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Blogmas Day 12: Top 17 Books of 2017

December 12, 2017

Happy Tuesday, everybody! It’s Blogmas Day 12! Today I’m participating of Top Ten Tuesday, as per usual. TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish that seeks to spotlight our favorite books that fall into every week’s prompt.

 

This week’s topic is our Favorite Books of 2017. I’m not doing only 10 books, however, because I have way more favorites than that and also because I wanted to match the number of favorites to this year! 

I have reviews for most of these books, but since I read some of them so early on, the reviews will probably not be very good. I used to write manuscripts instead of my short thoughts (and I still have to try HARD not to), but some of them will hopefully be helpful and interesting for you to check out. I will link as many as I can!

 

P.S. Yesterday I posted my list of Disappointing Books, so maybe you’ll be interested in checking that out too! Have fun!

17-Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

 

I read this book during Diverse-a-thon, in one day, cozied up on my bed with a cup of tea. I have such vivid memories of it, and it was so fun tog et through!

 

The ideas and views this book presents are so powerful and inspiring. Simon is a character I enjoyed reading about, although he was a bit annoying at times. He still has my heart. But my favorite part of this book was the family and friendship dynamics and relationships.

 

They were so real and so well written, and Becky Albertalli surprised me with the ability to make all of her characters come off the page. I loved the little quirks each of them had, their personalities, and how they all supported each other. It was also a book filled with a lot of humor, and I LOVED it! 

 

I gave this 4.6 stars! Read my review HERE.

 

 

16-And I Darken by Kiersten White

 

I remember the main reason why I loved this book was the characters. This is set in a very interesting Historical Period, and in book three of the series, I think, we are going to witness the Fall of Constantinople, which has got me SO excited!

 

But beyond the world, the amazing plot, the settings, and the high-stakes, this book shines because of its masterfully written and developed characters. 

 

I related to Lada in such a high level, which is not something extremely good to say since she is a very dark person with a twisted personality. But in her I saw reflected the darkest parts of myself, which I had never seen in a character before, and it deeply touched and surprised me.

 

The relationships between the characters seem absolutely real and they are SO complicated and complex. If you like Slytherin books about conflictive people, this might be great for you!

 

I gave this 5/5 stars! Read my review HERE.

 

15-Los Vecinos Mueren en las Novelas (All Neighbors Die in Novels) 

 

It is so funny to me to have a book I read at school on my list, but it made the cut!! This is a story in Spanish, but if you are able to understand the language, I would HIGHLY suggest you pick up this thriller mystery or “policial” written in an unusual way you have never seen before.

 

This follows a male, thriller author who has just moved into the country with his wife, Anne. One day, while she is away, the man called John, I believe, decides to go down to the only house near them and greet his new neighbor, as is his custom when he arrives at a new place.

 

The lady that lives in the small house is old, English, and absolutely unknown. He himself doesn’t know, until he knocks on her door, that he has decided to kill her. And so says the blurb. It is a book with stories inside a story, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. I LOVED it and had an awesome time reading it in class.

 

I gave this book 5/5 stars

 

14-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 

This book broke my heart and impacted me so deeply. It is set during World War II and it follows a foster girl named Liesel Meminger, who lives outside of Munich. It is an absolutely mind-blowing novel that was so inspiring, so beautiful, so lyrical, and at the same time so sad. 

 

One of my favorite aspects that greatly surprised me when I discovered it was that the book is narrated by Death, and it gave the entire plot a completely different, unique element that made it all the more original and captivating. I was in tears when I finished this book, and it made me reflect on many things concerning humanity and the kindness that is inside of us, as well as the pain.

 

I gave this book 5/5 stars! Read my review HERE. 

 

13-The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

 

This was filled with SO much humor and joy, but it surprisingly covered some other serious and very important topics flawlessly. It is set in England and it talks about Monty, who was born and bred to be a gentleman, although he was never one to be tamed.

 

He enjoys activities such as gambling, late-night drinking, and waking up in the arms of women and men. But in this book, he embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, and he has been promised that by the end, all of this will come to an end and Monty will finally have to assume his responsibilities.

