Maci’s Best Books of 2017

This year has been a great reading year for me. I graduated from High School and have completed my first semester of college! Despite figuring out college and having a lot going on I have managed to read a lot of books. And here are some of my favorite ones.

My favorite book that I read at school this year is Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I read this in my high school’s AP Literature class. I loved how it showed a strong independent women and the discussion that reading this book led to. I have not stopped thinking about it since I finished it and have an insane amount of respect for the main character Janie.

I have two favorite series of the year, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I finished reading The Darkest Minds series this year, reading Never Fade and In the Afterlight. I loved The Darkest Minds when I first read it but it took me a few years to finish reading the series. And when I did I loved it even more! This was a really fun conclusion to the series and I could not put it down. I missed the characters as soon as I finished it and read the book of short stories, Through the Dark, to have one last adventure with them. I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom (the Six of Crows duology) back to back and they are some of my favorite books that I have read. I loved the characters, I could not predict the story, and the world building was fantastic. I miss the characters a lot and as soon as I finished reading it I wanted to start reading them over again.

My favorite fantasy book of the year is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I read this book very quickly and was instantly sucked into the world of Weep. I cannot wait to read the next book and have been recommending this book to everyone. I cannot stop thinking about the twist and the surprise ending that I never saw coming.

I have read a lot of historical fiction this year for my classes. I would say that my favorite historical fiction book this year is Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan. This book has three different parts that take place at different times in history. This book is magical and I wanted to dive more into it and was very sad when it ended. It is a middle grade novel but it is a good read for all ages.

I cannot decide on only one book for the most important book I have read this year, but the top two are The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera. The Hate U Give is about the Black Lives Matter Movement. I really loved the main character, Starr, and you didn’t realize that you were learning something until after you finished the book. Juliet Takes A Breath made me think, and I cannot stop thinking about it.

Lastly my favorite distopian book I read this year is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. This book was hard to read but was very necessary because of all that has happened in 2017. This is an important book to read as a reminder to what we have and a warning of what could happen.