Wrap Up

Top Books of 2017

It is that time of the year to share with you all the books that I have read this year, that have made it into my top 10 books of 2017! And let me tell you, this was very difficult to narrow down as I have read some amazing books this year. These are all in no particular order, however, the last two books are definitely my fave favourite books if you know what I mean 🙂

Okay, let us get on into my favourite books of 2017:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
It has been a while since I have actually read this book, I read this near the start of the year and let me tell you I was blown away by how much I loved the story, the characters and how quickly the plot progressed. This is pretty much the only standalone fantasy I have read and not only is it a retelling of Alice in Wonderland of the Queen of Hearts, it was also done beautifully while still maintaining an air of uniqueness of its own. Even though, technically we know what will happen in the end as it is a retelling, I still could not help rooting for Cath and her happily ever after! I related to Cath a lot as she is a baker and I would consider myself to be a baker also, it was a very enjoyable and an enticing and addicting story which I am so glad I ended up picking up this year.

I Heart Forever by Lindsey Kelk
I had actually not realised how much I missed Angela Clark and her crazy life, friends and her beautiful and kind partner, Alex. As it had been a couple years since the release of I Heart Christmas, I was quite intimidated to be picking up another book in one of my all-time favourite series but let me tell you that it was as witty and good as all the rest of the books in the series. Maybe I would even class it in my top favourites of the series. I ended up completing it all in one day as I picked it up during my 24-hour readathon and I was not disappointed.

How Not To Die by Michael Greger, MD
Yes, a non-fiction book has made it into my top 10 favourites of 2017 and let me tell you it definitely deserves it as it was phenomenal that I sometimes completely forgot it was a non-fiction as the way DR. Greger wrote it – with some humour of his own included in it, it felt like someone was telling me all this interesting research he has read about – it really didn’t feel like someone was bombarding me with information that I end up forgetting about straight after I complete the book. It has definitely encouraged me to get back into healthy eating, however, I will definitely have to start meal prepping as I am lazy af, hehe. 🙂

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
One of my all-time favourite books written by one of the Queens of fantasy and my favourite fantasy author. It did take me a while to get through this dense novel, yet I am glad I took my time with it as it definitely let me appreciate what I was reading and how the story and the characters developed. I have grown to love characters that I hadn’t ever given a thought to before, Yrene and Nesryn, and let me tell you how fun it was to read about the royal family of this kingdom Chaol Westfall has travelled to. Sartaq is definitely my favourite, as come on who doesn’t love him… he is just a cutey and I hope to see more of him in the final instalment of the Throne of Glass series, she says with tears in her eyes – I am so not ready for this series to come to an end, I’m just so invested that it will feel like there is a hole in my heart when I no longer have to wait for a new book to be released…

Emma by Jane Austen
I did not think I would actually include a Jane Austen book on this list as I only ended up buying the rest of the books I was missing from my collection in November. I personally loved the main protagonist, Emma, as she was not loveable from the beginning. She is quite spoiled and only helps people find their partner for her own benefit, it makes her feel more superior and as if she is in control. However, I felt like I liked her for that as not every protagonist needs to be selfless and the character development she undergoes was beautifully constructed and I really loved her love interest, Mr Knightly – I have noticed many people do compare him to Mr Darcy and to an extent, the two characters have their similarities, I just cannot pick one or the other as they are both amazing and strong male characters. Overall, I am very happy I have decided to continue reading Jane Austen works as I just love how she constructs her stories and I really enjoy reading them.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Why this book has made it into my top 10 of this year is because it took me by surprise, it has been compared to The Night Circus which I found to be an okay book – it was nothing special and yet I still decided to give this book a shot as circuses to me are a very interesting topic to read about. Especially when a mystery is involved as out main protagonists sister is kidnapped and the premise of this story is that Scarlett has to part-take in this game that is Caraval to try to get her sister back. It was very unexpected and I never could guess what was true and what was just part of the game, which kept me at the end of my seat and wanting to read more.
Review – LINK

