Bec’s Top 5 Reads of 2017 (So Far)

June 26, 2017 Recommendations 48

The year is half over already, HOW??? It’s going fast, and I’ve only read 30 or so books at this point, but they’re great books indeed. Like most book bloggers, I thought it would be a great idea to share some of my favourite reads of the year so far!

Unsurprisingly, most of the books on this list are fantasy and/or sci fi. They’re also all parts of series, which is a strange coincidence. I was toying with adding HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE to this list but then stuck with my original choices.



Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Just like ILLUMINAE, GEMINA was absolutely thrilling to read. It had a biological dilemma on a spaceship, non stop action, and insane twists that blew my mind and turned everything on its head. Cannot wait to get my hands on OBSIDIO.

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STrange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

STRANGE THE DREAMER is probably going to win the award of most magical book of the year for me. Taylor’s writing is so gorgeous and I’ve fallen in love with the world of Weep. While I had some issues with the plot and romance, I could not fault the world building.

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Sabriel by Garth Nix

The only LoveOzYA book on this list, and a book I thought I had read before (but now I have my doubts). I absolutely LOVED this fantasy!! It’s one of the most unique worlds I’ve read in a while and I loved the necromancy. Like most books, the only thing I was meh on was the romance (I shipped it a lot, but it developed quickly). I have a desperate need to get my hands on LIRAEL and CLARIEL ASAP.

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Rose and the Dagger

The Rose and the Dagger  by Renee Aldieh

My very first audiobook of the year and a series finale! It’s also the most romance heavy book that I actually enjoyed. Like WRATH AND THE DAWN, it was beautifully written. I wish it had had more magic, but I did enjoy seeing more of the secondary characters.

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I was hesitant coming into The Dark Artifices. While I love TID, I only liked TMI. Fortunately Cassandra Clare’s writing continues to get better with time, and I also loved LADY MIDNIGHT! So many character feels!! This is a series that’s going to destroy my emotions many, many times over I can tell.

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In honour of the year being mostly over, and the fact that I do have a bit of spare money to spend on the blog, I’m doing a giveaway! Enter via the rafflecopter below for your chance to win a book (up to $25AUD). Open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to you.

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48 Responses to “Bec’s Top 5 Reads of 2017 (So Far)”

    • Bec

      It’s been a pretty decent year so far! Strange the Dreamer is probably right up the top of the list! I hope you love it as much as I did

  1. Annie

    These books sounds great! I REALLY want to read Strange the Dreamer. My favorite reads so far this year are I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

    • Bec

      Yessss it’s so good! I hope you get to it soon :D

      I’ve heard of many great things about those two books. I have “I’ll Give You the Sun” on audio waiting for me

  2. Ethan

    How are we halfway through the year already?! Congrats on 30 books! It seems like you’ve read some great ones so far. I’m currently on pace to complete my own book a week challenge!
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  3. Puiman

    I just bought The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. Can’t wait to read them! Strange the Dreamer is also on my TBR, as is Laini Taylor’s first series. Too many book, too little time!

    • Bec

      They’re gorgeously written books! I hope you love them.

      Laini Taylor is another beautiful writer! Super unique storylines.

    • Bec

      Only having read 30 books, with about 5 or so with 4+ stars, makes it a lot easier to choose haha

    • Bec

      I’m terrified and so ready for Obsidio! It’s going to be so exciting to see how everything unravels.

  4. Sam

    So many awesome books up there. I am not really an SFF reader, but I am obsessed with the Illuminae Files series. I read Gemina last May, right after BEA, so it seems like forever ago, and it was made worst by Obsidio being pushed to next year. –sigh– I bet TWATD would be great on audio, because the writing is so beautiful. I adored this duology. Lady Midnight was a great start to this new series. I am a slacker and have not read LoS yet, but I hope to soon.
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    • Bec

      They’re such unique, exciting books!

      I haven’t read LoS yet either, mostly because no time haha

    • Bec

      Strange the Dreamer was amazing! I don’t read much contemporary, but I have heard some great things about The Upside of Unrequited

  5. adaline @ not gary cooper

    Gemina + Strange the Dreamer are two of my favorite reads this year, too! I never thought I’d end up liking the Illuminae books because of their format but oh, are they just my absolute favorites now. And the writing in Strange the Dreamer– so darn beautiful. I think the book just might end up being my top book for 2017.
    I read The Wrath and the Dawn AGES ago + loved it, and I’m ashamed to say that I still haven’t picked up the sequel. Definitely need to get that done in the last half of this year!
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    • Bec

      Aren’t they just fantastic! I do love books told through emails and things, but they can be a tad hit and miss.

