TTT: Top Six Favourite Books of 2017

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
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Hello, everyone! Today`s post is all about my favourite books of 2017 and I know that I should complain how 2017 went by, how I did nothing, etc. But I`m so excited for 2018 that I don`t even care that 2017 wasn`t the best year. I know that next year will be amazing, and I can`t wait to enter a new chapter in my life. Look at that, at least this year made me a positive person.

At the moment, I am 2 books away from finishing my Goodreads goal of 50 books. I am very confident that I`ll reach it, and I might even squeeze in a couple more books. Or I could end up watching Christmas movies for the rest of 2017. Who knows? With a few exceptions, the books I`m going to mention are not new releases. That`s because I prefer to wait until the hype slows down and then see what the fuss is all about. I`ve also decided to talk only about 6 books instead of 10. Don`t get me wrong, I`ve read some pretty good books this year. But I wanted to include only the books that I truly loved and the ones that I will want to re-read over and over again.

"A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness
The first book that I`ve read in 2017 ended up being my favourite. Not only is this a beautiful story about grief and struggling to move on, but I`ve also connected with the characters a lot. As I mentioned in my review, my Grandma died of cancer a couple of years ago. We were close when I was young, but we drifted apart when I moved to London. And I couldn`t be there for her in her last moments and that made me really sad. Anyways, the writing style of this novel is beautiful and the story is absolutely heartbreaking, but it`s number one on the list because of my personal attachment. If you want to know more about the book, here`s my review.

"The Book Thief" by Markus Zuzak
I`m sure that most of you are familiar with the story, and that`s why I won`t go into too many details. This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It will make you cherish the little things you might take for granted. For me, what set this novel apart, besides the beautiful story, was the way it was told. The fact that Death was the narrator was very original, and I highly enjoyed his observations.

"History Is All You Left Me" by Adam Silvera
This book is an emotional rollercoaster. It tells the story of Griffin, who recently lost the love of his life. Although they broke up, Griffin always thought that Theo will come back to him. Besides the grief, OCD is starting to take control of Griffin`s life and the only person he can connect with is Theo`s current boyfriend, Jackson. I know, I might have confused you, so it might be easier to read my review. Or just pick up the book and let it break your heart.

"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton
One of the best coming of age stories that I`ve ever read, it`s about social injustice and friendships that are stronger than family. Again, it`s a beautifully written novel and it will break your heart, but it`s totally worth it. 

"Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli
OK, it was getting a bit depressing in here, so I`ve decided to include the fluffiest contemporary I`ve ever read. Although it deals with topics like sexuality and coming out, it`s done in such a heartwarming way. This book is like cookies for your soul. The characters are adorable, the romance is cute and it will give you all the good feels. If you want more information, this is my review.

"Daughter Of Smoke And Bone" by Laini Taylor
"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well." Except for the readers, who got to experience the perfect novel. Honestly, I have loved everything about this novel, from the mysterious characters to the beautiful setting of Prague. I even found myself mesmerized by the love story, and that says a lot. Laini Taylor has a unique writing style and more importantly, she manages to take YA`s most common tropes and give them a spin of her own. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Overall, this year I had a lot of 4-star reads, which is still pretty amazing. But I`ve been more stingy with my 5 stars, and that`s why I only have six books to share with you. Then again, I would give these books a million stars, so that says a lot.

P.S. After gushing again about it, I want to finish the "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" trilogy by the end of the year. I think they`ll be 5 star reads as well, but we`ll see. Somehow the ending to "The Queen of the Tearling" trilogy ruined everything for me, so I`m hoping this isn`t the case with these books.




52 comments

  1. the book thief is definitely on my list to read!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. I hope you get to it soon, it`s amazing.

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  2. I haven't read The Book Thief yet but I've heard so many good things about it! I even bought myself a copy already, so I'm definitely going to read it at some point - although it might not be this year anymore.
    I also loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone! It honestly made me want to go to Prague and visit the places named in the book. [Still think it's a pity Poison Kitchen doesn't really exist..]

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    1. Yes, when I was reading it I was casually checking out plane tickets to Prague. I`m still tempted to go next year and reread the book when I`m there.

