Friday 5 January 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Favourite books of 2017

I was contemplating whether I should do one of these posts... 
They seem to be semi-obligatory at this point in the year but I quite often lack the energy to evaluate past books and rank them against each other. 
However, when I saw that this week's Book Blogger Hop question was, "What are your five most favorite books in 2017?" I figured I might as well join in. 

Here are my 'top 5' reads of 2017, in no particular order: 

(Contemporary Romance) 

Mariana Zapata's slow-burn romances NEVER disappoint but I found Wait For It to be the best of the bunch. 
It's full of heart, great characters, love, and life. 
I can't recommend it highly enough. 

(Mature YA / NA Fantasy Romance) 

Okay. I know this one is a bit of a cheat as it's three books but the trilogy was one of my favourite reads of 2017. 
I loved them. 
I inhaled them, one after the other and wanted more when they were finished. 
If I HAD to pick a favourite, I'd choose book three - A Court of Wings and Ruin - but you can't read book three without having read the other two so... I add the trilogy to the list! 

(Urban Fantasy) 

Ride The Storm was one of my most anticipated reads for 2017. 
A conclusion to the 'second act' in Karen Chance's Cassie Palmer series and I - being the Cassie & Pritkin shipper that I am - LOVED it. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, and it certainly isn't something you can just jump into without having read previous books, but if you are/were a fan of this series then you've gotta read it. 
Now for the two/three year wait on the next one... 😭 

(Urban Fantasy) 

I know... This is another series, not a single book, but Ilona Andrews has dominated my reading list this past year. Their stories - all their worlds - are so well written and engrossing and I haven't been able to get enough! 
I've inhaled The Hidden Legacy series, The Innkeeper series, the first two books in The Edge Series and the entirety of the Kate Daniels series, including all associated novels/novellas. 
Off the top of my head, that's 23 novels/novellas written by Ilona Andrews, but the Kate Daniels series is my favourite. 
If that's not enough of a reason to break the rules again and add a series / author to my 'favourites of 2017 list' then you have no soul. 

(MC Romance) 

I enjoy Joanna Wylde's Reapers MC series and I loved how this novella continued that series but took place with a different chapter of the Reapers. 
I don't know why I enjoyed this one so much but I did... It's dark and gritty, the romance is a little unconventional, but I really liked it. It's had several re-reads already and I know I'll probably re-read it again in the not so distant future. I only wish it was longer! 


  1. I still have to start A Court of Thorns and Roses. I've had it for years on my shelf.

    And I will catch up on Ilona Andrews. I have one Kate book to read before the last one comes out and books 2&3 from the Burn for Me series.

    For What It's Worth

  2. Looks like you read some amazing books last year. I adore Ilona Andrews. I still need to read the second and third books in the Maas series. Happy reading!

  3. Not a genre that I read, but thanks for sharing.

  4. I can totally understand with the Ilona Andrews books, I am actually set to read the Kate Daniels series this year. And this post just makes me feel so excited!

    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

    1. They're so good! Oddly, book 1 was the worst of all of them for me but I am SO glad I kept reading as they go from strength to strength. Happy reading!

  5. I am going to have to check out some of these. Thanks for sharing!

  6. LOVE your list, Nicola!! I'm a HUGE fan of fantasy and urban fantasy!! I also read romance, including contemporary romance, from time to time.

    "Wait For It" sounds like it might be right up my alley! I'm going to check it out on Goodreads.

    I've read "A Court of Thorns and Roses", and to be honest, was somewhat disappointed with it. Yes, the writing was great, but I didn't like the part with Rhys, and a couple of other things..... So I'm not going further with this series. I'm glad you enjoyed it, though! :)

    "Ride the Storm" sure looks good!! I haven't heard of this author or her books before, but, since I love fantasy & urban fantasy, I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy this series! (Yes, I need to start at the beginning, lol.)

    I can't WAIT to read an Ilona Andrews series!!! I've heard SO many great things about these authors!! I own "Magic Bites", so I gotta get started! Lol.

    Oh, I've heard of "1001 Dark Nights"! I've never read a biker romance before, and am curious about doing so. I'm adding this one, too!!

    Thanks for the recs!! Thanks as well for commenting on my BBH post!! <3 :)

  7. I've heard about The Court of Thorns and Roses, but I have never read any of the books in the series.

  8. A Court of Thorns and Roses is on my TBR! I've heard fantastic things.


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