 

I loved the characters of this story above all. The plot was super interesting, but it also turned really weird midway point! I enjoyed reading about Monty above all because he was a very flawed- albeit sarcastic and glorious- person who had to learn and mature throughout this book.

 

His character arc developed really nicely, and I liked following his experiences. There was a lot of diverse discussions and aspects in this book since the main character was bisexual and his best friend a person of color. We got to see all of the repercussions of both things at this time, and it was really interesting. 

 

I CANNOT wait to read the companion novel which will be following Monty’s AMAZING sister, Felicity, a feminist at heart and such a smart person!

 

I gave this book 5/5 stars! Read my mini-review HERE.

12-Warcross by Marie Lu

 

Warcross was such an amazing book and super exhilarating! I read it in two sittings, and for the last half of it I stayed up until late blasting music and sitting on my bedroom’s reading nook! It was a great experience, and there are many songs that I will forever associate this book with!

 

The story drew me in literally 10 pages into it, and I was so engaged. The world Marie Lu created and the future she envisioned was creative and exciting, as well as technological. I loved reading about Virtual Reality, and the ending had me SHOOK.

 

I gave this book 5/5 stars! Read my review HERE.

 

 

 

11-The Magic of Thinking Big

My father recommended I should read this book, and at the end of it, I decided to base a class project on it. It was about how positive and big thinking leads you to success, and how to achieve what you want. It touched many themes that I was taught about during my entire life, as well as some of the values I was raised upon.

 

This book can apply to anyone at any stage of their life, and it is truly inspiring and HELPFUL. I hate non-fiction. I get bored an I don’t care about it, but this book had me feeling so good and so ready to DO.

 

I highly recommend it for anyone who is at school, who is part of a working group, who leads his own company, who works at a company. 

 

5/5 stars!

 

10-Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

 

This plot was one of the most fast-paced and amusing of this list! Pirates combined with mermaids AND thieves could not go wrong! The main character, Alosa, was harsh, strong, sarcastic and witty. The banter between her and most of the other characters was immediately turned into a wording war in which each of the participants destroyed the other with their best insults and remarks. I spent the entire book laughing my head off!

 

This is about adventure, the fierceness of pirates and Alosa’s strong personality that shone through. I LOVED this, and I am so intrigued by the next installment!

 

I gave this book 5/5 stars, what a surprise. Read my review HERE.

 

9-The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders was a coming-of-age story that I greatly enjoyed. It portrayed some beautiful, flawed characters that I grew to love as the story advanced. It was fast-paced and also heartbreaking, but it left a great impact on me. I am so glad I read this book!

 

I gave this book 5/5 stars!

 

 

8-The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

By far this is one of the best-written books I’ve ever read in my entire life. I am so impressed by the author’s flawless style and the amazing way in which she was able to completely transport me into the setting of The Night Circus and enchant me with all of its attractions.

 

While the two, arguably main characters Celia and Marco didn’t absolutely amuse me, the rest of the cast was perfection, each so interesting and mysterious.

 

The pacing was slow and everything unfolded with delicacy, but I didn’t mind at all because of the beautiful way it was written and described. This is imagery at its best!

 

I gave The Night Circus 5/5 stars. Here is probably the longest review I’ve ever written.

 

7-Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh

 

I was so relaxed while reading Flame in the Mist, even though the thrilling plot was not what caused it. There was something about the lush writing style that soothed my nerves and allowed me to read the book anywhere. I read it at school, on the bus, with the best music, and nothing ever took me away from the story because I was so into it.

 

I remember I started reading the beginning on my Kindle in the ride home back from a school trip because I had gotten an Advanced Copy of it, and the image stuck with me.

 

I talk more in-depth about the characters and the plot in my review. There is also a playlist I included in that post which was the one I listened to!

 

I gave this book 5/5 stars! Read my review HERE.

 

6-History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

 

I have LOVED all of Adam Silvera’s books, and I’ve read them all this year, but my favorite has to be History is All You Left Me. This book was a mind-twister that went to unexpected places and touched my heart. I was expecting a determined outcome with this story, and I thought it was going to go down a path I did not think was healthy, but it changed its way completely and left me mind-blown. 

