Top Ten of 2016 – Top Ten Books for 2017

Posted December 30, 2016 in Event / 26 Comments


Welcome to the last week of 2016!  Around this time every year I enjoy looking back at my year in reading.  For the last 5 years, I’ve joined Rachel from Fiktsun and her various cohosts for their Top Ten event.  This year Rachel is joined by with the very awesome Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and Nancy & Christy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales.



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Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab

June 13th, 2017

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.




Now I Rise (The Conquerer’s Saga #2) by Keirsten White

June 27th, 2017

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.


Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

April 4th, 2017

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.


Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer

January 31st, 2017

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure — with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.



Denton Little’s Still Not Dead (Denton Little #2) by Lance Rubin

February 7th, 2017

The good news: Denton Little has lived through his deathdate. Yay! The bad news: He’s being chased by the DIA (Death Investigation Agency), he can never see his family again, and he may now die any time. Huh. Cheating death isn’t quite as awesome as Denton would have thought…

Lance Rubin’s debut novel, Denton Little’s Deathdate, showed readers just how funny and poignant imminent death could be. Now in this sequel, he takes on the big questions about life. How do we cope, knowing we could die at any time? Would you save someone from dying even if they were a horrible person? Is it wrong to kiss the girl your best friend is crushing on if she’s really into you instead? What if she’s wearing bacon lip gloss?




Geekerella by Ashley Poston

April 4th, 2017

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad s old costume), Elle s determined to win unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons before he was famous. Now they re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he s ever wanted, but the Starfieldfandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.”



The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

Cover TBT 🙂

December 26th, 2017

16-year-old Lily Michaels- Ryan breaks things— dishes, school property, random rules.  When Lily stops taking her ADHD medication, she winds up in detention with Abelard, the boy with Asperger’s she hit with a Hello Kitty lunchbox in first grade. He’s brilliant, beautiful and thirty seconds behind the rest of the world, but he doesn’t even notice Lily.

Then Abelard turns up on a Tumblr thread seeking the girl of  “surpassing beauty and purpose among you.” Lily has spent years pouring over the medieval books her father left behind when he moved to Portland.  When she searches the bookshelves and finds the quote in The Letters of Abelard and Heloise.

She’s probably the only girl in school who has read The Letters of Abelard and Heloise.  He is looking for her.

A whirlwind exchange of texts follows, but even the poetry of the 12th century might not be enough to bridge their disabilities when Abelard and Lily are finally alone together.

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily is told partially in quotes from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise.


Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

June 13th, 2017

Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.


White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews

May 30th, 2017

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she’s used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family’s detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor “Mad” Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice …




Twist (Dive Bar #2) by Kylie Scott

April 11th, 2017

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they’re emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets… apart from the one that really matters.

And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.




Honorable Mention… because everyone will probably have this one on their list (tee, hee)

Iron Gold (Iron Gold #1) by Pierce Brown

August 22nd, 2017

The new trilogy takes place after the end of Morning Star and will center on the consequences of the hero’s actions as well as on those folks now living and growing up in a landscape that’s had its ruling order shattered.







Looking back to the first time I participated in this event… this was my post back in 2011 🙂  My tastes have changed quite a bit, huh?


Thank you for following along with me this week.  Hope you enjoyed my lists!

See y’all next year!!






About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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26 responses to “Top Ten of 2016 – Top Ten Books for 2017

    • You are the only other person I know who also loves poor Denton!! I wish more people read goofy Denton 🙂 I can’t wait to see what happens next!!!!!! As long as he stops getting drunk and throwing up, I’m all good 😀

    • I saw that one on a total fluke. I can’t even remember how I found it, now!! It had to be an email or something…

    • In Burn for Me, I think a lot of buildings fell down. That’s about all I remember…. yeah, re-read for me too!!!!!! 😉

    • Awww, thanks!! YES on the YA covers, although I think publishers ALWAYS work harder on YA covers than Adult covers. Kids (and me!) like sparklies 😀

  1. Oh the first 2 are on the top of my list as well! I so need to see if I can find Wayward Children #1 at my library. I had it marked but I think I need to read it soon! 🙂 Such a good list and to know we have this to look forward to in 2017! 😀
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    • Wayward Children is short so it’ll be a quick read and hopefully your library hasn’t pulled it yet b/c it hasn’t circulated. My library has to pull quick b/c of space 🙁

    • YES, read those SHORT McGuire books!!! And I just find that Claudia Gray book and I’m soooooo excited but it sounds amazing!!!! 🙂

    • I’m almost ashamed to admit I’ve got so far from UF because I love the stories. They just take so freaking long to read and a year in between books!!! Back then, I had entire series to read… well, okay, NOW I do again, too. Shameful… tee, hee!!!