Top 5 Wednesday – Best of 2017

Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday.  This is a meme started in November of 2013 and is still going strong! If you’re interested in being a part of it please see the group on Goodreads.

This week’s topic is Best Books I’ve read in 2017.

I feel I have been very fortunate this year. I’ve found so many wonderful books to read. I’ve reached the end of some beloved series, and started new series I know will become favorites. It was hard to pick only 5 for this list. It could easily have been double that.

I’m including links to my reviews where applicable.

Thank you to all the authors of these books. Your books have brought me a great deal of joy and I appreciate all your hard work in making them.

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Assassin’s Fate – Robin Hobb

This book is first on my list and in my heart. A wonderful end to a fantastic series. Beloved characters and a fascinating world. I can’t recommend this series enough. This book broke my heart into a million pieces, but I’d do it all over again if I could spend time with Fitz, Beloved and Nighteyes again.

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The Red Abbey Chronicles – Maria Turtschaninoff

A delightful surprise. I picked this at random on Netgalley because of the artwork for Maresi. It turned out to be a wonderful gem of a book. Naondel built on the first book and I can’t wait for the third book in the series sometime next year (I hope??!!)

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The Kingfountain Series – Jeff Wheeler

This has been a year of new experiences as a reader. I started acting as a First Reader for the e-zine Deep Magic. One of the founders of the magazine is Jeff Wheeler. I had never come across his books before, but other First Readers had and couldn’t recommend him more strongly.  I’m so glad I picked up this first trilogy. It is wonderful. I haven’t written my review for it yet, but when I do I hope you will enjoy it.

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Winternight Trilogy – Katherine Arden

If you’re acquainted with the book blogging world then you’ve doubtless heard all the praise heaped on these two novels. They deserve every single bit of it. They are wonderful. I don’t collect many books in hardcover but I am for this series.

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The Stormlight Archive – Brandon Sanderson

I haven’t reviewed this book, mostly because I haven’t finished it yet. I’m halfway through, but it is remarkable. If you know Mr. Sanderson’s books then you know just what I mean. This series in particular is the best of what epic fantasy books can be.


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More favorites from 2017.

Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab

The Book of Etta – Meg Elison

The Fifth Doll – Charlie N. Holmberg


8 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday – Best of 2017

  1. I am so mad at myself. I abandoned the third book in ‘The Farseer Trilogy’ after reading 30% of it. I shouldn’t have done that. I am going to go back to the series soon. 😊

    1. I can’t wait for the third K Arden book. She’s really terrific. I read the first two Shades of Magic books but then started being a good girl and got back to my ARC pile lol. I need to read the last one.

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