Book Highlights of 2017 (So Far)

I looked at the date today, and it’s almost July! Where does the time go? 2017 has been a busy reading year for me, so here are my favorite, least favorite, and most anticipated books of 2017:

Best Books I’ve Read This Year:

A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes

This series was really popular with my Goodreads friends, and I love dystopian fiction, so of course I gave it a try. This final installment was epic. It’s been a long time since I read a series I became this emotionally invested in. I loved the characters and the writing so much, and I’m sad the series is over.

Unblemished by Sara Ella

Okay….confession: this was a “I wanted it because I loved the cover” book for me. And it turned out great (See? Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover). The premise is unique with a strong character voice.

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

A friend recommended this dystopian novel to me, and I could not put it down. Definitely one of the better secular books I’ve read as of late.

Disappointing Reads of This Year:

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve been a big fan of this series, but this third book left me seriously disappointed. Between some unexpected content issues and a repetitive, boring plot, I really had to push through it. I really want to know how the series ends, but if the last book has a lot of the same content, then I may not read it.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I decided to read this classic after reading Marissa Meyer’s prequel, Heartless. All I can say is that I’m confused and have no idea what happened. I think some of my sanity was stolen in trying to decipher all the madness and nonsensical dialogue.

Most Anticipated Books for the Rest of the Year:

Unraveling by Sara Ella

The Knowing by Shanon Cameron

Silver Rose by Shantelle Mary Hannu

And this totally isn’t book-related, but I am extremely excited about the fact that Star Wars VIII is coming out at the end of the year. I’ve been dying for this sequel to The Force Awakens

What books have you read this year? Any new releases you’re excited about?

Any fellow Star Wars geeks who want to fangirl over the fact we have a new movie coming out soon? 😉

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  1. Definitely with you on these! 😉 Can’t wait for Unraveling and The Knowing this fall, along with another new release I discovered…An Enchantment of Ravens. I may just have to preorder some of these!

  2. Time flies when you’re having fun. 😉
    Why was King’s Crown disappointing? (Besides the epicless cover.)
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is kinda creepy. :{
    Unblemished has a wonderful cover in my opinion… 😀 And yes, I’m waiting for the release of Silver Rose too!

    1. King’s Crown was just too redundant and had some content issues that made it definitely not as good as the first two books.

      Waiting for new releases is so hard!

  3. I have been a bum this year when it comes to reading. I have a stack of books on my night table I really want to read, just haven’t. I am really looking forward to reading your first book Ashley,

    Hope everyone is having a great summer!

  4. I was just thinking about doing a post like this!
    Our anticipated releases for the rest of this year are very much the same! And I am so excited to see the new star wars movie! I will be the tiniest bit sad, because the year will be mostly over and we will only have one more star wars movie to look forward to. But other than that I am pumped! 🙂

    1. There’s so many good books coming out!

      But at last all our questions will be answered! 😀 It is so crazy to think there will be only one movie left in the trilogy…

  5. What a fun post! 😀 I’m reading Unraveling now, and let me tell you! When Sara said readers might feel a bit unraveled, she wasn’t kidding! Seriously, prepare yourself with that one. 😉

    Also, I have been wanting to read Alice in Wonderland after watching the movie the other night. 🙂 I’m really looking forward to reading Silver Rose too!

    1. I have been warned several times to brace myself for lots of feels with Unraveling. 😛 I’m so jealous of all the people who are already reading it!

      Thanks for commenting!

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