Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top 10 Favorite Books of 2017.”
1) Glitter by Aprilynne Pike: I don’t usually use the word “decadent” to describe novels, but in this case the adjective fits. Pike combines futuristic technology, French Baroque glamour, and courtly intrigue into a wickedly fun novel driven by an unforgettable antiheroine and a delectably dangerous antagonist. I need the sequel NOW!
2) The Midnight Watch by David Dyer: The Midnight Watch, which centers on the sinking of the Titanic and its aftermath, is one of the best works of historical fiction I’ve ever read. Dyer’s ability to bring history to life with his beautiful writing and poignant attention to detail, coupled with his talent for heightening dramatic irony, make this book a must-read for anyone who’s interested in the Titanic disaster. (Read my review here.)
3) All for the Game Trilogy by Nora Sakavic: To say I’m obsessed with this series would be an understatement. I’ve read the entire trilogy THREE times over the past nine months, and each time I finish I go through the inevitable book hangover, spending my days listening to Sakavic’s character playlists and desperately trawling the Internet for fanart. (Yes, I know I have a problem. But there are worse things to be addicted to, right?)
4) The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake: I started reading The Uncrossing for the romance, but ultimately it was the complex family relationships and imaginative world building that really wowed me. There’s also a super creative curse and some intriguing family secrets at play. (Read my review here.)
5) A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: Sherlock Holmes-inspired stories can be hit or miss for me, but A Study in Charlotte is by far the best I’ve read in this category. I love the idea of modern-day descendants of Holmes and Watson bickering, falling in love, and solving crimes at a New England boarding school, especially when Jamie Watson is a borderline-hipster rugby player with a sarcastic sense of humor and slight anger management issues. #Delightful
6) Breakaway by Avon Gale: I’ve found myself getting super into male-male hockey romances this year. Breakaway is one such novel, and I love how it’s sexy, tender, and hilarious by turns. Another great book of this sort is Winging It by Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James.
7) The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick: I still haven’t fully recovered from the feels this book gave me. This companion to My Life Next Door is far superior to its predecessor; I loved the focus being on Tim, a wise-cracking, recovering addict who’s trying so hard to put his sordid past behind him, in spite of the fact that lingering consequences from his former misdeeds keep cropping up.
8) Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: My copy of Illuminae sat on my bookshelf for two years before I finally got around to reading it, partially because I was skeptical of the format and partially because I feared it couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. Fortunately, I was wrong on both counts. I ended up enjoying the unconventional storytelling method and realizing that the plot and characters deserved every bit of hype they got.
9) Never, Never by Brianna R. Shrum: It took me several tries to get into this Peter Pan retelling, but once the book hit its stride I absolutely loved it. It’s told from Captain Hook’s point of view and is a darkly imaginative, haunting villain origin story. (Read my review here.)
10) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, narrated by Christine Lakin: I first read Black’s alluringly chilling vampire novel in 2013, but I didn’t listen to the audiobook until this October. It’s even better than the print version, which I didn’t imagine was possible, and Christine Lakin has joined the ranks of my top five audiobook narrators.