Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The theme for this week is favorite books that we’ve read this year. This list was both easy and difficult to come with. Easy because I read some really great books this past year, and difficult because I had to cut a few from the final list. 

2017 Favorites

1. CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and thankfully it also finished as one of my favorites. The fact that Caraval is Stephanie Garber’s debut novel is astounding: her writing was so phenomenal and this book was so well-crafted and and breathtaking that it reads like it was written by a seasoned author. I cannot wait for the sequel. [review]

2. A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Choski
A Crown of Wishes managed to make it on a whole bunch of other lists throughout the year, so it should come to no surprise to find it on this list as well! Everything about this book was wonderful, starting with the stunning cover and including a couple of amazing characters. [review]

3. THE BIRD AND THE SWORD by Amy Harmon
As soon as I finished reading The Bird and the Sword, I knew I had found my new favorite book. I could read this a hundred times and love it more each time. [review]

4. STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
It’s no secret that Laini Taylor is an immensely talented author whose writings contain a lyrical, magical quality that makes it difficult to put down. Strange the Dreamer was no different. The story is vivid and creative and the characters were diverse and interesting. It also contains of the most tragic, heartbreaking love stories I have ever read-and they were only side characters. I’m looking forward to returning to this world when the sequel comes out. [review]

5. FROM ASH AND SAND by Amy Harmon
Historical Fiction is a favorite genre of mine, and From Ash and Sand quickly became a favorite. The story between Eva and Angelo was heart-wrenching and Amy Harmon’s weaves a portrayal of WWII that is so realistic I could feel the terror and pain along with the characters. [review]

6. THE QUEEN AND THE CURE by Amy Harmon
The Queen and the Cure is the companion book/sequel to The Bird and the Sword and it was just as amazing. The story this book centered around was both wonderful and heartbreaking. [review]

7. THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn
Kate Quinn is one of my favorite authors and when I found out she would be writing a new book set in WWII, a favorite sub-genre of mine, I was beyond excited. The Alice Network was everything I had hoped for and more. [review]

8. THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS by Sarah MacLean
From the first time I read The Rogue Not Taken, I wanted to know more about Serafina and Haven. The mere fact that Sarah MacLean was able to make me not only forgive, but also fall head-over-heels in love with the “villain” of a previous book, especially since we all knew what he had done, is nothing short of a miracle. A thousand kudos. 

9. THE DARK OF THE MOON by E.S. Bell
I requested this book through NetGalley on a whim and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This book is so good and needs more exposure! It has everything I could ever want in a fantasy book and is written so well. I’m excited for whatever the author has in store for us next in this series and I’m hoping it gains some well-deserved popularity! [review]

10. AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson
Why can’t all Young Adult fantasy books (especially those featuring fae) be like this? An Enchantment of Ravens was such a captivating read and has everything that is so addicting about certain other books-a Fae prince, the courts, the magic, BUT written without all the problematic issues. There was a smart, caring heroine whom I genuinely liked, a consensual relationship that developed slowly into deeper feelings, and a love interest who was swoon-worthy AND respectful. I highly recommend this to anyone!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme features our top book boyfriends/girlfriends. You guys would not believe how excited I was when I saw this topic! I think it’s safe to say we all have those characters when reading that give us butterflies. And as I was putting my list together, it was easy to see that I definitely have a ~type~ when it comes to book boyfriends!

1. CHAOL WESTFALL from Throne of Glass
I’m a proud member of the #chaoldefensesquad. Most of the fandom for this series hates Chaol unnecessarily and it’s both frustrating and heartbreaking. He will always be my favorite character and the destruction of his character arc is one of the main reasons I stopped reading the series.

2. MAYLEN ORETSEV from Shadow and Bone
Another favorite character that is completely undeserving of all the hate he gets. Mal is honorable, loyal, brave, kind…I could go on and on and on about him. If I could choose any book character in the world to bring to life to be my IRL boyfriend it would be Mal, without a single doubt. (Btw, has anyone invented a way to do this yet? For science purposes, of course.)