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  3. Ahh I love your list!! History Is All You Left Me was SUCH an emotion hitter this year ajfdksald. <3 I definitely can't stop thinking about it! And I read A Monster Calls and The Book Thief quite a while ago but love love them both so much. Also Simon Vs is SO CUTE!! Basically one of the cutest books of life!!

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    1. Simon is adorable! I am so anxious for the movie; I really hope they do the book justice.

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  4. I've definitely been stingy with my 5 stars too. I'm so glad you enjoyed The Book Thief - it's one of my all time favourites!

    Sarah
    sarahschapter.co.uk

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    1. I still consider 4 stars a pretty amazing rating, but I want to give 5 stars only to the books I truly love. Now I also wait a few days after I finished a book, to see if it was the hype or I enjoyed it that much.

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  5. I feel similarly about 2017. It wasn't great, but you can only look forward!

    I love A Monster Calls. Patrick Ness' books are amazing and I love him as an author and a person. I'm so glad you could have such a deeply personal connection with the book <3

    I also adore The Book Thief. It's so moving, and the narrator is by far the most brilliant aspect. I also love Simon vs. because of it's pure fluff and happy feels. I'm cautiously excited for the movie - I really want to see these adorable characters on screen.

    Sadly History is All You Left Me didn't quite work for me. I don't know why and I know I'm in the minority, but I'm so glad I picked up another Silvera book because They Both Die at the End blew me away (and ruined my life with tears and emotions). If you liked History I highly recommend it. Daughter of Smoke and Bone also wasn't quite for me, but I agree that the setting and the concept was mesmirising and made me fall a little in love with the author's writing, so I definitely will read more stuff by her.

    I'm very eager to read The Outsiders because I've heard fantastic things.

    I hope you meet your Goodreads Challenge goal!

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    1. I picked up They Both Die at the End as soon as it was released, but I`ve decided to wait a few weeks. I couln`t handle anymore heartbreak. I`m pretty sure I`ll end up loving it as well.

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  6. I want to read The Outsiders, especially since I loved the movie!

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    1. The movie was great, it had such a terrific cast. You should definitely read the book, you`ll love it.

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  7. OMG, so many of the books on your list are on mine too! The Book Thief broke my heart, Simon Vs. was amazing, and History is All You Left Me exploded in my face with all of the emotions!!!! I love this list and i'm so glad we liked the same books!

    Here's my TTT: https://bookslikewolves.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2017/12/12/Blogmas-Day-12-Top-17-Books-of-2017

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    1. History is All You Left Me was heartbreaking. I was such a sobbing mess after I read it. You definitely need a box of tissues lying around when you read Adam`s books.

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  8. Good luck with your Goodreads goal. I'm sure you'll make it. I loved the Outsiders the movie and saw a special collector's edition of the book this year I wish I had grabbed when I had the chance. Nice list!

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    1. Thanks. My reading goal is almost done, at this rate I`ll even beat it. I was thinking about getting that collector`s edition, but decided not to in the end.

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  9. Great list! A Monster Calls, Simon vs., and Daughter of Smoke and Bone are some of my favorite books! I also enjoyed History Is All You Left Me, although I actually thought They Both Die at the End was even better. Have you read it already?
    Here's my list of 2017 favorites: http://buecher-monster.de/2017/12/12/top-10-tuesday-top-ten-favorite-books-of-2017/ ��

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    1. I`ll probably pick up They Both Die at the end in januray, I need to prepare myself for the heartbreak. I`m also so excited for the book he`s going to write with Becky Albertalli.

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  10. The Book Thief is one of my favourite books ever, so I'm so glad you loved it too! DoSAB I also read this year, it didn't make my best of list though.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/top-ten-tuesday-137/

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    1. The Book Thies is amazing, one of the best historical fiction novels out there.

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  11. I remember reading The Outsiders in high school; I think I would appreciate it more now!

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    1. I think you should reread it soon, you might enjoy it even more. Reading books for school always seems to diminish our entertainment.

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  12. Yes, A Monster Calls was a wonderful story. It definitely had its dark moments, though, and should be read with a box of tissues nearby.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. I cried so much, but it was worth it. The story is so beautiful!

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  13. The Outsiders was a wonderful book, Greg. Definitely go check it out. Georgiana was 100% right about it.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by earlier!

