2017 Top Tens: Books

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the past few months and that includes looking back over new reads! This was the first year I used Goodreads to track what I read, and the full list can be found here. Narrowing the list down was really tough, because I discovered so many great new stories! But I think I’ve managed to narrow it down to ten that really stood out this year. As usual, while I read them for the first time in this year, not every book was released in 2017.

10.) A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
While there were some things I wasn’t a huge fan of throughout this series, I loved the concept of alternate universes and traveling to them, and that aspect of the plot worked so well. It was an interesting backdrop for the murder mystery and had a few plot twists that I definitely was not expecting.
9.) Masters & Beginners by Daley Downing
This was a really fun blend of fae lore and mythology and contemporary fantasy. I really liked how there’s a focus on family throughout the story too.

8.) Legend by Marie Lu
I really liked the characters in this one, and how their stories intertwined against such different backgrounds. Though I suspected some of the plot happenings, I still enjoyed watching how those reveals played out—and being surprised by several twists!

7.) The Giver by Lois Lowry
I’ve seen the movie a couple of times and finally cracked open the copy I’ve had on my shelf for a while now. The story was intriguing and I loved the air of mystery surrounding the role of the Giver.

6.) Match Point by Erynn Mangum
I’ve had the first two books in this series for a while but finally read the rest of them this year. Match Point was a really fun addition to Laurie’s story, and I couldn’t help laughing as I read it.

5.) Halayda by Sarah Delena White
I really enjoyed the character dynamics in this one. The worldbuilding was interesting and the story featured some cool twists on faerie lore.

4.) Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
This was a fun addition to the Lunar Chronicles universe, if rather different in tone and style to the novels. I liked seeing more into some of the events that happen between Winter and the Something Old, Something New story in Stars Above.

3.) Storm Siren by Mary Weber
This trilogy has been on my list for a couple of years now after seeing it pop up on so many favorites lists, and it didn’t disappoint! While I really enjoyed the sequels, the first book was definitely the one I liked best of the trilogy. Still not over certain things that happened though. *cries over characters*

2.) The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz
The twist on fairytales and mythology as alternate history is really cool, and the humor is fantastic. While I’ve definitely enjoyed the sequel novels and short stories, Beast is my favorite so far simply for the journey Nick’s transformation begins.

1.) The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill
I haven’t read very many historical mysteries, especially set in the 1920s, but as soon as I finished this one I knew it would have a spot on my favorites list this year. The story really drew me in and kept my attention as the twists were revealed.
What are your favorite books from 2017? Any you’re looking forward to in 2018?


  1. Oh my. This is a GREAT list. I loved "The Giver"! Both book and movie. :] The Storm Siren series is one of my favorites as well. The author has a unique writing style that made me feel as if I were truly the character, you know? I agree, though, the first was way better than the sequels. *SOBS*

    Ahh!! The Lunar Chronicles!!! I have yet to read Wires and Nerves, but it's been on my list all year. Hopefully, that will be read sometime in 2018 if I can get me hands on it.

    Great post, Jameson! Thanks for sharing. The other novels are intriguing, also -- MUST ADD TO TBR LIST!

    1. I really enjoyed both the movie and book versions of The Giver! Have you read any of the sequels to it? I haven't yet but I'm considering them... YES! All of the Storm Siren books were so hard to put down because the writing style and plot kept pulling me back into the story! And the characters...so well-written.

      Wires and Nerve was a cool addition! Iko is awesome and it was fun to see just what she's been up to in between the other stories!


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