Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Ten Books of 2017 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke & The Bookish. This week, the topic is "Top Ten Books You've Read This Year, So Far". I'll be honest: I've only read 22 books so far this year, so choosing 10 should be fairly easy, haha! Even so, here are my choices (all links lead to my Goodreads reviews):

1. Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This is the sequel/companion to Illuminae, which was one of my favorites of last year. And this was probably my favorite book of the entire year so far! Although I was in a slump while reading it, I could not put this one down and read it in a mere few days! In my opinion, this entire series is just pure fun, and probably my favorite sci-fi series to date.

2-4. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. These were all re-reads to me, but they all held up the second time around, no doubt about it. I gave each of them five stars on Goodreads. To be honest, I'd forgotten just how much I truly loved them, and I think the first book at least will become a classic in the future, as I mentioned in my review!

5. Revolution is Not A Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine. I read this one for book club in my English class, and wow. I was not expecting to love it nearly as much as I did! It's a middle grade historical fiction novel, taking place in China during Chairman Mao's rule. It was so so heartfelt and it was clear the author had channeled her own experiences into the novel, which made it that much more touching.

6. Mindset by Carol S. Dweck. Here's where the ratings/ranking get trickier, because a lot of the ones following are closer to 3.5 stars, starting with this one. I thought some stuff was repetitive but honestly? I think about this book a lot, and apply a lot of the lessons to my own life. It's sort of life-changing, actually, and it would feel like a personal betrayal not to include it here.

7.  Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Although this didn't quite measure up to the first book in my opinion, it was a very worthy ending, and I still just have lots and lots of feelings for these characters okay?! I love them. I'm surprised by how much I loved this duology as a whole, because I wasn't the biggest fan (or... a fan, period. Oops.) of the author's first series. But my oh my, she proved her prowess here.

8. Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This wasn't quite a reread - I never got the opportunity to finish reading it the first time around. Perhaps that's why I was so happy to read and finish it this time. I really liked the style of this middle grade novel, and the ideas it brought about. Yeah, it was a little overwhelming at one (or two) point(s) but I loved it all the same!
9..Dumplin' by Julie Murphy. Ordinarily, contempary isn't a genre I really reach for, for whatever reason, but I adored this book! Some stuff kind of put me off, but then something else would happen and I'd be right back with it and invested again. It was such a great summer read, and I can see myself rereading it as a beach read in the future!

10. Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them: The Script by J.K. Rowling. A recent read, but after adoring the movie, I knew I had to check out the script. Luckily for me, my library had it in and I devoured it! I really felt like the characters were so solid and the storyline actually felt a bit more assembled while I was reading the script, maybe because I'd already seen the movie beforehand?

Okay, I lied. Even though I've only read 22 books this year, that was so not easy. I've been lucky enough to have read many great books this year that didn't quite make this list, but these are definitely a solid Top 10 for me!

As always, thanks for reading! Let me know if you agree or disagree with any of my choices, or if there are any on here that you've still been meaning to read!

1 comment:

  1. I just finished reading Illuminae last week and can't wait to read the sequel. There were so many mind-bending plot twists!!

    I loved the Six of Crows duology and shed more than a few tears by the end of it. Darn Leigh Bardugo manipulating my emotions.

    Was there anything really new in the Fantastic Beasts script or did it feel like rewatching the movie? Because part of me wants to read it, but not if it's just going to be reading the dialogue when I could WATCH the dialogue.


Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I reply to every message as soon as possible!