Hey all, Dani here.
It is that time of year again…actually the last day of the year. Wow, where did the time go? Okay, so there are a lot of people all over the book community sharing videos or posts where they list their top ten reads of the year. I realized a while ago that it is just not realistic for me to try and limit my favorite list down that far. I read roughly 130-150 books a year.
So I do this post twice a year. In July I write up a post on my top ten reads for the months of January thru June, and then now at the end of the year, I post my top ten reads for July thru December. This works a lot better for me and means I can share even more awesome books with all of you.
If you’d like to check out my first list for 2017, you can find that here.
Oh, and I suppose I should also add the note that I only include books that have already been published (so sorry to books like The Forgotten Book, Zenith, Gunslinger Girl, etc), and I also don’t include rereads (sorry Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban–though the illustrated edition is new, the text is still the same). And, as always, the books are listed in a mostly chronological order, not an order of best to worst or anything like that.
All right, I think it is time to jump into the list.
1. Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz. Yes, this book made my list. Come on, I think most people know of my Hamilton obsession by now, and Melissa de la Cruz was inspired to write this book after seeing the musical. Anyway, there is also apparently a sequel coming out in 2018 so I’m excited to read that one as well. Because I loved the intelligence and snappy banter from the Schulyer sisters. It was wonderful.
2. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger. I do believe I have mentioned this book a few times before, so it’s probably no surprise that it made the list. I learned about this book randomly but then devoured it so quickly. Magical alcoholic drinks and a rich Chicago setting. I greatly enjoyed this one.
3. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Hey look everyone, a poetry book made my list. This book had so many poems that resonated with me, and ones I thought would be helpful to my mom considering my parents’ divorce this year. I gave my copy to my mom, and then she ended up passing it on to a friend of hers who she thought would appreciate it as well. Honestly in this scenario I am perfectly fine with the fact that I have to replace this book.
4. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren. Man, my list is all over the place this year. This was such a good contemporary story. I loved the story writing aspect of the book, and the romance as well as the religious issues were all well done (in my non-expert opinion).
5. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. Of course this book had to make the list. I mean, my consistent praise of the Six of Crows duology means that I would gladly read anything in the Grishaverse, and this collection of fairy tales and folklore from that world was just phenomenal. Oh, and the illustrations were lovely as well.
6. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson. When I picked this book up I didn’t realize that it was a graphic novel. It was such a great read, and I loved the Renaissance Festival/Faire elements of the book. As I went to my first Renn Faire this year, I felt like I understood that part of the story more.
7. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. Definitely one of my favorite books of the year, even if I did one list instead of two. The descriptions and the setting were just so rich and reading this made me feel like I was escaping reality for a while. I absolutely adored this one and can’t wait for the sequel.
8. Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza. Another contemporary story with a nice focus on fandom, specifically two girls who are fans of a YouTuber who does Let’s Play videos for a video game. I adored the female friendship in this book, as well as how the girls support each other with their anxiety and OCD. It was just fantastic.
9. Searching for Billy Shakespeare by Crista McHugh. A cute romance that features a Hollywood star and a woman studying Shakespeare for her PhD. Yeah, the concept alone had me reaching for this story. And it was a fun and quick read, plus there were ties to my favorite series by the author, the Kelly Brothers series.
10. Waterworld Vol 1: Ezra by Rachel E Kelly. This is the last novel I am reading this year (though I still hope to finish another manga or two before the clock strikes midnight). And this book just barely makes it onto this list, because it is supposed to be released today. The cover is great, the story is awesome, and I am now highly anticipating the arrival of Vol. 2.
All right, well I suppose that is all for 2017. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the year and I will be here to talk a lot more about books and other geekish things in 2018.