Jun 27, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I've Read In 2017 (So Far)

The Broke and the Bookish make Tuesday's fun (for bookworms!) with their meme Top Ten Tuesday. 

Today's TTT prompt is to share a roundup of your favorite books (so far!) in 2017. So I've read mostly YA this year. But I've also read some GREAT middle-grade, graphic novels, screenplays etc etc and I would love to shine the spotlight on those books. Without further ado, here are some amazing non-YA books (all recommended!).

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
by J.K. Rowling

I  l o v e d  the Fantastic Beasts movie so much. And after watching it, I immediately drove into the screenplay. I know some people didn't enjoy Newt's story as much because it's a screenplay but not meeeee. I also sent all of Credence Barebone's lines to my friend and we cried.


The Nameless City and The Stone Heart 
by Faith Erin Hicks

The Nameless City and The Stone Heart are two graphic novels (it's gonna be a trilogy!) about a 'Nameless City', narrated by two kickbutt teens. Now, Fath Erin Hicks is (pretty much) my favorite graphic novel author/artist. I grew up with her novel, Friends with Boys, and I met a good friend through her books! So me, loving her books, is normal.


Wires and Nerve, Volume 1
by Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate

If you follow me ANYWHERE on social media, then you know that I love the Lunar Chronicles. I was sO hyped for this graphic novel! Thank goodness I wasn't disappointed haha. The plot and characters were so good, along with the artwork. Recommended for sure! But if you haven't read the Lunar Chronicles then don't read this book! #spoilers


The Last Message Received 
by Emily Trunko

THIS BROKE MY HEART BUT I LOVE IT. The Last Message Received is pretty self explanatory. It's about people's last text messages with a small caption behind the message. Ugh, I cried so much. It's a quick, important read but so depressing, painful and just sad. The messages actually started on a Tumblr blog, so if you're interested, follow this link. (BLOG LINK: TW)


Kindred Spirits
by Rainbow Rowell

It's official: I am the biggest Rainbow Rowell fan. I'm not bragging or anything! I'm just saying her stories have helped me so much. I love everything about her work! And haha I remember being so disappointed when I found out Kindred Spirits because (at the time) it was only available in the UK. But this year, the book came over in the US! Heck yes I ran in my local bookstore, read this short story and fangirled over it.


by Ru Xu

This middle-grade graphic novel won my heart on the first page. THE ARTSTYLE IS AMAZING!! And the plot itself?! A gem. It's a steampunk story about a newspaper girl who meets this local inventor and she becomes his apprentice. PLS TAKE MY MONEY. So so so recommended.


Amina's Voice 
by Hena Khan

Amina's Voice is one of the purest middle-grade novels I have ever read. Amina is so innocent, sweet and is trying her best to understand everything?! Protect this little girl. Her story deals with friendship problems, jealousy and staying true to her culture. This book is honestly a beautiful (the writing is pretty simple but it's really good) story, with sparks of hope. 


The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1: Squirrel Power
by Ryan North, Erica Henderson

I remember seeing this (for the first time) graphic novel and almost laughing. It looked really dumb?? Like .. a squirrel girl? Really Marvel? I obviously regret everything I said in that statement. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is funny, silly - it's the charm. But Squirrel Girl acts a human being and tries her best to protect others with, uh, squirrels. Really nice artwork and I mean, it's pretty loveable. Definitely recommended if you want a good laugh!


Mockingbird, Vol. 1: I Can Explain 
by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk

I've never been really familiar with Mockingbird (all I know is she's married to Hawkeye haha) but I really like her attitude! (This particular graphic novel) The storyline has superheroes, science, feminism, little mutant kids and boyfriends. Great combo if I say so myself.

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It's almost 9PM here (I'M CUTTING IT REAL CLOSE I KNOW) so excuse any ramblings or typos. Now! Do you have any favorite graphic novels (so far) this year? Anybody got middle-grade recommendations? Tell me the comments! 

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  1. These are some great recs! Amina's voice sounds like such a good book!

  2. Ahhh, I love that you chose to focus on non-YA! That's such a unique approach, and it's nice to finally see a post that's not throwing Six of Crows and The Star-Touched Queen at me XD

    DID SOMEONE SAY MG RECS? *unfurls a mile-long scroll*

    The Blackthorn Key series by Kevin Sands was one of my favorite reads last year. It's about an apothecary apprentice's adventures in Tudor England, featuring tons of mystery, murder, explosions, and awesome friendships. There's also a heaping cup of magic! In more or less the same vein, I really liked Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones. This one is a standalone taking place in Victorian England. The ghosts of London are disappearing, and it's up to a motley crew of ghosts and humans to put everything to rights! (This one reminded me a lot of Lockwood & Co, which is why I picked it up.) Finally, there's the Barnaby Grimes series by Paul Stewart. This one verges on children's, but it's still really good. It follows Barnaby Grimes, a sarcastic and clever outlaw in Victorian England, as he solves the supernatural mysteries of London's dark underside.

    (Hmmm......I'm sensing a theme here....)

    *rolls the scroll back up*

    OH MY GOD, NEWSPRINTS LOOKS SO GOOD. I've been trying to find more steampunk stories! My favorite non-YA reads so far this year have been The Martian by Andy Weir, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, and Phantom of Blood Alley by Paul Stewart :)

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. Haha thank you so much!

      YESSS I NEED MG RECS THANK YOUUUU. The Blackthorn Key sounds really good, along with Constable & Toop. I always need more dark, paranormal middle grade novels. (set in London hehe)


  3. YES FANTASTIC BEASTS IS GREAT AND ALL THE CINNAMON ROLLS. <3 *flails* It's the only book I've read on this list, but all of these graphic novels look great! Sorry there isn't anything to recommend from me, graphic novel wise-- my library doesn't usually get graphic novels except ones to replace the worn copies of Bone.

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

    1. MY FAVE!! I need the next FB movie asap. Ahhh okay! Thanks for stopping by, Abigail. <3

  4. I loved Fantastic Beasts! I actually really loved the idea of having the screenplay, it's perfect for me because I struggle to find the time to actually sit down and watch a movie start to finish. I am so excited to read Wires and Nerves, it looks so beautiful.

    1. Yay! Haha me too, especially anything Disney. It is! Enjoy <3