Top 10 Tuesday: Best Books Of 2017 So Far

*Top 10 Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

I recently did the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, where I talked in depth about this year`s greatest hits and misses. I am in a bit of a reading slump, but 28 books still put me ahead of my target. This past week I`ve spent countless hours on Youtube, watching PLL theories, and I know that after the finale I`ll be able to sort my shit out. Because PLL is a pesky little show that takes over your life and makes you untrusty of parrots (I`m looking at you Tippy). Anyways, moving on to today`s post, I`m here to tell you about my favourite books of 2017. They`re not in any particular order and unlike other times, I won`t do mini reviews. That`s because I want to tell you WHY I loved them, whether it was the plot, writing style or characters.

"A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness (review here)
I`m pretty sure everyone is tired of me raving about this book. Well, I`m tired of heavy contour and that doesn`t seem to go away either, so bare with me. As I mentioned countless times, Patrick Ness has a gorgeous style of writing and all of his phrases are so magical and lyrical. But the reason why I adore this book is that I have a special connection with it. My grandma died of cancer a few years ago. I was in London and I was so angry for not being there for her. But eventually, I moved on and realised that just because I could not be there for her in her last moments, that does not mean that I did not love her.

"When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon
This is a new favourite of mine and that says a lot because I`m not the biggest fan of YA romance. But Dimple and Rishi`s interactions were adorable and I just loved how they complimented each other. I also enjoyed learning new things about Indian culture and the fact that it`s an own voice novel. There will be a review coming up soon.

"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak
This book was everything I expect a YA historical novel to be. It was heartbreaking, well-written and it made you care about the characters deeply. Death was an unexpected and original narrator, which added to the uniqueness of the story.

"History Is All You Left Me" by Adam Silvera
Oh, Adam, you`re back at it again. Breaking my heart into tiny little pieces. This is not an easy read, as the main character just lost the love of his life and his OCD is beginning to take control over him. But the writing is absolutely beautiful! It`s also another own voice novel, as Adam is gay and has OCD as well.

"Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli (review here)
This is a feel good book from beginning towards the end! It`s filled with adorable moments and the characters are so cute, you NEED them in your life. Simon, the main character, it`s a precious little guy who has a heart of gold. But he`s also the definition of sass, which makes him one of my new favourite characters.

"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton
I loved this book because its main focus was love and friendship. Sure, it`s a beautiful coming of age story that also deals with social injustice. But like I said, it`s the love between these characters that makes the book stand out. These boys would do anything for each other, proving that family can be more than blood-related. 

"Truth or Dare" by Non Pratt
I did not know much about this book until it came in my May Illumicrate. And I`m so happy it did because I loved it! The book dealt with a variety of topics, from public shaming to neurodisability and racism. It also had a fresh and honest take on Youtube, showing the highs and lows of becoming an Internet sensation. There will be a review coming up soon, for more details.

I`d like to give a special mention to "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" and "The Bad Beginning". These are all marvellous children books and I enjoyed reading them, so I thought they should be on this list. I also couldn`t think of other books, so there you have it.

Books read in 2017 (so far):
"Caraval" by Stephanie Garber ( 2 out of 5 stars)
"The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery ( 3 out of 5 stars)
"Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between" by Lauren Graham ( 3 out of 5 stars)
"Dead Poets Society" by N.H. Kleinbaum ( 3 out of 5 stars) - movie was better
"Finding Audrey" by Sophie Kinsella ( 3 out of 5 stars)
"I was Here" by Gayle Forman (1 out of 5 stars)
"To Be Or Not To Be" by Liz Evers ( 3 out of 5 stars)
"The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy" by Tim Burton ( 3 out of 5 stars)
"The Man Who Read Love Stories" by Luis Sepulveda ( 4 out of 5 stars)
"The Rest Of Us Just Live Here" by Patrick Ness ( 4 out of 5 stars)
"Milk and Honey" by Rupi Kaur ( 3 out of 5 stars)
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon ( 3 out of 5 stars)
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen ( 4 out of 5 stars)
"The Fate Of The Tearling" by Erika Johansen ( 2 out of 5 stars)
"Clockwork Angel" by Cassandra Clare ( 3 out of 5 stars)
"Justice Buried" by Hilary Thompson ( 3 out of 5 stars)
"Viata Secreta A Marilor Scriitori" by Robert Schnakenberg ( 3 out of 5 stars)
"Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher ( 1 out of 5 stars)
"Truth or Dare" by Non Pratt ( 4 out of 5 stars)
"A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness ( 5/5 stars)
"The Bad Beginning" by Lemony Snickett ( 4 out of 5 stars)
"The Tales of Beedle the Bard" by J.K.Rowling ( 5/5stars)
"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L.Frank Baum ( 5/5 stars)
"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton ( 5/5 stars)
"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak ( 5/5 stars)
"When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon ( 5/5 stars)
"Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli ( 5/5stars)
"History is All You Left Me" by Adam Silvera ( 5/5 stars)



30 comments :

  1. I'm hoping to read Dimple and Outsiders both this summer. Thanks for the recommendations.

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/06/best-books-youve-read-in-2017-so-far.html

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    1. Oh, I hope you`ll enjoy them, they`re great books.

