Favorite Books of 2017

It’s that time of the year again! Ever since I’ve started my blog, there’s one thing that I’ve managed to do every single year: a round-up of my favorite books. I’ve always been a bookworm and I always try to fit as many books in my year as I can. Sadly, as the years have gone by, I’ve had to reduce that amount considerably (I read over 100 books in 2015!), but I still like to believe that I read more than the average person (find out how I do it here!). If you’ve read the two past editions of this post (read the 2015 one here and the 2016 one here), you know that these tend to be quite lengthy, so I’ll just jump right into it!

This year has been such a blur. I know I say that every year, but I feel like it both went by so fast and super slowly. I was hard for me to remember which book I’ve read when. (Thank you Goodreads for reminding me!) I feel like less and fewer books are making their way into my favorites now. It’s not that the books I read are not quality reads, but I think it’s just harder to impress me. I’ve read so many books, and some of them feel like they’re just rip-offs of other popular ones I’ve read. Everything looks the same to me now (especially in YA…).

Anyways, I’m very happy with the books that I picked up this year. Every single one of these got me hooked and kept me up way past my bedtime. 😉

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

After I read Bossypants by Tina Fey last year, I knew I had to read Amy Poehler’s book. I found both women to be super inspiring (and, let’s be honest, hilarious), and I was really excited to dive into it, as Leslie Knope is one of my all-time favorite characters. Let me just say that this book does not disappoint! Poehler discusses topics such as starting off as a comedian, sex and love, parenthood, friendship, and much more. I love how personal Poehler gets, and all of that while being her hilarious self. I would highly recommend reading this as an audiobook. Poehler is an amazing narrator!

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I thought this book was going to be a cute YA novel (or maybe even something dystopian), but boy was I wrong. Set during World War II in Germany, this story was bound to be tragic. We follow four characters around as they try to make their way to the ship that is supposed to save them all: the Wilhelm Gustloff. I don’t want to spoil it too much, but let me just say that I wasn’t expecting this book to wreck me the way it did. It’s one of the saddest and most beautiful I’ve ever read. This book is beautifully written. You feel for these people, and you can imagine what they are going through because the images are so vividly described. I felt sick and heartbroken on more than one occasion. Sepetys’s words are that powerful.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I loved this book so much that I read it twice this year. Yes, it’s that good. I mentioned this book in my summer TBR post (actually, a lot of the books on this list are also in this post as well), so I won’t say too much about it because I don’t want to repeat myself, but The Hating Game is probably the best New Adult novel I’ve read this year. If you like office-set books with love/hate relationships, this book is for you! I loved the quirks and personality of both characters, and the book is super cute and steamy (yes, it is both, FIGHT ME). I also loved how witty the writing was. I hate when romance books take themselves too seriously, and this one didn’t. I laughed my ass off on several occasions, so you know it’s bound to be good.

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Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

If you didn’t know, The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series (it’s in second place, right after Harry Potter). It includes four novels of fairytales retellings set in a dystopian world where cyborgs and people living on the Moon are a thing (I know it sounds weird, but I swear it’s amazing!). The last novel, Winter, came out last year right around my birthday, and I was super sad to have to say goodbye to this world. But Marissa Meyer released a bunch of short stories set into this world right after, and you have no idea how excited I was! It felt so good to be back into this world, even for a short time. While I didn’t love every story, I couldn’t help but feel like I was back home. I love how each story was designed to help us understand the characters and the world they live in better, and I just fell in love with them all over again. Definitely a must-read if you’re a fan of the series!

