TTT: Best Books of 2017

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I haven’t done these in a while, but it was the perfect time to get back to Top Ten Tuesdays! I’ve had to reflect on the books I’ve read this year, because lately I’ve been reading meh books. Might be because I’m on a reading funk, and I really just need to get back out of it. In any case, the audiobooks I’ve listened to so far haven’t been hitting it out of the ballpark either.

However! I do have a current top ten list, and save for maybe one or two, there isn’t much of a change!

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda – I am loving this world and this series so far, and for me, the second volume knocked it out of the ballpark as well. Loved the first, the second was just as strong, and I cannot wait for the next volume! Maybe it’ll be up by this upcoming BookCon ūüėÄ (review)

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – WHY WOULDN’T THIS BE IN MY TOP TEN. I cried, I laughed, I squeed. It was just such a great end to a trilogy, and I’m SO STOKED that Schwab’s got more in sights in this world! (review)

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs – Mercy and Adam POVs always make me happy. And this book started off with chocolate, so that made me doubly happy. (review)

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher – I loved Carrie Fisher’s voice, and the fact that she narrates this memoir on top of it was fantabulous.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – THIS HURT ME SO MUCH. But the rewards at the end was absolutely worth the pain and agony. Also, I ship Liraz and Ziri so hard it’s not even funny. (review)

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier – Pretty much defines my life with my siblings. This was a book I picked up because I’d assigned it to my kids, but holy hell, I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much. (review)

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – This was one of my favorites because I totally have a girly-crush on Elias which is a little strange, considering how old these characters are, but my brain is that of a 20-year-old so we’ll pretend that’s what I am. Okay, I also really adored the gladiator-like competition in this book. And the fact that you have strong female characters that knock it out of the ballpark. (review)

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie – For the most part, I am on a roller coaster effect with this series. It’s really good, and I absolutely love the artwork, but the fifth one was by far my favorite.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – One of my dark horses on this list. I was really impressed by the magical system in this book, and I got into the characters very quickly. I should catch up to this series, but considering it’s a planned 7 (or 8?) book series, I have some time. (review)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – I haven’t read much from NetGalley lately, but this was something I’d picked up last year and ended up reading and finishing in January of 2017. It was definitely my favorite of the NetGalley books I’ve read this year, and for good reason! (review)

How about you? What books made your top ten of 2017?

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Book Traveling Thursday: Ella Enchanted

Book Traveling Thursday¬†is a book meme that involves book covers from different parts of the world. Rules include picking a book according to the theme and then posting the original covers, covers from your country, your favorite covers, and your least favorite covers. This week, the theme is:¬†‚ÄúMickey Mouse’s Birthday is November 18th, so to honor the Mouse and Disney, show off your favorite retelling of a fairytale.‚ÄĚ

To which I snorted and was tempted to put down¬†Deerskin¬†because HEY, that’s what Meg and I have been talking about all week in Fableulous Retellings! But while I did love¬†Deerskin, there was a fairy tale retelling that started me on the road to fairy tale retellings, and it was¬†Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.

Original Cover

This is the cover I actually own of the book. Between my sister and me, our copy is pretty tarnished, considering how often we’d read it every year.

US Covers

There’s a lot more, but these were my favorites. The former because it lent similarities to the original, and the latter because it’s so nicely artistically rendered!

Favorite Covers

I like the symbolism in both the Romanian and Japanese covers. The Japanese wins out, though, because it’s definitely a good way to talk about Ella’s imprisonment to her obedience curse.

Least Favorite Cover

Ugh, I try to avoid movie covers when I can. This was kind of a disappointment, too, and the US movie cover really just looks like Lizzie Maguire meets fairy tales and sparkles.

Book Traveling Thursdays: The Little Prince

Book Traveling Thursday¬†is a book meme that involves book covers from different parts of the world. Rules include picking a book according to the theme and then posting the original covers, covers from your country, your favorite covers, and your least favorite covers. This week, the theme is:¬†‚ÄúA Book You Recently Read That Was Translated From Another Language.‚ÄĚ

This was a bit harder for me to find. I don’t typically read translated works because I often take issue with full-book translations, however, I’m not opposed to foreign stories. Fairy tales tend to be the best translated stories ever. But anyway, one of the most recent translations I’ve read is my best friend’s favorite book ever:¬†The Little Prince. Or, really¬†Le Petit Prince.

Original Cover

This story is undoubtedly a classic, and the original French was first published in 1943.

US Covers

There are a couple more editions in the US, including a special anniversary release, but these were definitely some of my favorites of the US covers.

