Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 Book Highlights


Ten Favorite books of 2017

Can you believe Christmas is already almost here?!? Can you believe 2018 is almost here?!?! I have mixed feelings about 2017 as a whole because it’s been…… interesting. But one thing’s for sure, it’s been a great year for books!


1. The Raven Cycle

By Maggie Stiefvater

If you’ve spent any amount of time on this blog, this shouldn’t come as a shock. I haven’t been able to shut up about these books since I started reading them at the beginning of the summer. It’s just a bummer I didn’t find this series sooner, but listening to Will Patton read Stiefvater’s amazing writing was definitely a 2017 highlight.


2. Cruel Beauty

By Rosamund Hodge

This book was so weird and trippy, it felt like I was on drugs reading it. Yet somehow I loved it??? I don’t completely understand how I ended up liking this book, but here I am. Watching Nyx explore the crazy castle and uncover the mystery of Shade and Ignifex was great fun.


3. It Ends With Us

By Colleen Hoover

Probably my biggest surprise of 2017, coming nowhere close to what I thought it would be. But that’s a good thing! I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. Such an important book that everyone should read.


4. Stardust

By Neil Gaiman

I had been wanting to read this book for an eternity after watching the movie. I’ve probably seen the film at least a dozen times and it made me curious about the book. It was a super fun novel and I’m dying to read more of Gaiman’s work in the coming year.


5. Interview with the Vampire &
The Vampire Lestat

By Anne Rice

Another series I had been wanting to read for forever. I’ve always thought of these books as a classic and I definitely wasn’t wrong. This has put the world in a new perspective and I’m curious about the next one, The Queen of the Damned, will play out.


6. Caraval

By Stephanie Garber

Ahhh I loved this book! It was so fun and magical and I got to add another husband to my long list. Definitely a highlight of 2017.


7. Between Shades of Gray

By Ruta Sepetys

Another important book with an important message. I learned a lot reading this, Sepetys did an wonderful job, and I’m so happy it was chosen for my book club!


8. An Ember in the Ashes

By Sabaa Tahir

I loved these books! Laia is so strong and amazing, Elias has such a big heart, and the setting is beautifully done. Another fictional husband to add to the list. The third installment, A Reaper at the Gates, can’t get here fast enough!!


9. The Selection series
(Books 1-3)

By Kiera Cass

I loved this series like I love Hallmark movies and boxed macaroni and cheese. Are they trash for me? Probably. Do I care? Nope. This teen recreation of the The Bachelor was entertaining as hell, and at times hilarious. There was so much drama and I’m totally here for it.

When the series breaks off to follow their daughter Eadlyn in fourth book though, they completely lost me. Am I the only one who found her completely unbearable??


10. The Scorpio Races

By Maggie Stiefvater

Ugh, I love this book so much. Not only is it a highlight of my 2017 reads, but an all-time favorite. Puck is an amazing, inspiring character that gave me serious Spice-Girls-girl-power vibes. Combine that with mythical flesh-eating water horses and you’ve got yourself a winner.




What did you think of my list?!
Have you read any of these? What did you think??
What are some of your favorite reads of 2017?

Holler at me in the comments!!


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18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 Book Highlights

  1. #2- I’ve tried to read it but I couldn’t get into it even though it’s a beauty & beast retelling which I would have liked but sadly, I couldn’t even finished it properly, I skimmed to the end and then sort of forgot about it.

    #4 – I still think the movie is better as the ending is not so passive as in the book and also the star got to show off her power.

    haven’t read any of the other books on your list, frankly, I think such list is really a personal preference so I wouldn’t say it’s a good or bad list.

    have a lovely day.
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    1. I know, I always seem to be alone on Crimson Beauty and honestly, I can understand why. It was such an odd story. Not at all what I would expect out of a “beauty & the beast retelling.” And I agree with you about Stardust! I still like the movie better too, but the book was still good and I was surprised how similar they were.