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

If you know me at all, then you know that To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of my all-time favorite book series (yup, I know I just said that about TLC, but it’s still true). So you must imagine that I was SO happy when I found out that Jenny Han had decided to write a third and final book to conclude Lara Jean’s story! (Because, if I’m being completely honest, I was a bit disappointed by the ending of the second book.) I had such high expectations for this book, I was afraid I would be disappointed. But this book was actual perfection! Jenny Han could not have written a better ending to Lara Jean’s story. It was so beautiful and raw, I cried at the end.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I bought this book because I knew the movie was coming out, and I wanted to read it before I watch its adaptation (yes, I’m that kind of person). I didn’t know what this book was about before I saw the movie trailer (which spoils you the end, by the way, so don’t watch the trailer before you read the book! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.), but I was addicted from the very first page. Maddy is allergic to the world. She can’t leave her house, hasn’t left it in seventeen years. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. And she sees him. You know how this book is going to end before you even get started. But still, it surprises you. Once you get started, you won’t be able to peel your eyes off this book. Not only will the story keep you on the edge of your seat, but the writing is also so unique – the book is full of little drawings and emails, making the book more relatable.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I think I’ve included a book from Cassandra Clare in every single end of the year book roundup. Bu it’s not my fault if the woman publishes a new book every year and is one hell of a writer! Lord of Shadows is the sequel to The Dark Artifices series, and if you remember how much I loved Lady Midnight last year, then you won’t be surprised to find out that this book is even better than her last. She once again wrote an amazing story that keeps you turning pages with a killer ending (no pun intended). I need this woman to teach me how she does it because I don’t think there’s any other author that keeps me going back time after time.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I had heard so many great things about Six of Crows, I was afraid I’d be let down when I finally decided to read this book. This book has everything: intrigue, well-developed characters, a richly described world, and even a little love story. Six outcasts and criminals teaming up together to save someone? COUNT ME IN. The ending ends on a cliffhanger, so you can bet your ass that I’ll be reading the sequel, Crooked Kingdom. However, note that if you haven’t read the author’s previous trilogy – The Grisha -, you might be a little bit confused (like I was). The world in which the characters evolved was amazing, but it’s confusing when you’re not familiar with it.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

You heard me rave about this book in my fall TBR post, so I’ll try to keep it short. If you like YA and fantasy, this book is perfect. It even has a kidnapping and a love story… what else could you want? The author really encaptures you within the world she has created. You don’t just want to know more, but you NEED to. I was hooked from the very first chapter. I can’t wait to read the sequel!

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My Lady Jane by Cinthia Hand

My Lady Jane is a bit different from your typical YA novel. First, it’s historical fiction. It’s not something we see a lot in the YA-verse, so I thought it was very intriguing. I also loved the fact that the book was set in Victorian England. Fun fact about me: I’m a history nerd. I love all things history, and spending time learning more about specific periods in history through books and museums is something that I just love doing. This book is a little bit weird in the sense that it’s not only historical fiction… it also involves magic (which I totally hadn’t seen coming). It’s done weirdly, but it somehow makes sense. But my favorite thing about this book is that it’s SO. DANG. HILARIOUS. It’s obvious the authors didn’t take themselves seriously and they more than likely had a ton of fun writing this book, and you can see it through their work.

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Thrive by Krista & Becca Ritchie

I’ve started the Addicted series a while back, and this one does not disappoint. I pick this up whenever I feel like reading a steamy New Adult novel. What I love about this series is that while it is all about romance, it also addresses more serious topics such as addiction, body image, mental health, and so on. Thrive focuses on Lily and Lo, the two main characters of this series (but other characters have also gotten their own spin-offs). After reading this one, it’s clear to me now that Lo and Lily are my favorite characters in the series. I really love following their journey with battling addiction, and it’s interesting to see how it’s done. If you want to read New Adult novels that are about more than the sex and romance, I would highly recommend this series!

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The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I talked about The Wrath & The Dawn in last year’s favorite post, so it should come off as no surprise that the sequel is just as amazing. Once again, I was hooked from the very first line. Renee Ahdieh manages to perfectly mix action, emotions, romance, and even a little bit of magic. But the characters are what makes this book worthwhile, in my opinion. Ahdieh created strong characters that you either love or hate. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, and the author really pushes her characters to their limits. I had forgotten how gifted a writer Renee Ahdieh is. She describes the setting and the characters perfectly, and we can completely imagine ourselves with the characters. I could imagine every single detail of the story. I wrote a hella long and detailed review on Goodreads, if you want to learn more about this book!

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That’s it! Phew! 2,000+ words later, here we are. 😉 I only listed my very top favorites in this post, but if you would like to see everything that I read this year, head over to my Goodreads account! You’ll find reviews and ratings for every book that I have read in 2017.

Because I love you guys and I want to thank you for your support, I decided to host a little giveaway! To celebrate the end of the year, I will be giving away one of my favorite books of 2017 to a lucky winner! This giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships to you. I’m often asked about recommendations, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make you discover some of my favorites if you haven’t read them already!

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What were some of your favorite books of 2017?

  • I always find new books I want to read from your blog! Caraval sounds so good! Have you read any of Mindy Kaling’s books? They always crack me up!

    paige / eyeliner wings & pretty things

    • I’m glad I’m able to inspire you! 🙂 And Caraval is A-MA-ZING, you should definitely give it a read! I’ve been wanting to read Mindy Kaling’s books because I really love her, but I haven’t gotten around to read either of them yet. There are definitely on my TBR for 2018 though!

