Blast from the Past Series: My 2017 Top 5 Reads

It’s Wednesday! That means that it’s time for my first real official post in my Blast from the Past series (don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out my intro post)! Woop woop! Today, we’re going to talk about my top 5 favorite books from 2017. 

Let’s set the scene some- 2017 was definitely a year of change for me. I had lived in Austin for almost two years when my company said that they were moving my team to NC. Some people on my team were dead against it, but I was pretty excited because I’m from NC and they were moving us to the Raleigh area and I’m from Chapel Hill, so it was the perfect move for me. I got the news in February, which was amazing because my lease ended in the middle of March, so I was able to pack up and move home. I moved back in with my parents because I wanted to save up to buy a house and man, rent in Austin is crazy, so my savings were pretty much non-existant. So that happened by mid-March- then in late March, I was at a work conference in Vegas and two days after I got back, my family and some of our friends went on a Caribbean cruise, so that was a super busy time for me! Soon after that, I got my dog Laddoo (best decision ever). My brother and sister in law moved from San Francisco back to NC in September and my best friend Bee moved to NC in October! I coached my old high school field hockey team from August-November and I took a really quick 10 day long India trip to visit my grandparents before I went to Yallfest for the first time ever with Bee! So that’s what was going on in my life in 2017. 

According to my reading challenge, I read 93 books in 2017, and looking back through them now, I know picking just 5 is going to be really hard. In no particular order, my top 5 books of 2017 are:

An Ember in the Ashes: This was the easiest book to add to this list because it was soooo good and it’s definitely one of my favorite books of all times. I’ve reread this book/series at least 3 times now and I love it more and more every time I read it. 10/10 would recommend it if you haven’t checked it out yet!

Rebel of the Sands: This one was also pretty easy to pick because the story was amazing and I loved all of the books in this series, so I’m going to use the first book here as my catch all for the rest of them. Again, 10/10 would recommend if you haven’t checked it out yet!

Clockwork Angel: Out of all of Cassandra Clare’s books, I think the Infernal Devices book would have to be my favorites. I love Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess and I devoured all three of them so fast. 

The Wrath and the Dawn: Not only did I love this story, I loved the fact that this introduced me to Renee Ahdieh as an author and that led to Bee and me having the best experience ever in 2018 with Renee and Roshani Chokshi (who is our favorite because she’s the sweetest, has the best taste in food, drinks, and clothes, and she recognizes Bee’s hair, which, in my opinion is #goals). The Wrath and the Dawn and the Rose and the Dagger are probably my favorite books by Renee.   

Three Dark Crowns: We’re going to round off our top 5 list with Three Dark Crowns- this was a really hard decision to make because there were so many good books that I read in 2017 that could make the list, but this one edged out all of the rest because it has so many of the things I love- queens, murder, competition. What more could you want?! I thought the series started out really strongly, but the further along we got, the less and less I enjoyed it, which kinda sucks, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read Three Dark Crowns. 

Have y’all read any of my favorite reads from 2017? What did you think of them? And as always, let me know if you decide to do something like this! I’d love to see your Blast from the Past posts!

2 thoughts on “Blast from the Past Series: My 2017 Top 5 Reads

  1. Clockwork Angel is probably my favorite Cassandra Clare book! I really struggled with the Mortal Instruments, but the Infernal Devices made me want to keep reading her books.
    Great post!

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    • Thank you so much! I really struggled with books 4-6 in the Mortal Instruments series, but I agree, the Infernal Devices were so much better and they definitely kept me wanting to read her books!


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