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alice-in-wonderland-30327_1280It’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over! Since January, I have read over 80 books, which is more than I had even counted on reading. In the last few years, I haven’t had much time to read, and I found my To-Read list on Goodreads growing exponentially. Although I remain at 1700 books on my To-Read list, I made a slight dent in my list.

Without further adieu, here are my top 7 favourite books I read in 2017!

7. V for Vendetta (movie novelization) – Steve Moore

Usually, I tend to stay away from movie novelizations. They tend to pale in comparison to guy-fawkes-520720_1920the original film (for instance, Crimson Peak). Although I cannot compare the movie novelization to the original graphic novel, I adored reading this adaptation. I was astounded how Steve Moore was able to create a cohesive adaptation of a brilliant movie without being the original author. I was certainly impressed, and I became a little obsessed with V for Vendetta for a while.

6. Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Laini Tayloreyes-1283163_1920

This was one of the most imaginative novels I have read in so long. Taylor completely blew me away with her originality.  I honestly cannot compare this novel to anything else I have read. There’s fantasy, magic, chimera, angels, you name it!

5. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd

yew-185279_1920If there is one book that had a profound effect on me, it’s A Monster Calls. It is not only a tear-jerker that made me cry for an hour after I had put the book down (true story), it is a brilliantly crafted novel. Make sure you have lots of tissue nearby.

4. Anna and the Swallow Man – Gavriel Savit

swallow-1352542_1920This is just one of those books that I wish more people would know about. Anna and the Swallow Man is about a young girl’s journey to survive World War II. It is beautifully written, and reads like a dark fairy tale.

3. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

This year I discovered the amazing author Rainbow Rowell. Rowell is a pro at turning everyday life into an engaging story. Her characters feel so lifelike and realistic. Fangirl is no exception. I couldn’t help but see myself as Cath, and after reading Rowell’s novel Carry On, I became a Simon Snow fanatic too.

2. 1984 – George Orwell

man-1519665_1920Even though I knew that 1984 was a great novel, I delayed reading it for years. It was only when I was assigned to read 1984 for a class on Modern British Literature that I had no choice but to read 1984. I am so glad that I read this novel. 1984 is surely a novel that reflects our times (frighteningly so).

Honorable mentions:

* Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Before reading Fangirl, I was captivated by Carry On’s book cover. I thought it was a parody of Harry Potter where Simon Snow (aka Harry Potter) was in love with Baz (aka another character). Rowell managed to create entirely new characters and placed them into a seemingly familiar universe. I wish Rowell would write a sequel! I need more Simon and Baz!

* Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys

Even though I have a fair grasp of the history of World War II, what I didn’t know is what happened to countries such as Lithuania during and after World War II. Between Shades of Gray is the story of a Lithuanian family who were forced to survive in Siberian war camps. Although it is historical fiction, it is definitely a must-read, especially for those who are unaware of this piece of history.

* Legend – Marie Lu

I completely fell in love with Marie Lu’s writing. After reading Legend, I ended up reading all of her books (which is something that I rarely do). Legend is a young adult dystopian novel along the veins of The Hunger Games and Divergent.
And now for my favourite novel I read in 2017… Drum roll…

  1. Acide sulfurique (Sulfuric Acid) – Amélie Nothomb

I decided to choose Acide Sulfurique (Sulfuric Acid) as my favourite book that I read in 2017. Even though there are many books that I couldn’t stop reading, Acide sulfurique is at the top of my list for the content of the novel, rather than for readability.

After reading three of Nothombs books, it is safe to say that I never know what to expect when it comes to her writing. Acide sulfurique took me by surprise. Not only is it a frightening dystopian novel, it is a harsh critique on reality television and mass media. In spite of its controversial status, I believe there is a very powerful reality behind Nothomb’s writing.

 

2017 has been an excellent year of reading. I promise that there will be lots of reviews and bookish musings to come in 2018.

 

Until Next Time,

-Alice

 

 

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