Best and Worst Books of 2017

I’ve seen a good number of videos and posts talking about the best and worst books of the year, so I figured I’d make my own. It’s fairly easy to make lists of least favorite books, but picking the best is always hard.

You know that Christmas song, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”? Well, that’s true and all, but for us book nerds, “it’s the most difficult time of the year” would be much more accurate. It’s honestly so hard to decide which books make your yearly favorites list. #booknerdproblems

Disclaimer: It’s completely okay for me to hate books you love, and to love books you hate. These are just my opinions. If you disagree that’s completely fine, but please don’t argue.

These are in chronological order, from January to December.

t h e   w o r s t

I read all three of these for school and they were all horrible. Steinbeck, Shakespeare, and Orwell are respected, praised authors of classic literature, but their work isn’t for me. I tend to despise curriculum books.

  • Of Mice and Men was too short to have a good plot and the ending was horrible.
  • Twelfth Night was too confusing and I’m pretty sure it was full of dirty jokes. It would’ve been better if Olivia and Viola got together, to be honest.
  • 1984 is arguably my least favorite book of all time. I absolutely hated this book, and that’s not something I say lightly. Part one was pathetic rebellion, part two unnecessary sex, and part three merely torture, concluded by a really lame ending. I know it’s meant to be symbolic and all that, but… no. Just no.

I’m really going all out, can you tell? This is probably one of the most bitter posts I’ve written, and it isn’t even that long.

  • There’s not much to say about RoseBlood, because I didn’t finish it. The story was boring and I didn’t really care about either of the characters.
  • I didn’t finish Nyxia either. The synopsis sounded so cool, but the story was unexpectedly slow and I lost interest. I also really disliked the main character. The diversity was amazing, though; nearly everyone was a person of color.
  • I pushed through Windwitch because I loved Truthwitch in 2016, but it was such a disappointing sequel. The story dragged, and all of the character dynamics – banter, friendship, potential romance – were gone. I’m not continuing this series.

Talk about unpopular opinions.

  • I didn’t plan on reading Genuine Fraud, but then the publisher sent me an ARC. I decided not to finish after I fell asleep while reading, something that has only ever happened that one time.
  • I didn’t hate Milk and Honey. I admire Kaur for writing this book and putting it out in the world, since it’s clearly very personal. I liked the empowering messages within the poetry. But the book itself was underwhelming to me, especially after everyone hyped it up for so long.
  • Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend is actually a very recent read. It was on my TBR for so long, but unfortunately I found it predictable and didn’t like any of the characters.

t h e   b e s t

This section is going to be so hard, I already know it.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic was my first delve into adult fantasy and I absolutely loved it. The whole trilogy was phenomenal, but this one is included because it’s what started it all.
  • Richelle Mead? I’m sure you’re all surprised. The Ruby Circle was honestly a perfect conclusion to the Bloodlines series, and it made my heart happy. Rose, Dimitri, Sydney, and Adrian on missions together is one of the best things ever.
  • When The Moon Was Ours was a magical, diverse read, and my introduction to McLemore’s work. I absolutely need to read more of her books in the new year.

WHAT A TRIO. *all the heart eyes*

  • Of Fire and Stars has magic and lesbian princesses. What more can you ask for?
  • The Hate U Give is on basically everyone’s best books list, and rightfully so. If you haven’t read it, please come out from under that nice rock of yours and get on that.
  • Grave Mercy is my absolute favorite of the year, of all time, and if you didn’t see that coming, hi, you must be new here. It’s glorious and words cannot describe how much I love it. The entire series is amazing and I need book four. This is my go-to recommendation for everything. I LOVE THIS BOOK, OKAY.

Fluffy contemporary edition.

  • The Upside of Unrequited is as sweet and uplifting as Albertalli’s first book. It’s impossible not to love.
  • If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, look no further than When Dimple Met Rishi. I love this book and these characters to pieces, and the iced coffee scene is iconic.
  • Queens of Geek is simultaneously fluffy and very important in its subject matter. Also, it takes place entirely at a convention. Be still my nerdy heart.

This is a bit like two truths and a lie. There are two thrilling, action-packed books and then a fluffy book just sort of there, existing on the sidelines. Like me.

  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a historical fiction with alchemy, wit, a badass younger sister, and gay friends-to-lovers. I loved this book so much more than I expected to. The Versailles party is my favorite part to this day.
  • I got to read Warcross because my friend let me borrow her ARC, and then I chose a finished copy as my prize when I won a giveaway. I love this book to pieces and it’s the best thing Lu has written. Sorry, just facts here.
  • Noteworthy is a ton of fun and features a cappella groups and a cross-dressing, bi, Chinese protagonist. I loved how it was an upbeat (no pun intended) novel and still addressed relevant topics.

I can’t even with these books.

  • It has bi, demi, and ace rep. It’s a murder mystery set in a carnival of dark magic. Daughter of the Burning City is too epic to be so sadly underrated.
  • Oh, look, another Mead book. Surprise, surprise. Midnight Jewel was an amazing sequel, much better than the first book, and as per usual, it destroyed my heart and put it back together again. Mead is a NYT bestselling author and yet so few people talk about her books. I DON’T GET IT. LOVE THEM WITH ME.
  • The best way to describe Want is Six of Crows set in dystopian Taiwan. The characters are precious and the story is perfect. Read it even if it’s not your usual genre. You won’t regret it. I mean, you might, but you probably won’t.

Whew, that was longer than I thought it would be! But there you have it, my favorite and least favorite books of 2017!

I’m so glad I didn’t try to rank them omg.

What were your favorite books this year? Your least favorite? Do you agree or disagree with my picks? I’d love to know! 🙂

I’m off to continue reading Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones and do some last-minute Christmas shopping. 😉 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…


6 thoughts on “Best and Worst Books of 2017

  1. I STILL need to read AGGTVAV – I follow Mackenzie Lee on twitter and every time I see her, I’m reminded I need to, but lo and behold I keep forgetting 😆 So glad you seemed to enjoy it as much as everyone else does!!

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