Top 5 Books of 2017

Every year, I set myself a challenge of reading about 20 books a year. I am such a slow reader and I get into reading slumps very easily so I set my goal pretty low.

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During 2017, I only managed to read 16 books. Not my best year but it wasn’t the worst.

So, what did I love reading in 2017?

Deathnote by Tsugumi Ohba, Taskeshi Obata (Illustrator), Tetsuichiro Miyaki (Translator)

‘Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects–and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. Will Light’s noble goal succeed, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?’

My rating: ★★★★☆

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

‘My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.’

My rating: ★★★★★

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

‘The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment.
In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.’

My rating: ★★★★☆

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

‘The dying wish of 16-year-old Lina’s mother was for her daughter to live in Tuscany and get to know her father, whom Lina has never met. “Howard is the best man I’ve ever known,” her mother says, “he’ll keep you safe.” Why did her mother wait so long to tell her about him? Lina has a happy life in Seattle and doesn’t want to leave. Shortly after she arrives at Howard’s home, Lina meets Sonya, who gives Lina a diary that belonged to Lina’s mother, the one she had kept while she was a photography student in Florence. While Lina is living her life and exploring Tuscany with her handsome neighbour, Ren, she follows in the footsteps of her mother and gets to know her as never before. She also finds out the truth about her father. Mostly she finds out about herself.’

My rating: ★★★★☆

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness

‘Imagine you can hear everything the town of men say about you. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit into their plans. Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run.’

My rating: ★★★★☆

What are your favourite books of 2017?

Eleanor May

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  1. January 1, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    They all sound like interesting books and I will have to check them out this year. Unfortunately, my favorite books were math, engineering, and science books.

  2. January 1, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    Everything Everything looks good! I’ll have to add that to my books to read this year!

  3. January 1, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    I don’t usually read books but my sisters does all the time i am sharing this post to her i hope see like this

  4. January 1, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    I bought love and gelato to read over the holidays but didn’t get a chance to. Definitely going to throw it in my purse to read on the train this week after reading your review!

  5. January 1, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Oh my everything everything the award for the book with a roller coaster of feels goes to this book, cannot wait for the film 🙂 another book in my top 5 for 2017 is flawed – Cecilia Aherne. I smashed my own reading challenge may 2018 be a great reading year for you

  6. Alyssa
    January 2, 2018 / 4:25 am

    I love reading! I think my collection of books has got kinda crazy but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  7. January 2, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    I wish I could set a goal of 20 😉 My little sister finishes a massive book a week, and here’s me, reading board books and watching Trolls for the 100th time today, life with a toddler. Actually, I’ve finally gotten with the century and started listening to books, which has helped my attitude considerably, and I’ve read a couple while having Trolls on in the back ground this last year, although slowly. Everything, everything sounds really good, I’ll have to look into that. Thanks!

  8. January 2, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    I LOVE reading. I find that I can’t go to sleep unless I read for at least 15 minutes. Usually it’s more like 20-30. I love your suggestions. Of the books you mentioned, I have only read the Percy Jackson book. It was such a great read! I have read the entire series along with most of the other books that Rick Riordan has written – his writing is so engaging and enjoyable! I’ll check out the others you mentioned as well. Thanks!

  9. January 3, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    I’m dyslexic so I’m a slow reader as well and these all sound amazing to me! Your goal of 20 books is daunting to me haha! I have a goal of 12 books this year. I am adding these to the list!! Thank you!

  10. January 4, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    Okay so in 2017 i didn’t finish one single book and I’m so ashamed of it that I have vowed to finish as many as possible this year! So I think I will start with some of these! Great post! 🙂 xx

    Robyn |

  11. January 5, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Everything, Everything was such a fun read! And I really need to get around to checking out the Death Note manga. I’ve been meaning to do it for probably 2 years now, but just always kind of forget when I’m in a bookstore…

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