Ten Five Favourite Books of 2017
There are people out there who can read hundreds of books a year. I normally average around 50-60, so this kind of post, where I’m supposed to pick ten, isn’t so much of a challenge.
But this year has been bad for me on a deeply personal level and I haven’t done much reading. I’m on track to read 13 books total this year, which I find sad, but it’s all I’ve had time and effort for. So instead of listing my ten favourite books of 2017, I’m going to list just five.
The first book I have to mention is Dawn Study, by Maria V Snyder. It’s the last in the Chronicles of Ixia and it was totally awesome. Yelena had grown way too powerful in previous novels and in this one she’d lost her magic completely. It also explores more about Valek and his null power, and is generally a great fantasy/dystopian romp with miscommunication and characters who care deeply about each other and is just a great book and I was so happy that my reading year started off so well with this one.
The second book is Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas. It was something different: a fantasy lite without the fantasy, a historical without being historically accurate, a mystery in a non-mystery book and a heroine who was thrust onto the throne but who who would prefer to hide away and perform science experiments. I really loved this book, it was a refreshing change to read something written in the same style as the first person fantasy lite magical princess books I love so much but to have it be so different to anything I’d read before.
The third book I’m listing is The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano, a really wonderful princess fantasy book that does NOT contain instalove no matter what anyone else says, about a princess banished after her new ability to turn objects into crystals is discovered. I love DeStefano’s writing and I’m so happy she wrote a magical princess book, it felt like it was written just for me. Wil was a great heroine, who thought about her problems and made plans to overcome them. I really enjoyed it and I hope I get an ARC of the second book in the series, too.
The fourth book I am mentioning today is One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake. Although I enjoyed reading the first half, the second half of the book was explosive and so much better. I actually thought the entire story could have ended there, but although I am looking forward to reading Book #3, I think I might have to skip the novella coming soon unless I can find a physical copy somewhere.
The last book on today’s list is the one I am currently reading, Avenged (Ruined #2) by Amy Tintera. I’m really enjoying it. Avenged was one of my favourites of 2016 because Em murdered someone in the opening chapter and was unapologetic for it. I loved her brains and ruthless ambition, and now we are seeing her rebuild Ruina with her sister, the super-powerful and also maybe super-psycho Olivia. I do just was Em and Cas to be together but there are obstacles in the way and I can’t wait to see how they deal with it.
What are you favourite books you’ve read in 2017? Have you read any of my favourites? Put them in the comments below!