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Top 10 Tuesday: Top Reads of 2017 & Mini Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.

Hi everyone! I know it's been about a month (here's my last Top 10 Tuesday post about summer reads) but I'm back today for a mini-recap of the past 6 months of reading.

Just a few months ago I was writing a post about my most anticipated reads of the first part of 2017, and another about my Spring TBR. Can you believe that it's now time to start thinking about the second half of 2017? On Netgalley, you can already wish for and request books that are releasing in early 2018.

In case you haven't guessed, today's Top Ten Tuesday is about the best books I've read so far in 2017. I set a goal of 75 books for my Goodreads Reading Challenge this year, and I'm actually on track to surpass that. So far I've read 56 books, which surprised me a little. Do I remember all 56 of those books? Not at all.

But still, there are definitely standouts, both good and bad. Today, we're focusing on the good.

Here are the ten most memorable books of the year so far.

Why And I Darken Stands Out:

  • Reimagined historical fiction

  • Complex, intense charachters

  • Brutal and fascinating main female character

  • Sweet, soft boys

  • Epic family saga

  • Incredible writing and story structure (slow world building, but I love it)

Why Geekerella Stands Out:

  • Fandom culture meets fairy tale retelling

  • Hate-to-love relationship

  • Awesome diverse cast of characters

  • Gorgeous cover

Why Girl Out Of Water Stands Out:

  • Incredible portrayal of family - biological and the one you make for yourself

  • Sweet contemporary romance, but still realistic depiction of high school romance

  • Diverse world

  • Badass fearless surfing and skateboarding MC

  • Gorgeous prose

Why Feels Like Summer Stands Out:

  • Pretend-relationship-turns-into-real-feelings-maybe trope

  • Summer in the Philippines

  • Confident, intimidating, calls-the-shots scientist MC

  • Nervous-cleaning rock-and-roll LI

  • Internet best friends

Why Eliza and Her Monsters Stands Out:

  • Secret badass creator of the most popular online webcomic

  • Celebration of fandoms

  • The book includes scenes & drawings from the webcomic

  • Realistic portrayal of anxiety and introverts

  • Best internet friends

Why Six of Crows Stands Out:

  • All the best characters

  • Despicable but loveable characters

  • Diverse, complex, fierce characters

  • Did I mention the characters?

  • A we're-on-a-mission story that never becomes boring

  • All the ships

Why Do You Want To Start A Scandal Stands Out:

  • BIG MYSTERY: Who met for a tryst in the library?

  • Undercover agents in historical romance

  • The title is the best title of all the titles

  • Formerly jilted hero who's sworn never to love again

  • Hilarity and steaminess

Why My Lady Jane Stands Out:

  • Shape-shifting English royals

  • Crazy fun reimagining of depressing Tudor history

  • So clever and funny and fun I couldn't stop smiling

  • Terrible jokes you can't help but laugh at

  • Enemies-to-lovers romance trope

Why Follow Me Back Stands Out:

  • Great mix of formats - Twitter, DM, police log, traditional prose

  • What was the crime and who is the criminal?

  • Slow-burning sweet wish-fulfillment rock-star romance

  • That great "WTF did I just read?" feeling?

Why Anna and the French Kiss Stands Out:

  • International boarding school contemporary romance

  • MC struggling to learn the language

  • Awkward, sweet, adorable characters and story lines

  • Friends first romance

  • If you can get over the cutesy title, you will love the book

There are still so many I haven't hit yet or haven't finished, but I'm looking forward to the rest of the year's reading. I'm reading several books right now that I was tempted to preemptively put on this list, including Strange The Dreamer, When Dimple Met Rishi, and Wintersong. Will they make the end of the year recap?

Did any of these reads make your list, either now or on a past fave list? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks again to The Broke & The Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

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