TOP 10 favorite books (standalones & series) / 2017

Favorite Standalones of 2017

 1. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata


I loved this book so much that I read twice this year. We follow Vanessa, an assistant (and many other things) to the top defensive football player called Aiden Graves. She has been working for him for 2 years without any recognition. He is very closed off and drives her crazy. She has bigger dreams and decides to quit her job and starts her dream job. One day Aiden shows up at her door asking a huge favor that could also help her if she accepts.

I fell in love with these 2 characters. In the beginning, Vanessa doesn’t take any BS from her former boss. She wants him to treat her as a human being. Aiden slowly starts to get attached to Vanessa and their chemistry was off the charts! Mariana Zapata’s slow burn romance was done perfectly. The audiobook is also amazing!



2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

France,1939, Vianne Mauric says goodbye to her husband who leaves for the front and she stays in her village with their daughter. Vianne is forced to take in a Nazi soldier and suddenly her every move is under scrutiny. We also follow Vianne’s sister who is much younger and how she deals with WW II. These sister are very different from each other. Vianne tries to keep a low profile because she doesn’t want to endanger her daughter on the other hand Isabelle is ready to fight back. Isabelle joins the Resistance.  The story is very complex because it combines 2 strong but very different characters who have the survive under different circumstances. We get first love, friendship and sisterhood in its most raw and emotional times. This book will not leave you the same way when you started. You feel like even women where fighters through WW II and I felt very empowered.

3. A l’ombre de nos secrets by Lily Haime


How can I do this book justice? It’s impossible. One of my favorite French authors combined 2 of my favorite things. A forbidden M/M romance and WW II. I am a sucker for anything WW II related. We follow Julien, a 19-year-old boy who lives on a big farm, he inherited from his parents. We follow a close-knit group of friends/family. Their farm is invaded by the Germans and they are forced to live together. Engel, a soldier from the Wehrmacht, grows close to Julien but their relationship is so forbidden. I can’t describe to you how strong my feelings were when I read this book. You’ll feel so conflicted and it will tear you apart. This story is so complex and beautiful for different reasons that I don’t want to spoil. This book is sadly enough not translated yet but I really it will be in the future.




4. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake


We follow Grace who moves a lot around with her unstable mother. Grace and her mother move in with her mother’s new boyfriend. She is emotionally trapped because she can’t leave her mother but her mother isn’t responsible at all. I almost screamed multiple times with frustration throughout this book. I couldn’t believe that Grace’s mother was so blind. Grace meets a girl called Eva, who pulls her into her adventures. Their friendship slowly blossoms into something beautiful and so raw. I felt like I was Grace and my world opened up with her. This F/F romance was beautiful and so strong. I can’t wait to read an other book by her. This book made me cry buckets.




5. Kulti by Mariana Zapata


Mariana Zapata obviously became one of my favorite authors of this year. After reading Wait For It and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, I tackled Kulti which came close to being my favorite book by her. When Sal ,female football player, discovers her new coach is the man she worshipped when she was younger. He is older than her and got married so she had “break-up” with him but after a week of him being her coach she doesn’t understand want she saw in him. Reiner Kulti is a quiet asshole who she hates. Their hate-to-love relationship was slow but so gooooodddd. Their banter really made this book for me. There is also a strong family bond which I immensely appreciated. Mariana Zapata’s female characters are so refreshing because I often dislike female protagonists in NA but her protagonists are strong and hilarious in all of her novels.



6. The Host by Stephenie Meyer


I decided to read the Host this year because I used to be a HUGE fan of Twilight. I didn’t have high expectations but I re-discovered things I love from Stephenie Meyer. She created an interesting where aliens aren’t really bad. She creates very endearing characters and close-knit communities that you can’t help to grow attached to. Her writing is easy and her story is cheesy but I loved it! Melanie’s body has been taken over by a host called Wanda but Melanie refuses to fade away. Melanie fills Wanda’s mind with images of her community so Wanda is “forced” to find out where they are situated. Wanda isn’t welcomed into the community because these humans are scared she’ll give their location away. Jared (Melanie’s boyfriend) treats her horribly. She is accepted by Jeb and Jamie (Melanie’s brother). Wanda helps the humans to raid supermarkets and grows close to Ian. There is this strange “love triangle” but not really. The different dynamics and bonds really made me feel close to everyone. Not a book for everyone but I really loved it!


Honorable Mentions (standalones)

Favorite Series of 2017

1. Addicted to You/Calloway Sisters series by Becca & Kristie Ritchie

I read mostly this series in 2017 but I finished it in 2018. I had to put this series in my list because it finally made me read again in the second-half of this year. There is a clear pattern in my favorites, I love close-knit friend groups and this series contains a very close friend group. These series are intertwined with each other and can’t be read separately. It’s my favorite series of all time. It combines a lot of different characters and their struggles. I really recommend just reading this series without knowing too much. This series gets better with every book.

2. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

OMG, Lord of Shadows was such a perfect sequel with a horrible cliffhanger. Everything I say about this sequel is a spoiler so I’ll be brief. I can’t get over this beautiful family/friend group. We finally get everyone’s POV, so we get a lot character development. Relationships are tested and unlikely friendship blossoms. This was explosive and it will be a torture to wait for the next installment.






3. Galilée & Archimède (L’effet Papillon) by Lily Haime

This duology follows Alexandre, a teenager, who lives with a homophobic father and a mother who doesn’t stand up to him. His father is verbally and physically abusive and so when Alex meets Jamie this becomes a problem. Their passionate and forbidden relationship is so heartbreaking and beautiful. Lily Haime’s writing style is poetic but not pretentious. I fell in love with this duology but this hasn’t been translated, sadly enough.





