We all know I’ve been atrocious about keeping up with my blog over the last few months, so I thought I’d take advantage of the year’s end to tell you about some of my favourite books from 2017. I’ll admit, this is mostly because I never got around to telling you all about my absolute favourite book of last year, which was…
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
It’s probably not a huge surprise, because it showed up on all my most-anticipated lists, and I even did a guest post for Sarah at Sarah Withers Blogs talking about how much I was looking forward to it. Let me tell you, it lived up to ALL the expectations and I utterly adored it.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is the story of Monty, a young English lord, and his best friend Percy as they go on a grand tour of Europe, getting themselves (well, Monty does most of the trouble-making) into all sorts of trouble as they go. Monty is a terrible person in many ways, but he’s also incredibly sweet and loyal, and his love for Percy helps him see and own his mistakes. There’s also an incredible supporting cast, from Monty’s sister Felicity (who’s getting her own book this year!), to the pirates our gang falls in with, and I loved every second of reading it. In fact, I almost turned back to the beginning and started again after I finished it (and hugged it to myself a little bit). It’s funny, sweet, mostly historically accurate and has one of the best slow-burn romances I’ve ever read.
The rest of this list is in no particular order (because don’t make me choose, ok?).
Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath
This is such a wonderful book! Based on Jason Porath’s very popular website of the same name, it tells the stories of different women throughout history who would never make it into an animated Disney film. It has beautiful artwork throughout and a diverse range of female historical (and occasional mythical) figures that most of us have never heard of. I loved it.
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
I heard about this book from a number of people on my twitter feed and there was not a negative thing to be seen about it. Then I saw the stunning hardback in the shops, and I knew I had to buy it! This was not a mistake. Nevermoor is a fantastic middle grade book about Morrigan Crow, a cursed girl who escapes the monsters after her and finds herself in a magical world. Morrigan’s mentor in this world is Jupiter North, and if I tell you that in my mind he looks like David Tennant in Tenth Doctor mode, then you know everything you need to about him as a character. He’s fab!
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
The Adam Silvera book everyone was talking about this year was History Is All You Left Me, which I sadly didn’t love (even though I appreciated it as a well written book – I reviewed it here if you want to see my thoughts). They Both Die At The End was a completely different experience for me – not least because I was sobbing my heart out by the end, unable to see the pages properly. It’s fantastic. We get to know the main characters, Mateo and Rufus, as they get to know each other with a terrible (and literal) deadline ahead of them. Beautifully written, heartbreaking to read, it left me with that wonderful feeling you get when you know you’ve read something excellent.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
This year seemed to be the year feminsism fought back, and Moxie kind of epitomised that for me. It’s a proper feminist novel that takes a look at how everyday sexism pervades the world, even in (especially in?) high school, without being preachy. It’s funny and fabulous and should definitely be on your tbr if you haven’t read it.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I imagine this is on a lot of people’s lists this year. I thought it was amazing. Heartbreaking, but amazing. The story of Starr, a 16 year old girl who straddles two worlds, she sees her unarmed friend get killed by a police officer and has to make a potentially life-changing decision. THUG is such an important book, everyone should read it. And if you need any further persuasion, it has one of THE best families in YA fiction in the Carters!
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
If you don’t know how I feel about this book, then you probably weren’t around when I was raving it about at the beginning of last year. But I loved it. It’s a beautifully written fantasy story, and you can read my full thoughts here.
After the Fire by Will Hill
I’m really sad I didn’t get around to reviewing this when I read it, because it’s a stunning book. It tells the story of Moonbeam as she comes to terms with being one of the few survivors of a religious cult in Texas. Told from Moonbeam’s point of view as she talks to her assigned pyschologist and an FBI agent, we see the lead up to the fire juxtaposed with Moonbeam’s life as it is now, and it’s just so well done. I physically hurt while reading it, because it was that powerful, and I said once I’d finished it that it felt like Will Hill had torn my heart into tiny pieces and then very carefully stuck it back together again. And that is honestly the best way I have to describe how this book made me feel. Read it.
The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
I don’t read nearly enough adult fantasy at the moment, but I love Jen Williams’ writing, and The Ninth Rain is her best book yet. Vintage is one of my favourite characters EVER and the world-building is superb. It has archaeology, magic, elves (kind of), aliens and an amazing cast. I loved it!
Release by Patrick Ness
I know that a lot of people didn’t actually get on with Release, but it was everything I wanted from a Patrick Ness book. I absolutely loved it and its themes of friendship and growing up and discovering yourself. You can read what I thought in a bit more detail here.
So there you have it! My ten favourite books of 2017 (but it was a close run thing for some of them, and I could have easily written a list of 20 or even 30!). I really did read some fantastic books last year, and I hope 2018 has as much good stuff in store.
What would be on your list? Let me know in the comments, or link me to your post if I haven’t seen it!