Bookish Lifestyle Wrap-up

2017 in Books & Top 5 of the Year

Another year is over and for the first time in a very long time, I can say I’m glad. It’s not that I had a bad year. It was certainly not perfect, but it was better than the one before. I changed jobs, visited new countries, made new friendships, ended a couple toxic ones, started new hobbies and rescued a cat. And most importantly (at least for the purposes of this article) I started this blog. It’s more about me being so excited for all the things to come.

Despite the ups and downs I steadily kept (and still keep) working on building a better life for myself. And that includes following my passions and spending time doing the things that make me excited to get out of bed in the morning. And that includes books, so let’s talk about some of the best things last year had to offer in this department.

I have loved books since an early age but you know how it goes. Life happened and other things took priority. So by the time I finished university I found that I was reading 5 books a year and a whole world of wonderful releases was passing me by. All of that changed last year when I discovered Bookstagram and consequently, Booktube. All the passion for reading I saw there and the wonderful sense of community made me excited to read again and join in on the conversation. A special shout-out goes to G. from Book Roast, whose fun personality and no-bullshit attitude towards books, reading and life made me realise that I do have something to say as well and gave me the final push to do something about it. Here are my favourites of the books I read last year.

My top 5 books of 2017

Choosing the top 5 was a nightmare. I spent most of my year just catching up on all the books everyone loves so much. Therefore, most of them were the best of the best and deserved a very high rating. Nonetheless, I had to choose, so here goes.

5. Empire of Storms

by Sarah J. Maas

This one was a tough one, for I was deciding between this and Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh. But every Throne of Glass book has something no other books do. Manon Blackbeak. She is the most epic character I have ever read about and I will always choose her and Abraxos above anyone else.

4. Six of Crows duology

by Leigh Bardugo

2017 was the year of Leigh Bardugo for me and the crazy and emotional journey I experienced reading all her works. I started with very conflicted feelings about Shadow and Bone. You can read all about it here.

Her writing reminds me of the type of person you kind of hate at first because they are charming but extremely annoying. All the bigger the surprise when you find yourself completely in love with them and you don’t even know how it happened. No? Just me? Ok.

Anyway, this sentiment is embodied in the character of Kaz Brekker who cemented Leigh Bardugo as one of my favourite authors.

3. Illuminae

by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 

This wonderful gem of a book is one of the best things I have ever read. Written in a completely unconventional and exciting format, it tells an action-packed sci-fi story of a girl who is trying to save a spaceship and her ex-boyfriend who is still in love with her. It has everything not only a sci-fi fan could look for –  mystery, political conflict, zombies, crazy robots, bravery, love and heartbreak.

2. A Court of Mist and Fury

by Sarah J. Maas

I love Sarah J. Maas for all the good and the bad, but this book is something truly special. I didn’t care too much for A Court of Thorns and Roses. It was a fun read but I didn’t feel a special connection to it. All the more astounding is the jump in quality in the sequel. Amazing plot twists, richly built world and mythology, romance to die for and the absolute heart and soul of the series, the characters. Maas could teach lessons on character development with this book. Also, Rhysand.

1. The Lightning-Struck Heart

by T.J. Klune

This book is a special gem I will treasure forever and ever. I started the audiobook and didn’t stop for 18 hours until it was over. It immediately became my favourite book of all time and I come back to it whenever I am bored, sad, have nothing to do or just feel like it. Honestly, the type of humour in this one is not for everyone but for me it’s absolutely perfect and it actually made me burst out laughing in all types of inappropriate places. That’s why it more than deserves the number one spot on the My Top 5 Books of 2017 chart.

I have so many books to read and discover in 2018 but they deserve an article of their own along with some reading goals for the year to come. So for now, let’s reminisce about my year in books.

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