So at the end of 2016, both Alice and I did “top 10 books of 2016” lists. This year, I decided to do it again, but only pick 5 books. Then of course I couldn’t narrow it down to just 5 books, so here’s my Top 7 Books of 2017!
Please note: these books are not in order of which I liked best, they’re in the order that I read them in over the course of the year.
Also, I’ve tried not to include any spoilers, the only information I’ve included are my personal opinions and as little information as possible about the plot of the book while still providing enough to interest you and persuade you to read them.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give is a real-life book about a girl named Starr Carter who is the sole witness to the unjust shooting of her best friend Khalil which becomes national news and a highly debated topic. The only person who knows the truth about Khalil’s death is Starr, but what she says could change her community and her life forever. I absolutely loved this book – it was a change from what I normally really, as my preferred genre is fantasy or dystopia, but I still loved it. I read this book a good few months ago so I can’t remember a lot about how I felt while reading it, but I would definitely recommend reading it, even if it isn’t the type of book you normally enjoy.
Perfect – Cecelia Ahern
Now this is a book that – pardon the pun – was absolutely perfect. It’s actually the sequel to Cecelia Ahern’s first teenage book, Flawed, which I read back around November of 2016. After finishing the book, I immediately texted Alice (who had leant me it) asking if I could borrow the second one and she replied with the terrible news that it hadn’t been released yet. Perfect was finally released in march this year and I have to say, I don’t think it could have been written better. I loved the storyline and what happened, and I especially loved that it had a nice, rounded-off ending. Sometimes authors try to drag series on for too long, wanting it to be a trilogy or longer, but I’m glad Cecelia Ahern decided that two books was long enough and provided us readers with a satisfying ending. I’m trying not to say any details about the book as it’s a sequel so it could ruin the first one for anyone planning to read it, but I’ll provide a quick summary of the first one. It’s about a girl called Celestine who lives in a dystopian world where everyone is expected to be perfect and people are punished for their flaws. It’s a great read and I’d definitely suggest it to anyone who enjoys dystopia and fantasy books like me!
Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson
Now if you follow us on Instagram (sneaky plug – @writeaweek) the you’ll know that I really love this book. I picked it up cheap at a supermarket one day not realising it was quite a newly released book, then I read it and was hooked. I loved it! I also discovered that the colours of the cover mtched perfectly with some stationary I had, so it provided some nice bookstagram photos, which I posted and then the author commented – making my day to be honest. Anyway, enough about that, let me tell you about the book. It’s abot a boy called Matthew who spnds all his time locked in his bedroom due to his OCD, but one day has to step up and face his fears following the disappearance of one of his neighbours whre he’s the only one who can figure out what happened. While reading the book you really fall in love with Matthew, and when his neighbour disappears it really grabs you and draws you in, wanting to know what happened and find out the truth. Again, this is a real life book, but I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who likes this genre as well as anyone who doesn’t normally read this style of book
Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is yet another real-life book (despite saying that dystopia is my favourite genre, I’m noticing a rather large amount of non-dystopian books on this list) about a girl called Madeline who is allergic to the outside world. She’s perfectly content with spending her entire life inside her house until she gets some new neighbours, and she wants to be able to speak to them not just through messages via the internet and paper stuck to the window. This is another book that Alice leant to me having read it a while ago (in our first blog post, there’s actually a quote from it that she put in at the end, that I didn’t get at the time!) and I’m really glad she did. I picked it up one morning to read and didn’t move for the next hour and a half until I had finished it – quite literally, I read it all in one sitting. So if that doesn’t give you an indication as to how good it was, I don’t know what will! The film of it also came out back in May 2017, so if you’re not a big fan of reading books but this has intrigued you, then you could check that out!
Bombs on Aunt Dainty – Judith Kerr
Where to start with this book, where to start. Bombs on Aunt Dainty is the sequel to one of my favourite books of all time – When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. It’s a partly autobiographical book, as it’s based off the events in Judith Kerr’s own life, but follows the story of a little girl called Anna. She was born in Germany and lived there for quite a lot of her childhood, but her family had to flee from Hitler as her dad was very vocal about his opinion of him – and it wasn’t good. The first book, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, follows her childhood moving around Europe and dealing with the struggles life throws at her, but this book picks up in her teenage years and follows her through to the end of the war. Honestly, this was a great read and I’m so glad I found it, and would definitely recommend it to everyone as I think everyone should read it, no matter what you normally like to read.
Generation One – Pittacus Lore
Generation One – the book nobody asked for, but everyone needed. If you’d read the I Am Number Four series then I would definitely recommend reading this. It’s the first in a new series by Pittacus Lore, about what happened after the war, and normal people developing legacies. It took me a while to get into but once I eventually did I raced through it. And the ending, oh, the ending. I’m not going to say anything more other than I can’t wait for the next one to come out, I might implode from excitement if it’s too long. Aaaaaaaaa.
Turtles All The Way Down – John Green
I was gifted John Green’s latest book this holiday, and after receiving it in the morning, I had finished it by the evening. The book follows the story of a girl called Aza who struggles with some mental health issues and a mysterious disappearance of a billionaire who just so happens to be the father of one of Aza’s childhood friends. I really enjoyed this book, I enjoyed the plot and the themes it explored, and I also really loved the origin of the title (you’ll have to read it to find out!). Again, a real life book (which five out of seven books on this list have been) I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys real life books, any of John Green’s other books, mystery stories and stories about friendship.
Anyway, that’s all for my Top 7 Books of 2017. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading it, and that maybe you’re going to go and read some (if not all) of the books I’ve recommended. I really enjoyed reading all of them and would suggest you give them all a try as they’re all great books worthy of your time. Don’t forget you can contact us on our Instagram – @writeaweek – where we’re most active if you have any questions or suggestions or want to discuss anything. Again, thanks for reading,