For the last few years, I’ve been doing one of these “best of” the year series of posts as a way to tip my hat to the best of the best of the past year … and begin looking forward to the new year, as well. I love looking back and picking out my favorites and thought it would be fun to open it up for others to join. So … I’ll be doing that from now until the end of December. Interested in joining? Check out the sign-up post.
I’ve been working up to this post for the past week and now it’s finally time to share my Top 10 of 2017 favorite books! I thought the other lists were hard to narrow down but this one? Holy crap. For some perspective — I read (at last count) 219 books in 2017 (counting rereads) and I put 64 of them on my “most favoritest” list on Goodreads. I read some fantastic books in 2017. After some mental kicking and screaming, here are my favorite books… in no particular order!
It took three seconds to close the distance between us, two seconds to lock together like we’d been doing it our entire lives, and that last second… that last second when his lips devoured mine was the second I lost a piece of myself I could never get back.
It’s been awhile since I finished Drive and I can still barely put my love for it into words. It was so gorgeous and angsty and amazing and it gave me ALL THE FREAKING FEELS. I can’t wait until it’s out on audiobook so I can reread it.
“Nothing about you could ever bore me. You’re the most remarkable person I’ve met.”
Dating-Ish is my new favorite Penny Reid book and THAT is saying something, because Penny Reid has A LOT of utterly amazing books. Friends to lovers books are one of my favorite tropes and I just loved what Penny did with it here with Matt and Marie.
“I don’t want someone new. I want you.”
*swoony sigh* If I had to pick ONE favorite book of 2017, it would be The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. No question. There’s a reason I’ve read it six times this year. It’s because it’s incredible and Vanessa and Aiden are THE BEST. I’ll continue to reread this book every couple of months forever, I believe.
Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are shredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with adrenaline, and you’re in the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control. You’re consumed, and it scares you.
I still have total heart eyes over Lucy, Josh and The Hating Game. It was the perfect office romance/enemies to lovers story. The banter… the swoons… the feels. LOVE.
“I’m still a work in progress. I suppose I always will be.”
“We all are, sweetheart. All of us.”
Most of All You was GORGEOUS. It wasn’t the easiest book to read at times because it deals with some pretty heavy topics, but it was worth all the gut punch moments. This was a beautifully-written and hopeful story for two characters who had dealt with things no one should ever have to deal with.
“You’re meant to shine, Vera. I saw it the first time I met you. You shine so fucking bright.”
The Opposite of You gave me beautiful writing, serious character growth and an enemies to friends to more romance I was basically totally addicted to. I loved every little thing about this one. Vera and Killian were amazing.
“I am wildly attracted to you. Physically attracted to you. I have been from the first. And yes, I’ve done a great deal of staring. I want you with a keen, carnal passion. I won’t pretend otherwise, and I’m not going to apologize for it. Not anymore.”
Not only is The Duchess Deal one of my favorite books of 2017, it’s one of my all-time favorite historical romances. It’s Tessa Dare at the top of her game and words just can’t do it justice. It was a little Beauty & the Beast, a little Batman and totally swoony and romantic.
“You can live and die within the lifetime of a decent kiss. Trust me on that.”
Mister Romance was one of my biggest surprises of the year! When I initially read the blurb, I was intrigued but also a little concerned the book would be a little skeevy with the whole escort thing but IT WASN’T AT ALL. Max (and all of his alter egos) was so freaking swoony and the romance was out of this world. But what really struck a chord with me is the underlying theme that everyone deserves to be seen and appreciated.
“You are my best friend.”
Oh, Kulti. I don’t have words to do it justice, even after reading it five times this year. The slow burn-y goodness in this book is out of this world. I loved Sal and Rey so darn much and it totally warmed my heart to watch how their relationship grew throughout this book. ALL THE FEELS.
The way I love Ash and Greer is not the kind of love that fades into a dusty memory, it’s not the kind of love that can be fenced in and patrolled. And tonight will feed it, nurse it, make a strong thing even stronger, and how we aren’t all going to be crushed to death by this, I don’t know.
If you’ve not read the New Camelot series, I don’t know how to express to you just how perfect American King was. Gods, Sierra’s writing. I can’t read a book of hers without highlighting roughly half of it. I can’t get enough of her words and characters. But this book especially… what a conclusion to a trilogy that I’ve been obsessed with since the moment I started reading the first book. In fact, the word epic comes to mind. Just… wow.
What are some of your favorite books of 2017?
Did any of your picks make my list?
Leave it in the comments!