Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's Top Ten Tuesday asks bloggers to blog about their top ten favorite books of 2017. It was very hard to narrow down to only ten books since there are so many fantastic books I've read this year. The following books are in no particular order.


1. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See is definitely a book for those who like to read about adoption, assimilating to a new culture, mother and daughter bonding and for those who are tea aficionados! I have been a huge fan of Lisa See every since Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was released but this novel is definitely my favorite book written by her.


2. The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder is a cute and fluffy contemporary. Meg Leder writes a genuine book about first crushes, friendship and finding one self. Also, everything pictured on this book cover relates to the novel 100%.


3. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is a rom-com novel that is charming with just enough humor. Dimple and Rishi meet because of their parents' plan for an arranged marriage. Rishi is a hopeless romantic and is all aboard to please his parents while independent Dimple could care less about the match. However, tides turn when Dimple gets to know Rishi more. The novel also tackles the struggles of desires, passions and overriding gender stereotypes.


4. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia is a contemporary novel for those who love fandom and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Eliza is a creator of a well known web comic but no one knows that Eliza created it. Eliza's alter ego becomes a secret until she meets Wallace and she gets to know him a bit better. Eliza and Her Monsters is part geeky, part adorable and one hundred percent addictive.


5. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han is the third book in the To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy. I was ecstatic when found out Miss Han was writing another Lara Jean book and this one is a pretty decent ending tying all the books together. Although, I am a JAM lover forever, I still enjoyed this book.


6. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco is the second book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. I absolutely adore this book with the banter between Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell. Readers meet new people while getting to know more about Wadsworth and Cresswell. The mystery of Dracula looms and the plot line is definitely more gorey than Stalking Jack the Ripper.


7. Little Elliot Fall Friends by Mike Curato is the fourth book in the Little Elliot series. Little Elliot and Mouse grow sick of the city and decide to visit the countryside. This is a delightful book to read during the autumn months. The illustrations are timeless as usual making this book, as well as the others in the series, a book to cherish for many years.


8. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman is a prequel to Practical Magic but focuses on the Franny's, Jet's and Vincent's lives. Readers learn more about the Owens curse and learns what heartaches the Owen siblings went through before Sally and Gillian came into the picture. Magical realism blends with contemporary in this entrancing novel.


9. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao is an East Asian dark retelling of the Evil Queen from Snow White. Xifeng will have to sacrifice a lot in order to gain power and influence. This twisted and deceitful story is downright wicked! This is the first installment in The Rise of the Empress series.


10. American Panda by Gloria Chao hit home with cultural expectations and values while trying to please your family but still pursing your passions. I also love how this book is set in Massachusetts! This is a novel that won't be released until Tuesday, February 2018, but it's a novel that definitely should be on your TBR list.



What are some of your favorite reads for 2017? Do we share any of the same titles?

22 comments:

  1. Kerri's books were added to my shelf late in 2017, but they weren't among my "read" books. 2018 will hopefully find me reading those along with 'Dimple' (looks SO cute) and Jenny's 'Boys' trilogy. That's one series I've had my eye on for a looong time!! Now I just need to read it. :)

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Nicole. :)

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    1. I absolutely adore Kerri's books! Also, I hope you get to read When Dimple Met Rishi and the To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy.

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  2. I haven't read any of the books on your list this week. Some of them will be added to my ever growing reading wishlist.

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:
    https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-favorite-books.html

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I haven't read any of the books you've listed on your blog too but maybe I'll check them out soon.

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  3. You have quite a few on here that I hadn't heard of. I couldn't resist adding The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane to my getting longer each day TBR list. I keep hearing really good things about the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series and also of When Dimple Met Rishi... Perhaps it's time I read them.

    Great list! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday

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    1. I hope you enjoy The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy and When Dimple Met Rishi. All of them are excellent reads. Also, I agree with you that the TBR list is getting longer and longer everyday.

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  4. I haven't read a lot of books in 2017 and most of them weren't published in 2017. lol. Summer 2018 is going to be the month for me I read To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy! I can't wait to get the books.

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    1. YES!!!! Summer is the perfect time to marathon the To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy!

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  5. "When Dimple Met Rishi" was such a fun contemporary, I highly enjoyed it. "American Panda" is one of my most anticipated 2018 releases, can`t wait to read it.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

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    1. I hope you enjoy reading American Panda. If you enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, you will love American Panda.

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  6. I cannot wait to read Eliza and Her Monsters!!! It is one of the most hyped books of 2017, together with THUG. It is right the book for me, and it is waiting patiently on my bookshelf!
    You are so lucky for getting an ARC of American Panda!! It is one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, so I'm really happy it reached your cultural and representation expectations!!!

    Here's my TTT: https://bookslikewolves.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2017/12/12/Blogmas-Day-12-Top-17-Books-of-2017

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    1. I need to read THUG soon. Many of my students read it for summer reading but I have yet to read it yet. I heard nothing but positive things about it. I hope you have a chance to read Eliza and Her Monsters soon and same goes for American Panda!

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  7. Ooh some really good looking reads on here! I bought 'When Dimple Met Rishi' recently, glad to see you liked it! Also, 'Eliza & Her Monsters' looks AWESOME! Thanks for the recs :)

    Please check out my TTT list too!

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    1. I hope you have a chance to read When Dimple Met Rishi and Eliza and Her Monsters soon! They are wonderful reads and tackle a lot of topics people can relate to.

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  8. When Dimple Met Rishi was such a fun book. I'm glad you enjoyed it, too.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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  9. I've only read Tea Girl. Others sound interesting.

    Lisa @ https://hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/top-ten-tuesday-10-of-my-favorite-books-in-2017-fiction/

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    1. I hope you enjoyed The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Eliza and Her Monsters is on my TBR list. Hopefully I’ll get to read it next year.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Woohoo! I hope you enjoy Eliza and Her Monsters!

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  11. I forgot I had added Forest of a Thousand Lanterns on my list when it came out! I need to read that one soon! Thank you for sharing your list!
    My post is a little late but here are my Top Ten

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    1. I hope you enjoy reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns! It's such a wonderful retelling!

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