I’ve read a lot of good books this year. A lot that were great, even. I have a whole post (and video, click here for my BookTube channel; s’up, self promo?) planned already, but I figure that it can’t hurt to give everyone a little taste of what I enjoyed reading the most this year, so let’s get started…
Actually, before we do that, a little laundry list first:
December 20th: Top 5 Books of 2017
— I know most people have a longer list than this, or post theirs at different times (like I’ll be waiting until January for example) but if you want to make a list of your absolute faves of the year, now is the time!
Okay, now on to my Favorite Books of 2017 (five of them, anyway)!:
THIS BOOK IS SOOOO GOOD. It’s not even out yet, not until January 9, 2018, but I was BLESSED with a galley of it, and OHMYGOD. The twists, the turns… just when I think I know where the story was going, I’m suddenly steered in a different direction. The ride was AMAZING.
This was the only book this year that I actually pre-ordered because I was fucking HYPE for it and it didn’t disappoint. The Hate U Give opened my eyes to the racial tensions between blacks and their local law enforcement and it also opened my eyes to the whole BLM thing and made me see those “pesky rioters who care about nothing but themselves and destroying their neighborhood” in a totally different light. I FELT Starr’s anger and frustration, her uncertainty about coming forward and the consequences of doing so. I UNDERSTAND how a predominantly black community can go so easily from peacefully protesting to rioting and vandalizing properties because they feel UNHEARD and NOT LISTENED TO. I just… it opened my eyes, and the HBO documentary about Baltimore, Maryland after Freddy Gray’s death later this year (I think it debuted in November, but don’t quote me on that) opened my eyes even more, and that’s HUGE for me because as a biracial woman, I’ve always realized how “privileged” I’ve been and felt more “closer” to my white half (my mom’s side) and disconnected to my black half (or my dad’s side).
Sorry, didn’t mean to turn this into a teaching moment, lol. Oops.
Short and sweet: The tension buildup in this story was amazing. The atmosphere that the author was able to paint was amazing. The cover art is amazing. I ended up giving it four stars, however, because there were some things that seemed unrealistic and I couldn’t suspend my disbelief long enough. Also one character was unnecessary and I don’t understand why he was even in it except for the big reveal.
I’m a HUGE fan of Clinton Kelly, can watch the reruns of What Not to Wear for DAYS (even though having learned more about the dynamic between the two co-hosts, may have been tainted a tiny bit), and I am OBSESSED with the daytime talk show he helps host on ABC called The Chew. So when he talked about taking an entire month off from that show in January 2016 to finish his book, this book, and then said that it’d come out in January of THIS YEAR, I was super hyped. Also, I lied. This was the first book that I pre-ordered; The Hate U Give was the second. I forgot until just now. Oops. But anyway, the second I picked up the book and read the first story, I thought for sure I was going to die of laughter because I couldn’t breathe let alone read and that’s the best kind of laughter, if you ask me.
I don’t give very many romance novels 5-stars because I know what to expect when I read them, and they’re usually not the greatest written novels ever, but this one got 5-stars from me because I just loved all the characters (even the DOG) and it was just something to get me out of a reading slump because I think I had started burning out after go so read-heavy the first four or five months of the year, and then I found myself falling in love with it.
SO. Thus ends this week’s Top 5 Wednesday and the five books that I absolutely LOVED this year (that came out this year, even). I plan on doing a more full list, but adding in books that I READ in 2017 but didn’t necessarily COME OUT in 2017. I don’t know if I’ll do post it this month or wait until January. Same goes for my worst books in 2017.
ANYWAY. Hope you all enjoyed this. I wasn’t expecting to get so personal when talking about The Hate U Give, but there you go.
I’ll see you all in the next one.