Today’s Top Five Wednesday asks us to list our absolute favorite books of 2017, however, I want to hold off giving you guys my top favorite books of 2017 post for a bit longer. I admit that I’m having a teeny bit of trouble coming up with my favorites list because I’VE READ SO MANY GOOD BOOKS THIS YEAR!
Anyway, I still really want to do today’s T5W so I’m going to give you my top five favorite books in five different categories that I’ve created. I thought this would be a fun way to do today’s topic, as well as try to help myself determine my favorite books of the year.
Favorite Fantasy: I think this one’s going to be on many favorites list this year and it quite deserves its spot—A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Mass. I admit that this book was not perfect (see my review for more details, since I don’t want to spoil anyone), but I loved this next chapter in Feyre’s story and I was captivated by how Sarah expands the ACOTAR world—the meeting with all the Courts was my favorite scene.
Favorite Book Featuring Fandom: I picked up quite a few books this year that focused on fandoms, but the one that absolutely stole my heart was Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This book gave me the closest feelings to what I felt while reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl ,and I think the best way to show you my Eliza and Her Monsters feels is what I wrote in my Goodreads’ review right after I finished:
In short: I loveeeeddddd this so much
REALITY: I LOVED THIS SO MUCH, YES I’VE READ BOOKS ABOUT FANDOM AND ONLINE CONTENT SINCE RAINBOW ROWELL’S FANGIRL BUT THIS IS WHAT MY SOUL NEEDED. EVERYONE NEEDS THIS BOOK IN THEIR LIFE, I LOVE ELIZA, I LOVE HER STORY, I LOVE DAVY, I LOVE MONSTROUS SEA. I COULD’T SEPARATE MYSELF FROM THIS BOOK OR THIS STORY (one of my favorite 24 hr Reads).
Favorite Classic: This category is evidence that I, Haley of Fangirl Fury, read more than one classic book this year in which I can complete this category. And I am super proud to announce that I read this book on my own, WITHOUT ANY SCHOOL SYLLABUS TO PRESSURE OR FORCE ME TO: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I really enjoyed Sylvia Plath’s writing style because her voice felt like the book could have been written in this decade–I often have trouble connecting to the jargonish writing style of many 19th and early 20th century classics.
Favorite Book that has a TV or Film adaptation: Another title that I think will reign on many favorites’ list includes Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I wanted to watch Big Little Lies so badly since it stars an amazing female cast, including one of my faves, Reese Witherspoon. But with many adaptations I follow, I knew I had to read the book first.
Favorite Book that I Bought at a Library Sale- I took advantage of my library’s book sales this year especially, and my favorite one that I read this year is One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (there had to be a British contemporary somewhere!). I found a paperback version of the book that was in like-new condition, and I really enjoyed this one about family and a road-trip.
Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.