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