  • These books sound awesome! I love Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before but just keep putting off reading the rest of the series. Did you see they’re making it into a movie? Also if you haven’t yet, check out Gayle Forman’s books (If I Stay, I Was Here). Her books are always on my favorite reads lists every year! Can’t wait to check out the rest of the books on your list!

    • YES, I’m so excited for the movie! This trilogy is one of my faves, so I really hope the movie will live up to my expectations! I read Gayle Forman’s Just One trilogy and it’s one of my FAVES! I read If I Stay too and liked it, but I haven’t read the rest of her work yet!

  • Francesca Gariano

    Omg, our favorite books of the year are so similar! The Hating Game is a FAVE and as happy as I am that I sent my copy off to a friend so she could enjoy it too, I now want to reread it so bad hahaha

    • Yay! I’m so glad to know that we have similar taste in books! 🙂 I really liked The Hating Game. I also feel like it would make such a great movie!

  • I cried so much at the end of Always and Forver, Lara Jean. I’m really hoping the movie comes out in the summer so I can go with my sister to watch it!

    • OMG same girl!! I was an emotional wreck, haha. I just can’t wait for the movie! I need to watch it ASAP! As you can tell, I’m very excited, haha.

  • I’ve been recommended some of these books several times over and so I definitely need to check them out. This was so great, Amelie! Thank ya.
    xo, G

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Gabby!

  • Katherine Jones

    My faves are probably In Other Lands and A Conjuring of Shadows, but there were tons of great books this year. I really liked Lord of Shadows too!!
    (Reese on the widget)

    • I have yet to read A Conjuring of Shadows! I’ve read ADSOM, but I couldn’t really get into it… Maybe I need to reread it?

  • Omg we have the same taste in fantasy books lol. I love anything by Sarah J Maas or Cassandra Clare! Another really good series along those lines are the Arcana Chronicles. Also if you liked Caraval, you might like The Night Circus!

    • OMG yay! I love SJM and Cassandra Clare! I’ll definitely have to check out the Arcana Chronicles. I’ve seen people talk about The Night Circus, but I have yet to read it. It’s on my TBR though!

  • I’ve actually never read any of these but I’m so going to be adding them to my list!

    • Let me know what you think about them if you end up reading them!

  • Febie

    My favorite reads are Tower of Dawn and ACOWAR. I love Caraval and Everything, Everything too.

    • I haven’t read Tower of Dawn yet, but I really want to get to it soon! Chaol is my fave in the TOG series, so I’m really excited to read it!

  • Loved Always & Forever, Lara Jean! One of my all time favorite series! I really need to read Caraval in 2018, it’s been on my TBR for such a long time and it sounds so good.

    • Same here! Did you know they were turning it into a movie? I’m so excited! And girl, Caraval is A-MA-ZING!

  • I’ve heard about Yes Please and have been meaning to read that! I’ve also heard really good things about Jenny Han’s books, so they’re on my to-read list as well!

    • Yes Please is amazing! If you like Amy Poehler (or even if you don’t tbh), you’ll LOVE it! And Jenny Han’s trilogy is one of my favorites! I’ve made my two BFFs read it and they are now just as obsessed with it as I am, haha.

  • Antonela Ríos

    Oh, Amelie… This list is great! ♥ But it reminds me of those books I meant to read last year but didn’t! I see so many of them on your favorite ones! Caraval is still waiting on my shelves, in that beautiful dust jacket with a golden dress under it. Such a hyped book! That’s probably the reason why I haven’t picked it up yet. Now, I did read Everything, everything, and I LOVED IT! I agree with you, the way it’s written makes the reading faster and more enjoyable!

    • Antonela Ríos

      Oh, I forgot! My favorite book of 2017 was definitely THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS. Such a beautiful book, both on the inside and the outside! ♥

      • I’ve been wanting to read that one! I’ve loved Six of Crows by the same author, so I think I might enjoy it. 🙂

    • Caraval is just SO good! It’s definitely in my top 5 of the year!

  • Graciela Fateche

    I have many 2017 favorites, but i loved The hate u give, by Angie Thomas. Such a raw, necessary and powerful book, everyone should read!

    • I just picked this book from the library! I’m currently reading Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, but THUG is next on my list!

  • I love when people do recaps of their favorite books from a year. It’s such a nugget of gold blog post to have them all in one place! Here’s to great reads in 2018!

    • I love these posts too! Let’s hope 2018 will be one of good books!

  • I’ve yet to read anything by Patrick Ness! But everyone has been telling me how good his books are, so I guess I’ll have to read one soon!