Hey all, Dani here.
This is a continuation of a couple posts I did last year, which I found to be rather fun. Instead of just one post at the end of the year where I try to narrow my reading list down to just a few favorites, I find that it is much easier to split it up and do a top ten books read in the first half of the year and then a top ten for the last half of the year.
In the first six months of 2017 I managed to complete 50 books, which is pretty good considering I set my reading goal at 75 books. Needless to say, like previous years, I’ll probably be increasing my goal in the next few months.
Now, I’m going to be sticking to the same rules I set for myself in 2016. This list cannot contain book rereads, nor can it contain books that have yet to be released. For that reason I’m going to start off with a couple of honorable mentions. After that I’ll get into my actual top ten list. As always, the books are listed in the order I read them this year, not necessarily a best-to-good or good-to-best order.
Okay, the honorable mentions:
Obviously neither of these books have been released yet, but I highly recommend them both. They Both Die at the End will be out on September 5th, and All Rights Reserved will be out on August 29th.
Now, onto my official list.
- The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova (5 stars)
This was my first Elise Kova book and I really enjoyed the worldbuilding and the characters and the story. It definitely makes me want to read more books by the author.
- Heartstone by Elle Katharine White (5 stars)
Holy moly! This was the adaptation of Pride & Prejudice I didn’t realize that I needed in my life. It was such an interesting concept by adding in dragons and hobgoblins and such. The plot remained pretty true to the source material, with just enough variation to make this its own unique tale. This was the book that made me like the Caroline Bingley character, much like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries made me really like Lydia Bennet.
- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (5 stars)
Normally I don’t typically like necromancy type stories but this one just had such cool worldbuilding and I loved the phrasing of the tale as it is being told to all of us.
- Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (5 stars)
Cute fandom convention fun. I devoured this book so quickly and it made me so happy. It made me think of all those weekends I’ve spent at conventions.
- Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward (5 stars)
Blame my boyfriend for this one. He introduced me to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and this is my favorite of the series so far. To be fair, I have only read the first four books. But I love the character of Butch and this novel focused on him, so that was awesome.
- Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (5 stars)
A YA adaptation of the movie You’ve Got Mail…why yes, I had to include it on this list. I loved how the main characters geeked out about movies. It just made me happy, and this was another cute read.
- Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (5 stars)
Oh look, another anonymous exchange story on my list. I guess I was in a certain mood at the time. I adore Brigid Kemmerer as an author and I enjoyed this book so much. Discovering that there will be a sequel/companion novel that follows my favorite side character makes me even happier.
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston (5 stars)
More geeky adorableness, this time in a Cinderella retelling. I heard so many wonderful things about this book and I’m glad it delivered. This made my nerdy heart so happy. And come on? A food truck named The Magic Pumpkin…that’s just perfect.
- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (5 stars)
Yes, I realize how many contemporary fandom based stories there are on this list. But they are all just so deserving of praise. This book hit me as a fan of stories and comics, as well as a content creator myself. Yes I write stories, not web-comics, but that creative aspect is similar. I loved how relatable this story and its characters were.
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (5 stars)
The Breakfast Club with a murderous twist. This book sucked me in so quickly and I just had to know what was going to happen. I’m not really a mystery/thriller reader, but this book was just so good and so interesting. I had to know about all the secrets being kept, but I really wanted to know why Simon died and who killed him.
Well, I think that’s about it for this post. I’m off to enjoy what’s left of my holiday weekend, and hopefully get another book or two read so I can keep up with my review schedule.
What have been some of your favorite reads of 2017 so far? Let me know in the comments, or if you have done a similar post to this, feel free to leave the link for me. I’d love to check it out.