4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

This was such a great discovery for me! I discovered the Shadowhunter world this year and it was an amazing experience. I read last year TID and TMI beautifully compliments each other and I love how Cassandra Clare intertwines her series.



TOP 10 Summer Book / Recommendations

I think that the title is self explanatory, I am recommending 10 summer reads. I feel like summaries these days give way too much away so I will be giving some key words that might catch your attention. Please tell me down below if you are interested in any of these books/series.

1. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

  • You’ve Got Mail modern retelling
  • enemies to lovers trope
  • summery setting (sea & surfers)
  • secrets

2. Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

  • F/F romance
  • self exploration (finding your identity)
  • first love
  • confident/spunky girl draws shy girl out of her shell
  • graphic novel

3. Making Faces by Amy Harmon

  • small town romance with a lot of passion
  • modern Beauty & the Beast retelling
  • popular in high school guy/shy girl
  • beautiful writing style

4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

  • sister relationship
  • female empowerment/ romance
  • WWII fiction
  • intense & emotional
  • secrets & betrayal

5. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

  • standalone fun fantasy novel
  • M/M romance
  • quick read
  • enemies to lovers trope

6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Proud Mr.Darcy & prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet
  • enemies to lovers trope
  • classic romance

7. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

  • beautiful writing style
  • passionate romance
  • secrets & stories
  • enemies to lovers trope
  • strong female character

8. On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

  • stranded on an island
  • forbidden love story
  • survival
  • age difference

9. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

  • incest
  • raw & heartbreaking
  • will change your view on things
  • absent mother & father figure
  • standalone contemporary

10. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

  • forbidden love story (slave – ‘owner’)
  • strong but very unique female main character (strategist)
  • fast read
  • slow burn romance
  • secrets & betrayal

Top 10 favorite books + honorable mentions / 2016 ★★★★★ (short version)

I have read over 110 books this year, therefore I have decided to make a short list of my favorites ones and also a more detailed one. It was incredibly difficult to narrow this list down to my absolute favorite reads. It is important to note, that these books were not necessarily published in 2016.

Honorable Mentions

(these were also amazing but they didn’t quite make it into my favorites)

My Raven Cycle series review

My ACOMAF review

My Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe review

I kept this list short and sweet for the people that don’t like reading long posts. (this is also helpful if you like knowing as little as possible about books)

Check out my detailed list here.

If you want to know my favorites from last year, you can find my list here.

Top 10 favorite books / 2016 (‘detailed’ version)

This is the detailed version of my favorite books. I also have a short version that you can find here. My detailed version doesn’t contain any spoilers , I just outline my thoughts and briefly explain what each book is about. I have read over 110 books this year, so this was really difficult list to compile , but I am happy with my final choice. My short version also contains some honorable mentions.These books were not necessarily published in 2016.

1. Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

I don’t know if I can explain to you how much I loved this series. I realised while reading Six of Crows and ACOMAF that I love books that are character driven. This series follows Kaz and his crew trying to pull off an impossible heaist and its reprecussions. The characters are diverse and you will fall in love with every character. They all have a background that you slowly get to know throughout the series. I kept asking myself how they were goint to pull of this impossible heist. The book was perfectly paced. The world , the plot and the characters (and the cover of course) are perfect. They have to break in an impenetrable fortress, free an important prisoner and try not to kill each other. Each of them has his own goals and ambitions, his own agenda, his own life story full of misery and pain. And everything depends on them. We get to read from everyone’s perspective so you will get attached to them. The characters are morally grey and far from perfect but I think that is what makes them so fascinating. But darkness is not all you get. There is an extremely high dose of sassiness and the dialogues are witty and crack you up. There is also romance, which doesn’t overshadow the story but satisfies the hopeless romantics of the world (including me, obviously).I am definetely going to reread this series next year and read the Grisha trilogy. Please do yourself a favor and pick this series up.



2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

If you want to know all of my thoughts about this sequel  ,check out my review.

I debated a long time if this was my first or second favorite book of the year and still after months I am not sure. Feyre’s character development is incredible and I loved it! The world building and discovering the different courts was really great. Rhysand is my husband and he is mine. I am trash for this series. I am obsessed please help me. I can’t say a lot about this book because I don’t want to spoil ACOTAR for the people that haven’t gotten to it yet so please check out my review.

This picture describes their relationship (Rhysand & Feyre)


(If you don’t get this reference ,watch guardians of the galaxy now!)

3. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

One of the best books I have ever read! The beginning of the series wasn’t strongest in my opnion but after Clockwork Angel, I fell in love with this trilogy. I was attached to all the characters. I ship all the couples so much. I have never been so attachted to characters before. This finale book is perfect in my opinion. The plot gets darker and the romance keeps you on the edge of your seat. I felt so bad for Will and Jem because I loved them both for different reasons so I couldn’t decibe which one should end up with Tessa. There wasn’t a dull page in this book , it was action packed. I cannot go deeper in to my thoughts because I would spoil the ending but I am going to reread it and write a review.  The ending and the epilogue of this book was one of the most satisfying things that I have ever read. I cannot wait for The Last Hours. Continue reading

Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases / 2017

A small list of my most anticipated releases for 2017. (I did not mention Colleen Hoover’s new book and the last book in the Throne of Glass series because I don’t have a cover or a picture for them)

Books mentioned

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