“Top 10 Tuesday” is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish
The end of the year is rapidly approaching and since we love end-of-the year reviews and also making lists we thought this is the perfect timing to go back into Top 10 Tuesdays. We were kinda shocked when we realized that our last TTT post was already six months old – which unsurprisingly was about our favorite books of the first half of 2017.
While we were already quite happy with (most of) the books we’ve read in the first months of the year we’re glad that there were still lots of great books for us in the second half – even though it made putting this list together quite a challenge, especially for Maraia. Unfortunately, we still had to leave out a few titles that would deserve a mention and we hope that maybe there might still be a few highlights to come in the last weeks of the year but ultimately we’re quite satisfied with our picks and proudly present OUR FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2017!
Assassin’s Fate – Robin Hobb
This was an emotional, satisfying end to a reading journey that has spanned four years and sixteen books. The experience was made even better by buddy reading it with my Hobb Squad girls. No other book stood a chance against this sentimental conclusion to Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series.
A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Schwab
I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending to one of my favorite fantasy series. It was everything I’d hoped for.
Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman
If not for Assassin’s Fate, this would have been the book that made me feel the most this year. Three months later, I still can’t stop thinking about it. It’s an #ownvoices coming-of-age story about a biracial girl with severe social anxiety.
The Unhewn Throne Trilogy – Brian Staveley
It didn’t take me long to become hooked on this epic fantasy series and the excellent audiobook narration. Each book is better than the last, and it’s the side characters who are the real stars of the series.
Dear Martin – Nic Stone / The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Everyone has heard of The Hate U Give, and for good reason. It’s a powerful book with an important message about racial injustice in America. Equally powerful and important is Dear Martin, and I encourage everyone to read it.
Song of the Orphans – Daniel Price
This was another highly anticipated sequel, and it more than lived up to my expectations. Daniel Price outdid himself with this fantastic science fiction novel.
Failure to Communicate – Kaia Sønderby
This book came highly recommended by my friend Lucille and quickly solidified its place as one of my favorite books of the year. While diversity is becoming an important part of YA contemporaries, SFF authors are taking their time catching up. Fortunately, this book delivers both an exciting science fiction world and an awesome main character who happens to be on the Autism spectrum and bisexual. It’s also #ownvoices.
Everything All At Once – Katrina Leno
This is the second year in a row that a book by Katrina Leno has made it to favorites list, and I fully expect the trend to continue in 2018. Leno truly understands the teenage experience, and she translates it so effectively into words. I wish I’d had her books growing up.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Seanan McGuire
I loved the previous book in the Wayward Children series, but this one truly shines. I’m not usually a fan of novellas, but McGuire’s dark fantasies always work for me.
The Fourth Monkey – J.D. Barker
Out of all the mysteries and thrillers I read this year, The Fourth Monkey is the one that stands out most. It’s a sick, twisted story, as are all my favorites, and I can’t wait for the sequel.
Runners up: Six Wakes, Our Dark Duet, Bruderlüge, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, Murder on the Orient Express, Words in Deep Blue, and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.
The Fourth Monkey – J.D. Barker
This book was teased as „Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs“ and even though it reminded me of neither of these movies it could totally live up to my high expectations. This novel was not only as addictive as hell but also as sick and disturbing as I had hoped for and I just couldn’t put it down. If you’re going to read only one 2017 thriller, make sure it’s this one – it’s the best.
The Song of the Orphans – Daniel Price
This one was probably my most anticipated book of the year and I’m so glad (but not surprised) that it didn’t disappoint. The Song of the Orphans was maybe even more epic than The Flight of the Silvers and some reveals really blew my mind. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on the next (and sadly final) book of the Silvers trilogy!
Final Girls – Riley Sager
I had expected some kind of horror slasher but even though Final Girls turned out to be surprisingly slow and less violent than expected it was still addictive as hell and definitely one of the best thrillers of the year!
All In – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I still can’t believe that a YA thriller made it to a 5-star-rating and even onto my 2017 favorites list but the Naturals series keeps getting better with every book and totally deserves this rank. Might not be as brutal as an adult thriller but no less addictive and shocking than a Chris Carter or Cody McFadyen novel.
Schwesterherz & Bruderlüge – Kristina Ohlsson
Kristina Ohlsson was already one of my favorite crime authors due to her fantastic Fredrika Bergman & Alex Recht series but this duology was at least just as good and had me hooked the whole time with lots of evil twists and turns.
An Evil Mind – Chris Carter
While this was not the best Robert Hunter novel it was still addictive from the very first page on and disturbing as usual and had a really evil villain that could totally live up to the book title. I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of this series soon!
The Hatching – Ezekiel Boone
I didn’t really have high expectations for this spider horror novel but it became one of my positive surprises of the year – even though it wasn’t even that creepy. But reading the novel felt like watching a big summer blockbuster and for me it was almost perfect entertainment.
Murder Park – Jonas Winner
A thriller set in a theme park that was inspired by serial killers – with this disturbing setting Murder Park was a must-read for me and I’m really glad that this book gave me everything that I had wished for. I had some mixed feelings about the ending but enjoyed everything else a lot and if you like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None then this book will probably be right up your alley.
Verfolgung („The Girl Who Took an Eye for an Eye“) – David Lagercrantz
I was already relieved when Lagercrantz’ first Millennium novel turned out to be worthy of the original Stieg Larsson trilogy but while book 4 was a bit too action-packed the fifth novel focused more on journalistic research and almost felt like one of the first books again. If Lagercrantz keeps going on like this with the series then I’m definitely looking forward to some more Millennium stories!
Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
This one was only my second Agatha Christie novel (after „And Then There Were None“) and I liked it even more than the first one. Once again the setting was really interesting and I enjoyed that this was and old-school investigation with some good detective work.