Top 5 Books of 2017

All in all, 2017 was a pretty good reading year for me. While I only read 65 books, missing my Goodreads goal by 5, I’d still call it a successful year!

Here is a list of my top 5 reads of 2017 – in no particular order because I can’t pick a faovurite…

1. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

house of leaves

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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

This is one of those books that I just can’t seem to stop thinking about. It’s so successfully eerie, provoking, and intriguing! I know I’ll have to read this it again because I just can’t seem to definitively say anything about it, I have so many speculative interpretations and thoughts about it – but even the act of re-reading this book places me within the book’s parameters….I’ll just stop, I can’t explain this cohesively. Just know that this book will grab hold of your mind and no matter how much you think about it or how many fan theories you read online, nothing will satisfy your urge to comprehend more and read it again. I can totally understand why it has a cult-like following online…

2. Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

gemina

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is the second book to the action-packed, sci-fi, Illuninae Files series. While the first book was one of my top reads of 2016, this book did not disappoint and easily makes this list for 2017. While I’ve heard people complain that this book is too far-fetched, that’s exactly what I loved about it. It’s SO imaginative with non-stop action but still manages to develop amazing and well-rounded characters – all while using a crazy multi-media format. I don’t know how or why but this book just works perfectly for me. It’s a one of a kind  reading experience that I would compare to something in between a novel and a movie. It gave me the same feelings of awe that the movie Avatar (2009) gave me when it first came out using the *new* 3D movie technology.

3. Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

night of cake and puppetsRating: 5/5 Stars

This is a book that just gave me all of the warm, fuzzy, giddy feelings. I generally struggle with the tackiness of romance novels, but I decided to give this one a shot since it’s a novella to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series which I love, and I’m so happy I did. First off, the illustrations in the book were so odd and great, I love Jim Di Bartolo’s drawing style! Of course Zuzana and Mik were perfect characters – headstrong yet human, innocent yet intriguing, and very unique. Even the short plot of the story which largely spans only one night was very whimsical and magical – I’m talking living puppets, peacock footprints, and scavenger hunts. This book was just the perfect romance story and a great pick-me-up in general!

4. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

theshadowofthewind

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

I know I said I don’t have a true #1 favourite book of this year, but if I did, this might be it. Between the gothic atmosphere, the mysteries, the heartfelt coming of age story, and the historical elements, this story stole my heart. I was a little unsure of this because it’s a translation, but this has one of the most beautiful writing styles I’ve ever read. You know you’re reading a good book when even the most basic sentences and the most mundane plot events cause a swell of emotion every time. I just received the second book (I’m not sure if it’s the second part of a series or just a companion novel) for Christmas and I couldn’t be more excited to read it!

5. Death Note Vol. 7: Zero by Tsugumi Ohba

death note vol 7

Rating: 5/5 Stars

If anyone has watched or read Death Note, then you know why it’s on this list. I can’t say much without spoilers at this point but, as with the other volumes, this book is full or action, scheming, deception, and deduction. It’s just so much fun to watch and I love seeing the events play out from the villain’s (Light’s) point of view!

 

 

 

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Here’s to an even better 2018!

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2 thoughts on “Top 5 Books of 2017

  1. I LOVED Gemina (as a side note, I embarrassingly called this book GEMIMA for such a long time until I realised I was so, so wrong hahaha). And wasn’t Night of Cake & Puppets just the most BEAUTIFUL book!!! I loved it so much!!! Death Note really put my head in such a spin, such a great series!!! Great post!!

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    1. Haha awe that sounds like a fancy synonym for ‘grandma’. But I can’t wait for Obsidio!! And YESS Night of Cake and Puppets was such a great surprise! I just picked it up because I had an evening to kill and it blew me away ❤

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