Top 10 Books I Read in 2017

2017 is coming to an end… and thank goodness for that. It’s been a rough year, to say the least, but that didn’t stop me from reading some pretty freaking awesome books. I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this year, but that just means I’m going to try extra hard in 2018 to get to all the books I want to read.

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Too many books, not enough time, am I right?

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10. Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer, illustrated by Douglas Holgate 

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I read a lot of graphic novels this year, and Wires and Nerve was one of my favorites. I wanted more of the Lunar Chronicles world after that unsatisfactory ending of the final installment in the original series. Wires and Nerve is a continuation of the story after Winter, but it focuses more on one of the side characters, Iko, who happens to be one of my favorite characters. She’s has some spunk to her, despite basically being an AI. (review)

9. Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah’s Scribbles, #2) by Sarah Anderson

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I love Sarah Anderson’s comics. I read her first compilation, Adulthood is a Myth, a year or so ago and totally fell in love with her comics. I follow her on a lot of her social medias and frequently read the comics she posts. Her comics make me laugh because of how relatable they are. She is awkward, quirky, and loves book! What more can I ask in a comic?

8. Legend (Legend, #1) by Marie Lu

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I decided to reread Legend because I at the time I met Marie Lu and meeting her inspired me to so. I don’t tend to reread a lot of books because of my long TBR list, but it was nice to revisit a world I grew to love. Reading the story again reminded me just how young the main characters are (they’re 16 at the start of the story!) Since this was a reread, I didn’t put it too high up on my top 10 list because I wanted to give the new books I read a chance. (review)

7. Civil War II (Ms. Marvel, Vol. 6) by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona

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I don’t tend to put graphic novels in my top 10 list, but I really liked the topic that this volume of Ms. Marvel tackles. It talks about how we shouldn’t completely blindly follow our leaders and how superheroes make bad decisions too. Children tend to idolize their heroes, whether they be fictional or real, and are blind to the mistakes they make. The main character, Kamala (a.k.a. Ms. Marvel), learns the lesson that although there might be good intentions behind actions, there are some things that superheros are not meant to try and change.

6. Renegades (Renegades, #1) by Marissa Meyer

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Despite the mixed reviews, I actually really enjoyed Renegades. Did I enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Marissa Meyer’s other series, The Lunar Chronicles? No. Did I still really like the story? Yes. I liked how the story was mainly in the point of view of the “villain” of the story. I also like how the story touched on the topic of how not all superheros are good, and even went as far as questioning the need for them. I saw a lot of realist elements in Nova (the main character) that I often times see in myself. In general, it’s a super fun story and I love the concept of different superpowers. It almost reminds me of Avatar: The Last Airbender in that sense. (review)

5. A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

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I did not like this book as much as I thought I would. I definitely did enjoy the story, but I had some problems with the plot and the outcome. The ending left me with more questions than answers, and I felt very unsure about some of the romantic relationships that were forming. I don’t want to get into the details because of spoilers but let’s just say that although parts of the books were rather disappointing, I did still really enjoy reading it. (review)

4. Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1) by Renee Ahdieh

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I like retelling of any stories, and Flame in the Mist is loosely based on feudal Japan and some people related to story to Mulan (yes, I know Mulan is Chinese and not Japanese, but I did see some similarities throughout the story). I liked how the story was not set in European country/America, and instead is set in Japan. A lot of the YA books that are written in English are set in English-speaking countries. It’s nice to see a book set in a country with a different culture than what I grew up in, and I hope there are more books like this one in the near future. (review)

3. Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I loved this book. I never thought the Illuminae Files series would get any better because the first book set the bar pretty high but the new element of Marie Lu’s illustrations took it to a new level. It really felt like the reader was looking at files and journals to piece together the story. I also really like the introduction of new characters, especially Nik. His personality reminds me of Cassian from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. He’s a total flirt, and he provides the much needed comedic relief in the story. If you like anything sci-fi, I think you’d like this series. (review)

2. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

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I don’t normally read memoirs or anything not YA fantasy, but I got the audiobook version for free, so I thought why the heck not listen to it? I like Trevor Noah as a comedian, so I was interested as to see what he had to say about his life. I put this high up on my top 10 list because of the life lessons that he incorporated into the stories. He had some good advice that I know utilize. One thing that struck with me was his talk about regret. He said he didn’t regret much, but he did regret not trying. Although I fear failure and rejection, I’ve been trying to get past my insecurities and try things that take me out of my comfort zone because of this book. (review)

1. Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo

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Funny enough, the first book I read this year was the best book I read this year. I didn’t think the Six of Crows series could get any better after the first book, but Leigh Bardugo proved me wrong. I thought the first book was intense, but this one was INTENSE. You thought the Dregs pulled an impossible heist in the first book but wait until the second book where they try and pull a seemingly more impossible stunt. It’s too bad that Leigh Bardugo decided to make this series a duology and Crooked Kingdom is the last book in the series. (review)

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What are your top books you read this year?

