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Parallel Londons, Greek and Japanese Mythology, Space Zombies and Amazing Contemporaries — The Ten Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So Far {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Since we’re about halfway through 2017, it’s a good time to reflect already on the past half year. And since I’m me and I also love to obsess, let’s reflect on what I obsessed most about this year. In terms of books. Because I obsess a lot and well, I need to limit it somehow or else we’ll be here a while.

So come and obsess with me about the ten best books I’ve read in 2017 (so far)!

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

My love for the Daker Shades of Magic series knows no limit. This is one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE series and the final installment is one of THE BEST series finales ever! So satisfying. I love this world and I love these characters and my review is basically one big gush-fest. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it!

Rating: 5 stars | Check out my full review here.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Well, this was quite amazing. A must-read for anyone who is even the slightest bit interested in Greek mythology, but also just simply interested in well-written characters with wonderful development, epic and poetic prose and a romance that is as pure and beautiful as it is tragic.

Rating: 5 stars | Check out my full review here.

The Red Winter trilogy by Annette Marie

Dark Tempest by Annette Marie
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Immortal Fire by Annette Marie
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This series is way too underrated. It deserves so much more love. I read the entire trilogy this year and I fell in love. Each book just got better and better. Japanese mythology (Kitsunes

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), glorious worldbuilding, gorgeous illustrations, amazing characters, so much action and a swoon-worthy romance
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Rating: 5 stars | Red Winter review | Dark Tempest review | Immortal Fire review

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This is where I go “WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS SOONER? WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY LIFE CHOICES?” I put off on reading this book for the longest time. Mostly because I was afraid of the hype – what if I didn’t like it? Also, I was worried the unique format would make me unable to connect with the characters. But I shouldn’t have worried, because this book was just mindblowingly amazing! I loved it so much and can’t wait to read Gemina now.

Rating: 5 stars | Check out my full review here.

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’ll Give You The Sun was amazing and wonderful and has cemented its place in my Hall Of Faves. I ADORED this book. It pushed all the right buttons and managed to inspire me immensely. It made me feel pretty much every emotion on the spectrum and moved me so much. This book is a masterpiece: a story of family, tragedy, growing apart and coming together, love and loss, endings and new beginnings. And art. A whole lot of gorgeous, breath-taking, life-changing art.

Rating: 5 stars | Check out my full review here.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera is a genius. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 and it outdid all of my expectations. Going into this book, you know it’s going to deal with some tough issues as it deals with loss and grief. It’s a very character-driven story and I felt pretty much every emotion on the spectrum while reading and I fell in love with every single one of these characters. Overall, I just can’t recommend this book enough. It’s a very sad book, but it balances it nicely with a lot of humor, lovable characters, nerdy references, happy memories and a hopeful outlook. Just like More Happy Than Not, it will stick with you for a long time after reading. It’s beautiful, it’s moving, it’s real and it’s raw and I will be singing its praises for a long time still.

Rating: 5 stars | Check out my full review here.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Queens of Geek is an adorkable and inspirational look at fandom life, friendship, love and being happy with who you are. It’s the perfect pick-me-up book, the perfect read to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity. A must-read! I am seriously tempted to quote almost every single page, because it’s so awe-inspiring and swoon-worthy.

Rating: 4,5 stars | Check out my full review here.

Noteworthy by Rile Redgate

OMG, this was just THE BEST! A few trusted blogger friends already read this and were raving about it, so I just had to speed it up and start it myself. And they were so, so right, because I adored this one. If you love adorable stories, important issues discussed while still being cute and fluffy, diversity, cross-dressing, music and amazing friend groups, this is the story for you!

Rating: 4,5 stars | Check out my full review here

Which are your favorite reads of 2017? Do we have any favorites in common?

40 Comments

  1. I ADORED The Song of Achilles! I read it two and a bit years ago and it was wonderful (I was studying Classics at the time too, which made it even better). The only other book on here I’ve read is Queens of Geek, which I actually didn’t like! Which was a shame because EVERYONE else loved it.
    Alexandria recently posted…Top 10 Historical Books I’ve Read So Far in 2017My Profile

    1. The Song of Achilles was so amazing indeed! I’m so happy to hear you loved it too 🙂 Sorry you didn’t enjoy Queens of Geek though.

  2. I do love Greek mythology so The Song of Achilles is probably one I should take a look at! And Illuminae was good but I thought Gemina was even better, in fact gemina is one of my faves of the year.

    Queens of Geek was great too. 🙂
    Greg recently posted…Top Ten Best Books of 2017 (So Far)My Profile

    1. If you love Greek mythology I definitely think you might enjoy The Song of Achilles! Hope you’ll love it if you decide to pick it up. I hope to read Gemina soon 🙂

  3. I’m finally doing another TTT! I couldn’t resist this week’s prompt 🙂

    I’m just so pleased to see Red Winter in your title 🙂 It’s also in my list.

    I desperately need to read Schwab. I can’t believe I haven’t yet. And you ALWAYS seem to have great book recs for my taste so now I really, really need to read it.

    Song of Achilles is also on my TBR.

    Illuminae – I’ll get there!

    There’s a couple of others that I need to get to as well but they aren’t super high on my TBR.

    I can’t wait to see what the rest of our year looks like!
    Di @ Book Reviews by Di recently posted…TTT: The Best Series of 2017 (so far)My Profile

    1. Haha, this week’s prompt is indeed to good to pass – who doesn’t love talking about things they love? 😉
      Yay Red Winter! It’s definitely tied with A Conjuring of Light for my number one favorite read of the year so far.
      Oh I do hope you’ll love the Shades of Magic series if you decide to pick it up! It took me just a bit to really get into the first book, but once I was invested I was absolutely in love 🙂
      Hope you’ll enjoy Song of Achilles and Illuminae as well when you pick them up!

