Picking favorites is always hard for bookworms, and this list was no exception. Maraia had too many choices, Sebastian too few. To make it easier, we started with our five mutual favorites and then each picked another five personal favorites. This list was challenging enough, so we can only imagine how much fun it will be at the end of the year. 😛

The Song of the Orphans – Daniel Price
If our frequent praise for this series hasn’t convinced you yet, we’ll say it again: we can’t get enough of this exciting world and all the characters Daniel Price has created! The Song of the Orphans, book two, is even better than the first, and it promises great things for the final book in the trilogy. And we can already tell you that you probably want to read the The Flight of the Silvers again after book 2 because then you’ll see everything in a whole new light 😉

Final Girls – Riley Sager
We have been looking forward to this thriller a lot since we read Stephen King’s praise about it and the story sounded really exciting starring a group of women who were all the lone survivors of bloody massacres. And the Final Girls didn’t disappoint! This book was addictive from page one, and it didn’t let up. It’s definitely our thriller highlight of the year, and it will be hard to beat.

All In – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Who would have thought a YA thriller series would make it to our top ten list? Not us! We were pleasantly surprised by the first book, officially hooked by the second, and now the third book is one of the best books we’ve read all year. Our sole complaint is that we only have one book to go!

Schwesterherz – Kristina Ohlsson
We were already huge fans of Kristina Ohlsson’s Fredrika Berman series and hopeful that her new duology about Stockholm lawyer Martin Benner and his serial killer investigation could live up to her other books. And guess what? It did! As usual we didn’t really like the protagonist that much but the story was really suspenseful and with some good twists and we can’t wait to read the second book!

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
This has got to be one of the most hyped books of the year, and for good reason. Inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, it tells an important story that needs to be shared. This should be required reading in schools, especially in the US. Aside from a political message, THUG offers an interesting plot, diverse characters, and great family dynamics.

Ohne Ausweg – Kathrin Lange
Despite enjoying the first two books in the Faris Iskander series about a Muslim cop working in a religious crimes unit in Berlin I somehow didn’t have very high hopes for the third one. However the book got me hooked from the very first page and I just couldn’t put this story (which felt a bit like a mix of Prison Break and Homeland) down.

Ragdoll – Daniel Cole
I guess it’s not really a surprise that one of the most-hyped thrillers of the year shows up on my list and while it couldn’t exactly live up to my admittedly very high expectations it’s still a really suspenseful and addictive thriller that I enjoyed a lot – not only because of the gripping murder case but also because of the great characters and their surprisingly funny sense of humor.

City of Miracles – Robert Jackson Bennett
The final book in the Divine Cities series was one of my most anticipated books this year and didn’t disappoint, nonetheless I have to admit it was my least favorite book of the trilogy since it didn’t have a real mystery like the first two books. But it was great to have Sigrud as the protagonist and the setting kept being fantastic and super interesting and I’m secretly still hoping for some kind of spin-off series.

Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Yes, Gemina was more or less a copy of Illuminae with the same concept, a similar story and similar characters and even though every detail was a little bit less amazing than in the first book and it took me a while to get into the story I still had a lot of fun with this book and found it addictive as hell again!

Das Walmesser – C.R. Neilson
To be honest the only reason why I picked up this book was because it’s set on the Faroe Islands and I was very curious how that would work out as a crime setting. The answer: it was fantastic and definitely one of the most interesting real life settings I’ve read about in the past months. I also enjoyed the story even though there wasn’t always a lot of suspense but this book definitely earned its appearance on this list.

Assassin’s Fate – Robin Hobb
It should come as no surprise that the long-awaited Assassin’s Fate appears at the very top of my list. Robin Hobb proved once again why she’s one of my favorite authors: this book made me feel an incredible range of emotions and brings together the storylines from all of her Realm of the Elderlings series. I loved seeing my favorite characters again, and the ending was everything I wanted. My reading experience was made even better by sharing it with my #hobbsquad!

A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Schwab
Victoria Schwab also solidified her status as a favorite with this absolutely perfect series ender. I flew through the 624-page book in one evening, and then immediately read it two more times. I don’t know what else to say about it, except that everyone should read this series.

Everything All at Once – Katrina Leno
This book doesn’t come out until next month, but I highly recommend putting it at the top of your TBR. Katrina Leno writes such real, relatable characters, and her books are like a breath of fresh air. She also writes the best sibling and familiar relationships, which is so rare in YA. Even if you normally prefer adult books, I’d give this a try!

Six Wakes – Mur Lafferty
This book was so addictive, I could hardly put it down. I need more mysteries set in space, please! I’ve heard rumors that there’s going to be a sequel, and I can’t wait.

The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
This is one of the first books I read in 2017, and yet I can’t stop thinking about it. Although it has a slower pace than the typical modern fantasy, I never felt bored while reading it. The writing is gorgeous and reminds me of Juliet Marillier, which is a huge plus. I was initially disappointed that there’s going to be a sequel (it’s so rare to find a good fantasy standalone!), but I’m excited to read more about this beautiful and dangerous world.

Have you read any of the books mentioned above?
What are your favorite books of the year so far?

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