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My Top 8 Books of 2017

2017 was an interesting year when it comes to reading. Since I was in college full time, I didn’t have time to read as much as I usually did. Overall, I did decently well. I just have to come to terms with the fact that I can’t really read 100 books in a year anymore unless I want to sacrifice what little sleep I get already.

Here are my stats (according to Goodreads):

  • 47/50 books
  • 16,139 pages
  • Longest book: 704 pages (Eldest-Christopher Paloini)
  • Shortest book: 82 pages ( Vision of A Storm Cloud-William Olsen)

When I decided to do a Top Books of 2017 list, I was originally thinking 5 books. However, when I looked back over my list, I couldn’t narrow it down. Ergo, my Top 8 Books of 2017 list.

(P.S. these are in no particular order)

1. Always and Forever, Lara Jean-Jenny Han (4.5/5 Stars)

I picked up this series in search of a cutesy summer read. While I enjoyed the first two books in this series, this was my favorite. I feel like all of the characters matured at this point in the story. Lara Jean in the first two books was somewhat immature, but by this installment, she’s matured and what she goes through was relatable to high-school seniors. This book left me with a warm-fuzzy feeling inside; it was just what I was looking for.

2. London Belongs to Me-Jacquelyn Middleton (4.5/5 Stars)

Alex Sinclair and I are essentially the same person. I saw myself in everything that Alex did; from crushing on guys from afar, to being shy and anxious, to loving to write. I was expecting to halfheartedly enjoy this book, but what I ended up with was a full blown love for it! I cannot wait to dive into the sequel whenever I can get my hands on it!

3. Queen of Shadows-Sarah J. Maas (4/5 Stars)

This book was a fantastic continuation of the series. I struggled to get through Heir of Fire, simply because it was mostly training and world building. While the writing was still wonderful, there wasn’t much action, and I found myself wandering from the story. But Queen of Shadows, pulled me back in rather rapidly. There wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t engaged. Sarah J. Maas has fantastic worlds, and it’s great to be a part of them.

4. My Lady Jane- Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows (5/5 Stars)

So 5/5 might be an overachieving rating, but this book was HYSTERICAL. It’s not often that a book will make me laugh out loud, but this one had my roommate giving me strange looks as I cracked up.  I’d just become obsessed with The Crown on Netflix, so anything having to do with England enticed me. This book adds a fantasy twist to a historical event, and one I didn’t know much about. I was able to learn a bit, while also having my comedic side satisfied.

5. The Paris Wife-Paula McClain (4/5 Stars)
For all you English Literature geeks out there-this one is for you. It goes deeper into the lives of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson. I’m not one for historical based novels, but I truly enjoyed this one. It was like the world that Owen Wilson explored in Midnight in Paris. It made me want to pick up as many old American literature novels as I could and devour them all.

6. Eragon-Christopher Paloini (5/5 Stars)

I was really hesitant about this book at first, seeing the large size of the sequels. But I immediately fell in love with this world too. I think my favorite part is how there are so many fantasy elements, but they all thread together really well. A lot of times when authors try to fit as many fantasy aspects into one book, it gets confusing. But Paloini does a fantastic job of keeping all of these things straight, and integrating his characters into the mundane and not so mundane parts of this world. This will be one of my favorite fantasy series, I can tell already.

7. The Start of Me and You-Emery Lord (5/5 stars)

This was another book chosen to help satisfy my summery-book need. Though the premise of the book was sad, the story line was fantastic. I loved Max so much, he was the perfect character to help Paige get back to herself, even without her knowing it. Although they may be considered cheesy, I live for these types of books. I will definitely re-read this book again soon!

8. Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies-Laura Stampler (4.5/5 Stars)

So it might have had something to do with the fact that this was the first book I was able to read after exam week, but I also LOVED this book. Not only did Harper have an awesome opportunity (one that I am so very jealous of) but this book had so much of a Gossip Girl vibe to it (which I had also just finished watching too). Can you see why I loved it? It’s something cheesy and wonderful and something I would definitely pick up again soon if I had the chance.

I feel like there’s a good variety of books on here, from summery-romance novels, to high action fantasy, to perfect cuddle-up-with-a-blanket-and-read-while-it-snows-outside books. I hope everyone enjoys this list, and that you can maybe get a good read out of it!

What was your favorite book of 2017?

I hope you have a fantastic New Year and happy reading!

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