The time has finally come for me to talk about my favourite books of 2017 – I have been looking forward to doing this for months, as these are some of my favourite blog posts to write, and to read.
In this blog post, I will begin by sharing my favourite YA, and then mention a couple of older novels I really loved reading this year. A lot of them I have also written reviews for, and so I have linked to them in case you want to know my thoughts in more detail!
The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury – this is the second book in The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy, and having picked this up after reading and enjoying the first book sometime in 2016, I fell hard for this trilogy. The writing, plot, characters and world was fantastic, and this is a series I can see myself rereading many times in the future – my review is here if you want to here my thoughts in more detail!
The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury – the final book in this trilogy, I think I loved The Scarecrow Queen even more than The Sleeping Prince. It was the perfect conclusion, and I loved how it merged the plots of the first two books – my review of this excellent book is here!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – of course this book had to be on here. The Hate U Give is a book that took the bookish community (and the world) by storm, and for good reason. The story is so powerful, and Angie Thomas is an incredibly talented author – I have recommended this book to so many of my (non-reader) friends throughout the year, and they all agreed that it is a book they should read. I don’t even have my copy with me to photograph, because I have lent it to a friend of mine! This book was also recently declared the winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for best Debut author (and you can read my review here)!
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I really didn’t know much about this book before I started reading, and so it was a pleasant surprise when I fell in love with it! I thought the world building was excellent, and I was kept on my toes the entire time, as the plot moved in such unexpected ways, but in the best possible way. I read the next couple of books in this series at other points during the year, but this one is definitely my favourite!
Caraval by Stephanie Garber – this book was so magical, I was enchanted the entire time I was reading. I was so excited to buy this book, not only because the cover is absolutely gorgeous, but I also thought it sounded like such a gripping story – and it was! Caraval is packed with mystery, romance and magic and I adored every aspect of this book; the sequel comes out next year and I cannot wait to read it (review here!).
Truth or Dare by Non Pratt – I have been going on and on about this brilliant book for the entire year, and with good reason! This book was adorable and funny, whilst also tackling subjects such as disability and the media (which Non does with great care and sensitivity, in my opinion); and the characters were interesting and unlike the protagonists I read in so much contemporary YA. I literally could not put this book down – you can find my full review here!
It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne – this was the last favourite of mine that I read in 2017. I was super excited to read this, Holly Bourne being one of my favourite authors, and I knew It Only Happens in the Movies would be nothing short of feminist awesomeness. I was not disappointed in the slightest: the writing was hilarious, the plot took overused tropes and turned the story into an interesting, empowering read, and the characters were simply brilliant. My review is here if you want to read about my love for this book in full!
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – I read The Handmaid’s Tale in the first half of this year, and have not stopped talking about it since. Honestly, I have lost count of the number of conversations I have started with people about this book, both with my friends and teachers, because this book had such an enormous impact on me. I also watched the TV show, although in my opinion it was far too dramatized and I much prefer the book – if you have not yet read this, I would really urge you to do so in 2018!
1984 by George Orwell – I was really hoping to love this book, especially as it receives so much praise from people of all ages. I read this book whilst on holiday in Spain over the summer, and I would sit in the sunshine feeling like there was a lead weight pressing down on me, the story was so powerful. I was fully immersed the entire time I was reading, and although at times it hurt my head to read it, I will definitely be coming back to this in the future.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – one of Britain’s most famous pieces of literature, I really did not know what to expect when I started reading this. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy the writing style, however I loved the 2005 film adaptation, so I had mixed feelings going in. However, I quickly fell in love with this book – I thought it was incredibly funny, and also really cute, which was something I was not expecting at all! In 2018, I definitely want to read more of Jane Austen’s novels, as I absolutely love her writing!
I also want to give an honorary mention to The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – I am currently reading this book at the time I am writing this, and it looks like it will be another favourite of mine, although only time will tell! I will most likely be gushing about this book in my December reading wrap-up!