10 Best Books of 2017 and 10 YA Books to Look Out For in 2018

I made a challenge this year to read a book a week and by the skin of my teeth, I made it (although at the time of writing this I still had a couple more to go) so there’s the optimistic me hoping I squeeze the last two in, other wise this is going to be super awkward!

Anyhoozle, of my 52 books, I wanted a quarter to be indie published, and a quarter to be non-fiction, because 1. supporting other authors, and 2. I’m a knowledge whore.

I’ve been surprised and delighted by looking back at my reading list, some of the stats have shocked me.

So, the stats, out of my 52 books (because I know what the final couple are):

  • 26 (50%) were non-fiction
  • 26 (50%) were fiction
  • 27 (53%) were from self-published authors (of which a couple were author friends with publishing deals)
  • 25 (48%) were traditionally published books
  • 20 of the 26 fiction books were Young Adult (no surprises there!) Although the biggest shocker for me this year was that only 9 were fantasy, 11 were contemporary YA. I had a feeling I’d been leaning towards contemporary, but I was surprised to realise I’d read MORE contemporary than fantasy.

I’ve had a couple of characters that would fit a contemporary story flitting around my head, so I might start listening – obviously I’ve been bending towards it for a reason.

You can see the rest of the books I’ve read here.

So to my top 10 books of this year, and my top 10 books (plus predictions for next year).

BEST OF 2017

 

Fiction Books of 2017 (in no particular order)

 

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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Oath Breaker by Shelley Wilson

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Orbiting Jupiter by G. D. Schmidt

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A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

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The Watch and Wand by Allie Potts

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Keepers by me (because obviously I’m going to include my own books! :p)

Non-Fiction Books of 2017

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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Deep Work by Cal Newport

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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Nobody Wants To Read Your Shit Anyway by Stephen Pressfield

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13 Steps To Evil – How To Craft A Superbad Villain by me (because obvs)

 

And What of 2018? Predictions and Books to Watch Out For

Okay so I’ve got a couple of predictions for 2018

  1. There’s been a TON of superhero books published by the big YA authors – Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer to name but a few. With Infinity Wars coming next year, I’ve no doubt that were going to see an explosion of superhero books.
  2. In addition, I think there might be more pirate novels too
  3. Alongside that, more graphic novels
  4. Last, I think audio books will continue to rise in popularity
  5. Oh, and one more, I think that there will be an increase in co-authored books

10 (that turned into 14) Young Adult Books To Watch Out for in 2018

The sequel to Keepers, by ME!

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The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily. X. R. Pan

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The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven

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Cruel Prince – Holly Black

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Time Bomb –Joelle Charbonneau

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Everless – Sara Holland

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Zenith – Sasha Alsber & Lindsay Cummings

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Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

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Onyx and Ivory Mindee Arnett

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Glitter – Aprillynne Pike

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War Storm – Victoria Aveyard

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A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas

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Obsidio – Aimee Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

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Legendary – Stephanie Garber

That’s it folks, my year in books, my predictions for 2018 and a few books to Keep an eye out for.

If you haven’t bagged your copy of Keepers yet, don’t forget it’s out in all good bookstores now, you can grab your copy here.

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20 comments

  1. Dear Ms Knowledge Whore (I love that description) thank you for all these recommendations. How did you manage to read a book a week and still write, eat, sleep, and be merry? I am majorly impressed. I will definitely be checking out some of these titles in the New Year. Until then I will just be eating, sleeping and generally being merry.
    Enjoy your Christmas, Sacha.🎄

    1. Haha! Ummm I’m not sure, I don’t sleep much, and honestly some of them were SUPER SHORT (because otherwise I’d fail 😂) and I don’t do fail! So perhaps it’s a bit of a cheat 52. But also I binge read LOADS on holiday which helped, plus sometimes I’d take an evening off and read an entire book so that was my reading done for the week! 🙂

  2. OMGOMGOMG I’m over the flippin’ moon to see that Oath Breaker made your best fiction list *excited squeal* 😁 Thank you so much XX AWESOME titles on your 2018 must reads – rushes to add them to my own list!

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