  4. Ooh, I have The Song of Achilles on my TBR and I’m really excited to read it now I see you gave it 5 stars.

    1. I absolutely LOVED The Song of Achilles, so I hope you’ll enjoy it just as much 🙂

  5. Great list! I haven’t even written my review yet because I just finished it Sunday, but A Conjuring of Light made my list as well. What a fantastic read that was!
    Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra recently posted…My Top Ten Favorite Reads for the First Half of 2017My Profile

    1. Oh I’m so happy you loved A Conjuring of Light! It was such a fantastic read indeed <3

  6. great picks! I need to finish the shades of london trilogy. And I desperately want to read Queens of Geek.

    1. Thanks! I hope you’ll love the rest of the Shades of London trilogy and Queens of Geek when you get to them!

  7. Queens of Geek made my list too! I LOVED that one! Noteworthy is one that I would really love to read soon. I’m not sure if the Illuminae series is something that I would enjoy or not, but with all of the positive reviews I may have to give it a shot. Great list!
    Julie @ Happily Ever Chapter recently posted…Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So FarMy Profile

    1. Queens of Geek was such a fun read indeed 🙂 Hope you’ll love Noteworthy as well! I understand your feelings about Illuminae though. I was very skeptic about it as well but I ended up loving it, so maybe it would be similar for you – at least I do hope you’ll enjoy it if you decide to pick it up 🙂

  8. I love the cover for A Queen of Geeks. It’s so bright and cheerful.

    Here is my TTT.
    Astilbe recently posted…Spirit of the Crow by M. Carolyn SteeleMy Profile

    1. You’re so right, it’s such a beautiful cover 🙂

  9. I only read Illuminae because the audiobook was up for grabs on Overdrive… but it really blew me away. And Gemina is even better! Can’t recommend the audiobooks enough! Happy Reading 🙂

    1. Ah, I really hope to get to Gemina soon! I loved Illuminae and almost everybody who’s read them is telling me Gemina is even better so now I’m super excited 🙂

  10. Might have to check out The Song of Achilles – I love Greek mythology!
    Angela recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read in 2017… So FarMy Profile

    1. Hope you’ll love it if you decide to pick it up! 🙂

  11. Fantastic list! Gemina actually made it onto my list this week. It looks like some of your book tastes are similar. 🙂 I just picked up The Song of Achilles a few days ago and can’t wait to get to it.
    Destiny @ Howling Libraries recently posted…Top 10 Tuesday: Best Reads of 2017 (So Far)My Profile

    1. Thanks! And happy to hear we have similar book tastes 😉 Hope you’ll enjoy The Song of Achilles!

  12. I really need to read The Song of Achilles, I’ve heard such amazing things about it! This is such a good list, I loved History is All You Left Me as well, it made me cry! Illuminae made it on my list as well!

    My TTT is here: https://betweenthepages13.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/top-ten-tuesday-best-books-youve-read-in-2017-so-far/

    1. The Song of Achilles is so great, I hope you’ll enjoy it if you decide to pick it up! So happy you loved History Is All You Left Me and Illuminae as well! 🙂

  13. I really enjoyed Illuminae, Noteworthy and I’ll Give You the Sun. Such great reads. I need to get to the Adam Silvera book. Great list!!
    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted…Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So FarMy Profile

    1. They are indeed such great reads! Hope you’ll love the Adam Silvera books when you read them 🙂

  14. I almost bought The Song of Achilles once but at the last moment I ended up not doing it, I’ve always regretted it ever since. 🙁
    Stephanie @ Bookfever recently posted…Review: The Black Death: A History From Beginning to End by Hourly HistoryMy Profile

    1. Ah that happens to me a lot as well! Hope you’ll still pick it up someday 🙂

  15. ACOL was on my list this week too!
    Jo recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday #113My Profile

    1. ACOL is amazing <3

  16. Great list! Yes to I’ll Give You the Sun! I love Jandy Nelson’s writing so, so much, but this one was absolute perfection for me. 🙂 I’ll need to read History Is All You Left Me – I just finished They Both Die and it was just fantastic. I think I’ll have to keep an eye out for his books, he has a way with words! Queens of Geek has also been making the rounds too, will have to try that soon!

    Cass @ Words on Paper
    Cass (Words on Paper) recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read This YearMy Profile

    1. Ah that’s so amazing that you got to read They Both Die! I’m so happy to hear you loved because I’m so looking forward to reading that one 🙂 Hope you’ll love History just as much if you decide to pick it up!

  17. AHA QUEENS OF GEEK IS THE BEST! AND HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME! It sucks it’s past Tuesday now because I did want to do this prompt post so I could chat about my favs but oh wells I shall do it another time! Thanks for the lovely post Lindsey!

    1. Yay for Queens of Geek and History Is All You Left me love! And I’d love to read a post of your favorite books, no matter when you post it 😉

  18. Such a great list. Jandy Nelson is one of my favorites. Happy reading!

    eli @ the (book) supplier
    My TTT

    1. Thanks! Jandy Nelson is amazing indeed <3

  19. I’m either nodding yes, I loved that, I have that and need to read that, or oh now I want that! LOL I think you added to my wishlist.
    Melissa (Books and Things) recently posted…Wishlist, Excerpt and Freebies!My Profile

    1. Haha yay always happy to add to your wishlist! 🙂

  20. Oh Kitsunes, that is drawing my eye to the Red Winter trilogy a bit more now. Great list!
    Annemieke recently posted…Book Haul #22 – Oopsie May and Another Oopsie JuneMy Profile

    1. I LOVE me some kitsunes 🙂 Hope you’ll love the Red Winter trilogy if you decide to pick it up!

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