Top 10 Books of 2017

Hello friends! It seems crazy that the end of the year is upon us and that mean all the top posts! I always love looking back at the books that I’ve read over the year. (You can see my top books of 2016 here). I was surprised that I had 10 (!!) 5 star rated books this year. That doesn’t happen very often. I ended up swapping one of my 5 star books with a 4 star on this list, just because I had to share that 4 star book as one of my favorites of the year. If you want to see everything I read this year, check out my Goodreads Year in Review.

My top 10 books of 2017 | The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky, Ancillary Mercy, City of Miracles, Behind the Throne, The Song of Orphans, The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower, Oathbringer | Puppies & Pretties

My Top 10 Books of 2017

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin: (Read my review) This book is one of my favorites of the year. Jemisin does such an amazing job of creating a fascinating world and fantastic characters. It is the kind that draws you in and won’t let you go. Be prepared to read the entire trilogy because you won’t want to leave.

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin: (Read my review) Yep, book 2 also made the list. While The Fifth Season really focuses on the the different narrator’s story and feelings, book 2 really digs into the good and bad of humanity.

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin: (Read my review) It isn’t very often that an entire trilogy is this strong. But this one is. I’m not lying when I say that the world building, the character growth and just the overall writing/plot is just amazing. PLEASE go read it and then come back and gush with me.

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie: (Read my review) I don’t know why it took me so long to pick the final book of this trilogy up, but I’m glad I did. It really closes out the trilogy well. If you want a fascinating space story that discusses technology and how we interact with it, classism, and self-identity.

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett: (Read my review) Another trilogy ender, I was *this close* to re-reading the first two in the series just to really enjoy it again. Alas, I have way too many books to read without re-reading books. I don’t even know how to summarize this book/series. But it is damn good. I’m pretty sure I cried when I read this. And if that doesn’t say something, I don’t know what will (PS: I’m not a crier).

Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers: (Read my review) This was the one 4 star book (and series) I just had to include. While maybe not as strong as the other books, it is a fun ride and a great read. A gunrunner princess has to come back home because not all is well in the family. The series follows her as she has to claim her crown and then protect it. Lots of great relationships, worldbuilding, and plain old fun. If you have wanted to try out a space opera, this is your book.

The Song of the Orphans by Daniel Price: (Read my review) I didn’t even know this was missing in my life until I picked this series up again. This is book 2 in the series and it just as good at book 1. What really sets this book apart are the characters and how they interact with each other. This is a great book if you like to consider parallel worlds and time as a non-linear thing. Plus cool magic/technology.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: (Read my review) Quite possibly my favorite book of the year. So much goodness here: medieval Russia, magic (but not too much), a strong female character and wonderful storyline. Do yourself a favor and go out and get this book.

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden: (Read my review) The followup book to The Bear and the Nightingale, there was a lot to live up to and it does a good job of it. While not as good at book 1, all of the elements are still there. What I loved about this one is seeing the characters change and grow as they are put into different situations. Did I mention there is a magic horse that thinks he is pretty cool?

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson: I just finished this book in mid-December so I haven’t had a chance to post my review (that will come Jan 5 for Reading Lately). But if you know me, Brandon Sanderson can do no wrong. Book 3 in a big epic fantasy series (supposed to be 10 books) it thankfully doesn’t fall into the trap that often happens in big series like this. All the storylines feel necessary are not bogged down. The only bad part? Having to wait a couple years until the next one.

What were your favorite books of 2017? And what are you looking forward to reading in 2018?

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22 thoughts on “Top 10 Books of 2017

  1. Kristen @ SYIAP

    ok, you’ve convinced me, i will add the Jemisin series to my list! i really enjoyed the bear and the nightingale, i have the second on my kindle so glad you enjoyed it even if it wasn’t as good as the first. i need to re-read the first or at least a summary because i’ve forgotten everything lol. like you said though, too many books without re-reading others. i do like to re-read favourites but not as much as i’d like!

  2. Pam O'Brien

    I definitely want to add the two Katherine Arden books to my 2018 TBR list. It just keeps getting longer and longer, lol. Pam 🙂

  3. Audrey Louise

    I’ve been on the fence about picking up the next one in The Bear and the Nightingale series… I loved the first one SO much and I liked how it ended. I’m nervous to continue the story, lol!

  4. Alexandra Consolver

    I added The Fifth Season to my list! I’m SO GLAD you loved The Bear and the Nightingale. It was probably my top book of 2016. I am re-reading it now… I can’t remember the plot points… just that I LOVED it… so I can read the sequel! 🙂 So much love for the totally different setting and story, etc. 🙂 XO – Alexandra

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