Monday, 18 December 2017

Top Ten Books of 2017

Well then, it's been a while, hasn't it? About a month and a half, I think...

To be honest, this year has been one of the worst reading years I've ever had. I had reading slump after reading slump in the first half of the year, then since July/August, life has just gotten in the way (health scares, family health scares, home renovations, etc) so I've not been reading much at all. When I'm not reading, I tend to not blog much.

But I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things soon. Until then though, I figured I'd make my favourites list for the year since I'm not sure if there'll be any last minute additions to my list.

I only read 41 books this year, and quite a few were children's books (best friend had a baby), so it's not a long list to choose from and because it's such a short selection, I won't be limiting it to 2017 releases, just books I read this year. But here goes:

My Favourite Books of 2017

1. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour - I lovelovelove this book so much. It's a short book but it packs a big punch that hit me right in all of the feels. It's about grief and love and family and friendship and heartbreak, and it handled the issue of sexuality beautifully (i.e. it didn't make it into an Issue at all). It's just a general favourite now.

2. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden - I didn't expect to love this one quite as much as I did, but like We Are Okay, I consider it to be a favourite book in general rather than just a favourite from this year.

3. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - I loved the first book, I wasn't quite sure if the second could live up to the standard set by the first book but it kind of surpassed it. I adored this book, maybe more so than the first because I liked the characters way more and the relationships interested me more.

4. The Princess Bride by William Goldman - I've been a fan of the movie for ages, but I kept putting off reading the book because I didn't think I'd love it as much. But I did. It was excellent (had a few issues, but overall, I loved it).

5. F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher - This book wasn't at all like I was expecting it to be based on the cover or description. It was actually better, and it was one of the few reads I managed to speed through in one sitting this year. It was just really fun and there were only one or two things I didn't like about it.

6. The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg - This is an odd book and I loved it. I don't read many graphic novels but this is the kind that makes me want to read more of them. It's beautiful and feminist, sort of a retelling of Arabian Nights and I loved it. My only issue with it was that the font was sometimes hard on the eyes.

7. Ten by Gretchen McNeil - I wouldn't consider this book a favourite, but it was good and definitely one of the most enjoyable books I read this year. It's a retelling of Agatha Christie's, And Then There Were None. It delivered the 90's slasher vibe I was hoping for from There's Someone In Your House but didn't quite get.

8. You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson - I wasn't really familiar with who Phoebe Robinson was before reading (read: listening to) this book. I picked it up on a whim because I was in the mood for some feminist non-fiction/memoir type books. I may not have been familiar with Phoebe's work when I started the book, but I definitely finished it a fan of hers. She's funny and intelligent, her audible narration was fantastic and the topics she spoke about were so important.

9. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher - I listened to this one on audiobook, not long after Carrie died and I really enjoyed the book. Carrie's narration was fantastic, she made me laugh and it was an interesting glimpse into what it was like behind the scenes of the original Star Wars movies (which, like many people, I grew up loving). I've heard it's not the best of her books, but it was the first I'd read so I had nothing to compare it to, so I wasn't disappointed by it.

10. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta - I'm quite torn on this book. On one hand, I'm not really sure this was Melina's story to tell. On the other, I feel like she maybe did it well in spite of that, but I'm also not really qualified to judge that. It's probably my least favourite of Melina's books (given she's one of my favourite authors, that's not an insult) but it was still good and it was still one of the better books I read this year.

I guess that's all. Not the best reading year as far as quantity goes, but definitely a few quality books in there to make up for that.



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