3. PETER KAVINSKY from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Okay, Peter Kavinsky is the best boyfriend in the world and no one can convince me otherwise. Every time he came on page I got butterflies in my stomach and I swooned hard. It’s so sweet and loyal and I’m not saying I’m jealous of a fictional character but…Lara Jean, you don’t know how good you have it. 

4. JULIAN BLACKTHORN from The Dark Artifices
Julian now reigns as my favorite character from the Shadowhunter world (I’m so sorry Will, you’ve been replaced as #1). His love and dedication to both his family and Emma is so pure. He’s gentle, patient, sweet, and completely swoonworthy-making me wonder when I’ll find myself a Julian. 

5. MATTHIAS HELVAR from Six of Crows
I’m not crying, you’re crying. I don’t know what I did to be personally attacked by Leigh Bardugo like this. Matthias’ character arc through these two books is so wonderful. I’m still not over the ending, although I guess since I technically never finished the book, it never really happened, right?

6. WILL HERONDALE from The Infernal Devices
With his wit and humor, love for reading, never-ending sarcasm, and selfless dedication to those he cares about, I’m certain Will Herondale was written out of my dreams. 

7. LUKA LOWE from Wolf By Wolf
Another wonderful character with a beautiful and tragic character arc. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t planning to name my first son Luka after him. The love for him is real, guys. 

8. CARSWELL THORNE from The Lunar Chronicles
I know most of my book boyfriends follow the same archetype: serious, loyal, honorable, etc. but Carswell Thorne is most like the type of guys I find attractive in real life. He’s charming, sarcastic, deviant, and a little cocky…basically the total opposite of everyone else on this list lol. 

9. JOSH MITCHELL from I’ll Meet You there
Josh is the only character on here from a standalone, so that really says something about him if I was willing to love him so much in such a short amount of page time! 

10. JON SNOW from A Song of Ice and Fire
Okay, I’m cheating. Technically, I haven’t actually read these books (yet) but I love Jon from the tv show and from what little I’ve seen and read from the books, I know I’ll love book just as much, if not more.

The New York Times “By the Book” Tag

I’ve been itching to do another book tag, especially since I’ve been in such a reading slump lately, and the first few questions really caught my eye! I first saw this tag on Thrice Read’s blog a while ago and it seemed really fun!


WHAT BOOK IS ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND RIGHT NOW?

Well, technically, my Kindle is on my nightstand. But I’m currently reading The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken and Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. Like I said, I’ve been in a reading slump lately so I’ve been really unmotivated to read anything, which is a shame because my ARCs are starting to pile up. 


WHAT WAS THE LAST TRULY GREAT BOOK YOU READ?

The Dark of the Moon by E.S. Bell was the last book I gave five stars to. Not only that, but I wrote a pretty long review gushing all about it which is pretty telling about my feelings for a book. 


IF YOU COULD MEET ANY WRITER – DEAD OR ALIVE – WHO WOULD IT BE? AND WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO KNOW?

This is one of the questions that drew me to this tag. Without a doubt, George R. R. Martin. SPOILERS to those who haven’t watched season 7 of Game of Thrones yet! There are quite a few questions I would like to pick Mr. Martin’s brain about, but mostly: please, please tell me Jon’s real name is not actually Aegon in the books 😒. Also, Jonsa is totally going to happen, right?!


WHAT BOOKS MIGHT WE BE SURPRISED TO FIND ON YOUR SHELF?

Okay, because I’m a huge nerd, I actually have a two different bookshelves. I have my regular bookshelves and then I have a smaller bookshelf which is where I keep all my “nonfiction” books. Mostly, it’s made up of textbooks I’ve kept over the years and a whole ton of books about different world mythologies/folklore. 


HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR PERSONAL LIBRARY?

I like things to be neat and orderly, so my books are all in alphabetical order by author. 


WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU ALWAYS MEANT TO READ AND HAVEN’T GOTTEN AROUND TO YET?

There are a few books that would fit to answer this question, but I think I’ll go with The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. I’ve started it so many times but can never seem to get past the first chapter.


