Happy 2018! New year, new blog post! Today, I’m coming to you with my top 5 favorite books that I read in 2017. Not all of them came out in 2017, but a few did.

2017 was a year full of ups and down for me. I lost my mom in March, became salaried at work, moved out of a not great living situation and between it all I read some pretty great books. Overall, I read 33 books this year, which is definitely better than I was expecting.

These are the five books that stood out above the rest and all got five out five stars. They are in the order I read them.

1. The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan is book 2 in the Lady Trent series. If you’re interested I wrote a full review of the first book in the series The Natural History of Dragons.

It follows Isabella Camherst as she strives to learn more about dragons in a Victorian-inspired society. However, it’s more than just about dragons, it tells the tale of love, loss, friendship, and politics. Each book builds off the next as Isabella grows more confident in herself.

The books are written beautifully and made me not want to stop reading. There are five books in the series and I’m hoping to finish the rest of the series this year. These books are perfect if you are a Jane Austen fan and want to read more fantasy or are a fantasy fan and want to get into Jane Austen.

2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is book one of the incomplete Kingkiller Chronicles. I still haven’t brought myself to read the second one knowing there still isn’t a release date for the third and final book, even though I really want to.

This book follows Kvothe, an innkeeper during troubled times, as he tells his story to a chronicler over three days, each book covering one each of those days. In between his story of his past we also have scenes of what’s happening in the present.

The story is told spectacularly, each character feels truly alive, and you will have a strong opinion about each of them. While this book may seem large, it is not difficult at all to get through, you won’t want to stop reading. If you are familiar at all with the video game Skyrim, this books gives off a very similar vibe, particularly with the Winterhold storyline.

3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor is book one of the duology by the same name. Unfortunately, we still don’t have a release date for the second book yet, but when it comes out I will be reading it right away. I also wrote a full review of this book if you would like to know more.

This book follows a young man named Lazlo Strange, an orphan fascinated with the mysterious city that lost its name and no one knows anything about it. That is until one day when the man known as the Godslayer comes looking for help and Lazlo jumps at the chance to learn what he’s always dreamed about.

Laini Taylor simply has a beautiful way with words that make them dance off the page. I always find her books compelling and magical, and Strange the Dreamer was no exception. I will read anything she writes.

4. The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

This year I read Nevernight and Godsgrave, books 1 and 2 of the Nevernight Chronicles, by Jay Kristoff. Both books blew me away and got five stars so I’m lumping them together.

This series follows a young girl named Mia Corvere, who grew up essentially royalty, until the fateful day her father is hung for treason and she has to go on the run. She learns about a deadly organization known as the Red Church and their school for assassins. Now all she wants is revenge.

Unlike the other books on this list, I wouldn’t call Jay Kristoff’s writing beautiful, but I would call it compelling. It’s gritty and snarky. The narrator of the story includes sarcastic footnotes, sometimes for seemingly no reason and others to shed some light on the world Mia lives in. It did get some getting used to, but it’s definitely worth the initial struggle.

5. Turtles all the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green was probably one of my most anticipated books of the year. It’s John Green’s first book in 6 years and the first of his books I read not as a teenager, so I went in a little apprehensive.

The plot isn’t super important in this book, not to say nothing happens, but the majority of the book takes place entirely in Asa’s head. It is more a character study and what it’s really like to experience mental illness in high school. It’s an incredibly important personal story.

What I think surprised me the most about TATWD was that at 24, I never felt as connected to a small group of characters than in this book. It was real and raw and was the perfect example of reading the right book at the right time.

Thanks for reading, now go read some books!

If you have read any of these books let me know your thoughts in the comments!
This year I have a lofty goal of reading 50 books, and I’m aiming to do at least one review each month. I already finished one book this year so there will be a review for that coming soon. If you want to keep up with what I’m reading you can follow me on Goodreads.

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