 

It was written in different timelines and the characters were SO well-written! History is also very diverse because it follows a gay main character, and it is Own Voices since Adam Silvera is also gay. He is a master of emotions, and he manipulated mine so well with this story. 

 

I gave this book 5/5 stars! Read my review HERE.

 

5-Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

 

I was ten times more pleased with Nevernight because at first, I couldn’t even get into it. It took me 75 pages to understand what was really going on and get into the world. But from that point on, the book took me on a wild ride through Murder Town and Mystery!!! Honestly, if you are struggling with this book, I understand you, I’ve been there.

 

But trust me that it gets WAY better and that the end will blow your mind.

 

As the book develops, you get to know more about the characters, and with Mia... it took me a while to understand her. But then the book shows that she is such a morally grey character and so conflicted. She is fierce and strong, but that is because she receives the help of her Shadowcat, who can take away her fear.

 

But just like anyone, Mia struggles with her insecurities, her past, and her identity. This is an incredible story set in a school for training assassins that oozes darkness and is overflowed by dangerous creatures. 

 

I gave this book 5/5 stars. Read my review HERE, in which I address some other important points. But I don’t expect you to read it all. As I said, I thought I had to write a thesis on every single book I read when I started out reviewing stuff!

 

4-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

 

 

I don’t really need to explain myself beyond saying that this series has my heart and soul. I LOVE IT SO MUCH and I cried at the end simply because of how great a masterpiece I think this whole story is. 

 

I gave this book 5/5 stars, duh. I talk about My Love For Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix HERE.

 

 

 

3-And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

 

This was my first ever Agatha Christie book, and it was a mind-bending mystery novel with an impossible plot that was executed impressively. The best thing about the book, besides the resolution, was the way in which the writing and the descriptions of the setting created tension all throughout the book.

 

Even at the start, when nothing wrong had happened yet, there was an eerie feeling present that made the reader uneasy and expectant. This was true all throughout the rest of the book.

 

I think Christie was a master-mind, and I became obsessed with her books. I bought many of the ones in her collection and plan on reading absolutely everything she’s ever written!

 

I gave this book 5/5 stars! You can read my review HERE.

 

2-Three Dark Crows by Kendare Blake

 

Here you have another Slytherin book about either morally grey or purely BLACK and DARK characters. I loved this book so much because of its prose and fantastic writing style, the wicked plot, and all of the evil, immoral characters. Even the writing and narration was tainted in grimness. This was a wonderful read and I’ll be reading the next one soon!

 

I gave this 5/5 stars! Read my review HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

 

If there is ONE review I suggest you read out of all the ones I’ve linked up to know, it is the one I wrote for The Female of the Species. THIS BOOK, Oh My Gosh. I read it a the beginning of the year for Diverse-a-thon, and nothing has been able to top it yet!

 

TFS has been getting a bit more attention recently, but not many people have read it as there should have. This book discusses rape culture and sexism in our society and its repercussions for females in high-schools. It is complicated but vastly interesting, and it analyzes these themes in a different way, using the characters to work as different elements present in society. 

 

Every single person in this story is developed, and we get to see their inner personalities. It is the kind of book that will make you feel many things, but also surprise you with the stunning way in which Mindy McGinnis manages to write about something so difficult and pull it off flawlessly, making you reflect and rebel in the meantime. I still maintain that you should read the last chapters of this book with Talking With The Moon by Bruno Mars on re-play. 

 

By the end, I was heartbroken, infinitely impressed, and eager to read more by this author. It was a fantastic and VERY important story!

 

I gave this book technically 4.7 stars. But details. Read my review HERE.

 

I hope you enjoyed this super long post and that you had fun learning about my favorite books of this year! I have some impactful stories on this list, and there is not a single one that has not changed me in some way. Tell me in the comments if any of these made it to your list this year! Let me know if you haven’t read some but are interested in doing so.

Feel free to leave a link to your own TTT post! This topic is one of the most exciting ones for me! have a wonderful day, and Happy Blogmas Day 12!

 

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