Best Reads of 2017

December 29, 2017

Of course I'm going to begin this space with a good ol' fashioned list of books, because what else would be appropriate?

2017 was the year of throwing my self back into reading. As a younger Adrienne, I spent most of my time reading, a bit of it outside, and the rest of the time the two were blissfully combined. But, Life intervened just like my high school boyfriend who tore books out of my hand to hide them, but thankfully I stumbled upon 'bookstagram' in September and now have my life back. (I'm also married to someone who lets me read however much I want.)

Let's get to it then! 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by: Neil Gaiman

This book surprised me. I think I saw it on someone's instagram and decided I needed to read some Gaiman. I have read a few of his other works, but this one blew me away! The world building was absolutely spot on and this will be a book I read over and over.

An Enchantment of Ravens
by: Margaret Rogerson

One word: Rook. (swooooon) This was such a nice, easy, and magical read about one of my favourite things: faeries. I really enjoyed the Autumn woods and of course, the Autumn prince, Rook. Also, Rook may be one of the coolest names I've come across this year.

Everything by Leigh Bardugo

I discovered Bardugo this year because of bookstagram and I couldn't be happier. The Grisha trilogy is probably my most favourite of her works. The Russian influences, The Darkling, Nikolai...need I say more? (I absolutely could!)
I also really enjoyed Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom, especially the one, the only, Kaz Brekker. He is SO well written. I love a complicated and flawed character and Bardugo has written so many of them. (I'm also super partial to Nina's arc. And waffles.) I cannot wait to read more from Bardugo!

More Than Bread by Marya Layth

I am not someone who enjoys modern poetry. My heart belongs to Shakespeare, Brontë, Dickinson, Yeats, etc. But, Layth is a wordsmith and speaks directly to my soul. To any soul who happens upon her work. I highly recommend her book to everyone.

And last, but not even close to being the least:

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

Not only is this one of my favourite reads of 2017, it may be the best book I've ever read. (And I've read a ridiculous amount and Anne of Green Gables has been my favourite for two decades, so this is not a quietly earned title.) This book is a masterpiece and Emily, my sweet, gothic Emily, created the most vile, yet human characters I've ever read. I will never, ever stop praising and obsessing over this book and I look forward to re-reading it a plethora of times. (And you best believe it's getting it's own blog post, so prepare yourself.)

What were some of your favourite reads of 2017? 

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