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I'm not alone in saying that 2017 was one hell of a year. Despite its many ups and downs, 2017 was a very good year for me in terms of books. I completed my goal of reading 25 books this year and then some (I'm currently at 40?!). And more importantly, I started this blog in September and as a result, I was able to meet and connect with amazing fellow book lovers. Thank you all so much for reading and supporting this little blog. I wasn't in a good place before I started and there are still days that are difficult but I can truly say that this blog has helped me be better. So again, thank you. I can only hope for better things in 2018.

Now after much difficulties in choosing just five books, in no particular order, here are my favorite five books of 2017!

1. The Bear And the Nightingale & The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
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Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, YA

Two amazing books released in the same year? Katherine Arden's soon to be Winternight Trilogy captured the hearts of many readers with its headstrong heroine Vasya and its beautiful, beautiful storytelling. The Bear And The Nightingale was included in my first ever favorite five post and I have an upcoming review of The Girl In The Tower to be posted soon! I can't get enough of this series and is a definite must read!
2. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Genre: YA, Fiction, Contemporary

The first book I ever reviewed on this blog, We Are Okay tugged tightly at my heartstrings and never let go. Featuring a bisexual poc lead and a beautiful f/f relationship, this book came into my life at the right time. Although it's considered YA, readers of all ages who have ever felt grief or loss or have ever questioned their sexual identity and will devour this book. I can't recommend this enough!

3. Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh (Not pictured)
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Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction

Where do I even start with Mary Balogh's Someone To Wed? I practically read this book in one sitting because it was everything I wanted in a regency romance. Balogh is a master at crafting nuanced characters. Our hero and heroine, Alexander Westcott and Wren Heyden, is Balogh at her best. She handles each character with such tenderness and care, it's difficult to dislike them. Wren also suffers from anxiety and it's one of the best-written portrayals of anxiety I've read. So if you're to read one of Balogh's books, make it this one.

4. Black Ships by Jo Graham (Not pictured)
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Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

I read this book on the plane ride to visit my best friend (who incidentally was the one who recommended this) and it made the 4-hour trip go by in a flash. A retelling of Virgil's The Aeneid, Black Ships tells the story of Gull, a daughter of a slave, who becomes the oracle of the Lady of Death and eventually guides King Aeneas to found one of the greatest empires in history. As a major Greek/Roman mythology nerd, I absolutely loved this book. The story takes place all over the Mediterranean and the writing is so superb that I felt like I was there with them. I can't wait to read the rest of this series!

5. The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún (Vol. 1 & 2) by Nagabe
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Genre: Graphic Novel, Manga, Fantasy

The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún is a strange little book that feels more like a western graphic novel than a manga. Set in this fairytale-like land where a curse has forced most of humanity into hiding behind the safety of the 'Inside' realm and those who are cursed are forced to live in the 'Outside' realm. The story follows a little girl named Shiva who lives in the Outside realm with her teacher, who she simply calls 'teacher'. This is a very atmospheric manga with minimal dialogue. The author is very good at showing instead of telling. The slow pacing might frustrate others but I love how Nagabe slowly reveals parts of lore. It adds an air of mystery that has you wanting more. The art style is also fresh and unlike anything you've seen in Japanese comics. This manga is seriously underrated so please give this series a chance!

Have you read any of these books? What are your favorite books of 2017? Let me know!

Happy Thursday!


  1. I can't wait to read Girl in the Tower! I love the first book and I can't wait to know more about what happen next :D Black Ships sounds amazing, I can't believe I've never heard it before.

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

    1. Girl in the Tower was a slow start but definitely finished strong! It was so good <3

    2. i just finished girl in the tower and i still have the book hangover omg xD this trilogy will be the death of my reading life!

    3. Omg, right?! The third book can't come fast enough!


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