Lists, Wrap Up

My Favourite Books of 2017

I know almost everyone in the book blogging community has already posted their lists of favourite books and most anticipated releases, not to mention favourite author discoveries. You probably won’t even think about reading this because you have already read at least a dozen of them and what could I bring to your attention that you haven’t read in someone else’s post already?…and you’re probably right. But after giving so much shade to all the most disappointing books of 2017 TWICE (Part One and Part Two) I really feel like I need to write something less sarcastic and positive.

This year had a surprising amount of mediocre literary fiction and a lot of YA. I didn’t read as much poetry or non-fiction as I would have liked, but I certainly read more than enough graphic novels and memoirs to make up for that. I honestly didn’t read a lot of great books, most of them were just entertaining and didn’t really capture my interest. I started over two dozens of books and dnf’d them…should I have tried just a little harder and pushed through? Nope. The fact is, even if a book gets better at the end, if I don’t like the way it started, the chances that I will actually really like it are pretty low.

Oh, yes…talking about a disappointing reading year with lots of dnf’s really sets the mood for a happy and positive post on my favourite reads of the year. Someone just give me a kitten to snuggle with already…no? …guess I’ll have to work with this then:

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Oh, yes…I already feel better. So here are my top four favourite reads of 2017. Yes, I know four is a weird number, but if I had included a fifth one, I would have had to include a bunch of other books that I loved just as much… 😀

 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness8621462

Now that I am happy, let’s talk about a book that ripped out my heart…yes…that sounds like a great idea, I am such a genius …and a complete sucker for stories told within stories so this was just perfect for me.

This book deals with love and grief in such a humanizing way (even though we have a giant, scary monster that tells stories) that it left me in tears at the end of it. I felt so much love for ten-year-old Connor and his mother who fights her cancer so bravely and everyone who had to go through something similar. It was a beautiful and impactful read that will stay with me for years to come.

 

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan17237214

Talking about amazing storytelling…this was one of these surprising books that just knock you off your feet without expecting it. This story follows a number of gay guys in their teens for forty-eight hours and tells their stories from the narrative perspective of the people who died during the AIDS epidemic.

The people who had suffered so much, misunderstood and without any hope for kindness from society or a cure for the disease that destroyed their lives. They are watching these boys struggling with their lives, falling in and out of love. Their voice was so melancholy and sad with a tinge of hope and love…it was just beautifully written and a painful reminder of how far we have come on our journey for acceptance, but how far we still have to go.

 

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth and One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel GreenbergThe One Hundred Nights of HeroThe Encyclopedia of Early Earth

And to end this post on a lighter note (yes, I can do that…just watch) I’ll finish with these two snarky, sarcastic, beautifully drawn graphic novels.

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth follows a boy who goes on a journey to find the one thing that is missing in his life. The One Hundred Nights of Hero follows two women who fight for their right to be together in a misogynist world (Full Review) .

Happy stories, right?…okay maybe not the happiest, but they will definitely make you smile. Greenberg puts such a funny twist on stories and fairytales that are so familiar to us and the artwork is so beautiful that it completely draws you into these stories told within stories.

 

Honourable Mentions:

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Full Review

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Curious Incident Of The Dog At Nighttime by Mark Haddon

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Full Review

Release by Patrick Ness

A Long Way To A Small And Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

 

My Favourite Reread of the Year: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Not going to lie…I was scared of going back to this one. Like everyone, I tend to romanticize my reading experiences after a couple of years. I loved this series when I first read it, so I naturally expected a lot from this reread and the things that I expected to like didn’t seem to play such a huge role anymore. Sure, I still loved this world filled with demons and multiple universes, but more subtle (and sometimes not so subtle things) that have escaped my attention as a twelve-year-old were suddenly incredibly important. I didn’t remember the critisicm of the church that is central to the entire series and the intricate philosophical questions Pullman makes you think about without you even realizing it until you close the book.

 

What were your favourite reads?…maybe I should ask another question considering y’all probably answered it a million times…Have you read any of these books? Did you like them?

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26 thoughts on “My Favourite Books of 2017

  1. The only experience i have with A Monster Calls (besides this post 🙂 ) is the movie trailer, which in itself was so lovely in portraying a really deep and beautiful mother-son relationship ❤ I don't know if my emotions can handle the full deal

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  2. You… Killed me with Two Boys Kissing! I thought at some point that I was the only person around that read that book… Or too late which was a more realistic option haha that book was so hard! So moving! The narration! I reviewed a few months ago. Such a Reading!!!! Thank you for bringing that book back ❤

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  3. The movie is great as well and I am so happy that this book has such a beautiful adaptation! But I get what you mean…the trailer already promises tears at the end of the movie. It’s well worth it though! The book is even better than the movie and the illustrated edition really adds to the atmosphere of the story! 🙂

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  4. Probably more like too late 😅 …I definitely prefer this novel to Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, even though that one is associated with him most of the time. I will have to reread it so I have a full review on my blog. 🙂

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  5. The Name of the Wind was a big struggle for me to start too, so I totally understand. It was well worth it and I’m glad I pushed through. I kind of have the same feeling with the next one now. Nervous to start!

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  6. I love Monster Calls!! And His Dark Materials is one of my favourite series 😀 I get what you mean about how deep it is- which I didn’t realise when I first read it, but I reread it a number of times when I got older and also realised how thought provoking it is. And Two Boys Kissing sounds really powerful. Great post! (and honestly I’m always happy to read wrap ups 😉 )

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  7. I just don’t want to start a series that is never going to finish. After everything I heard about this series I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it, but I just don’t want to wait years for the third book to come out…☺

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  8. Me, too. Wrap-Ups are my favourite kind of posts!

    I am so glad I found a used copy of His Dark Materials, so I could even reread it in English this time! I honestly think I’ll have to reread it again, because I have the feeling that I still missed a lot of details.

    I really didn’t expect Two Boys Kissing to be that powerful, I thought it would be a lighthearted YA contemporary until I read the first page and realized who actually narrates the story! ☺

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  9. Add them to your tbr! *currently giving you a mental nudge* they are all such wonderful reads. 😊 The Hate U Give was fantastic! I really enjoyed it and I hope Angie Thomas’ next novel will be just as good.

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  11. I haven’t read A Monster Calls just yet, but I am so glad to hear you loved it so much, I can’t wait to read it 🙂
    I LOVE the His Dark Materials series. I want to re-read it too, at some point. I recently read The Book of Dust and loved it and yes, there are so many philosophical questions and all of the criticism in this series… something we don’t really notice when we read it as 12 years old, ahah 🙂
    Lovely post! 🙂

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