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  14. You have read so many wonderful books this year! :-) Fabulous list!

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  15. Such an amazing list! History Is All You Left me was such an amazing book and The Book Thief is one of my all-time faves as well. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is my favorite go-to, feel-good book and Daughter of Smoke and Bone is just such an original read <3

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  16. I haven't read any of the books on your list this week.... But I have the feeling I will be adding a few more titles to my ever growing reading wishlist!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:
    https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-favorite-books.html

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  17. Except for the readers! Ahahaha! Laini Taylor is really good author though.

    Great list, lots of my favorite books. You take real pretty pictures! <3

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  18. I haven't read any of these, but The Book Thief, The Outsiders, and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda are all on my tbr list. I'll have to move them to the top! I'm so happy they're as good as I hoped!

    Daughter Of Smoke And Bone is one I've heard of, but now I'm super curious! Hopefully the last book in the series is good. Don't you hate when a series ends terribly?? THE WORST.

    Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 Book Highlights

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  19. the book thief - love that book, it is indeed funny also heart warming & sad.

    daughter of smoke & bone - tried to read it but I couldn't get passed the first few chapters, but it's probably one of those book/book series that isn't for everyone.

    have a lovely day.

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  20. I need to prepare my heart before I let Adam Silvera break it again with History Is All You Left Me. But I'm also eager for it to happen and am kind of glad to see it on your list despite knowing it will probably make me cry. Great list!

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  21. Great list! Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is so much fun and The Book Thief is a masterpiece - glad to hear you enjoyed them both!

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  22. A Monster Calls is absolutely fantastic! Great choices!

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  23. The Outsiders is one of my most favorite books of all time, good choice! I keep seeing "History is All You Left Me" and I think it will have to go on my TBR after this week. Happy Reading!

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  24. A Monster Calls is such a great book. I'm a huge fan of the author and all her writes. Great list!

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  25. So many good books on this list! The Book Thief is one of my all-time favorites.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  26. Almost 50 books!? That is impressive! Nice work! The Book Thief made it on to my list this week but not for the same reason it made it on yours, oops xD. Daughter of Smoke and Bone sounds like it's one I should try out. I hadn't considered it before, but you have convinced me. Great list!

    Thank you for visiting our blog,
    Elena @ The Novelistics

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  27. Nice list! I loved Simon, A Monster Calls, and The Book Thief. All books I could re-read again!

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  28. Great list. I need to read The Outsiders. And Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a good book as well (although only a four star from me, but I definitely need to finish the series.)

    Have a great week. - Katie

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  29. First time on your blog and t's beautiful!😍 Also that edition of "Daughter Of Smoke And Bone" by Laini Taylor is to die for! I love that series so much! I also LOVED History Is All You Left Me, which I ugly cried for what felt like a week! Also, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda!! I can't wait for the movie!
    This was truly a great post!
    Happy reading 😘 xoxo

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  30. You need to read the first series by Laini Taylor! It's amazing!

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  31. I love THE BOOK THIEF! I also really loved THE OUTSIDERS when I read it waayyy back in high school. I should re-read it sometime soon. Thanks for the reminder :)

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!

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  33. Loved A Monster Calls! I still need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

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  34. Oh you have three of my favorites on there, Simon VS, A Monster Calls and The Book Thief. So glad you enjoyed these as well. :D

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  35. I read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy for the first time this year and loved it so much. I don't know why I waited so long to start it! I hope the sequels aren't disappointing for you, I know how sad it is when that happens.

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  36. Definitely some winners on this list! The Book Thief, Simon Vs, and The Outsiders are some of my all time favorites. I loved More Happy Than Not, and I'm looking forward to reading History Is All You Left Me.

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  37. Congratulations on reaching your goal of 50 books, that's phenomenal! There are so many of my favorite books on here :0 Simon vs is probably one of my favorite books of all time! I am sooo ready for the movie.

    ~ noor

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  38. I loved Simon Vs, I definitely want to reread it sometime next year. And I haven't read any of Adam Silvera's books, but I do have They Both Due at the End on my TBR for next month.

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  39. OMG YES Daughter of Smoke and Bone is on this list, awesome!! This is one of my alltime favorite series, I'm obsessed with Taylor's writing skills <3

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