This week’s topic:
June 27: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far (break it down however you want — by genre, strictly 2017 releases, whatever!)
I’m going to be totally honest. 2017 hasn’t been a huge reading year for me (Honors thesis, graduating, applying for grad school are all kinda massive time sucks). However, I did enjoy some GREAT books so far this year and can’t wait to share them with you!
1. 27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Queer kids fighting for what’s right in space. I’m not usually a sci fi kinda girl, but you literally cannot miss this one. This is going to make the “Top 3 Books I’ve Read in 2017” list for sure.
2. Radio Silence by Alice Osman
Great, voicy contemporary about a bisexual WOC and her demisexual best friend who make a podcast about surviving in an unforgiving world: Universe City. This book stole my heart-such a great cast of characters.
3. Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
Fun, heartfelt contemporary about a girl who learns about her family and herself after she must move for the summer from beachy southern California to small town Kansas.
4. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
I love, love, love anything with art. This funky contemporary is about a Deaf WOC graffiti artist who must take down a local rival and adjust to life at public high school after she’s expelled. Check out my review here.
5. A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Written with the perfect amount of empathy and care, this dark contemporary follows the relationship between Adam, a dyslexic boy who wants to do good, and Julien, an orphaned boy harboring dark secrets at home. Check out my review here.
6. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
This magical high fantasy was one of the most dazzling books I’ve read this year. A tale about sisters, love, and what’s real, this book will steal your heart. Check out my review here.
7. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
I loved this dark contemporary (I tend to love dark stories). Two teens exchange anonymous letters in a cemetery and find comfort in each other’s words, but things get complicated when they discover each other’s real identity. Check out my review here.
8. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Speaking of dark books, this psychological novel about a girl who allegedly killed a baby when she was nine-years-old and seeks justice after she learns she is pregnant as a teenager is a wild ride. Beautiful writing and great twists. Check out my review here.
9. Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr
Sara’s books never disappoint me and I love her compassionate and unflinching approach to tough issues that teens face! I really enjoyed this story about sisters who start to work out their complicated relationship to each other and their parents during one unpredictable weekend in Seattle.
10. No Good Deed by Goldy Moldavsky
This dark, satirical novel was fun to read! Lovers of Goldy’s debut Kill the Boy Band will enjoy the appearance of a side character. This book takes a comical take on civic engagement and social justice warriors.