If I added up all the hours I’ve spent reading in 2017, it would equal… well, it would equal a lot. I’ve read so many great books this year, and I’m excited to tell you about my favourites. To do this, I’m going to take you on a journey through 2017 and tell you about the best books I read in each month.
Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
In January, I finished Brandon Sanderson’s original Mistborn trilogy, a series about an evil empire, magic and politics, and the ending was so much more epic than I could have imagined. I really enjoyed this series, but the conclusion was leagues above the previous two books and completely blew my mind.
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Gemina is the second book in Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s The Illuminae Files, a young adult sci-fi series told through the unique format of chat logs, emails, and narrations of security camera footage. This book was emotional, gripping, and just fantastic fun.
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
In March, Adam Silvera’s History Is All You Left Me blew me out of the water. In this young adult contemporary, a teenage boy called Griffin struggles to come to terms with the loss of his ex-boyfriend, Theo, and finds himself unexpectedly connecting with Theo’s new boyfriend. This was a really moving and beautifully written read.
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
I only discovered V. E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy in early 2017, and it quickly established itself as one of my favourites. The fantasy series takes place across parallel Londons, each with varying levels of magic and centres around Kell, an “Antari” who can use magic to travel between Londons, and Lila, an adventure-seeking thief. In particular, this series conclusion was absolutely perfect: it was emotional, magical, gripping, and I never wanted it to end.
Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
I first started reading Robin Hobb’s books about four years ago, and 2017 was the year I decided to continue with her epic collection of fantasy books set in the Realm of the Elderlings. Fool’s Errand is the first book in the third series of this set, and it felt so good to be re-immersing myself in Robin Hobb’s world.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
In June, I was persuaded to read American Gods, a book that takes characters from various mythologies and places them in modern-day America, where they struggle to stay relevant amidst the growing worship of technology. This was a slow-burning read that felt more like a road trip across America and mythology, and it was so worth it.
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, Edited by Hope Nicholson
This is the only non-fiction book on this list, and I fell completely in love with it. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is an anthology of essays written by comic book artists, writers, and professional geeks, exploring romance, sex, friendship, and self acceptance. I found this really relatable and smart.
Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey
My favourite August read was Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey. This is the fifth book in the epic sci-fi series The Expanse, set in a distant future in which humans have colonised the solar system, and tensions between Earth, Mars, and the Outer Planets are high. This book in particular was very character driven, and filled with exciting revelations and suspense along with some great character moments. It also had a slightly post-apocalyptic vibe at some points, which I loved.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb
I tried to pick a favourite book for September, but I simply couldn’t. The Handmaid’s Tale was smart, harrowing and hard-hitting, and I would recommend it to anyone. Meanwhile, Fool’s Fate, the final book in Robin Hobb’s Tawny Man trilogy, was an exceptional and emotional ending to a fantastic series.
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
October was the month I’d been waiting for: John Green released a new book! Turtles All The Way Down follows Aza Holmes as she connects with the son of a fugitive billionaire, attempts to solve a mystery, and struggles with the tightening spiral of her own thoughts. This book was everything I’d hoped for from a new John Green book: it was moving, beautifully-written, and even funny at times.
Babylon’s Ashes by James S. A. Corey
My favourite book in November was yet another book by James S. A. Corey. Whilst I didn’t love this quite as much as Nemesis Games, it was the perfect mix of space battles, interesting characters, and politics. This book had some really interesting and topical themes woven into it, which I thought was very cleverly done.
As I write this, December is not yet over, so it’s difficult to choose a favourite for this month. Out of those I’ve completed so far this month, John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is my current favourite, which is a unique futuristic sci-fi about a man who joins an intergalactic army on his 75th birthday. However, I’m currently reading Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind, so if I manage to finish this before the end of the month, we may have a new contender for my final favourite of the year…
Ranked (because I like lists)*:
- A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
- Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb
- Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
- Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey
- History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
- The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by Hope Nicholson
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Babylon’s Ashes by James S. A. Corey
- Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
*Excludes December reads
What have your favourite books been this year?