      I hope you get to read The Rose and the Dagger soon :D

  6. Cait @ Paper Fury

    AHHH SO MANY BEAUTIFUL BOOKS. Strange the Dreamer is DEFINITELY on my list too omg I’m so absolutely besotted with that book I can’t even. And I loved Gemina so much too <3 I mean it HURT MY FEELINGS but I'm starting to just expect that with Kristoff and Kaufman these days. *cries*

    And Lady Midnight ajfkdlsadjakdl definitely one of the most perfect books of all time. I re-read it this year (and then read LoS which was JUST as good) and am soooo absolutely obsessed with them.

    I've also been super excited to read The Gentleman's Guide To Vice And Virtue and Red Seas Under Red Skies! They're definitely on my top-of-the-year-so-far list!
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    • Bec

      Haha what great book doesn’t terrorise our geelings these days? haha

      I need to get to Red Seas Under Red Skies! I loved Locke Lamora so much, it’s so frustrating that I cannot afford to by it.

  7. Lenna @ Sugar Dusted Pages

    Strange the Dreamer was fantastic!! I haven’t read any of those other books, but I hope to get to TRaTD soon. I’m glad you were able to read some good books!
    I think my favorite books so far have been Six of Crows, My Lady Jane, and Keturah and Lord Death! But I’ve read a lot of other great ones. Awesome post!
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    • Bec

      I know, right?!

      Yasssss Six of Crows!! I still need to read Crooked Kingdom. Lady Jane and Keturah and Lord Death are two books that I’m desperate to buy ASAP

  8. Sara Letourneau

    Yay for Sabriel and Strange the Dreamer! I had some issues with StD’s pacing as well, but I agree on the worldbuilding. Laini Taylor is one of the best in that area right now. :)

    I haven’t read much new YA this year, but some of my favorite reads so far this year are (for new books) Katharine Arden’s The Bear & The Nightingale, Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, and V.E. Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light; and for pre-2017 books, Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, Leslye Walton’s The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

    Thank you for running the giveaway, btw!
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    • Bec

      I can’t wait to see where Strange the Dreamer goes with Muse of Nightmares, especially now the world and plot is set up.

      The Bear and The Nightingale is on my TBR, as is A Darker Shade of Magic! I want to read American Gods eventually too.

      Good luck with the giveaway!

  9. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    OMG OMG OMG! Ok so WHEN did you read Sabriel?!! I’ve been raving about that book since I read it last year! It’s seriously one of my all time favorite fantasy reads (and series) now ♥ You MUST read Lirael, Abhorsen and the Clariel and we must discuss it ALL XD

    *ahem* fangirling over

    So I still need to read Strange the Dreamer but I love Laini Taylor so I’m pretty sure I’ll love it too! GEMINA is another one I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to yet! Along with The Rose and The Dagger! Solid list right here^^
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    • Bec

      I finished it probably about three or four weeks ago haha. Very recently! I want to get to the sequels sooner rather than later, but I can’t afford to buy them yet :(


  10. Rabiah

    Looks like you’ve had an amazing year in books so far! I still need to catch up on a lot of books (including Cassandra Clare’s series(es???)), and clearly my bookstagram/photo game because DAMN–those are some gorgeous photos. Happy reading for the rest of the year!! :D
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    • Bec

      It’s been pretty awesome! The only way it could be better was if I had more time to read.

      All the photos are flukes and editing honestly haha

  11. Danielle

    I really enjoyed Daughter of the Pirate King! I was expecting to just like it and have a quick read, but I was quickly sucked in!

  12. Tia Sprengel

    Strange the Dream was fantastic and I can’t wait to get to the rest of these!

  13. Antonela

    Great choices, Bec! I’m dying to read STRANGE THE DREAMER ♥ I’ve heard the word “magical” many times while searching for reviews of it, so… I need it! Plus, the cover is just… Magical.
    Me? I’ve been dealing with a horrible slump for months, so you can imagine those 30 books you’ve read so far would be like HEAVEN for me ahaha But I got to read a few, and one that made me fell for it was ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. A story full of clichés, yes, but adorable, easy to read and please, set in Paris =D

    • Bec

      Thanks! It truly is super magical.

      Reading slumps are the absolute worst. I hope you break it soon! Who cares about cliches if the book was super fun to read

  14. Angela

    Some of the books I’ve loved this year: Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo and A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas :D

  15. Febie

    I can’t wait to read Strange the Dreamer! The best books I’ve read so far this year were SJM books. ❤

  16. Grace

    So far, the best books I’ve read this year have been Caraval (Stephanie Garber) and The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas) I liked them so much, I think I’ll re-read them before the year is over!

    • Bec

      Caraval was fun! THUG is a book I’ve heard so many great things about but I haven’t read yet :(

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