The Best and Worst Books of 2017

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The best and worst books of 2017

Remember at the end of last year when we were all determined that somehow, some way, 2017 wouldn't be as awful as 2016? *looks back at past us with a wistful look* ahhh, you poor sweet summer children.

BUT, one (1) good thing definitely came out of 2017, and that was the amount of awesome books we all read. (Then again, there was some disparity. Like, The Hate U Give came out and we were all like "ABOUT FREAKING TIME," and Caraval came out and we were all like "Ehhhh, could have been worse, but it's hard to imagine how.") So today, I've enlisted the help of some of the most fabulous bloggers I know to talk about the very best - and worst - books we read in 2017.

Adaline @ Not Gary Cooper

Part of my answer for my favorite book of the year will probably come as no surprise to anyone who's been around me for five seconds this year, because I honesty didn't shut up about The Hating Game by Sally Thorne once during 2017 (I've thus far had three people buy it because of my ramblings??). It's fantastic, adorable, contains utterly snort-worthy humor, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I've reread it thrice over the past few months. Although it's my #1 favorite, I do want to give honorable mention to Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, because it was so emotional to see myself represented for the first time in a YA book, with the main character identifying as asexual. I can't even put into words how much it touched my heart and made me feel validated. 
I didn't encounter a ton of horrible books this year, thankfully, but Half Bad by Sally Green definitely takes the cake for being my worst read. I had seen a lot of other bloggers give it high ratings, but the writing was so bland and boring to me + every single character grated on my nerves. It got to the point where I was determined to finish it only so that I could write a long ranting review. It was a nightmare.

Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

For me, 2017 was a mix of spectacular reads, and some ‘meh’ reads. No book in particular caused me to shudder in disgust and throw it across the room, but I did start a number of books, then leave them by the wayside. It might not be completely fair to call one my ‘worst’ read, as I didn’t finish it, but if I have to pick one, it would be The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine. I’ve heard great reviews about it, so I feel this is one of those ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ books---the beginning didn’t grab me, I didn’t connect to the character, and I struggled through the first chapter. For that combination of variables, I simply didn’t enjoy it, so I put it down, and moved on to another book.
As for the best book, I have to say This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Breath-taking, enthralling, heart-breaking, and full of little details that make it shine. By far, the standout of the year for me, and a book I refused to put down for anything. Am I slowly dying inside until I buy the sequel? Definitely. Would I re-read it again? Absolutely! It took me less than a second to name this book as the year’s best, so if it interests you, I highly recommend it!

Anna @ Annaish

2017 is the year for diverse books. Bloggers, reviewers, librarians, teachers, and even the public eye became more aware of the lack of representation for all cultures, disabilities, sexualities, gender identity, and mental illnesses. My favorite YA books in 2017 are truly rich with diversity! Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham deals with racism across the years. It also goes in depth on the Tulsa race riot. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas focuses on the #BlackLivesMatter movement (told by a black teenager girl). The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli dives into multiple sexualities throughout the loveable story. Release stars a gay teenager boy (with a homophobic family). And Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (along with Turtles All the Way Down by John Green) have their share of mental illnesses. I was impressed and truly educated on the diverse impact this year. I really hope diverse books are written, published, and shared much more throughout the coming years. Now, I rarely give out low star ratings yet I have three books to mention. Caraval by Stephanie Garber is a disappointment; the story and characters are simply not my cup of tea. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler is too angsty, stereotypical, and quirky. And The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu leaves a bad taste in my mouth (figuratively, not literally haha). Overall, my 2017 reading year has been satisfying and valuable. I discovered a handful of books I deeply love and a few I do not. I can’t wait to see what 2018 offers!

Noor @ Bookmarkd

The best book I read in 2017 HAD to be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Honestly, it was eye opening and perfectly fit with the matters of our time. I'm actually re reading it right now, just because I loved it that much. I recommend it to everyone I meet, and it's a book I feel like every young adult living in this time should read. The characters are lovely and the writing is just full of life. GAH. The worst book I read was Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia. I don't want to give too much away, but I'll just say the ending was extremely unsatisfying. If there's one thing I despise, it's an unsatisfying ending that doesn't fit with the theme or tone of the book AT ALL. The plot was messy in itself, and none of the characters were well developed, but the ending. Shudder.

Now it's your turn! What were the best books you read in 2016? The worst? Do you agree or disagree with any on these lists? And what 2018 releases are you most looking forward to? Comment below, and have a wonderful day <3


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  1. What a great collab, Ellie! (or Eleanor?) Thanks for inviting me. Cheers to another (hopefully great!) reading year!

    anna | annaish

    P.S: I love the new design <3


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