Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Best Books I've Read In 2017 So Far


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's Top Ten Tuesday asks bloggers to blog about their best books they've read in 2017 so far. Many books listed are contemporary but I did throw in a couple other genres in the mix. The following books are in no particular order.


1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon celebrates women in STEM and the novel also breaks down stereotypes. The relationship between Dimple and Rishi is too cute. They both balance each other and are supportive of each others' passions.


2. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia is the ultimate fandom novel! Dive into Eliza's popular webcomic as she deals with her own monsters while connecting with the new guy in school who just happens to be a big fan of her webcomic.


3. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han is the last book in the The All the Boy's I've Loved Before trilogy. This heartfelt novel is the perfect read if you love contemporary, sisterly relationships and sweet treats. Also, find out which guy Lara Jean will ultimately end up with.


4. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is a contemporary novel about finding who you are. With twenty-six crushes and zero kisses in her life, Molly wonders if she needs to step outside of her comfort zone. Maybe it's just because she hasn't found the right person...until now.


5. The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder is the perfect curation of crushes, friendship and finding one self. It's a quirky and delightful read full of nostalgia and innocence. Join Penelope on her adventure of self-discovery.




6. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See is a story about tradition, culture, family, love, loss, sacrifice, perseverance, new beginnings and origins. See takes writing to a whole new level. I highly recommend this novel who are interested in transatlantic adoption, mother/daughter relationships, the origins of Pu'erh and lovers of Lisa See novels!


7. After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat is about the aftermath of Humpty Dumpty's fall and what he has to overcome in order to live his life to its fullest. The picture book is beautifully illustrated in timeless muted colors and has a positive message.


8. I Believe in Something Called Love by Maurene Goo is rom-com that will sweep you off your feet with its heartwarming scenes and hilarious lines. Desi Lee excels at almost everything she puts her heart toward except love. She ends up creating the list "K Drama Steps to True Love" hoping it will help her with her love flailures.



9. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera doesn't release until September 5th, but it is a must read. It makes you think about what if you had less than 24 hours to live. Mateo and Rufus get a call from Death-Cast about their lives ending within 24 hours. The novel is about loss, hope, friendship and what it means to live your life to its fullest.


10. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco is the sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper. Join Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell in Romania where not only are they taking classes in forensics but they are hunting Prince Vlad the Impaler. I personally love this novel more than the predecessor. This novel will be released on September 19th.



What are some of your favorite books you've read this year?

28 comments:

  1. Recently I added 'Dimple' and 'Thing Called Love' to my shelf, so it's great to see them this week on your list, Nicole! I keep circling back to 'Eliza' because that cover is so dynamic, and I'd like to read Kerri's 'Jack the Ripper' series at some point. They sound really interesting, and seem to get good reviews. :)

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    1. When Dimple Met Rishi and Eliza and Her Monsters are fantastic! I hope you have a chance to read it. Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula both have enough banter, thrills and mystery to keep you intrigued. Happy reading!

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  2. Okay, I'm adding like half of these to my wishlist. Thanks!

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    1. YAY! I am glad you are interested in a good amount of these titles!

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  3. Oh wow! You have read some amazing books this year so far, Nicole! I can't wait to read Eliza! :-)

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy Eliza and Her Monsters.

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  4. Hunting Prince Dracula sounds really good! I hadn't heard of that one before. I will have to look for that and They Both Die at the End, which also caught my eye from your list. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane made my list too. So far, it's probably my top favorite of the year.

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    1. YAY! I am glad The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane made your list. I have been a big fan of Lisa See ever since I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan about ten years ago. I hope you get to read Hunting Prince Dracula and They Both Die at the End.

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  5. Looks like you've read some spectacular books so far this year!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:

    http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/06/top-ten-tuesday-best-books-ive-read-in.html

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  6. I've heard such good things about Dimple - I think I need to read it! Also the Upside seems to get a lot of love. Also I need to read the Kerri Maniscalco books - I have been meaning to pick up Stalking Jack for ages and now I see the sequel in your list I think I need to make more of an effort!

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    1. I hope you enjoy When Dimple Met Rishi, The Upside of Unrequited, Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula! Stalking Jack the Ripper is definitely not for the faint of heart but it's truly engrossing. Hunting Prince Dracula takes everything to a whole new level. I actually like Hunting Prince Dracula more than Stalking Jack the Ripper.

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  7. I'm usually not a big fan of YA contemporaries but I really enjoyed Becky Albertalli's first book last year, so I'm definitely looking forward to her new one!

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    1. I hope you enjoy The Upside of Unrequited and also the film adaptation of Simon Vs. which is going to be out next year.

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  8. I haven't read any of these, but in my defense 7 of them are on my TBR pile (mountain, pile, whatever you want to call it).

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    1. I hope you get to some of the books listed here. They are definitely some wonderful reads.

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  9. I haven't read any of these, but I'm glad you enjoyed them!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/top-ten-tuesday-113/

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I hope are able to read some of the books I've listed.

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  10. Oh, you picked some amazing books this week! I'm a fan of several of them, including When Dimple Met Rishi, They Both Die at the End, and The Upside of Unrequited.

    After the Fall sounds really good as well.

    Here is my TTT.

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    1. I am so glad you are a fan of some of my favorites that I posted. Thanks for visiting.

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  11. So many wonderful books on your list! I loved Always and Forever, and Upside was very good too. I really need to get to Dimple and Eliza soon, they're high on my list! Some of my favorites have been A Darker Shade of Magic, Secrets of a Heart Note, Princess of Thorns, and Geekerella :)

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    1. Isn't Always and Forever good? I hope you get to read When Dimple Met Rishi and Eliza and Her Monsters. The Secret of a Heart Note is fantastic! Such a cute book!

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  12. Great list! A bunch of these are actually on my TBR. :) I especially can't wait to get around to my ARC of Hunting Prince Dracula. Here’s my T10T for this week!

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  13. I was so impressed by They Both Die at the End. While I didn't put it on my top ten list, I was very over the fence about adding it on anyway even though that would have tipped me at 11. Still need to read When Dimple Met Rishi, The Upside of Unrequited, Eliza and I Believe in a Thing Called Love (which I just got the other day and OMG I NEED TO READ IT NOW!!) I also recently bought the first two books in that series by Jenny Han, I've heard so many great things about it! Ready for some happy reads once the weather warms. <3

    Cass @ Words on Paper

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    1. I hope you get to enjoy When Dimple Met Rishi, The Upside of Unrequited, Eliza and Her Monsters, I Believe in a Thing Called Love and the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series. I was surprised about They Both Die at the End. It was definitely not what I expected but in a good way.

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  14. I haven't heard of any of these but The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane looks great, and I like the look of Hunting Prince Dracula too, so might check out both of those.

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    1. I hope you have a chance to check out both of them. Thanks for visiting.

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