top 5 favorite books of 2017 (so far).

I’m kind of in a reading slump at the moment, but I’ve read 29 books so far this year (though most of them are graphic novels so the number sounds bigger than it really is). I’m a really slow reader, so this is great for me. Normally I get 30-35 for an entire year. That said, I’m going to limit this post to the top 5, with a few honorable mentions.

Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday!

This week’s theme: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far

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5) A Gathering of Shadows // V. E. Schwab
Why Gathering of Shadows, Emily? Why not A Conjuring of Light? I read both of these earlier in the year, but I really didn’t care for A Conjuring of Light (the series finale). The plot was convoluted, the antagonist was stupid, and the whole thing just felt unnecessary. But A Gathering of Shadows was delightful. Granted, a lot of it felt like exposition, but it was exposition that I desperately wanted after getting a taste of the world with the first book. And it had one of the best endings I’ve ever read.

4) Exit, Pursued by a Bear // E. K. Johnston
It took me awhile to accept this book as I was reading. I was being a little too critical because it was about a bunch of cheerleaders at camp. Not my kind of story. But then it went on to really blow me away. It handled a delicate subject so exceptionally. It was bold and empowering and important.

3) Waking Gods // Sylvain Neuvel
This one was such a pleasant surprise. I also read the first book, Sleeping Giants, this year, but the sequel was so much better. Part of that might have been my switch from a physical book to audio. I honestly could not stop listening, and several moments truly shocked me. I can’t wait for the next one.

2) Alice and the Fly // James Rice
Oh, gosh. I was expecting like a C+ and this was an A-. I kept wanting to think of it as Perks of Being a Wallflower, but it’s very different. I’ve never read another book like this before. It’s creepy but in a slow, almost unnoticeable way. It’s really well-written, but not something you should expect to enjoy.
Read my review here. Then buy it here.  😉 

1) Nimona // Noelle Stevenson
This is my only 5 star first-time-read for 2017 so far. I read it earlier in the year, and it was one of my first graphic novels to ever pick up. And I loved it. It was just so charming. From start to finish, it was so so so charming. Read my mini review here.


Honorable Mentions

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Eleanor & Park // Rainbow Rowell
This book is fabulous, but it’s a reread. I picked it up as a comfort read when I was home sick back in May. It was just as good the second time around as the first, though, and remains one of my favorite books of all time. 

Everything Leads to You // Nina LaCour
I rated this higher on Goodreads than a lot of the other books on this list. It was so pleasant, and I really loved it. But as I was going back through everything I read, I realized that this one just hasn’t stuck with me. Nothing about it jumps out. I can’t even remember why I liked it so much. But it was really enjoyable.


–Emily

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Have you read any of these books?
What is the best book you’ve read this year?

18 Comments

  1. Exit, Pursued by a Bear is one of my top books of 2016, so I’m stoked to see it on your list!

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    1. Emily Seals
      June 27, 2017

      Yay! I thought it was really great. I think a lot of the Shakespeare was lost on me though because I’ve never read a Winter’s Tale. I didn’t even know it was a retelling/modern adaptation until afterwards.

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  2. Rissi
    June 26, 2017

    I’ve seen “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” around – the cover is so distinct, but I don’t think I’ve really read what it’s about. Seeing it on your list reminds me that maybe I should. 🙂

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    1. Emily Seals
      June 27, 2017

      I know, usually I’m not into humans on covers but I think this one is gorgeous. I deals with some intense subject matter, though, so be warned before jumping into it. It’s certainly not light or fluffy.

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  3. Malory @ The Local Muse
    June 26, 2017

    You have totally enticed me to look into Alice and the Fly! I’m really into creepy books that aren’t horror or thrillers, and that one sounds perfect! Sleeping Giants seems to fit that bill too; thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. Emily Seals
      June 27, 2017

      DO IT DO IT. It’s a great character study on mental illness. Also an interesting read because there’s a lot of reading between the lines. Sleeping Giants was more shocking than creepy, but still not quite a thriller. I hope you like them! 🙂

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  4. Chrissi Reads
    June 26, 2017

    I really enjoyed Eleanor & Park. I still think of that book now! Looks like you’ve read some good ones so far this year!

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    1. Emily Seals
      June 27, 2017

      Gosh I can’t STOP thinking about it. I think I literally had a dream about it last night. It’s like it’s permeated my soul.

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  5. Cai @ The Bookfeed Blog
    June 27, 2017

    I haven’t read any of the ones you listed but I want to read Gathering Shadows. The best book I have read this year would have to be either The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen or Confess by Colleen Hoover. It’s so hard to pick one.

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    1. Emily Seals
      June 27, 2017

      I’ll have to look those up!
      It really is hard to choose a favorite. My opinion goes back and forth so much. I’m wondering how this list will look at the end of the year!
      Thanks for stopping by. 😀

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  6. Kim @ Kim Bocko
    June 27, 2017

    I’m excited that you loved Waking Gods. I really enjoyed Sleeping Giants but haven’t gotten to the sequel yet. I’m looking forward to it now!

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    1. Emily Seals
      June 27, 2017

      I’m excited that I loved it, too! I honestly did not expect to. I felt really ambivalent after the first one and thought about stopping there (I usually don’t like series). I’m glad I stuck with it, though. Try the audiobook if you can. It really does make a huge difference. 🙂

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  7. Astilbe
    June 27, 2017

    I don’t think I’ve read any of these books yet either, but Alice and the Fly does sound intriguing. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Here is my TTT.

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    1. Emily Seals
      June 27, 2017

      Usually I feel like I’m just following the popular book train, so it’s kind of refreshing to read something that others haven’t. 🙂 Alice and the Fly is worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for stories about mental illness.

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  8. Great list! I also loved Eleanor and Park, but its been a few years since I read it, so it may be worth a reread sometime soon. I’ve somehow never heard of Alice and the Fly before, but now I may have to check it out as it sounds really interesting 🙂
    My TTT

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    1. Emily Seals
      June 27, 2017

      I think Alice and the Fly is relatively unknown. It doesn’t have a lot of reviews on Goodreads. I bought it after reading Cait @ Paper Fury’s review over it, but I had to wait like a year before it was published in the US. XD Totally worth the wait, though.

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  9. Jeanna
    June 27, 2017

    Congrats on reading 29 books this year so far! That’s great! I just purchased the Darker Shades of Magic series by Schwab so I’m going to read them soon. Eleanor and Park has been on my TBR for forever and only this year did I get around to reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which I really loved so I hope to that one soon. Great list! Happy reading!

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday!

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    1. Emily Seals
      June 27, 2017

      Thank you! I know a lot of bloggers read like 30 books a month so it doesn’t always feel like I’m reading a lot, but I’m really proud of myself! I also read Fangirl before E&P and love both of them dearly. I could relate more to Fangirl but I think E&P has a better story. And I hope you enjoy the Shades of Magic series! The first and last were kind of just okay for me, but for some reason the second one really got me. 🙂

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