Top 10 Books of 2017 + Reading Stats

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Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn! I know I'm late to the party with this post topic, but I wanted to get it in before it's absolutely too late. 

At the beginning of 2017, I set what I was sure was an unattainable reading goal: 100 books. I figured I'd lower it as I had to, but to my surprise, I ended up surpassing the goal! What?! I somehow read 113 books last year. (I don't think school will allow me to be that ambitious this year, so I've set my goal at 80 for 2018.) But what were the best books out of those 113? It was SO tough to sort out the top ten, but I somehow managed. Plus, I compiled some colorful charts of some reading year stats (how much diversity? how many pages?) for your perusal at the end of the post. Let's dive in to this overview of my 2017 reading year!

(As always, titles link to those that have reviews.)


10. Lace Bone Beast by N.L. Shompole. Rupi Kaur, but better.


9. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Including this book is...almost cheating?? I started it in June 2016, and it took me until March 2017 to finish. It's beautifully written, though, and the musical is my all-time favorite.

8. The Assassin's Curse by Kevin Sands. Y'ALL KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE THE BLACKTHORN KEY BOOKS. The first book in the series was my second favorite book of last year, and this third book was amazing as well. The characters! The voice! That CLIFFHANGER, oh my God.

7. Legion of the Dead by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (Illustrator). Paul Stewart is one of my favorite authors of 2017 due to his work on the Barnaby Grimes books, a series about a kid who solves supernatural mysteries in Victorian London. They're fast-paced and fun with a hilarious narrator. The third (this one) and fourth are my favorites!


6. Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice. ANYWAY I LOVE ANNE RICE AND MY VAMPIRE CHILDREN, MOVING ON.

SOMETIMES I BECOME SPELLBOUND IN THE MIDDLE OF WALMART.

5. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer. I think we all know the AF books are some of the best ever to grace the planet. I binged them this year, and TEC was by far my favorite (and The Lost Colony, The Time Paradox, and The Opal Deception are on my honorable mentions list!).

4. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. I totally didn't think I'd like this book, but I felt I had to read it since it was a gift from my grandmother. I ended up annoying her with how I carried it everywhere and was constantly sneaking peeks at the next page! It's a suspenseful, funny, Da Vinci Code-esque tale of a sketchy 24-hour bookstore and its strange patrons. AND THE COVER GLOWS IN THE DARK, Y'ALL.


3. The Raven King by Nora Sakavic. I know what you're thinking, and a) it was published years before Stiefvater's, and b) I know it and The King's Men win the awards for the worst covers on this list, but HEAR ME OUT. TRK is book #2 in the gritty YA trilogy All for the Game, which is kind of about sports but mostly about the mafia and gay people who are in the mafia. It's hard to explain, but it's high-stakes and fast-paced with a cast headed by a contemporary Six of Crows gang. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoyed SOC or The Raven Cycle! You can download these fast reads for 99 cents or buy physical copies for around $13.

2. The King's Men by Nora Sakavic. TKM is the third and final installment in the All for the Game trilogy. It's almost impossible to pick between it and TRK, but at the end of the day I think I like this one a LITTLE more. 

(DON'T READ THE BLURB BEFORE READING IT, THOUGH. THERE IS, FOR WHATEVER DUMB REASON, A HUGE SPOILER?? ON THE BACK OF THE BOOK?? WAY TO GO, SAKAVIC.)

1. The Martian by Andy Weir. I'm sure y'all predicted this since I have NOT stopped talking about this book. The Martian was both my first and favorite 2017 read - in fact, I specifically remember reading it as the calendar turned from '16 to '17. It's another one I read purely at the behest of my grandmother, and I was shocked to find myself hooked from page 1. The narrator is hilarious, the science is fascinating, and it's somehow suspenseful even though you likely already know the ending. If you haven't read it yet, get it on your TBR now!

But wait!
We can't forget the
honorable mentions!


And now to the stats!






Wow, that was a lot! Let's chat: What are the best books you read in 2017? How much diversity? Favorite authors? Goals for 2018? Tell me about EVERYTHING. And stay tuned for my next post; it'll include an important announcement.


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3 Comments

  1. Okay I'm totally jealous of you reading 113 books this year. I wish I could've gotten through that many. ;_; I've decided I'm definitely going to reach 100 book this year, even if it kills me. I refuse to let another year slip by without me reaching it.
    I'm happy to say that most of my reads this year were diverse! I think most of the diversity this year stemmed from sexuality. I'd love to read more books this year that are racially diverse, in addition to trying to find more books that feature a f/f relationship.
    another great post, ellie! i loved seeing all the statistics you did. <3

    xx a || not gary cooper

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    1. OH. ALSO. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR NEW BLOG DESIGN. THE HEADER IS GORGEOUS.

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    2. YOU CAN DO IT, GIRL. With the way you've been kicking ass so far, I totally believe in you.
      MY DUDE I NEED MORE F/F AND M/M BOOKS IN MY LIFE. I am VERY disappointed in that measly 22% up there. Only one out of the four books I've read so far have been LGBT+, though, so I'm not off to a great start...
      THANK AHH.

      - Ellie

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