Best Books of 2017 (So Far)

Now that we’re into July, I’ve decided to look back at the books I’ve read during the first half of 2017 and choose my top 10 must-reads – each of these choices was given five stars.


The Nix by Nathan HillThe Nix – Nathan Hill
Read: January 2017

I became completely immersed in this debut novel about a man who searches for the truth surrounding his estranged mother. The narrative switches between 2011 and the Chicago riots of 1968 without losing pace. It successfully explores a range of themes from family and forgiveness to gender and politics. 

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
Read: January 2017

I absolutely loved this book. I stayed up so late to finish reading it as I couldn’t put it down. The Russian fairytales and folklore evoked throughout the story are mesmerising, and the characters are equally well depicted. I’m so excited to hear it’s the first in a trilogy – the sequel can’t come soon enough!

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Read: February 2017

This is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for years so, as part of the Litsy Reading Challenge, I finally picked it up. I absolutely adored it and it’s become a new favourite. It’s raw and devastating but also beautiful and essential. I can see this being a book I re-read to explore the layers of meaning woven throughout. 

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Caraval by Stephanie GarberCaraval – Stephanie Garber
Read: March 2017

Once I started Caraval, I couldn’t put it down. I was swept away by the magic into a lyrical story of mystery, romance, and adventure. I can’t wait for the release of the second book in this duology.

Full review here: REVIEW: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy EngelThe Roanoke Girls – Amy Engel
Read: March 2017

I found this book so compelling that I stayed up for hours to finish it. The subject matter is a difficult one and very intense but it’s handled carefully and with respect. It was emotionally exhausting and revolting but somehow still worth reading. I would definitely recommend this book. 

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Best books of 2017

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn HamiltonTraitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
Read: March 2017

I loved Rebel of the Sands and devoured this book, which was even better. I adore the main character of Amani and find her relationship with Jin to be swoon-worthy! I also love the world-building of these books, and can’t wait to buy a US edition which includes a map.

Full review here: REVIEW: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel
Read: April 2017

I wish I had read this book sooner as it was absolutely brilliant. I stayed up until 4.30am as I couldn’t put it down. It’s thought-provoking, compelling, and fast-paced. The sequel Waking Gods is also available so at least I didn’t’ have to wait long to read it!

Full review here: REVIEW: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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ACOMAF - A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J MaasA Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
Read: April 2017

I thought ACOTAR was good and then I read ACOMAF. This book was absolutely amazing – I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s definitely become one of my favourite books. The romance scenes are incredibly well written and definitely make you swoon (Rhysand 😍). But the darker scenes exploring the emotional consequences of Feyre’s actions Under the Mountain and the backstories of the Inner Circle are so emotive too. This was definitely my favourite book of the series.

Full review here: REVIEW: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
Read: May 2017

This was a super adorable YA romance. It was funny and heartwarming and I absolutely loved it. Perfect summer reading.

Full review here: REVIEW: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Read: June 2017

I want to give this all the stars! Definitely one of my favourite books of 2017 and so relevant. If you haven’t read this yet then you need to as soon as possible. It’s heart-breaking yet never without hope

Full review here: REVIEW: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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