Literature · Novels and Novellas

Best Books of 2017

2017 certainly wasn’t the best reading year for me. Life was busy as heck but I still managed to read a few gems. Also, these are in no particular order and just because I read them in 2017 doesn’t mean they were released during the year. 😊

tomieTomie by Junji Ito

A bizarrely beautiful manga. The lead antagonist, Tomie is both hate-able and fascinating.  I can see why this is considered one of the best horror mangas. However, the ending was a bit of a let down – but everything else is great especially all the weird and haunting pictures.

princessgoblinThe Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald

This book is a hallmark of fantasy fiction. I gotta say while I thought it was a bit goofy, it’s still really charming and fun. This is a great book for kids and adults who like children’s fantasy.

panic Panic by Lauren Oliver

I did a pretty long review of this book. I enjoyed it quite a bit even though it does have flaws. The main characters are decent and it was nice to follow them. The book does a great job of showing how small towns can be mundane yet sinister underneath. And how bored teenagers can cause a lot of trouble. Another win for Lauren Oliver.

oceanThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 

A big part of me is like, “what?” when it comes to this book. But it’s still very good in what it has to say about how great the childhood imagination can be. Gaiman proves himself to be a great  and creative author once again.

So those are my choices for the best books of 2017. Hopefully I’ll read many more great books in 2018. 😊


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