Favorite Covers

Most of the translations pretty much stick to the illustrations within the original book, but I love the color and look of the Romanian version, and the artwork in the Russian version is so pretty!

Least Favorite Cover

Too much happening in this Spanish version of The Little Prince.

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Wrinkle in Time

Book Traveling Thursday is a book meme that involves book covers from different parts of the world. Rules include picking a book according to the theme and then posting the original covers, covers from your country, your favorite covers, and your least favorite covers. This week, the theme is in commemoration of Johnny Appleseed:¬†‚ÄúShow us your favorite kids, or middle-grade book.¬†‚ÄĚ

Hands down going to be Madeleine L’Engle, duh.¬†A Wrinkle in Time¬†took me to many places and gave me the love of science and math that I’ve carried even today. So of course I was going to highlight this!

That said, because this book was published in the ’60s and is a classic, there are a LOT of book covers. Seriously, trying to list down just the US covers was ridiculous. So I’ve limited it to the ones I liked of the US covers and threw in a few foreign covers to boot.

The Original

I will say it’s a pretty cool original cover, though this wasn’t the version I first read from.

Fun fact, THIS was.

Which, to be honest, I thought was cool because I saw Meg Murry and thought: “OH GOD. THAT’S ME.” I mean, nowadays I don’t think I’m much of a Meg Murry, but she’s still an awesome character.

US Covers

These were pretty awesome covers from the US. The second set is what I own, since it came as a boxed set of loveliness.

Favorite Cover

This was such a pretty collection of covers! I love the look of this, though granted, it doesn’t showcase the children that the book is about.

Least Favorite Covers

These two are…actually scary. The first is a Finnish version with characters that look nothing like the Murrys and Calvin. Charles Wallace isn’t exactly a derpy-looking kid. The second is a Turkish edition, which, from afar looks pretty cool, but then you take a closer look and the photo in the bubble is a stark and unwelcome contrast to the childlike illustration around it.

Other Foreign Covers

I also wanted to showcase some of the other foreign covers, because some of them are pretty nifty. It’s interesting to see what they focus on for each cover. My favorite of these is the simple Spanish cover, because it legit shows the wrinkle in time that Mrs. Whatsit passes.

What do you think of these covers? Do you have a favorite?

Book Traveling Thursdays: Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Another Book Traveling Thursday post, yay! I’ve got to say I love doing these, because it gives me opportunity to look up different book covers and oggle at the really pretty ones!

Book Traveling Thursday is a book meme that involves book covers from different parts of the world. Rules include picking a book according to the theme and then posting the original covers, covers from your country, your favorite covers, and your least favorite covers. This week, the theme is: “Plan your next vacation. Feature a book is set in a location on your travel bucket list.”

This was easy enough. Anyone who’s read any of my travel-related book posts will have seen that my heart has always belonged to Laini Taylor’s settings. I would have put¬†Daughter of Smoke and Bone¬†here but considering I actually¬†did¬†visit Prague, I’ve crossed this dream off my traveling bucket list. That said, my favorite setting described by Laini has always been Morocco. Morocco is a prominent location in her¬†Daughter of Smoke and Bone¬†trilogy as well as one or two of her short stories in¬†Lips Touch: Three Times. But for this week, I’m going to highlight¬†Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the third book of her DoSaB series.

Original and US Cover

Dreams of Gods and Monsters¬†continues the conflict of angels and demons and largely takes place in both Eretz and Morocco. It follows the story of Karou and Akiva, starcrossed lovers who have been pitted against each other because that’s how their species have fought for centuries. Now that there’s an even bigger threat to both their world and Earth, it is up to Karou and Akiva to unite their forces and fight the emperor who seeks to rule the worlds. There’s a bunch more happening in this book than I would have liked, but some of the best characters shined at the end of the story, and while I did rant a bit about it in my review, I will admit that I grew to love Liraz and Ziri even more after this book, even to the point where I so totally ship them and want more stories of them.

Favorite Cover(s)

Alright, again, it’s really hard to pick favorites! I do adore the original cover, because Karou and chimaera antlers are just fitting. However, there were some bird covers that I liked as well. The Indonesian one was cool because I loved the typography they used. The Japanese version is equally terrific because A) PURPLE POWAAAAH and B) it looks super ethereal and otherworldly, and the flock of birds reminds me of Akiva, which is always a plus.

Least Favorite Cover

Honestly, I didn’t see much wrong with all the other covers, but if I had to choose between all of the different ones, the Czech version is probably the one I’d choose last. I just wasn’t a big fan of how the bottom half typography turned out.

What did you think of these covers?