It’s that time of the year! When I finally get to talk about all my favorite books! 2017, as a reading year, was fine. I had a 3.3 rating average, which I feel is okay-okay but I definitely would have preferred a higher rating average. I feel like a lot of books were disappointments this year – ones I had hoped to enjoy but ended up super disappointed with.
On the flip side, I did read a few really good books also. These books are pretty much all the books I fully, completely enjoyed. Instead of trying to cut down the books to a ‘top 10’, I decided to mention all of my favorites.
A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J Maas
Yes yes, in spite of its problems and the things SJM didn’t do that well in this book, A Court of Wings and Ruin is definitely on this list. It was entertaining as heck and the second half of the book was a crazy ride. For those of you who don’t know, this is the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J Maas which is about a human girl who accidentally gets involved in the world of fae and her adventures in that world.
And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
Anything Agatha Christie is always, always fun. I used to addictively read her novels four or five years ago (before I had this blog) and that was my Agatha Christie phase. Somehow though, I had missed reading this one. So this year, just out of pure randomness, I picked up this book and started reading it and voila! It was of course fantastic. It made me think that maybe I have to start reading her books again.
Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
This is a memoir graphic novel about a young girl who grows up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution – it follows her during her childhood and even when she grows up, and is an excellent study of how she discovers her own self, stands up for her rights, and also the condition of people, especially women, during that time in Tehran. Highly, highly recommend it to you!
Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo
This is a touching, intriguing story about a woman who cannot bear her husband children, due to which the husband marries another woman. It was so, so, so good and such an unexpected favorite!
Top Favorites (from least to most)
Warcross – Marie Lu
I feel like I only loved this book so much because I’ve never read anything like this book before, but nevertheless, I loved it. It’s a YA sci-fi novel about a virtual reality game and it is so good. It was fast-paced, intriguing and so exciting. Also, it was written well and so easy to understand. Totally recommend this one!
Bad Romance – Heather Dimitrios
This book was surprisingly amazing. It’s a YA romance contemporary about a toxic relationship – about how the MC gets into one, how the situation spirals and hows things end up to be. I loved reading the book – it was eye-opening, important and so well done.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
If you went by the entire 2018 without having heard of this book, that’s surprising. This is a YA contemporary exploring topics of race, police brutality and justice. Extremely important, extremely good.
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
This has to be one of the best diverse books I’ve ever read. Based on Greek mythology, the book explores the relationship of Patroclus and Achilles. It was absolutely beautiful, well-written and heart-wrenching. I highly recommend you pick it up!
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
This was nothing short of a masterpiece. It follows a young boy whose world is turned upside down because of a catastrophe one day, and is about him dealing with his grief and his life taking turns he never expected. It is exquisitely written, beautifully characterized and definitely worth a read.
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
I haven’t read Laini Taylor before (not that interested in her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series) but this book – totally blew me away. It’s about a hidden, forgotten city called Weep, and a boy named Lazlo who begins to study about the city. Then one day, he’s taken to the very city and the book follows his adventures there. It was brilliant, and Laini Taylor’s writing is something which can only be felt. Definitely pick this one up!
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
This book defines fantasy. Okay, maybe that’s a bit too far, but close enough. If you love fantasy, you need to pick this one up. There is nothing I’d like to say about except for the fact that the plot, characters and the writing is all so much better than you can imagine.
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
If you want a quick, impactful and important book about feminism : pick this one up. It cannot get more thought-provoking than this. It made me think of things I hadn’t noticed before, and the author portrayed her thoughts and opinions in a very, very strong voice. I highly, highly recommend this book, and the Ted talk the author gave on this.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
Yes, a classic made to this list. I read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in the very beginning of the year, and now I’ve finally read at least one book by each Bronte sister. Though I don’t love this more than Wuthering Heights, this book had all the elements which made me fall for Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. The dark writing, the excellent plot and the characterization. I definitely recommend this to everyone who loves classics!
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing is a saga. It is a touching, informative and beautifully written book depicting the lives of two sisters and the generations that follow. It reads like a collection of short stories, each story following a different character which is next in line to the previous character (generation-wise). It is an exquisite book, highly recommend you pick it up!
Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
I read the book so long back but it still has a spot in my heart. It traces the story of two people who meet in a wartorn country and try to find a way to escape it. The author beautifully blends magical realism into the story, and explores topics of immigration, desertation and acceptance. I loved the writing, the characters and the overall plot.
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Favorite, favorite, favorite book of the year. This book has everything you could possibly want in a book, and every element is excelled at. Absolutely breathtaking writing, intriguing, unputdownable plot, realistic characters and a thrilling setting. The book has fantasy, mystery, romance and it does everything so damn well. I cannot recommend this book enough; I picked it up randomly one day from my bookshelves and it instantly became one of my favorite books of all time.
So those are all my favorite books of 2017! In spite of having a mediocre reading year, I did manage to find some gems; some books that I know I will cherish forever. I’m super pumped for the new year being even better in terms of reading and I’m also very happy about how overall, 2017 turned out to be.