance (okay clearly I love being tortured by love), Say Shan will always have me coming back for more.
Strange the Dreamer
- This book. Honestly I don’t even know where to start with this one. Strange the Dreamer was my first Laini Taylor book, and I am pretty sure I want to be buried in her words. The world she has created with Weep and the godspawn absolutely took my breath away, and the ending of this one left me a hollow empty shell for a couple of weeks. I couldn’t read anything without thinking about my precious Lazlo, and to say that I am anxiously waiting for Muse of Nightmares to come out is a gross understatement.
- I don’t know if there has ever been a more accurate blurb for a book before. “A darkly lush and dangerous tale of a stifled young woman’s creative awakening. Beautiful writing evokes powerful emotions in this journey into the meaning of sacrifice and the power of love.” Well, thank you Kate Elliot, I don’t know if I could put my feelings of Wintersong in better words. I absolutely loved this book; the writing, the characters, and the sexy and emotional romance had me completely mesmerized. Shadowsong is one of my top anticipated releases for 2018, I need more!
An Enchantment of Ravens
- If you have heard people compare AEoR to A Court of Thorns and Roses, they ain’t lying. An Enchantment of Ravens has a lot of similarities to ACOTAR but personally, I thought it was better. The writing was entrancing, the characters were wonderful, and I loved how everything wrapped up so nicely in one single standalone novel. I actually got some Wintersong vibes from this story; the writing was stunning and I was so head over heels in love with the main characters that I can definitely see myself rereading this book sometime soon.
The Bear and the Nightingale
- I reread only two books in 2017, and The Bear and the Nightingale was one of them. Katherine Arden was born to write; her words were a gateway to Mother Russia herself, and I was utterly lost in Vasilisa’s story. With fairy-tale vibes, strong female characters, amazing sibling rep, and a controversial yet mesmerizing depiction of evil, The Bear and the Nightingale was not only my fave read of 2017, but it catapulted up to my favorite reads ever. Read this book next to a fire with a blanket on hand, because I swear the cold winter seeps from these pages into your bones.
2017 was an amazing reading year for me. I read more books than I ever had before, and I had so many revelations about my reading habits, and who I want to be in this little corner of the Internet. Thank you for sticking with me this year, and cheers to better things in the next!