I’ve read a lot of books so far this year… it’s a little bit crazy. There were so many amazing books released in 2017, especially in the month of May. I also have been re-reading some of my favourite books. You can check out my full list on Goodreads to see what 75 (yes, 75 – I told you it’s a little bit crazy) books I’ve read so far this year. Ready?
Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017?
This is always such a tough question to answer because there are so many amazing books out there in the world. I’m torn between two: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. They were both such amazing reads. You can read my review for A Court of Wings and Ruin here – or my reviews for the first book A Court of Thorns and Roses here as well as the second A Court of Mist and Fury here.
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017?
Technically, ACOWAR is the third book so I’m not quite sure you could call it a sequel. As a result, this honor goes to Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare! You can read my review for it here.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – this book just seems so intriguing but I haven’t picked it up yet. I feel like Laini’s writing style lends itself more to a physical book than ebook or audiobook. I sometimes feel like I don’t absorb as much, or appreciate as much when I’m not reading a physical book. While I was writing this post, I actually received the notification that the book was available for me, finally, to download (I put it on digital hold months ago from my library) so I may be reading it soon!
Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017?
That honour would absolutely have to go to Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. If you hadn’t noticed yet, I love WW so much so of course, I was so excited to see that she was going to be getting the YA book treatment – but then I realized that Leigh Bardugo was writing it and life couldn’t be better.
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones or RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
They both seemed like interesting concepts, but I just didn’t end up enjoying them very much. You can read my Wintersong review here or my RoseBlood review here.
This was absolutely Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This book wasn’t even on my radar, but I picked it up on a whim and fell completely in love with it. There is not much better than discovering a surprise new favourite! You can read my review for it here!
Favourite New Author?
I loved Caraval by debut author Stephanie Garber when I read it earlier this year. Yes, it had its faults but I was so impressed that it was her first book! I can’t wait to see where the series goes next! You can check out my review here.
Newest Fictional Crush?
You’re killing me, how am I supposed to pick only one? Okay.. my newest would probably be Kel or Alucard from the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab. I read the books for the first time this year and you can read my review of the series here. Reading A Court of Wings and Ruin has made me fall in love with Rhys, Feyre and the Inner Circle even more than I had before. Reading (and re-reading) the Shadowhunter books has made me appreciate and fall in love with Magnus Bane all over again. I love that he is in every book, even if its a small cameo.
Newest Favourite Character?
This distinction may go to Apollo from the Trials of Apollo. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan continued the series and Apollo (Lester’s) antics and quippy remarks just made me laugh so many times. You can read my review for the first book here or the second here!
Book That Made You Cry?
This book utterly destroyed me. Even though I’ve read it before and I knew how everything would turn out – it was just so well written that it still managed to affect me. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare was incredible and you can check out my review here – or click here to read my review for the first book in the series Clockwork Angel or to read my review for the second book Clockwork Prince click here.
Book That Made You Happy?
I was smiling so much when I was reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It was such a cute book and you can read my review here. I also loved Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. It was a heartwarming contemporary and I was so happy to get one last book with the Song girls.
Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
I haven’t actually seen any book to movie adaptations this year. I don’t get a lot of opportunities to go see movies in Guyana, so the list of movies I’ve seen is pretty small. I’ve only seen Wonder Woman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Beauty and the Beast, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 so far this year. That’s actually a lot more than I thought I’d seen because the first year I only got to the movies to see the Force Awakens. They also don’t get all of the movies here and when they do, they’re usually only in the theatre for a week or two. But I did read Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and that recently came out, right? Maybe I’ll see that movie when I get home.
Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?
I think I was most proud of my review for my Lady Midnight re-read.
Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?
Well, I bought the special 20th Anniversary Edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Gryffindor Edition which was absolutely gorgeous and I fell in love.
What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?
Oh my, I am really bad at keeping track of when books are being published unless they’re one of my top 5 anticipated books for the year. Off the top of my head, I know that the final book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series is coming out in October, Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan; Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas is released in September; the Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo as well as Wonder Woman: Warbringer in August.
There were so many wonderful books that I read in the first half of the year it was so difficult to pick books for these questions! I tried to select different books for each question, but there were some I loved that just didn’t fit under any of the questions. What were some of your favourite books from the first half of the year, or how would you have answered these questions? Are there any books I should be anticipating for the second half of the year that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments below!