That’s almost it for 2017, guys! I hope you had wonderful christmas days and got lots of books from your christmas wishlist! 2018 is approaching fast and this is the perfect time to share my favourite books of 2017 with you 🙂
This was the second book I finished this year and I knew instantly that it would feature in my best books of 2017 list! The different approach with dialogue and interviews as the main instrument to tell the story was really interesting and I loved the incorporation of science. It’s such a fast paced and quick read with a gorgeous cover that focuses on some of my favourite topic in science fiction, which is the first contact with an alien species and their technology and how to deal with it.
A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
I knew going into it that this book would be an emotional ride, but it was still overwhelming how the atmosphere and story sucked me right in. And at the end I was sobbing, that’s how emotional and gripping this story is! Patrick Ness did a fantastic job at giving the Siobhan Dowd’s idea life, character and depth, and the illustrations are just the cherry on top.
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) – Brandon Sanderson
I made the mistake of waiting very long after Mistborn #2 to finish the series and had to research a lot of what went down there. But of course it was worth my time and the ending left me, again, crying. In contrast to some other books I read this year, it was a very satisfying and emotional ending to the first era Mistborn trilogy and I definitely want to read more by Sanderson in 2018.
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
This was a re-read for me as I have already read this book about 10 years ago when my mother bought it for herself. Since then I watched the Hobbit trilogy and I wanted to see which things exactly were added to the original story. What can I say? I loved it! I so often had the theme song for the shire in my head while reading and this always gives me goosebumps. I love Bilbo, the dwarves and their journey and adventures.
Dawn of Wonder – Jonathan Renshaw
Kaitlyn from the Youtube channel Kitty G recommended this book and I was instantly hooked! I love a good epic fantasy book with a well done coming-of-age storyline. And I was definitely not disappointed! There’s even a very elaborated school setting and you can tell that the author spend hours and hours doing research on some of the topics. I picked up the audiobook for this book and I thouroughly recommend it! Can’t wait for book 2, even though I fear we have to wait some time before it will be published.
To Green Angel Tower (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn #3) – Tad Williams
I started re-reading the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series by Tad Williams this year because I joined a group read on instagram and wanted to know how much remained in my head from my first read of the german books. This is a very traditional epic fantasy series with great characters and heart-warming friendships that can be very slow at some points, but the ending and resolution to the series was worth all the pages before!
Monstress Vol. 1 – Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
This was by far one of the best graphic novels I have ever read! I loved the intricate and detailed illustrations by which you can tell how dedicated the artist is and how much she loves her job. The story is rather complex and it takes some time getting into it, but it is so worth it! I liked that so many of the main characters are women and are not necessarily always good or likable.
Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
Since I heard very mixed reviews about this book, I was very intrigued to see how I was going to like it. And I can definitely see why some people don’t like it because I wasn’t the biggest fan of the comments in the footnotes myself. But Kristoff is just so good at writing an interesting and gripping story with equally interesting characters. Although the sequel Godsgrave felt to some extend rather like a filler story than anything else, I’m so excited to read the conclusion, hopefully, in 2018!
So these are my favourite books of 2017! I still want to do a list with books that surprised me in 2017 because there are some that didn’t fit in here but that stayed with me long after I finished them. What were your thoughts on these books and what was your absolute favourite of 2017?