I’ve been wanting to make this list for a while now since I didn’t write any reviews for the last half of 2017. So to make up for lost time, I wanted to do a mini-reviews sort of post.
I really tried to expand my reading last year. I wanted to branch out to new to me authors and read more diversely. By doing this, I found some new favorites, and even some authors that are now auto-buy/auto-request-from-the-library. I’m hoping to keep up with expanding my reading in 2018 on top of the challenge I set up for myself (which I will discuss in a different post). But without further ado, here is my list!
Hands down, when I think of favorite books of 2017, Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman is the first book that comes to mind. I had received an ARC after talking to the author who wanted to get this book into the hands of readers represented in this book (bi-racial asian). Being Filipina/American, I fit the bill. I could not read this book fast enough. I have never connected to a book so much in my life, and I have to say, representation really does matter. I needed this book when I was a teen, and now I’m glad that there are teens today with this book in their hands. This book moved me so much, that I immediately emailed the author (I never do that) just to thank her. If you want, you can read my full review here, including my thoughts and trigger warnings.
Another one of my top favorite books was When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. Menon is a local author to me, and I’ve met her twice. I love talking to her. This book is witty, funny, swoony, and so much more. I loved that this featured a girl who is interested in coding. I related so much to the dynamics of family expectations/traditions while pursuing your own dreams. I definitely can’t wait for From Twinkle, With Love or the companion to When Dimple Met Rishi.
Okay, okay. I had been putting this series off for FOREVER. To be quite honest, I was scared to read it! Its been hyped so much, and I didn’t want to be the black sheep on this one because I really enjoyed the Shadow and Bone series. But Paige and I decided to read these two together, and tbh, I have never seen us buddy read something so fast during our friendship. It really did live up to the hype. I’m glad that King Nikolai will have his own series as well, because I really enjoyed his character.
I read a lot of Leigh Bardugo this year, and I’m never disappointed in her books. I read this one pretty soon after it was released, and I’m really glad that I did. This book had plenty of action (as one would expect from Wonder Woman) but also really showcase Diana as a Teen. Something that we don’t get to see often with her character. I recently got the second book in this D.C. Icon’s series- Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu, and I can’t wait to dive into it.
This is a book that I randomly picked up and had no idea what to expect. What happened was that I absolutely fell in love with this book. I couldn’t put it down because there was so much mystery and I really just needed to find out the truth after reading plot twist after plot twist. I loved this book so much that I got my husband to start reading it as well, and he’s really enjoying it.
I’m glad I got the chance to meet Reintgen this year. We had such a great conversation, and I can’t wait to read the sequel, Nyxia Unleashed, which comes out later this year. If you’re really into Science Fiction and high stakes types of stories, this one may be the one for you.
Dear Martin is such a powerful book. Its short, but it really packs a punch. Its so raw and just absolutely had me gutted at the end. I highly highly recommend this to everyone. It’s really thought provoking, and I believe it to be a really important read, not only for teens, but for adults as well. I think I read this in one sitting and its really a book that you wont regret reading.
I think these two come as a surprise to no one. Cotugno is my favorite author, and I really enjoyed both of these. I really enjoyed Fireworks because it included a lot of 90’s nostalgia for me. (Really, you should see how much 90’s music my husband and I listen to)
I FINALLY got to meet Katie Cotugno last year, and I was seriously internally flailing about while trying not to bury her in my giant pile of books to sign. I can’t wait to add more of her books to my collection this year.
I decided to read this right before The Last Jedi came out. I really enjoyed Rogue One and was highly interested in this book. This is hands down my favorite Star Wars book. What I loved about it was the fact that it filled in the gaps from when Jyn was picked up by Saw Gerrera and when she joins up with the Rebels. I think it really lays down a good foundation as to why Jyn was so resistant in the beginning and also answers the question of how she got landed in prison. If you’re a Star Wars fan, I really recommend this one!
And finally, Long Way Down. I met Jason Reynolds last year, and I absolutely love hearing him talk. This is a book set in prose and reads pretty fast. However, if you can, I highly recommend the audiobook. Reynolds narrates it himself, and it was such a powerful read/listen. He puts such emotion into it and keeps you hooked on every last word. I read this in under two hours, and I’m really glad I picked this up on a whim.
- Frostblood and Fireblood by Ely Blake
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
- We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
- Black Souls by Nicole Castroman
- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
- Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
- Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
I think I could have made this list go on and on because I read so many good books last year. I didn’t get to read as many books as I hoped, but thats okay. I hope 2018 brings many good books my way.
Note: If you guys are looking for signed editions of books, check out the Tattered Cover links I included. A lot of these authors like Jason Reynolds, Katie Cotugno, and Sandhya Menon had signings there last year and the store often has signed stock. Make sure to check in with them and you might be able to get your hands on a signed copy!