my top ten FAVORITE books of 2017

2017 was a hectic year, and books pretty much kept me sane! While a few that I read were total flops, I was pleased when I realized a lot of the 28 books I read this year were pretty amazing. I have compiled for you a list of my top ten favorites, so hopefully you can find a good read for the coming year. 

10. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This book was a craazzzzy ride. I won’t give a synopsis (it’s better if you go in blind), but this book is a summer mystery filled with romance and suspense. I could *not* put this book down. I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a good YA mystery novel.

My rating: 4/5 stars

fangirl and we were liars

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

In the world of Fangirl, Cath loves Simon Snow (the equivalent of Harry Potter). We follow her through her freshman year of college wear she faces obstacles with her anxiety, family, school, and even love. This book was hilarious and cute and real. Somewhere inside of all of us, we have the same love for a series that Cath has for Simon Snow, and reading this felt like embracing my inner Cath.

My rating: 4.5/5

8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Oh, where do I start with this wonderful book? Maddie has SCID a rare disease that means she can’t leave the house, because she’s, well, allergic to everything. Her life changes when she meets Olly, and I’ll leave it at that…. This book is too adorable; I caught myself smiling so much. I highly recommend this book to literally everyone, because Nicola Yoon is a queen at writing.

My rating: 5/5 stars

everything, everything & the sun is also a star by nicola yoon

7. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

…and so the queen strikes again. For Natasha and Daniel, it only took one day to change their lives forever— one day to fall in love despite the differing tracks their lives were on. Each page felt like an ode to life and love in this phenomenal novel. I was truly impressed by this masterpiece and highly recommend it.

My rating: 5/5 stars

6. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

In John Green’s latest novel, we get the story of Aza, a sixteen year old girl with OCD, who tries to find a missing billionaire. While that short description doesn’t do it justice, I don’t want to reveal to much. Overall, I adored this novel, and admire John Green for telling such a heart-wrenching and important story. For more of my spoiler-free thoughts, click here for my full review!

My rating: 5/5 stars

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower centers around Charlie and his first year in high school. I don’t know how to describe this book besides that it’s raw, clever, and dark (very dark). While there are a few lighthearted moments between friends, there are a lot of scenes that handle topics such as abuse or sexual assault. I will also place a trigger warning on this book for those topics. I found this book very important and real, starting conversations that others might be too scared to.

My rating: 5/5 stars

4. Warcross by Marie Lu

Emika Chen takes the stage in this novel. She is a hacker and bounty hunter who finds herself wrapped up in the world of the Warcross tournament*. I found this book to be FANTASTIC. It was so fast-paced and all I wanted to do was read read read! It had a action, mystery and romance all wrapped up in one beautiful story. I absolutely adored this book.

*Warcross is a virtual reality game that hosts tournaments with larger turn-outs than the Olympics. Essentially it’s like a scavenger hunt or a glorified capture the flag.

My rating: 5/5 stars

warcross by marie lu

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give took the online book community by storm, and it’s not at all a surprise. We all fell in love with Starr and her story as she fought for injustice after witnessing her best friend get shot by a cop. I am so glad I read this book. It was inspirational and moving beyond words.

My rating: 5/5 stars

2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Since this book is the latest installment in the Shadowhunter Chronicles, I don’t want to give a synopsis and spoil anything for the previous books. The fact that it is the latest installment also plays into it’s fabulous complexity and captivating plot with lovable characters. Cassandra Clare has truly outdone herself in this fantastic book!

My rating: 5/5 stars

1. The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo 

Okay, so I guess I’m cheating a little by having both Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom included, but I couldn’t help myself. These books were everything I’ve ever wanted and more. We get to follow around a gang of morally gray and AMAZING characters as they pull of an impossible heist. This book takes place in the Grishaverse that Leigh Bardugo has created, and I just have to say that I love the fictional streets of Ketterdam as much as I love the the characters. You must read these books; they are fantastic.

My rating: 5/5 stars

some of my favorite books of 2017

Overall, 2017 was a great reading year, and I can not wait to see what books are awaiting me in 2018.

-Kelli xox


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