Best Books of 2017

On New Year’s Eve, I read an entire book in one sitting, and after posting last week, I thought I’d do one about the best books I read in 2017.


Here goes!

By Neil Gaiman:

  • Stardust

The book is better than the movie (though the movie is super fun)! The ending was my favorite, as happy as you could wish, but leaving you feeling sad and wistful at the same time.

  • Neverwhere

Probably my favorite so far by him. The story of a Londoner who falls into the sewers and into an Alice in Wonderland flavored reality.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

This one is weird. And beautiful. The best part is the kitten.

By Heather Dixon:

  • Entwined

A retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, written by someone who almost has that homeschooler voice, so naturally, this homeschooler loved it. Along with Neil Gaiman and Tolkien, Heather Dixon is one of my top three favorite authors.

  • Illusionarium

Oh my word. The footnotes. They’re written in the POV of the main character and they’re hysterical. I liked this steampunk romp as much as Entwined.

By H.L. Burke:

  • Coiled

This is the one I read in a single sitting. It’s a retelling of the Eros and Psyche myth, and I loved it. There are cursed twins and giant snakes.

By Janeen Ippolito:

  • Lawless

Dragons and steampunk. ‘Nuff said.

By John W. Otte:

  • Failstate

The story of superheroes on a TV show that turns very, very sinister. This is another I pretty much read straight through all at once, and it inspired me to write my own superhero novel. Which I will, as soon as I finish my current WIP and the epic fantasy series I have planned after that. The idea is safely in my file.

By Jessica Day George:

  • Dragon Slippers

My friend and writing bestie Hannah recommended this to me, knowing how much I love dragons. I’m so glad she did. The dragons hoard, yes, but not gold. One hoards stained glass windows. Another dogs. Another shoes. Best. Thing. Ever.

By Ransom Riggs:

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Another weird one that I liked. A boy with a peculiar talent ends up in an orphanage of sorts for other children like him. The photos are chilling and wonderful.

By Kyle Robert Shultz:

  • The Beast of Talesend

Welcome, Beaumont and Beasley, fairytale retellings full of snark and whimsy. A cynical detective gets pricked by a rose and turned into a beast, and he and a magician’s daughter must team up to get the rose away from her twisted father.

  • The Tomb of the Sea Witch

The second installment of Beaumont and Beasley, just as sarcastic and fun as the first. In this one, there’s a piano playing dragon, salamanders, and a younger brother who adopts a unicorn. Please. Read this series. The third one’s out, too, and I’m buying it as soon as I post this.

Speaking of, I’m going to hop over to Amazon now. There were many other good books I read last year, but these were my favorites.




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