Okay, first, this post was not an easy one to make. Like, how do you even pick favorites when you’ve read around 70 books in the year? THAT IS NOT A PIECE OF CAKE. Although, I’d LOVE cake right now. Even pizza. It’s been so long since I’ve had pizza, it’s not even remotely funny. I was daydreaming about biting into a slice of pizza the whole of yesterday so I’m pretty sure I’m going to raid Dominoes soon.
Anyway, as we’ve clearly established how focused and immune to distraction I am, let’s talk about books. I’m not sure how legit this post is since “Best Books of 2017” posts are mostly supposed to be about the books that are actually published in 2017?
And I’m still trying to catch up with 2014.
How do you read so many books in a year and STILL lag behind your TBR so fantastically? Just be Nimika.
These books are in the order of the dates I actually read them from the start of 2017.
1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder was the first book I read in the year and, man, did I make a great choice. This book is a masterpiece and everyone- irrespective of their age- should read it. And then watch the movie that just came out because it made even the book proud, it was so good.
2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illuminae is most definitely the most unique book I’ve ever read in my entire life and I. Love. It. What are you even doing if you haven’t read this baby, yet? Like, honestly. Don’t look at the screen like that. Go buy it. Read it. Adopt it. Love it. Then dedicate your soul to Satan to get the rest of the books on your doorstep ASAP (or, like, Amazon them, if you aren’t feeling adventurous).
3. Lux Series by Jennifer. L. Armentrout
Okay, I don’t know how much I actually loved the books in this series or if it was just a really enjoyable guilty pleasure trip through J.Al’s writing but, well, this is making the list because reading the Lux series was definitely memorable. Also, aside from the first book, the rest of the books in the series are solid. Katy’s a freaking basass and there’s so much of character development, plot development and complexity that I’d say you should definitely give the series a try.
4. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Another incredible trilogy which I can’t believe I didn’t read before. I’m already a hardcore fan of Rutkoski’s writing after this and I cannot WAIT to see what more she has in store for us. Arin + Kestrel= me fangirling all over the house and crying over how tragic and beautiful their story truly is.
As one does.
5. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
I’ve read just two other books by Colleen Hoover- It Ends With Us and Slammed -but I think Maybe Someday was my favorite. You know all those times you were looking at those love triangles, wondering what the bloody hell is wrong with these people? Well, this is that book that defines what a mature relationship should be like. There’s none of that misunderstanding, “I love you but I cheated on you” crap. This book.
6. Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
I’ve just recently emerged from the intense denial phase that this book pushed me into so really not gonna talk about that. But, like, read it. Destroy your heart. Because who needs feelings, amirite?
Not me, apparently.
7. One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
THIS BOOK, HOLY SHIT. Can I please get more YA Crime thrillers/ mysteries like this? Please? I loved how I got The Breakfast Club vibes from the synopsis and how varied and engaging the characters and the writing was. I kid you not, this book literally kept me guessing and second guessing and yet, I was blown away by the ending. So clever.
8. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
The. Characters. The. Plot. The. Writing. The. Characters. The. Plot. The. Writing. The Characters. The. Plot. The… *And this is how, kids, Nimika went off the deep side and is now accompanying Eleven’s Mom in muttering nonsensical stuff. Kindly send help.*
9. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
THIS WAS TOO CUTE. TO FREAKING CUTE FOR ME. SO. CUTE. AND. INSIGHTFUL.
Can you believe #LoveSimon is coming out in March, 2018?? WE GET TO WATCH THE DAMN MOVIE AHHH.
10. The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This entire trilogy was such a rollercoaster ride. If you want an exhilarating mix of a psychological thriller, magical realism and some intense romance (Noah ❤ ) then this is the book for you. I cannot wait to read The Becoming Of Noah Shaw and the other books coming out in the series.
What were some of your favorite books of 2017?