  2. Will Patton does an AMAZING job with The Raven Cycle books!! His voice is so soothing!! I love that you’re getting into Neil Gaiman’s books, the full production of American Gods is probably one of the BEST AUDIOBOOKS I’ve ever listened to! I read it before they casted the show and actor they have reading him in the book sounds just like Ian McShane so he was the only person I’ve ever pictured doing it! So that makes the show super fun too!

    I also TOTALLY AGREE that the last two books in The Selection that follow the daugther were just…. blehhhh. Not good.
    Great books on here!!

    1. Ahhhh isn’t his narration AMAZING??? I love it so much. Honestly, I never really thought much about Will Patton as an actor, but I freaking love him in those audiobooks.

      And I’ve heard that before!! A friend of mine recommended the full production of American Gods a while ago and I’ve been wanting to listen to it. Now I REALLY have to!! I’m determined to check it out before I watch the show.

      Ugh, thank god I’m not alone about about The Heir and The Crown. Not an Eadlyn fan over here 😕

  3. I finally read The Raven Boys this year too and I don’t know why I waited this long either. I haven’t finished the series yet- top priority for next year. But, The Raven Boys was absolutely amazing. Cruel Beauty is on my list too- I am so happy that I found Rosamund Hodge’s books this year. The twist she put on Beauty and the Beast was so amazing. I, also, read Crimson Bound which I was less impressed with but still enjoyed. Have you read it? The Selection series is filled with so much drama, I absolutely love it. I was able to finish the first three this year and the short story collection but a lot of bloggers have pointed out how unlikable the daughter is and I’m not sure if I want to continue. Your list is absolutely amazing! Happy reading!

    1. Isn’t it such a good series?? I love it!! I think I have a problem I’m so obsessed. Ronan Lynch GIVES ME LIFE.

      And I agree about Rosamund Hodge!! Cruel Beauty was so completely not what I expected, but I loved it! I have read Crimson Bound and totally agree that it wasn’t as good as Cruel Beauty, but I still really liked it. It got a little boring in the middle for me, but I really loved the characters and the idea of the woods being alive. She twists her stories in such creative ways. Have you read Bright Smoke, Cold Fire?? I wanted to read it since I loved her other books so much AND it’s a spin on Romeo and Juliet, but I’ve heard it’s terrible. I might just have to try it anyway!!

      Yeah I completely found the fourth and fifth book of the Selection series unbearable. Their daughter is awful! I suggest skipping them completely and making up a new ending in your head 😂

  4. Oh I love your list so much! The Raven Cycle is one of my favorite series, it’s just so beautiful and strange and the cast of characters is so, sooo incredible, I love them all. <3
    I didn't love Cruel Beauty as much as you did, unfortunately – maybe it was a bit too weird for me? I don't know, I didn't get into the story as much as I would have wanted to, but still it was a fun read and I liked the world 🙂
    I only read An Ember in the Ashes so far, but I LOVED IT SO MUCH??? I can't wait to read the next book. I loved the characters and the world was chilling.
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    1. Thank you! And don’t worry, I’m always alone on Cruel Beauty so I’m used to it now 😆 And RIGHT?? An Ember in the Ashes is so great!! The world building is incredible and Laia and Elias are the greatest!!! I hope you enjoy the sequel as much as I did! ❤️

    1. Weren’t they awesome?!? The Scorpio Races is one of my new favorites books and An Ember in the Ashes was so good! I was nervous about A Torch Against the night too, but don’t worry!! I didn’t find it as good as the first book, but it was still a killer sequel. Can’t wait for the third one!!!

  5. Aw yay, I am glad that you at least had a good reading year! I actually still need to read almost all the books on your list- but also, they’re all ON my list to read, so I am extra happy that you liked them so much! I have been scared of the Caraval hype honestly, but I do want to read it. I have heard similar things about The Selection and the companion series, too. And I read The Scorpio Races this year too, and I *still* haven’t finished The Raven Cycle, oops! Great list, so glad you loved these!
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    1. Thank you so much! I was scared of the Caraval hype too, but it was a really fun book!! All of the Caraval magic and world building was fun to explore. But I hope you enjoy all these books just as much as I did! ❤️ Happy reading!!

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