Hey everybody! I’m listing up my top 7 books from 2017 because I didn’t end up reading a lot of books, but the ones I was able to get around to reading I really loved and I’m going to share those with you today.
Eliza and her monsters by Francesca Zappia
Goodreads Summary: Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
You can find my review for this book right here. I loved this book so much. I talked more about why I loved it so much in my review, but, in a nutshell, I loved this book to pieces, because it has everything that I want in a book and all I want to do is reread the book.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Summary: Can’t exactly add one for Scarlet since it’s the second book in the series, but here’s the summary to Cinder, the first book in the series: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Not only Scarlet, but the entire Lunar Chronicles. This series really brought me out of my three month long reading slump, and I love all the ships in it, because honestly Scarlet and her s/o is everything 😍😍.
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Summary: Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
I will never not be amazed by this book. It was such a refreshing read from my usual taste in books and I’m just so glad that I actually did get around to reading it, because it is just so fantastic. Everyone should read it. It has one of the best world buildings that I’ve ever read 😍😍.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?
I love Becky Albertallis books. She might have only released two, but those two. Those two are so incredible. I have super high hopes for the movie adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and if this book was also turned into a movie, no one could complain about it, it’s a very diverse read.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Summary: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
This book is so wonderful. The writing is astonishing and it’s such a different fantasy read. It obviously still has fantasy elements, but at the same time it doesn’t necessarily have fantasy archetypes. I can’t wait to finish this series so that I can finally look at fan art.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Summary: Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
Things I love in books: 1. extra content (like e-mails, SMS, things along those lines), 2. a good storyline and 3. fleshed out characters. Geekerella has all of that, and that’s why I love it so much.
What to say next by Julie Buxbaum
Summary: Two struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.
Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.
KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.
DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?
You can never do wrong when you write a contemporary with duo perspectives. But you can do even less wrong when there’s a point to the duo perspective. With What to Say Next, Kit and David are such different people, with entirely different mindsets, and I thoroughly enjoyed being in both of their heads and hearing both of their thoughts.
honorable mention: Pan by Sandra Regnier
I would add a summary, but there’s not much of a point. Pan is a German series and has not yet been translated to English, and the majority of my readers are sadly not German. But, if you are German, please pick up this series. It’s so excellent. You have strong characters, characters with values, amazing plot and world development, plus it’s only three books long and the books are actually relatively short (around 350-400 pages, which is short for fantasy) and the paperback box set only costs 20€. So please get on that.
So these are my top 7 favorite books. I enjoyed all the books I read this year, to be honest. Aside from some, namely the Shadowhunters Academy and Fireworks, I had a really good reading year. Maybe it’s because I could really only prioritize the books that 100% interested me since I was so busy, but all in all it was a pretty good reading year. 🤗🤗