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  2. A Monster Calls has to be one of the best books I have ever read, I completely agree about the poetic narrative. I would love to give some of these a try especially 'History is all you Left Me' I'm a sucker for sad books and it interests me that it is a voice novel about mental health. Thank you for your recommendations!

    Marbl☾☽Moon

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    1. Adam Silvera is a phenomenal writer, he writes such breathtaking stories.

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  3. The Book Thief is one of my favourite books, glad to see you enjoyed it! Ha ha yes, PLL really does take over your life, I cannot wait to see the finale when it comes on Netflix tomorrow.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/top-ten-tuesday-113/

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    1. That ending though. What the hell was that?

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  4. I read The Book Thief quite a few years ago now, and I've reread it a few times now, it's SO BEAUTIFUL.

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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    1. Such a beautiful story. I also loved the movie a lot!

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  5. The Book Thief is brilliant! I read it a couple of years ago now, but I remember loving it. Despite the very sad ending. :(

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    1. The ending was heartbreaking, but it was a beautiful story.

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  6. Looks like you've read some spectacular books so far this year!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:

    http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/06/top-ten-tuesday-best-books-ive-read-in.html

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  7. I've been meaning to read The Book Thief since I adored the film.

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    1. I found the movie a close representation of the book. I loved it.

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  8. I keep meaning to read The Book Thief and the Outsiders! My cousin just recommended the latter.

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    1. They`re both amazing books, you should read them.

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  9. Some of my favorite books are on this list, yay! I absolutely love A Monster Calls. Have you already seen the movie? I was very impressed at how true to the book it stuck. And Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda makes me happier than almost any other book! I also really enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi.

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    1. I did not see the movie yet, but want to. I just need to mentally prepare for it, as I know it will break me.

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  10. Great list! Your Harley Quinn funko pop looks awesome! I really want to read When Dimple Met Rishi! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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  11. You have some of my favorites listed here! A Monster Calls and The Book Thief are beautiful books, and The Outsiders is one of my all-time favorites. Glad to hear you liked When Dimple Met Rishi. I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Loved The Outsiders. The movie was great as well.

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  12. Becky Albertalli's new book is a companion to Simon & features guest appearances by several of the characters from her first novel. I definitely recommend it!

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    1. Oh, that makes me want to read the book even more.

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  13. I pretty much sobbed my way through A Monster Calls. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie (when I can watch it at home!). The illustrations are amazing too. I want more illustrated books!

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    1. I need to watch the movie too. And that illustrated edition is on my Christmas wishlist.

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  14. Eeep, I love SO many of the books you've listed! And now I'm really keen to read the Non Pratt one from my Illumicrate box too. :P I hadn't gotten to it yet or heard anyone talk about it! Omg and A Monster Calls is precious and heartbreaking. I also ADORE the Book Thief...again with the precious and heartbreaking. *cries into a puddle* and History was SO GOOD...I only gave it 4 but I love it so much I think I should go back and give it a 5!!

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    1. I did not hear anything about Truth or Dare before it arrived in my Illumicrate, and even then, not many people were talking about it. But it gave me a chance to form my own opinion and not be influenced by any hype. In the end, I bloody loved it.

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  15. Great list! I have been hopeless with my book reviews on my blog recently. Still haven't done my April ones, because I read 14 books and the thought of writing those reviews just keeps putting me off as does May with 9 so I think i might begin afresh with July!
    Have you read any other of the Oz book series? I LOVE them! When I was 18 and at uni, I discovered there were more than the 7 I knew about and I ordered the last 7 books in the series from Amazon America at great postage costs!

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    1. I thought there were only 2 books, so thanks for telling me. I`ll definitely check out the rest. Do you also know any good OZ retellings? I was thinking about picking up "Dorothy Must Die".

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  16. Such a great list! Simon is one of my favorite reads since I started blogging and The Outsiders has been a favorite for as long as I can remember. A Monster Calls is actually on my summer TBR so I'm really looking forward to that after seeing it on your list. :)

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