What are some of the worst books you read this year?

What are your reading goals of next year?

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Until next time….

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19 thoughts on “Top 10 Books I Read in 2017

  1. Books tales by me 12/30/2017 / 9:40 am

    I haven’t read any graphic novel but wanna read Wires and Nerve…Half of the books from this list are still my TBR…Warcross is my favorite read of the year 😍…My worst book was Fangirl 😐
    Happy Reading 🙂

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    • Jessica 12/30/2017 / 2:19 pm

      I think you’ll really enjoy Wires and Nerve if you liked The Lunar Chronicles. I haven’t read Warcross yet, but it’s sitting on my nightstand, ready to be read. I haven’t heard too much about it, but now I’m excited to read it thanks to you 😀

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      • Books tales by me 12/30/2017 / 2:30 pm

        Lunar Chronicles is on my TBR, Have high expectations from it…Read Warcross and you won’t regret it…it is that much AWESOME 🙂

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        • Jessica 12/30/2017 / 2:34 pm

          I suggest that you read The Lunar Chronicles first before you read Wires and Nerve because Wires and Nerve takes place after The Lunar Chronicles’ last book, Winter.
          I’ve got high expectations for Warcross now 😀 I’m sure Marie Lu will not disappoint!

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          • Books tales by me 12/31/2017 / 4:21 am

            Thanks for suggestion 🙂 Though The lunar Chronicles is top on my TBR, I’ll read it in February *Hope so*
            No she won’t 😍

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    • Jessica 12/30/2017 / 2:20 pm

      2017 was… an interesting year. Hopefully next year will be better. I hope you also have a wonderful 2018 in both the bookish and life aspect! 😀

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  2. Rose @ Page Revel 12/30/2017 / 10:03 am

    Gentleman’s guide and Simon Vs were some of my fav reads of 2017.In 2018, I just wanna read at a decent pace and not spend too much time on books that I don’t like.

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    • Jessica 12/30/2017 / 2:22 pm

      Both of those books are still on my TBR but hopefully I’ll read them in 2018. Also, nice reading goals!

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  3. mscomfyjumpers 12/30/2017 / 10:07 am

    You read SO many good books this year! I can’t even express how badly I’ve been wanting to read Gemina- because I LOVED Illuminae- but I have to wait for an occasion to convince my parents to buy it. Also, there were some good Graphic Novel recommendations here- I really want to read some of those since I haven’t before.
    Man, I LOVE Sarah Anderson’s comic strips so much! I didn’t know she had a couple of books out, though. Guess I’ll have to check them out too.

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    • Jessica 12/30/2017 / 2:27 pm

      Gemina is so good and I think you’ll really like it! (Maybe you can convince your parents to get it for you as a New Year’s present? Maybe so you can start of 2018 with some great books?)
      Sarah Anderson’s comics are hilarious! I’m sure you’ll like her books too 😀

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  4. Samantha Duffy 12/30/2017 / 10:15 am

    I really want to read Renegades and the Six of Crows series now.. I kept seeing them all over the place the last few months and now I am thinking I will have to try to make some time for them next year.

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    • Jessica 12/30/2017 / 2:29 pm

      The Six of Crows series will not disappoint! I have not had a single person not like the series when I introduced it to them. As for Renegades, the mixed reviews tell me that you’ll either love it or hate it. I liked it, and I hope you do too! ❤

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  5. Lorilin 12/30/2017 / 12:00 pm

    Big Mushy Happy Lump haha. That one sounds great. I also loved Born a Crime. Happy new year!

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    • Jessica 12/30/2017 / 2:30 pm

      Happy New Year 😀

      Big Mushy Happy Lump is hilarious, and I highly recommend it.

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  6. mrericness 12/30/2017 / 1:32 pm

    I found about Sarah Anderson earlier this year and subsequently binged through her Instagram feed. Definitely need to check out some of her books!

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    • Jessica 12/30/2017 / 2:31 pm

      I binge Sarah Anderson’s Instagram feed all the time XD Her books are so funny, and she’s coming out with another one, Herding Cats, in 2018!

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  7. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer 12/30/2017 / 2:36 pm

    What a fascinating list Jessica! I was excited to see Flame in the Mist! I read mixed reviews so was iffy about including it in my challenge… but you make me more excited to read it… I forgot it was a Mulan retelling… I think the author said that…? I need to finish the Lunar Chronicles so I can read the graphic novel… I tried to read it but I think I need to get to the end of the story first? And I’m definitely going to read Gemina next year… it made the cut! ♥️ Here’s to an incredible 2018 reading experience!

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    • Jessica 12/30/2017 / 3:47 pm

      I liked Flame in the Mist and I hope you do too!
      Wires and Nerve takes place after the last book in The Lunar Chronicles so the story would make more sense if you read The Lunar Chronicles first.
      I hope you like Gemina! I was skeptical about the introduction of new characters but I fell in love with them ❤️
      Here’s to an awesome 2018!!!

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