This is the list of the best books I read in 2017.
I’d say this was a pretty good Reading year. I discovered some new favorite series and ended up Reading over 100 books in total. I didn’t read as much 2017 releases as I wanted but I’m still happy with the books I read.
The list is not in any particular order since all of these books received a 5 star rating from me. Let’s start!
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire
This book came out in the beginning of 2017 and, even though this is from Seanan McGuire, the famous author of the Wayward Children series, I didn’t hear any buzz around it when it came out. I didn’t know anything about this book but I’m glad I picked it up! It had a really intriguing story and an interesting take on ghosts. If you want to know more, check out my review here.
Vigil by Angela Slatter
This book came out in 2016 and I had already heard something about it when I picked it up. I wasn’t expecting to like it so much, though. It is the story of Verity Fassbinder, half human, half Weyrd that solves mysteries and helps people from both worlds. I really enjoyed the story. If you want to know more, check out my review here.
This is a series from Serial Box that started to come out in 2015. It is a fantasy series with political intrigue and LGBT characters. I had already read Bookburners from Serial Box and really enjoyed it but wasn’t expecting to like Tremontaine this much. It has captivating characters and a wonderfully written plot. If you want to know more, you can read my review of the first episode here.
The Hitchcock Murders by Gavin Collinson
This book came out in 2015 and is a pretty unpopular book. At the time I’m writing this, it only has 22 ratings on goodreads. It is about a series of murders mimicking Hitchcock’s movies. The story completely absorbed me and I couldn’t put the book down. If you want to know more about my thoughts on it, check out my review here.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
This book came out in 2014 and is set in Amsterdam in the 17th century. The main character, Nella, travels from the country to the city to marry a rich Merchant but her marriage is not as she thought it would be. With Johannes’ absence, she distracts herself with a doll house. Nella orders some dolls from the miniaturist to add to her house but the figures that start coming in the mail show more than she asked for. I borrowed this book from the library and it completely surprised me. I couldn’t stop reading it. The plot, the characters, everything grabbed me. If you want to know more about this book, check out my review here.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
This book first came out in 1934 and I’ve had it on my radar for a few years. It was just this year, with the new movie coming out, that I finally picked it up from my shelf. During a snowstorm, the Orient Express is forced to stop. In the morning, one of the passengers is found dead and Poirot has to solve the impossible mystery of his murder. I adored this book and it encouraged me to read more of Agatha Christie’s works. If you want to know more about it, read my review here.
The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
This novella came out in 2012. I bought it after reading and loving Elantris (REVIEW). It is about Shai, a forger that is asked to forge the Emperor’s Soul in Exchange for her freedom. I was fascinated by this novella. Everything in it made me want to read more of Sanderson’s books. If you want to know more, check out my review here.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
This book first came out in 1982 and it is a fantasy retelling of the Legend of King Arthur. This book had such a rich story. It had plenty of characters to love and hate. I think this is going to be one of those stories that won’t leave my head for a while. If you want to know more, check out my review here.
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
This book first came out in 1895 and was the Book Club pick for December. In this novel, the Time Traveler tells the story of how he traveled to the future and met evolved humans. If you want to know more, check out my review here, and the Book Club discussion here. Just keep in mind that the last one has spoilers! If you want to read this book, it is also free on amazon.
Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory
The first volume of this graphic novel series came out in 2009 and, after I read it this year, I knew it would become one of my favorite series. It tells the story of Tony Chu, a detective that is Cibopathic. I love the characters of this book and the plot was completely addictive. If you want to know more, check out my review here.
This is it. These were my favorite books of 2017. I recommend each and every one of these books.
Still, I couldn’t read everything I wanted. There are a lot of 2017 releases that I didn’t get the chance to read and I hope that’ll change next year.
Comment below your top picks for 2017 and some of the books you want to catch up on next year.