2017 didn’t start out as a great reading year for me. I was in a huge reading slump and didn’t pick up a book until October. Fortunately, despite my late start to the reading year I managed to read some amazing books. I love all these books and highly recommend you pick them up. Without further ado here are the 6 best books I read in 2017.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
This was a highly anticipated release for a lot of people myself included and it didn’t disappoint. More than anything Turtles All the Way Down is about Aza and her struggles with OCD, the OCD representation is own voices and it really shows. I think people who have struggled with a mental illness will be able to relate to Aza and it will give people who haven’t an insight into how hard living with a mental illness really is. This book got me out of my reading slump and I’ve never related to a character like I have Aza, I’m sure this will be a book that sticks with me for a long time.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
After hearing lots of praise and buzz surrounding this book I decided to pick it up and I was pleasantly surprised. Eliza and Her Monsters follows Eliza who is the writer of a very famous web comic and how everything is affected when a popular fan fiction writer of her web comic starts at her high school. This was such a sweet book that also dealt with some very important topics and I had an amazing time reading it.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
This book was relatable to me in so many ways and that’s why I adored it as much as I did. Queens of Geek follows 3 Australian teenagers who travel to the USA to attend “SupaCon” and their experience over the week or so of the event. Being Australian and someone who attends conventions often this book was incredibly fun to read. The cast of characters we follow are so diverse and interesting, this book wasn’t perfect but it was such a joy to read.
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Out of all the books on this list this is the one that broke my heart the most. In this story we follow Griffin who is mourning the loss of his ex-boyfriend Theo and the only person who understands his pain is Theo’s new boyfriend Jackson. The characters are flawed and real, the writing is beautiful and the way grief is portrayed is amazingly honest. Adam Silvera created a masterpiece.
Warcross by Marie Lu
I picked this book up on a whim and boy am I glad I did. Set in a Science-Fiction/Futuristic world where everyday millions of people log in to play Warcross, a virtual reality game. Every year the best of the players participate in the Warcross championship tournaments but this year someone is trying to destroy the game. I don’t want to say too much about the book as I think it’s best to go in not knowing a lot. From the start there is so much action and adventure, I was always on the edge of my seat and never wanted to put the book down. I really enjoyed all the characters especially our main character Emika. I absolutely can’t wait for the sequel.
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
AMAZING. Easily the best conclusion to a series I’ve ever read. I can’t say much as this is the final book in a series but I am always in awe while reading these books. Maggie Stiefvater has such a beautiful, lyrical writing style that completely transports you into the world. I love all the characters so much, I love the friendships, the romances, the plot and the pacing. If you haven’t started this series yet I couldn’t recommend it enough.
So those were my top 6 books of 2017! What were some of your top books of the year? Thank you for reading.