Last Post of the Year: Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2017!

Hi guys! This will be the LAST post of 2017! Can you believe it already? 2017 has been a great year for me personally and the blog–I’ve had so many amazing opportunities over the past few months, met a ton of amazing people (both bookish and non-bookish), and achieved many milestones. To our readers, thank you so much for all the love and support you have given us over the year; we wouldn’t be here without you! To celebrate the year’s end, here is a Top 10 List of my favorite books from 2017 (plus a few honorable mentions) and why they made the list! I hope you enjoy!

Top 10 Books

10. Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder

Be Light Like a Bird

We’re starting off this list with one of the most emotional books from this year. I read Be Light Like a Bird in an entire day back in March right after the Southeastern Young Adult Book Fest, and I loved it so much because I found myself connecting so much with Wren, the main character. Wren’s childlike voice was so simple, yet beautiful, and her innocence yet loneliness stunned me. I fell in love with the book from page one.


9. 14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop

14 Hollow Road

Another amazing Middle Grade novel I had the lovely opportunity to review this year! 14 Hollow Road is probably the best MG fiction book I’ve read not just this year, but for all-time. Here’s why: it was so powerful and so emotional that it had me tearing up at times. It certainly surpassed all my expectations and blew me away (*tornado pun not intended*). This is a novel that will change your perception, regardless of whether you are a child or an adult.


8. As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

As You Wish

I love novels that make you think–that’s why so many thought-provoking books are on this top 10 list. As You Wish turns the common cliché of “Be careful what you wish for” into a gripping, elegant, character-driven novel that sheds a new light onto what we want versus what we really need. Out of both of Sedoti’s novels, I would have to say that this one trumps The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett (which is very beautiful and heart-breaking), and Sedoti is now one of my favorite authors ever.


7. Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay

Your One & Only

Your One & Only is actually one of my most recent reads of 2017, yet I know its power and impact on me will last for a long time. I read this in just two days, but I could not stop thinking about what truly makes us human beings. I was so entranced by the world-building to the characters to the conflict, basically everything! This book is a life-changer as it definitely influenced my viewpoint on being a human. It reminds me a lot like The Giver, and Your One & Only will make you laugh and cry and fall in love with itself.


6. A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes

A Time to Speak

I can’t have a top 10 list without including one of my Ninja Master’s novels! The Out of Time series has strengthened my faith and given me so much hope and inspiration this past year. A Time to Speak was one of the longest books I’ve read, yet I just could not put it down. It exceeded every single one of my expectations, and I fell in love with all the characters so much. It has shown me to live my life day-by-day and to not worry, for God is with me in everything I go through.


5. Starswept by Mary Fan


I fell in love with Starswept from the first page–everything about it is so enchanting, from the music to the characters to the world-building. Iris is one of the few characters that I could relate with so much because I connected well with her passionate love of music (she’s a violist while I’m a violinist, pianist, and singer). I became so immersed into the novel, and I fell in love with every single character. It’s one of those few books I would consider “perfect.”


4. Strong Inside: Young Readers Edition by Andrew Maraniss

Strong Inside

Strong Inside: Young Readers Edition is the best biography I have ever read. I loved reading about Perry Wallace’s triumphs and struggles as he became the first African American athlete in the SEC, and Maraniss portrays his story in such an engaging way that children and adults of all ages will enjoy it. This book truly does enlighten you on the racism and prejudice present in the mid-1900s, and it will definitely change your viewpoint on how to treat others fairly and equally.


3. The United Continuums by Jennifer Brody

The United Continuums

The entire The Continuum Trilogy holds a special place in my heart, for when I won The 13th Continuum last year, I fell in love with the entire series. By far, The United Continuums is the best installment in the entire trilogy, for it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I literally could not put it down–I became so emotionally invested in the novel that I cried so many times. It was as if I was in the story itself. Also, I did the Author Q&A with Jennifer Brody that is printed in the back of the novel, which is one of my proudest achievements I have reached as a blogger.


2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber


I am a huge fan of Caraval–it’s one of those few books that I actually got the hype and want to spread it so badly. From page one, I fell in love with the world-building so much that I just wanted to be lost in it and never want to leave. Also, Scarlett and Julian is one of my favorite OTPs! I loved watching that slow-burn romance ignite, and I fell in love with not only the characters but the plot as well. I did not want this book to end, and I found myself going “just one more chapter” so many times. I can’t wait for Legendary to come out!


1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys is my favorite author of all-time. I fell in love with her writing once I read her beautiful Between Shades of Gray, which has been my favorite book for a long time. She managed to “outwrite” it with this stunning and gorgeous novel that made me cry and become so transported into the World War II setting. With each chapter being two to three pages, I just could not put it down–it was so clever and worked so well. Sepetys is the master of historical fiction, and I cannot not include one of her novels on my top 10 list.


Honorable Mentions

A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson

A Sky Full of Stars


Submerge by Tobie Easton



Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

Dare Mighty Things


Nyxia by Scott Reintgen



The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War That Saved My Life


Soulmated by Shaila Patel



Happy Reading!

Have you read any of these books? What were some of the best books you’ve read in 2017?

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

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26 thoughts on “Last Post of the Year: Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2017!

  1. Ooooh I actually haven’t heard of some of the books you listed as your favorites! The only one that I read was Caraval, which I did enjoy. I have Salt to the Sea on my TBR also! Oooh for your honorary mentions, I have Dare Mighty Things, Nyxia, & Soulmated on my TBR also!

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  2. Salt to the Sea is one of my favorite books of ALL time! I got to meet Ruta this year and it was AMAZING! She talked about all the inspirations for the book and about the people that she talked to to learn about it and her stories were SO interesting!! I have a feature on my blog that was inspired by this book. I don’t think I will ever stop flailing about that book.

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  3. Happy New Year!!! Out of all the books, I have read only Caraval. I mentioned it in my top books of 2017 post too.

    I just recently ordered Salt to the Sea. Can’t wait to read it.

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