Hello guys…!!! The year is almost at an end and it’s time to start making lists. Here comes my first one as part of the blog theme created by The Broke and the Bookish. 2017 has been an absolutely wonderful year for me in terms of reading. I discovered the joy of blogging, interacting with other book lovers which in turn gave me so so many awesome book recommendations. Many of the books from my list are not even from this year and I was quite upset that I never read them till now. But it has been a joy reading these amazing books and I look forward to an even better 2018.
This list was very very difficult to make because choosing 10 from the 190 books I read this year is literally impossible but I DID it… So let’s get to it!!!
10. Code Girls by Liza Mundy
This was one of the first ARCs I ever reviewed and it was an awesome insight into the lives of brave women who broke endless barriers to help the Allied forces during WWII. This is a must read for all history and women’s literature lovers.
9. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
The finale of the Remnant Chronicles was so full of feelings and emotions that I wept and sobbed and totally immersed myself in the world. Every single character blew my mind but I can say that Lia, Rafe and Kaden are some of the best characters I have ever read and I am so much in love with them.
8. The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
An explosive finale of the Broken Earth trilogy, this book gave excellent immersive experience of the fantasy world and its history and the hard choices that everyone has to make for the good of the people.
7. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
One of the first adult fantasy novels I have read in a long time and this blew away my mind. The world building and its rich history is excellent, the themes of slavery and oppression and fanaticism are all permeating throughout the story but the book is inherently still an excellent mystery at its heart. And Shara is one of the best female protagonists I have ever read.
6. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
This book embodies all that Cassie does best – beautiful friendships, excellent love triangles and total heartbreak at the end.
5. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
This book has Alina accepting her destiny, Mal coming to terms with her power, Nikolai undergoing deep harrowing trauma and finding his way out of it. The excellent cast of side characters is awesome. I loved the ending but still wanted more because I didn’t want to leave the Grishaverse yet. But this series will always be memorable because of the one and only Darkling. I still don’t know why I love this manipulative sadistic mass murderer.
4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
This is the book that made me want to read romances again. The world, the palace, the desert, the food, the people, the love – I adore everything about this book. The angsty explosive love of Shazi and Khalid is the stuff of dreams and it’s only accentuated by the absolutely beautiful prose. Must must read.
3. Queen of Shadows/ Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
I am totally in love with this series but these two books are my absolute favorites. I have lost count of how many times I have read and listened to them by now and I don’t plan on stopping. The ensemble cast of characters here is the absolute best and I totally feel like they are a part of my life. Both the books have some amazing action sequences but what make them memorable for me are the heart touching emotional scenes that make me sob EVERY SINGLE TIME. This series has given me a never ending book hangover but I am enjoying every moment of it.
This duology is a masterpiece which I can’t describe. It has everything and so much more than I can expect from a fantasy novel. The action sequences are out of the world, the world building is stunning, the diversity is beautiful and effortless and the OTPs are the best ever.
1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Books like this one are so rare that I don’t know when I will ever find another one like this. Feyre’s struggle with her trauma and her journey through it is inspiring and her character growth is just tremendous. But Rhysand is the highlight of this book. The ultimate friend, lover and partner that you can ask for. I love their relationship, I love their family and I am totally in love with Velaris. I wish I could just live there with all of them.