Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2017!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today’s prompt is all about the best book I’ve read so far in 2017! To date, I’ve read around 110 books, and rated 23 of them 5 stars, so narrowing it down to only 10 books was a little tricky! That said, below are ten of my favorite reads of 2017 (so far!) The title of each book links back to Goodreads, so be sure to check them out! I’ve also included the description for each book as well as some quick thoughts on why I loved each book!

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May 2017 Wrap Up!

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I know I say this every month, but how is it possible that it’s already June?! This year is flying by! In May I read 20 books, and below I’ll share everything I read and let you know which ones were my favorites! All of the book titles link back to Goodreads so you can look them up if you’re interested!

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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In the year 2575, seventeen year old Kady breaks up with her boyfriend Ezra. Little did she know that would also be the day that their planet was attacked. Still reeling from their breakup, Kady and Ezra must work together to get safely inside one of the spaceships that can get them off of their planet and reach a safe point. After making it to the ships, they are separated, and Ezra makes it onto the spaceship Alexander, and Kady makes it onto Hypatia.

Little do they know, their problems are just beginning. Not only is a virus spreading and causing those contaminated into attempt to harm others, but the corporation who invited their planet is hot on their tail trying to wipe out any remaining survivors. The commanders of the ships are remaining tight lipped about all of the details, so Kady decides to take things into her own hands by hacking into the computer systems. It turns out that the one person who can help her uncover the truth is none other than her ex-boyfriend, Ezra.

Told through a series of case files, IM’s, emails, interviews, and more, Illuminae is a fast paced story about two regular teenagers forced to step up in order to save themselves and the ones they love.

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Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Grey

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Picking up where book one left off, Ten Thousand Skies Above You jumps right into action with Marguerite and Paul in another dimension. Wyatt Conley still wants to use Marguerite to do his bidding, so in order to convince her, splinters Paul’s soul and scatters them across dimensions. It’s up to Marguerite and Theo to find the pieces of her Paul’s soul and restore him. As she travels and meets many Paul in many dimensions, she questions whether she loves every version of him they way she thought she did.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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I had been waiting for MONTHS for Caraval to come out, and I was not disappointed! I loved it! Caraval is a game where the audience plays too. Ever since she was young, Scarlett wanted to see Caraval in person with her sister Tella. When the opportunity presents itself to flee from their abusive father, Scarlett and Tella make their way to the island that hosts Caraval, but end up separated. Scarlett’s main goal is to find her sister and get back home in time for her arranged marriage, which she hops will give her a better life away from her father. Caraval rides the line between magic and reality and Scarlett is told again and again that Caraval is just a game, and warned not to get too swept away. That seems feasible…until Tells is kidnapped as part of the game. In order to win, she must find Tella with the help of handsome Julian, the sailor who brought her to the island in the first place. Who can she trust? What’s real and what’s not? Scarlett will soon find out…

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Oh boy. Get ready for a rough ride. Where to even start. I hated I hated I hated the writing. I don’t know why why why it was necessary to repeat everything everything everything a million times. The strikethroughs didn’t make me want to burn the book didn’t bother me nearly as much as the writing did and I can’t I can’t I can’t understand why anyone in their right mind would write so annoyingly it was written like that.

Now, if you made it through the paragraph above and didn’t want to stab out your eyeballs or quit reading, good for you, you might be able to make it through Shatter Me, because that’s exactly how it’s written. Lots of repetition and lots of strikethroughs. I hated it. Shatter Me is about a girl named Juliette who is locked up in an asylum because her touch can kill. Literally. She hasn’t talked or touched anyone in almost a year after accidentally killing someone. Shortly after we meet Juliette, we meet Adam – another prisoner who is put in her cell. Adam updates her on their dystopian world, and she learns that The Reestablishment is stronger than ever, and that people are wanting to rebel against them. Juliette’s power of being able to kill someone with her touch could prove very useful to them…

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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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finally got around to reading The Raven Boys (it’s been on my TBR list since early 2014 according to Goodreads – whoops!) and I’m so glad I did! I’d heard nothing but good things about it, so I’m glad to say it lived up to the hype.

The Raven Boys is about a girl named Blue who lives with her mother and aunts, who are all psychics. Yes, really. Growing up, Blue has always been told that if she kisses her true love, he’ll die. Each year on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue and her mother visit a churchyard where they can see spirits of anyone who will die in the next 12 months. Blue usually can’t ever see the spirits, but this time, she sees the spirit of a boy around her age. She asks the boy his name, and he tells her it’s Gansey. No other information. When she tells her mother and aunts that she was able to see a spirit this time, they tell her that she can see him because he’s either her true love, or because she’s the one who killed him. Sure enough, it’s not long before she meets the living Gansey, one of the rich-kid prep school “Raven Boys”. They soon get caught up on a quest that will involve Blue and her family, as well as Gansey and his school friends, Adam, Noah, and Ronan. What are they looking for and why? Will Blue kiss her true love? You’ll have to read to find out what happens next!

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