How can it almost be 2018 already? This year has flown in! 2017 has been a really fantastic year for books and I feel like I’ve read some of my favourite books ever. I managed 86 books – my aim was 75 so I’m pretty pleased with that. I’m aiming for even more in 2018 with 100 books. So without futher ado here are my top 15 books of 2017 – I tried so hard to whittle it down to 10 but it just wasn’t happening. They are also in no particular order because I don’t think I could do that to myself, I loved them all so much.
1. The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1) – Katherine Arden
This book came through the post from the lovely folks at Ebury way back in January and it blew me away. It is safe to say that I am obsessed with this trilogy. If you haven’t read it you can read my r
eview gushing rant about how much I love it here.
2. The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2) – Katherine Arden
With book one being so high on my list of favourite books I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive a proof of book two in the series. If it’s possible I loved this book even more than The Bear and the Nightingale and a review will be coming shortly when I can put into words how stunning it is.
3. Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1) – Heather Fawcett
The lovely folks at Harper 360 sent me this beautiful book and I dived in as soon as it came through the door. Magic? Mystery and adventure? Dubious characters and dragons? I mean what more can you possibly need? I loved this story and my review will be up very shortly!
4. The Silent Companions – Laura Purcell
This book gave me the FEAR. It was so scary and so intense and my god I loved it. Hands down the scariest book I have ever read and I cannot wait to see what Laura Purcell writes next.
5. The Bloodprint (The Khorasan Archives #1) – Ausma Zehanat Khan
I took this book with me when I went to London for an event with Linen Press, on the sleeper back to Glasgow I stayed up pretty much the entire time because I couldn’t put this book down. The writing is stunning, the magic system and world building are amazing. If you want to know more you can check out my review here.
6. Wonder Woman Warbringer (DC Icons #1) – Leigh Bardugo
I love Leigh Bardugo’s books and this was no exception. I was a little apprehensive because I haven’t ever read a Wonder Woman book before – growing up I loved Batman and Harley Quinn, but this book is so well crafted and funny that I just couldn’t leave it off my list. Review here!
7. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James
I picked up a copy of this at the Young Adult Literature Convention and Lauren was kind enough to sign it for me. I started reading it on the way back home and ended up reading it in one sitting because I just had to know what was going to happen next. I’m definitely going to pick up some more Lauren James titles in the new year after read this one. (Review here!)
8. Dawn Study (Study #6) – Maria V. Snyder
I love the Study series so much and this is the final book in the series. Yelena and Valek are some of my favourite ever characters and it was wonderful to have one final adventure.
9. Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) – Mark Lawrence
Anyone who knows me knows that Mark Lawrence is one of my favourite authors (I’m planning to reread The Broken Empire Trilogy in 2018 because I just love it) so when Red Sister was announced I was dying to read it. Mark was kind enough to send me a review copy and I adored it so much. If I really had to pick, this would probably have the top spot for 2017 books. I am
not so patiently counting down the days till Grey Sister comes out. (You can read my gushing review for Red Sister here!)
10. Blackwing (The Raven’s Mark #1) – Ed Macdonald
Blackwing is a fantastic new fantasy series that I enjoyed so so much. The world building was epic and this book definitely hooked me from the get go. I am so looking forward to seeing what’s in store next. If you want to know more, here’s my review!
11. Godblind – Anna Stephens
Oh my god this book. I still think about how good it was even though I read it in May? It was so dark and gruesome and just the best kind of fantasy. Book two cannot come soon enough, I just have to know what happens next. (Review here!)
12. See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done was a fascinating, captivating read. As soon as I was finished it it was promptly pinched by my mum and then my aunt bought a copy because I raved about it. This dark, riveting book follows the story of the Lizzie Borden murders, and if you haven’t read it yet you just have to pick it up. (Review here!)
13. The Wages of Sin (Sarah Gilchrist #1) – Kaite Welsh
This wonderful little book is set in Victorian Edinburgh with a fantastic protagonist who is learning medicine in spite of everyone telling her it’s no job for a woman. Full of mystery all in dark and eerie Edinburgh, this book is a stunning read. Check out my review!
14. The Scarecrow Queen (Sin Eater’s Daughter #3) – Melinda Salisbury
The Sin Eater’s Daughter is probably one of my all time favourite books ever. The Scarecrow Queen, the stunning conclusion to this trilogy pretty much had me feeling every emotion possible. I loved this book more than words can say and I’m so looking forward to reading Melinda’s new book, State of Sorrow. (Review here!)
15. Mary’s the Name – Ross Sayers
Last but certainly not least, Mary’s the Name is a beautiful little book with the funniest protagonist. Full of the sights and sounds of Scottish life, I loved this book. You can read my review here, and if you haven’t picked it up yet you definitely need to.
So those are my top 15 books of 2017. What are your favourite reads and have you read any of these? If you did what did you think? Let me know in the comments!