December 20, 2017 by elnadesbookchat
Top 5 Books of 2017
Ack! I hate making lists of my favorite books! How can any one be so cruel as to make me choose between all of the good books I have read this year? It’s inhumane and a slow torture. But I really wanted to do a Top 5 Wednesday this week so I decided that I would focus the topic a little bit and pick my top five from the books that I read because I saw reviews of them on my favorite blogs.
1. Books by Victoria Schwab. Namely This Savage Song, Our Dark Duet and A Darker Shade of Magic.
Since the beginning of 2017 I couldn’t look at someone else’s book blog without seeing some review about one of these books. And I never saw a bad one, only stupendously glowing reviews of her work. So finally I broke down and decided to read This Savage Song, and I was not disappointed. Ms Schwab has become one of my favorite authors and I am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.
2. Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brandt
I only saw one review of this book before it came out, but the review just made it sound so cute and adorable and that was the kind of book I was in the mood for right then. So I found it on Netgalley and gave it a shot. I was glad I did. It was funny and adorable and had all sorts of good feels. It is easily one of my favorite contemporaries this year. If you want to finish out the year with a sweet feel good love story, check this one out, you won’t be disappointed.
3. Recruits by Thomas Locke
I found this on someone’s Top 5 Wednesday list a couple of months ago and it sounded really interesting. I haven’t yet gotten around to the sequel, but I will. It was very interesting and I really liked the relationship between the brothers and the other worlds that they are able to visit because of their abilities. Some of the other worlds that they visit are fascinating, especially the one on the cover.
4. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
This was another one that just exploded on the blogosphere for awhile over the summer. So even though I don’t usually like to jump on a book just because everyone is abuzz about it this one certainly deserved all of the hype it got. I really liked Eliza and found her very relatable. I would like to see her graphic novel published as well, what we get to see of it in her story makes it sound awesome!
5. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
I think I have mentioned before that Historical fiction is not my thing and even though I kept seeing this book pop up on my dash board on Netgalley, I kept passing it by. Then it too started blowing up the internet and I saw nothing but good reviews for it. But what really did it for me was when I saw a review for the audio book that just went on about the reader and how good he was. I always feel less guilty about DNFing an audiobook, so I decided to give it a go. It was amazing, I laughed and smiled throughout the book and just fell in love with it. Even if you have read the book, you should give the audiobook a try. It is probably the best I have heard this year and certainly made me love a book that is in a genre that is not usually my thing.
So those are the Top 5 books that I found through other book bloggers that I enjoyed this year. Thank you to those of you who write reviews so that I can keep adding to that never ending TBR. As always don’t forget to check out other people’s answers at the Goodread’s Top 5 Wednesday Community page.