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
If you know me then you will know how much I love this trilogy, if you don’t know then I love it with all my heart and probably more as I always find the premise of the story, the characters and just everything about it so cute and heart-warming. This one has definitely become my favourite out of the three books as I loved that there was no other guy getting in the way of one of my ultimate OTPs, Lara Jean and Peter, and that I related to the main character on a completely new level – she was going off to college and I was getting ready to go off to University and she was struggling with choosing between a school she really thought was the one and choosing a school that was closer to her boyfriend and her family and I really struggled with that too. I sadly did not pick my dream of studying law at a Scottish university but I guess it all worked out for the best. Anyway, this was an amazing book I ended up completing in one sitting and it definitely deserves a place in my top favourites.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Yes, another Sarah J. Maas book but can you blame me when she is one of my all-time favourite fantasy writers? She just delivers her stories in a way that never disappoint me and I’m always so surprised at how much I love them, they usually take me around 50 pages or more to really get into but I think that is the beauty of Sarah’s writing and world building – it is just very detailed and it allows me to visualise it so well that I feel like I am there. This book again did not disappoint, hence why it is on this list and I think is my favourite out of the three books in the trilogy. I got to see more of my favourite characters and learn more about them. These include Cassian, Nesta, Elain, Lucien, and surprisingly Mor – I never felt very attached to her but as soon as she opened up to Feyre in this instalment I was balling out my eyes and I instantly felt closer to her. I also loved what a badass protagonist Feyre became as she took everything into her own hands and I loved that Rhys let her (he wasn’t one of those possessive, do it all themselves mate, which is why probably so many people love him so much). Lastly, if you know me then you know I always fall in love with the books in the series that are very heavily politically driven/based which is why this one is my favourite!
Review – LINK

The Caller by Chris Carter
Now we have reached my second favourite book of 2017, the others before these two books were in no particular order, however, this one has definitely made the top 2 of this year and surprisingly it is a mystery/thriller/crime novel. Why I love this book so much is that the ending was so satisfactory that I don’t think I have ever read an ending to a book of this particular genre where I was so happy with how everything unravelled. Anyway, before I even got to the ending I just felt very connected with the characters, especially Erin (hopefully I got the name right) and Mr J – I just felt like Mr Carter not only kept the killer mysterious but other characters as well so I never really knew what to expect next. I am just so happy I decided to go on a whim and try out this book and this author as in the next couple of years, well who am I kidding, probably next year I will try to complete all the Chris Carter books in this series so then I will be all caught up with it.
Review – LINK

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
We have finally made it to the book that has definitely secured the first place in my most favourite books that I have read in 2017 and of course it has to go to The Well of Ascension, which is the second book in the Mistborn trilogy which I was kindly gifted by one of my good friends for my 18th birthday and I think it is definitely one of my favourite gifts I have ever received, EVER! From what I have gathered before I had picked this series up, I kind of had a feeling that this would be something right up my alley, yet weirdly enough I never picked it up myself and if you have followed my journey of reading these books then you will know it was an emotional rollercoaster ride right from the start. Even though, I cried the most at The Hero of Ages as how could you not at that ending? I still believe this is my favourite as how politically developed and centred this book was around this very complex world was just phenomenal and something that I have grown to love over the years as a reader. I feel like I talk about that a lot but it’s true, which is probably why I decided to study law in university – sorry, politics of this world just do not entice me as much as the worlds’ of fantasy series do. I was also very lucky to get a chance to meet Brandon Sanderson not long ago and I have definitely become a fan of his world crafting and building and will be picking up more of his works throughout my life, as there is so much to read from him that I don’t think I will be done quickly anytime soon.

We have reached the end of my blog post for my favourite books of this year, tell me in the comments below what were your favourite reads of 2017 as I would love to know.

Speak to you all soon,
Natalia x

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