Literary Musings · To Read or Not to Read?

Best and Worst Books of 2017

Now that a new year has started I thought it might be a good idea to document some of my favorite and least favorite books from 2017. This list will include books I loved, books I hated, and books that just didn’t turn out how I expected them to.

Onto the list which will be in no particular order because the holidays were good but also stressful and my brain hurts too much to organize more thoroughly.

  • Hunted by Meagan Spooner
    • Hunted is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Beauty and the Beast is my absolute favorite Disney fairy tale princess story and the author of Hunted has written some books that I absolutely love so I was expecting an amazing book. And it was good and interesting and well-written but it wasn’t as amazing as I’d hoped. I think I just didn’t connect with the Beauty character, Yeva, as much as I’ve done with other heroines in fairy tale retellings. Super disappointing.
  • ¬†Caraval by Stephanie Garver
    • A tale of two sisters, magic, and adventure. There were twists and turns and, as many other reviewers mentioned, some very purple prose in regards to the writing but I remember absolutely loving reading this book. I’ve read lots of books in the past few years but this was one of the only ones in 2017 that I literally stayed up hours past when I should have went to bed just to finish. Back in the day, staying up to read all night was a common practice but now that I’m working full time and what not it’s just not a thing that I let happen often.
  • The Illuminae Files Books One and Two by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    • I was hesitant to pick up the first book in the series because I knew it was written in a very different style than I’m used to. The Illuminae Files is a trilogy set in space and in the future with mega-corporations battling it out and with regular people getting caught in the cross fire. There was space travel and plagues and creatures getting loose and all sorts of craziness and the book was told through emails, interviews, medical reports, etc. It was an interesting format and very visual and I ended up getting through both massive tomes in very short spans of time. Amazing.
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    • Everyone I know loves The Book Thief, a book about a little German girl growing up during the Holocaust. And I should have loved it too because I typically love young adult books set during that time period. But I didn’t connect to any of the characters at all and didn’t like how the book was set up (it was narrated by Death) and it was an all around fail for me.
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
    • A tale of two teens, a webcomic designer and a boy who writes fanfiction for her webcomic. Only, at the start he doesn’t know it’s the girl’s webcomic. There’s main characters with anxiety and who are very much introverts. There’s secrets and emotional upheaval and it was all brilliantly done.

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