2017 was a wild year. I can’t believe it’s over! I’m a little glad honestly. I always welcome a new year and new opportunities. 2017 was a good year for reading though. I didn’t reach my goal of reading 50 books, but I read 43 (which is pretty close if I say so myself). Out of those 43, 5 of them really set with me. So here are my 5 favorite books of 2017.
1. Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan.
Brain on fire is a memoir of a girl who develops a rare brain disease that almost leaves her for dead. Thanks to some creative and hardworking doctors, she’s able to figure out whats wrong and make a recovery. It’s kind of terrifying because it’s a true story, but still a great read.
2. The Wrath and The Dawn by Reneé Ahdieh.
This book has been a big hit since it came out a few years ago, but I got around to reading it this year and loved it. The imagery is phenomenal, and the world-building is a great mix of imagination and Arabian culture. It’s a truly magical read.
3. The Cellar By Natasha Preston.
This book messed. me. up. It’s a dark story about a girl who gets kidnapped by a twisted man who keeps girls in his basement. It was riveting and kept me hanging on every word. I wouldn’t recommend it for sensitive people though, it can get pretty upsetting.
4. The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and The People’s Temple by Jeff Guinn.
By far my favorite ARC I read this year, The Road to Jonestown is an in-depth account of the infamous cult that led to the death of hundreds of people in 1978. The story is insane, from Jones selling monkeys door to door to fund the church in the early days to the atrocities that happened in the later years. A really compelling read and great for any true crime fan.
5. Burn for Burn Trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.
This trilogy is one of the best YA ones I’ve read in a long time. It takes a wild twist halfway through and the characters aren’t super dynamic but they each have a very interesting arc. Even if you don’t like YA fiction this series is worth a read.
And that’s all folks! Thanks for reading my first post on my new book blog! Hopefully, I’ll be able to do a lot of interesting posts this new year. Happy New Year everyone and I’ll see you all on Friday for my regularly scheduled book reviews.