Happy New Year! My top 10 books of 2017!

Happy 2018!  In honor of the new year, I thought I’d talk about the best of the best of last year. Here are my top ten reads from 2017. I know I always say “in no particular order,” but this time, they are in descending order. This was such a hard decision because, for the first time in quite a while, I had way more than ten five-star books to choose from!

Coming in at #10 on my list is Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie. Has a book ever ripped my heart out quite so much as this one?  Luka Kotova is still in my head all these months later. I’m honestly tearing up just thinking about him.

At #9 is The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. Hoffman is an amazing storyteller and, here, she perfectly captured the ambiance of New York with a little magic. The book is at times heartbreaking, at times funny, and always enjoyable.

I’m happy to put Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen at #8 on this list. This book was cute and fluffy and left me wondering why I’d never found a boy like that when I was in high school. I’m eagerly anticipating Cindi’s next YA release.

Next up, at #7, is Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.  I’m sure this book is on literally everybody’s “Best of 2017″ lists, but it certainly deserves its spot.  This book was about anxiety more than anything else, and I have to applaud it for portraying the nitty-gritty details and not just the cute, quirky bits that often make their way into YA novels.

Book #6 is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.  I flat-out devoured this book.  It’s such an interesting concept for a YA book and was so well-executed.

Rounding out the top five is Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This was my only re-read of the year and I absolutely adored it. Like, even more, the second time around.

It’s getting hard to rank these books, but #4 would have to be Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey. This was the first book of hers that I ever read and it still stands as my favorite.

We’re getting close to the end, and heading off the top three is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. This just barely got the edge over #4 on the list because of the resolution at the end.

#2 on my list is My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. This book was just so much fun, so engaging, and never once felt like it was nearly 500 pages. I cannot wait to read their next Jane book.

Finally, at #1, is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  I am still in utter shock that this was a debut novel. Angie Thomas masterfully described race relations in America without ever once sounding pushy.  This book should be required reading.

Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 favorites

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Today’s theme is top ten favorite books of 2017 and honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about this theme!  There are still almost three weeks of the year left!  But still, I’ll call it my top ten favorite books so far in 2017.  There.  That sounds better.

These are in no particular order, by the way.

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💕 The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
💕 Roomies by Christina Lauren
💕 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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💕 Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie
💕 Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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💕 Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
💕 My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
💕 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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💕 Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey
💕 The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey

What are the best books that you read in 2017?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books I’m thankful for

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Here in the US, we’re getting ready celebrate Thanksgiving, so today’s theme is ten books I’m thankful for.  There are a lot of books overall that I’m thankful for, but I decided to go with ten recent books instead of going back to the beginning of time!

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💎 If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
💎 My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
💎 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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💎 Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie
💎 Catch & Release by Laura Drewry

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💎 The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
💎 Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen
💎 Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey

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💎 Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie
💎 The Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey

Which recent reads are you thankful for?

Monthly Favorites: September 2017

It’s hard to believe that another month is over!  September might be over, but it brought me five really great books.  I hope that October will bring me some new favorites as well!

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🖤 Never Apart by Romily Bernard
🖤 27 Hours by Tristina Wright
🖤 The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey

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🖤 The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (the month’s overall winner!)
🖤 Break of Day by Andie J. Christopher

What’s the best book you read in September?

ARC review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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Decades before the events of Practical Magic, Franny, Jet, and Vincent are just three kids trying to navigate life in 1950s New York City.  Their mother, Susanna, has forbidden them from doing anything that might reveal their magical bloodline: no black clothes, no cats, no crows, no magical books.  Most importantly, due to an old curse, no falling in love.  The children grow accustomed to these rules.

But when their mysterious Aunt Isabelle offers to host them for the summer at her Massachusetts home, the children experience freedom like they’ve never known.  Not only are they allowed to run around at all hours of the day and night, but Isabelle also teaches them about their magical abilities and the perils of trying to ignore them.  Despite Isabelle’s lessons, the children are still no closer to breaking the curse – will any of these characters be able to find love?

Have you ever loved a book so much that you didn’t even know what to say about it? From the first chapter, I loved these children.  As we watched them grow up, I wanted to keep them safe from the heartaches that I knew were coming, but I also wanted them to learn and grow into better people.  Once I hit Part 2, I was fully immersed in this story and could hardly put it down.

I would love to go into a detailed review about this.  How the writing flows and the story moves fluidly from town to town, from decade to decade.  How much I loved every single character.  How the plot twists were just twisty enough to keep me on my toes, but never out of place or over-the-top.  But I feel like I’d be doing readers a disservice to get into the plot.  This book is so good that I think it’s best to go in nearly blind.

I think I’m in the small minority of people that have neither read Practical Magic nor seen the movie, but I need to remedy that ASAP.  I only just finished this book and I already want to go back to this universe.

Final rating: ★★★★★

I was invited by Simon & Schuster to read The Rules of Magic in exchange for an honest review.  I received my copy via Netgalley.

Book queue

It’s been a busy three days when it comes to galleys!  Thinking that I’d only be approved for one or two if I was lucky, I requested a whole ton of books on Netgalley earlier this week.  Then, as I was sitting at my desk, minding my own business and trying to do the job that I actually get paid for, my phone started blowing up.  Seriously, notification after notification was rolling in and I had no idea what was going on.

I had a constant flow of emails from Netgalley, which was so unexpected!  Not only was I approved for five galleys that I’d requested, but I was invited to read Alice Hoffman’s new book!

I’m already knee-deep in The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash, so, what’s next?

What’s next in your reading queue?