Happy Tuesday! Even though I’ve been absent from blogging for a while, I haven’t stopped reading since the start of the year, and I had over a hundred books to choose from for this Top 10 Tuesday this week. As always, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the enchanting library sirens over at The Broke and the Bookish.
Best Books of 2017 (So Far)
→ Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
I’ll never stop talking about this book, but I get a pass for this post because it was one of the first books I read this year and just about killed me with how amazing it was. I would even say it’s my second favorite book ever, as nothing could top The Night Circus for me, but I promise this one comes very close.
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson ←
This was my favorite book from the Black History Month read-a-thon, by far. I still think about it often and I wish it was for better reasons than the continued police brutality that keeps me and my loved ones on edge whenever we look at the news. It’s a reminder to listen, though, and to raise up the voices of those who desperately need to be heard.
→ Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Can I talk about structure for a second? Because this book was just absolutely A+ as far as crafting a story goes. I’ve never seen a book with more perfect pacing that kept me engaged through every twist and turn the story took. This was the first book I’ve read this year, and I aspire to write this exquisitely on my own. Also, I’m more than ready for book 2.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas ←
I have a lot of thoughts about this book but for now it’s just gross, wet, loud, ugly sobbing. I’m so sad that it’s over and it was the ROUGHEST JOURNEY but things are kind of? tentatively?? okay??? goddammit I just want my sweet children to be happy, I didn’t know that would be so much to ask *goes back to crying profusely*
→ Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Speaking of children who deserve a journey of growth and happiness, I honestly just finished Akata Witch a few days ago and it skyrocketed to the top of my list for 2017. Expertly crafted, this book has all of the appeal of an epic fantasy that’s set in a modern setting for young kids and adults alike. It reminded me a lot of Harry Potter, and I think it has a ton of potential to become a classic along the same vein as those magic users from 20 years ago.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde ←
I ate up every single thing about this book. The representation was spot-on, relatable, heart-wrenching and so Pure and Wholesome I cried. I think this is my most recommended book of 2017; I’ve been handing it out like candy on Halloween night since I finished it.
→ milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
Okay, I think I cried reading at least 50% of these books (I’m very emotional) but this book really hit me because it belongs to my little sister. She NEVER reads, but found something in this book of poetry that spoke to her, and reading it from her lens made me both so proud of her and so heartbroken. It’s a remarkable and memorable book for any reader, though.
By Your Side by Kasie West ←
I wasn’t expecting to like this book so much, but the representation of generalized anxiety disorder was so spot-on that I actually started to panic a little when the MC did for the very same reasons that the MC was panicking (whoops!) and had to put the book down. It honestly felt like Kasie followed me around in order to put into words exactly what having GAD is like, and I loved feeling like I could relate to a character in a way I didn’t think I needed before.
→ Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
This was just straight up hilarious and my absolute favorite graphic novel of the year. It will be really hard to top this one that I read for Asian Lit Bingo and have shown to all of my best friends when we reminisce about high school and how broody and existential we were.
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole ←
LISTEN. I know. This book should be an affront to literature. But holy crap, it is singlehandedly the best paranormal romance book I’ve ever read, with a stellar slow-burn relationship and ridiculously hilarious commentary. I had TEARS in my eyes from laughing so hard. I think what really made it a top 10 book was watching my friend do a dramatic reading of this at our housewarming party, though. I’m convinced nothing will ever top that moment of pure hilarity for me for the rest of my life.
Monstress, vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu, Dreadnought by April Daniels, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall, and Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (note for this book: I am Frank Porter in every sense of the word. If you ever wondered if there was a character who was just like me, look no further). All of these had a really big impact on me at the times that I read them, but for one reason or another didn’t land in my top 10. I still highly recommend them, though — click the links provided to add them to your TBR pile!
If you’re thinking to yourself, “But DIANA, what about History Is All You Left Me? Or The Upside of Unrequited? Or Flame in the Mist? The princess saves herself in this one?? Our Dark Duet?? THE HATE U GIVE???” I 1000% believe that I’ll really enjoy all of these books and that they’ll be in my top 10 list for the second half of the year….but I haven’t read them yet! >_< Let me know if you liked them, and I promise I’ll get to them soon. Also let me know if you agree or disagree with any of the books on my list — I love hearing your thoughts! ♥
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