DISAPPOINTING, OVERRATED, JUST NOT GOOD: WHAT BOOK DID YOU FEEL YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO LIKE BUT DIDN’T?

Hmm. If anyone has ever ventured onto my Tumblr, it’s quite clear how I feel about the Throne of Glass/A Court of Thorns and Roses books. I’ll just keep it simple and say Sarah J. Maas’ books are not for me (anymore). 


WHAT KIND OF STORIES ARE YOU DRAWN TO? ANY YOU STAY CLEAR OF?

I’m definitely drawn to YA/Adult Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and Historical Romance. I also love a good mythology/fairy-tale retelling. I try to stay away from contemporary, although there are a good number that I’ve really enjoyed. There are certain tropes, though, that I’m a sucker for that will make me pick up a book. 


IF YOU COULD REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO READ ONE BOOK, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

There are so many different ways to answer this question but I don’t feel like being too political so I’m just going to skip it. 


WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

Oh gosh, there are so many books downloaded on my Kindle right now. I’ll probably read Warcross by Marie Lu since I won a copy of the book and I can’t wait for it!


If anyone else decides to participate in this tag, post a link in the comments, I want to read your answers! I would also love to hear any ideas on how to get out a reading slump! It’s been months and this is the longest slump I’ve ever been in.

Book Traveling Thursdays #9 – Freebie Week

Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog and Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much. Each week, you pick a book related to the theme and choose different editions of the cover: the original cover, the cover from your country (if different from the original), your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. To see more information and a list of themes check out the Goodreads page!

This week is a freebie week, which is almost worst because it took me forever to decide which book to feature! I decided to choose a book most of us all know and love: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Although I only have one set of Harry Potter books, I’m a believer that one cannot have too many copies of the series. The Scholastic 15th Anniversary editions and Bloomsbury 20th Anniversary Hogwarts House editions are both stunning, and I can’t wait until the day they join my bookshelf!

ORIGINAL COVER – UK Edition

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COVER FROM YOUR COUNTRY – US Edition

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FAVORITE COVER – Scholastic 15th Anniversary Edition

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LEAST FAVORITE COVER – Finnish Edition

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Hate to Love Relationships

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. If you want to join or find out more information about the weekly themes check out the Goodreads page! This week’s topic is all about our favorite hate to love relationships. This is honestly my favorite trope ever, and I just did a similar post not too long ago for Valentine’s Day! Historical romance novels have recently become a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine, and since the hate to love trope is pretty notably in that genre, it’s no surprise where a lot of my choices come from!

23437156MATTHIAS & NINA (SIX OF CROWS) – How could these two not be on this list, considering they’re one of my favorite ships. Their relationship is the very definition of enemies to lovers and I adored them. Just thinking about these two makes me want to weep a river of tears. It’s for this very reason that I refuse to finish reading Crooked Kingdom: my poor little heart will not be able to take it. How dare you, Leigh Bardugo.

 


861326ANTHONY & KATE (THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME)
 – This is the book that got me hooked on Historical/Regency Romance novels, and so it happens to be the standard I compare all others to. The banter and competitiveness between Anthony and Kate is amazing to read and I couldn’t put it down. I think I read this one sitting. Even if you’ve never read an HR book before, I highly suggest trying this one! 

 

23617709KING & SOPHIE (THE ROGUE NOT TAKEN) – So many of my favorite tropes, wrapped into one wonderful book. Hate to love? Check. Witty banter? Check. Fake relationships? Slow-burning romance? Injured MC requiring the care of the love interest? Check, check, and check. It’s really not surprising how much I love this book.

 

 

23367265MAGNUS & CLEO (FALLING KINGDOMS) – Like a few others, I was trash for Magneo before it was even canon, way back in the first book when I thought it was never even a possibility of happening. And now look how far we’ve come. Morgan Rhodes has indeed been good to us, and let’s not forget the fact that they’re both on the cover for the last book. #blessed

 

29939047VIKRAM & GAURI (A CROWN OF WISHES) – I mentioned in my review of this book that the relationship between Vikram and Gauri was one of my favorite things about it. The banter between them is on a whole other level and I couldn’t stop laughing.