Category One: “The Fucking Greatest.”
The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
These 3 books–The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky–were hands down the absolute best damn books I’ve read this year. Maybe ever. I had heard of Jemisin before, in the YA pool I’m usually in her most famous series is The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Well, more famous may not exactly be accurate since the first two books of The Broken Earth have each won the Hugo for best novel. Anyway, I knew about Kingdoms, and I honestly stumbled upon The Fifth Season on Libby and thought I’d give it a try on my commute. It. Was. AMAZING! Unlike anything I have ever read before and it’s partially told in 2nd person. These books are marvellous, sexy, diverse AF while exploring complex relationships. All of that in one of the most magnificent Sci-Fi worlds I have ever read.
5 of the youngest brightest stars for these!
Category Two: “Oh, you thought Gone Girl was terrifying?”
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
This books at its heart is a mystery. There’s a murder in a reporter’s old town and she’s sent to investigate. But as the layers of her town are peeled back it’s more and more obvious that something rotten is going. At the end, I was left questioning whether sanity was a thing. In my Goodreads review, I said there was something deeply unhealthy about this book and a few months later, I maintain that position. Part of me is glad I listened to this on Audible because I’m pretty sure just having the book in my room would give me nightmares.
Category Three: “The series that surprised me.”
The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
I’ve seen these books around for while on Booktube and Goodreads and Tumblr but never paid them much attention. I read all three books this summer and I was astounded by how great they were! I read them after The Broken Earth Trilogy when I needed some high caliber writing and this was exactly that. This series made me think and it was fun, romantic, and full of badass women. What more can you ask for?
Category Four: “The one that saved the series.”
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
I read Red Queen when it came out a few years ago and I thought it was alright but I generally didn’t want to keep going. Well, I suddenly found myself without a book this a couple weeks ago and it was available on Libby so I started listening and it completely blew the first book out of the water. I finished it in a few days and read Kings Cage right after. Mare’s growth made sense and the world’s expansion was so interesting. From reading other reviews, people really enjoyed getting to know more about Evangeline but I found her kind of boring….😬 Otherwise, series is great so far can’t wait to read the wrap up next year!! < strong>Category five: “Can you ever be just ‘whelmed’?”
A Court of Wings and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Trash for this trash series. Ok, it’s not trash…I’ll call it indulgent. It’s just so much fun and book 2 was SPECTACULAR so it was always going to be a tough act to follow. Whenever you’re super excited about something it’s probably going to fall short. I didn’t have many issues with this book except that I wanted a bit more grit. A lot of it felt like setup for the upcoming novels/novellas which sucked because I went into this thinking it was the last one. But! SJM books are always a trip and I had fun.
The MVP of 2017: Audiobooks
Audiobooks saved me this year. More specifically, Libby the app that connects to your library card and allows you to check out audio and ebooks. Absolutely love it!
What did you love reading this year?