Can you guys actually believe that we only have 4 days left before the end of 2017? It’s as if it was just yesterday when I was drafting an entirely similar post dedicated to my most favorite reads of 2016, and now here I am, coming up with a new one that’s all about my favorite books of 2017. I can’t even begin to express just how relieved I am to finally be starting a new chapter of my life come 2018.
I’m excited for all the books that I’ll (for sure) be reading, for all the authors that I’ll be supporting, and for all the events that I’ll be going to. But before anticipating these, I want to take this chance to celebrate all the well-recommended titles that I came to read this year. Let’s get this post started!
This post is divided into 2 parts. First are my top 7 #romanceclass titles (because they deserve an entirely separate segment), and the second are my top 10 YA books of 2017. (And yes, I didn’t read much of Adult Fiction this year.) So without further ado…
#7. Waiting In The Wings by Tara Frejas – “Waiting in The Wings is a fantastic novel about how it is to be a part of an amazing family of theater performers. Not only that, but it also pays great tribute to plenty of Filipino composed songs which I consider to be great contributions to Philippine literature. Oh, and did I mention that it’s written rather beautifully? It’s an amazing book meant to be read by all those who has ever felt negatively about being a small star in a galaxy filled with constellations.”
#6. Keeping The Distance by Clarisse David – “Filled with extremely enjoyable and witty banter, paired with a love story that’s as irresistible and fulfilling, Keeping The Distance would no doubt be a favorite for long-time lovers of the hate-to-love contemporary trope. This book will make you laugh, swoon, and tear up by just a bit. Not to mention it’s quite a fast-paced read! Highly recommendable.”
#5. Promdi Heart: Hometown Love Stories by 6 #romanceclass authors – “Promdi Heart is definitely a read worth sharing with your friends, specially those that are NOT from the Philippines. Reading this will educate them in a very fun and romantic way as to how we do things here in the Pearl of The Orient, because as we all say, It is indeed more fun in the Philippines.”
#4. My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra – “My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra might have been a little too short for others, but it certainly did it’s job for me. I loved how well-invested I was all throughout the book, and I actually fell deeply in love with both Jasmine and Zack. Just in under 120 pages, Ms. Mina was able to make me swoon, tear up (just a bit), and root for her story enough to read it in one sitting. Easily a well-recommended 5-star read from me!”
#3. You Out of Nowhere by Jay E. Tria – “You Out of Nowhere is the #romanceclass book that I never knew I needed. With a writing style that was quirky and entertaining, a trope that’s well-loved by most romance genre lovers, a setting that is 100% favorable to most, if not all kinds of readers, and a story line that might seem common to others but in reality is estimable, Jay E. Tria’s latest book will surely be a fan favorite, especially if you’re already accustomed to the way she writes her stories.”
#2. Keep The Faith by Ana Tejano – “Keep The Faith will surely be an instant favorite, especially for those whose looking for simple, yet sweet reads that unpredictably packs a good punch. It’ll make you smile (like crazy), cry (again, like crazy), and it will remind you of the most basic things that make us human: the ability to love, grieve, and forgive.”
#1. Like Nobody’s Watching by Tara Frejas – “As expected, I was delighted to have read Pio and Audrey’s captivating story. It’s a fast-paced spin-off that is written beautifully with characters that were all charming in their own ways, a trope that’s a well-known favorite for romance lovers, and a twist that will tug on everyone’s heartstrings. It pays great tribute to the undying relevance of close family ties, and the importance of being faithful. I had an amazing journey with Pio and Audrey, and I’m pretty sure other readers will too. Everyone deserves to read a heartfelt story at least once in this lifetime. Let Pio and Audrey’s story be that story for you.”
And now for the YA books…
#10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – “The Hate U Give really is a thought-provoking and eye-opening book. It might be hard to believe but we do live in a world where racism, albeit being fought endlessly, is rampant. And I hope, with the help of this work of art, we could somehow educate ourselves and as well as our friends and family about how every one of us fights a different fight and that we should strive hard to understand one another, regardless of race, color, or religion.”
