Top Five Books of 2017

Exactly what the title says. I don’t think I really need to elaborate, but I will. Note that I basically loved all the books (the number of which are far over five) that I read last year so I can’t accurately “rank” them. I figured, though, enough about my books; I’ll talk about books by other authors that I obsess over.

#5: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer

This was the sixth and final book in The Land of Stories series. Even though it wasn’t my favourite, I still loved it.

Chris Colfer (you probably know him from Glee) is a great author. Seriously. The fairy-tale world in his books is so well put together, I mean, he combines all of the fairy tales so well.  He makes the stories tie into each other, he recreates the characters in an entirely different way, and the series is just pretty good overall. Yes, it’s a nine to twelve year old book, but still very good.

Let’s talk about Worlds Collide, though. I laughed so much. Not because it was horrible, but because I loved the humour and story in it. Colfer handles all of the many characters he brought onto the scene well and ties up the books while technically leaving it open. No stories really end, though.

If you’re into fairy tale books, I highly suggest reading The Land of Stories series as a whole. (Also, I thought you’d like to know that this site wanted me to change “Colfer” to “Golfer.”)

#4: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

Yes, yes, here comes another Percy Jackson universe rant on the internet. But, come on, can you blame me? Rick Riordan’s books are really engaging, so much so that I’ve read through all of his series.

Except for Magnus Chase. I was waiting for it to be over so I didn’t have to go through another set of cliffhangers on top of all the other ones I have to deal with, however I just got the first two books at Chapters today.

We’re not talking about Magnus Chase, though. We’re talking about Trials of Apollo here. I have to say I liked this one more than the first, The Hidden Oracle. I don’t know why. I’ll neither confirm or deny that Leo being back had something to do with it.

No, it’s not just because of Leo. I have to say that even though Apollo can be extremely annoying in this, he’s gotten a bit better and I have been enjoying his narrative. Rick Riordan is as hilarious as ever with his writing.

Go read it. Shoo. Go on.

#3: Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

Recently, meaning a little over a year ago, my mom got me into reading Terry Pratchett. He was just an amazing writer all around and if you’re considering checking his books out I’d say go for it. Only, prepare to not understand a thing.

Discworld is so out there and it doesn’t help that Terry Pratchett didn’t give much explanation of the world. You just fall in headfirst. It’s likely that you won’t comprehend the first book you read and you’ll forget it, like I did. Once you get into it, though, they are some of the funniest books out there.

Onto Night Watch-I’ve been told this one is very good and it really was very good. Like…Ugh. I’m not sure how to describe it, it has no words. Another time travel book, where Commander Sam Vimes goes back in time and teaches himself everything he knows.

I loved this book. This is another one people should read. The writing was awesome in this and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

#2: Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Another Terry Pratchett book. Yay. Seriously, though, it was awesome.

There’s letters, patricians, golems, postmen, golden suits, and…Well, you’d have to read it. I can’t really explain it exactly. Again, Terry Pratchett’s writing was amazing in this, and Moist’s character is great. Also, the book is obviously hilarious, so I’d suggest checking it out.

The book takes the post office, which most people wouldn’t think would be an interesting thing to read about, and makes it extremely entertaining. Very weird, admittedly, but entertaining. For the life of me I can’t get over the fact that one of the character’s was raised by peas. (You heard me.)

#1: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

The title is probably enough to turn most people off. It shouldn’t, though. Considering this book ended up in first should be enough to prove that I thought pretty highly of it.

It was beautiful, it was amazing. The writing was amazing. The world, the plot, the characters were amazing. Like, you’ll obviously try to not get attached to the characters, but you will fail. They’re so well written and so real. I’m sure I cried at some point over this book.

Basically it’s set in a world where a thing called “Death Cast” calls you and tells you that you’re going to die in the next twenty four hours, and there’s a Last Friend app so you can spend your final day with them.

It was sooooooo good. Don’t let the title stop you from reading it. Yes, it’s definitely a sad story, but coming from someone who usually doesn’t go for the sad stories it was amazing. Did I say that already? Probably.

Congratulations, Adam Silvera. I really enjoyed (and at some times hated) this book.

 

There’s my list. Like I said, I could go on and on about every book I read last year, but I won’t. I don’t have the time or energy. Go and check out these books for yourself; maybe you’ll like them just as much as I did.