Best and Worst Books of 2017

Hello and merry Christmas!

In terms of reading, this year was an okay one. I read some that blew me away, and then there were quite a few that were just kinda meh. Of course, there were also some I completely hated. I had a really long reading slump towards the beginning of the year and over the summer I started reading non-fiction of my own free will (I still can’t believe that’s really me and not some possessed version of Clara). I’m still reading non-fiction, by the way, although I have picked up a few more novels.

So for this list, I’m going to start with the worst books and end with the best, because I’m one of those people who likes to get the negative out of the way and end on a positive note. 🙂 It will not include every book I read this year.

The Worst Books I Read in 2017:

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. It could have been all right, if it had had some kind of a plot. I’ve never been overly opposed to the idea of a novel that follows a seemingly ordinary life, but this one was just plain boring. It was definitely my least favorite read of the year that I actually finished (and that was only because it was for school).

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I couldn’t even finish this one. I was really sad about it, too- both my brother and a good friend of mine absolutely loved it, and I was hoping I would, too- but I completely hated it. Mare was outrageously whiny and I found pretty much all the other characters to be flat and boring. It also felt like a Hunger Games ripoff. (Wow, that was brutally honest of me.)

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. I really wanted to love this one, too, and I think I could have if it hadn’t been so slow. It wasn’t the worst, but I just couldn’t finish it because I found myself bored by it.

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. I wanted to love this medieval story, but it was boring and everything seemed a little too convenient. I did finish it, but it was a school book so I kinda had to.

The “Meh” Books:

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton. I started the year with this one, and I did like it, it just had a few flaws that I couldn’t overlook.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I was excited to start this popular series, and I’ve heard the books get much better as it goes on. I liked this book, but I was wishing it would be something more than it was.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I really, really wanted to love this; it was one of the most hyped books of the year and sounded amazing. I did enjoy it but it wasn’t what I wanted.

Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw. I picked this one up because it had Audrey Hepburn on the spine. It was inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s and had lots of life lessons, but it wasn’t my favorite.

The Best Books (does not include re-reads):

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. This was a play I was assigned for school, and I don’t think I’ve read anything funnier since Percy Jackson. It was short but wonderful.

Beauty from the Inside-Out by Bobbi Brown. I read a few makeup/beauty books this summer, and this was my favorite. It had a lot on health and I loved the way Bobbi writes.

Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl. SO. GOOD. Just amazing. Especially as a Marvel fan. Of course, I still need the third book. Desperately. That cliffhanger should be illegal.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I really enjoyed pretty much the entirety of this book. It’s the first in the series (with the sixth and final book coming out in February), and in terms of enjoying the book as a whole, this is my favorite. I’ve read the first four. After Gathering Darkness, I kinda stopped reading it for the actual plot and I’m still only reading the series for my darling ship Magneo. But book one pretty much blew my mind and was exactly the fantasy I’d been craving.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. This is my favorite mystery novel ever. It was seriously creepy at times and just blew my mind. 

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. As I’m writing this, I’m not finished with this book but it is fantastic. It’s Ayaan’s memoir and although it is nothing short of heartbreaking, I love it. It is an inspiring story about standing up for yourself and I will definitely be trying to help girls who are currently growing up in oppression. 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This. Book. I feel like I haven’t stopped recommending it to the world since I finished it. It’s just fantastic and I am in desperate need of book three in the series. 

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. This book can be blamed for the three-month reading slump I was in at the start of the year. But it was so good and so heartbreaking and just…there are no words. This book ripped apart my soul but I will never stop loving it. 

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. Roshani is one of my favorite authors and after loving her debut, The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes was my most anticipated release of 2017 and it was amazing. I loved everything about it (especially that banter-filled romance) and can’t wait for Roshani’s upcoming middle grade novel. 

Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn-Ferrer. Despite the great novels I read this year, this biography was without question my favorite read of the year. It was beautiful and had me in tears at the end. I loved it beyond words and will certainly read it again. 

Well, that was a long one. Once again, merry Christmas! Love you all dearly and hope you have a wonderful holiday season. 

What was your favorite book of the year? Your least favorite? Do we share any favorites? Talk to me in the comments! 

-Clara

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Best and Worst Books of 2017

  1. I recently read “Ready Player One” and the classic “Enders Game”
    Both had some peripheral problems with language and content, what I would do is copy and paste the book from online into a google doc. After this, “find and replace” all vulgar words with something else.
    For example, change the eff word to “Flibbertigibet”
    You will get some pretty funny results.

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