#9. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich – “The Love Interest is a YA book that I would definitely recommend to whoever’s willing to listen. It greatly showcases how important and life-changing it is to fight for what you believe in and find love in the process. It’s a work of pure genius, and I can only hope to read it once again for the first time.”
#8. #famous by Jilly Gagnon – “#famous is a great book to start the year with. It has all the aspects that I’m looking for in a perfect contemporary read: lovable, and easy to root for characters, a creative, and fast-paced writing style, and incorporated ideas that are very timely, and accurately portrayed. Definitely recommended for those who like light and fluffy reads, with a bit of “spice” to it.”
#7. Renegades by Marissa Meyer – “I actually have no words to sum up just how amazing Renegades has been for me. It’s your typical Marissa Meyer book, written with amazingly vivid world building, a fast-paced way of story telling, a unique set of characters that are absolutely easy to root for, an intriguing cause / plot line that will determine whether you’re a Renegade (hero) or an Anarchist (villain), and endless plot twists that will have readers on the edge of their seats in every turn of the page. As of the moment, I can’t say if it’s my favorite Marissa Meyer book yet, but it certainly has all the aspects that I’m looking for in a favorite.”
#6. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – “With characters that are extremely easy to root for, an antagonist that readers will surely love to hate, a romance story that’s healthy in all aspects, and an extra impressive writing style and pacing, Starfish, obviously has the makings of a bestseller. I didn’t expect for this book to make me feel so lovely in my own skin, and I hope everyone gets the opportunity to read this as well. What troubles me now, however, is that this book greatly heightened my expectations for YA Contemporaries, and I only hope to be lucky enough to read a story that’s as good as this one in the future.”
#5. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – “With only a couple of pages, Marie Lu was able to completely allure me with Bruce Wayne’s story in Batman: Nightwalker. Through this book, I was able to get to know the mysterious billionaire from a different, yet utterly impressive angle, and I will never see him the same way again. This second book in the DC Icons Series is as thrilling, as it is visually captivating and the author unflinchingly tackles justice. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book, crazily anticipating what happens next, and was left wanting more. An impressive book to welcome 2018, no doubt!”
#4. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – “The Upside of Unrequited is Becky’s impressive take in telling the story of a fat girl with loads of insecurities about herself but still strives to love herself at the end of the day. It won’t just draw out emotions from readers, but it will also allow them to root for characters that are flawed, but massively lovable. But generally, UPSIDE is a book that will no doubt make you feel good about being in your own skin, whether you’re a fat girl with 48 unrequited crushes, or the complete opposite. Read it! You need this book!”
#3. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – “I don’t think there are better ways to conclude this review other than by plainly saying that I am clearly, and undeniably, obsessed with When Dimple Met Rishi. It’s an amazing work of genius, and I’m so happy to finally be able to understand what the hype is all about. It’ll make all kinds of readers feel good about wanting to follow their dreams, and I firmly believe that this New York Times bestselling book has the ability to educate, and empower them to be the best selves that they can be. I can’t wait for the sequel!”
And before we recognize my top 2 reads of 2017, here are a few titles that are worth sharing and celebrating:
#2. Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout – “I don’t think there’s much left to say, really. I knew from the moment I laid my eyes on this anthology that it would easily be one of my most favorite reads of all-time. For lovers of the contemporary and meet cute trope, this will surely be an A+ read for you. It’s short, sweet, and extremely fast paced. The stories are all unique, and exciting to read. What’s not to love, right? Personally, through this short story collection, I feel brave and hopeful enough to wish for my own meet cute experience.”
#1. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera – “I think it’s safe to say that readers can definitely expect a lot from They Both Die At The End, and find that it most definitely would not disappoint. Get ready to go on an exciting one-day adventure with Adam’s new characters and prove that it only takes a few moments to change your life. Go ahead, and read this book. You’d discover that once you’re done with it, your life will have been changed as well.”
Merry Christmas, everybody! What are YOUR favorite reads of 2017? Tell me all about ’em via the comments section down below!