Top 5: Best Books of 2017

It’s that time of year again! Time to choose my absolute favorite books of 2017. It’s always a difficult task, and so many amazing books came out this past year that it was hard to narrow down. There were so many stand out books–and so many more I know I haven’t been able to get to yet–so picking just five was a real challenge. But, there are always a few that stand out above the rest. My five favorites this year all feature beautiful prose, excellent storytelling, and characters that will grab you by the heart and stay with you.

So here are my top 5 books of 2017. I hope you’ll love them just as much as I did.

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Top 5: Comics of 2017

I’ve read a lot of good comics this year, and picking my top 5 comics of 2017 was no easy task. But it’s worth it, because comics are amazing–right? Nod along if you love comics.

It’s an eclectic mix this year of superheroes, sci-fi, and fantasy. The one thing they have in common, though, is that they’re all incredibly fun reads! So here are five of my favorite comics that came out in 2017.

 

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Top 5: Most Anticipated Books of 2017

A new year, a new collection of books to add to your TBR list which is really getting too long and you should probably do something about that, okay? Or is that just me? Either way there are tons of exciting new releases coming out this year. Here are five books coming out in 2017 that I am eagerly awaiting.

 

  1. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Griffin always expected his ex-boyfriend Theo to be his future (even if they’re broken up now, and Theo’s moved on to Jackson), but when Theo dies in a tragic drowning accident Griffin doesn’t know where to turn. He’s deep in despair, his OCD is getting worse, and to make matters even more complicated Jackson seems to be the only person to really understand his grief. No one but Griffin can save himself, though, and it will take confronting his past for Griffin to find some way to move forward.

I fell in love with Adam Silvera’s writing last year when I read his debut novel More Happy Than Not. Even though I’ve only read one of his books, he has become one of those authors (and I don’t have many) where I will pre-order anything he writes. That’s how much I loved More Happy Than Not. It was poignant, the characters were honest, and the story was equal parts touching and heartbreaking (with just a dash of near-future sci-fi, which I always love). I’m very excited to see what he’s done with this next novel, and I have high hopes that History is All You Left Me will be just as incredible.

Release date: January 17, 2017

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Top 5: Podcasts

Top 5: Podcasts

I’ve recently gotten really into podcasts. They’re such a great way to learn something new or listen to something entertaining on the go. I particularly like to catch up on podcasts while I’m doing chores. It definitely makes laundry a lot more enjoyable!

I’m still exploring the world of podcasts and finding great new ones all the time, but here are five of my current favorites.

 

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Top 5: Books of 2015

So many new books come out every year it’s impossible to keep up with them all. I can’t even keep up with all the books I want to read that came out years ago, so it is definitely a losing battle– but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to read anything and everything I can! I’m sure I was only able to read a fraction of the great books that came out in the past year, but since I only have 24 hours in the day, here are my favorite five (that I read) of 2015.

1.More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

There is plenty in life that Aaron Soto would like to forget– like how his father killed himself or how his own suicide attempt nearly tore his family apart, but Aaron is determined to try to find happiness again. And it seems like he just might be able to do it, but when his girlfriend Genevieve leaves for a few weeks Aaron begins spending all of his time with the new guy, Thomas, who seems to understand Aaron in a way no one else ever has. The only problem? Thomas isn’t gay. And neither is Aaron– or, at least, that’s what he always thought, but his new, confusing feelings for Thomas must mean something. Even if Aaron doesn’t know what to think of his feelings, he knows that he doesn’t want them, and fortunately for him there might just be a way to forget about them altogether– but it may come with a price, because if Aaron forgets about his feelings he may also lose himself in the process.

More Happy Than Not is a fantastic near-future YA novel about relationships and learning to accept who you are, but it’s also about how our experiences and memories shape who we are. It’s gritty and heart-wrenching and real. Definitely a must-read.

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Top 5: Standalone Fantasy Novels

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Nobody knows when it will arrive, or where. Le Cirque des Rêves moves around the world, arriving in new cities without warning, where the mysterious and magical circus awes locals with its seemingly impossible shows and exhibits.

But behind the black and white tents of this amazing circus, a decades-long competition between two young magicians is underway, imbuing the circus with its magic. The magicians are little more than pawns in the game of their mentors who have been training them for this competition their whole lives– a competition where only one magician can be left standing. Cecilia and Marco don’t know the rules to the game, and they don’t know each other, but when the two meet and fall in love they start a chain of events that will change the circus forever and will affect everyone who is touched by the magic of Le Cirque des Rêves

This is a really beautiful fantasy novel that is focused on the use of magic as more of a performative act than as a weapon or tool (as it is often presented in fantasy novels).

Great quote:

“I prefer to remain unenlightened, to better appreciate the dark.”

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Top 5: Musicals

I know this post is a bit late, but I had to wait until the very last minute to write it, because… *yelling from the rooftops* I GOT TO SEE HAMILTON TONIGHT!!!!!! :D I knew I would probably want to add it to this list (and of course, I DO), so I wanted to wait until after the show to post this particular top five. So, without further ado, here are my top five musicals.

1.Hamilton

Hamilton is everything everyone says it is and more. A hip-hop musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton and the events surrounding his life and death doesn’t sound like it would be the makings for the best musical on Broadway right now, but make no mistake it is. The show is entirely unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. It is a centuries old story told by and for modern America. The music is radio sing-along worthy, and the show is led by a talented, stand-out cast who each find their moment to shine. Suffice it to say, I watched the show for the first time tonight and I would go to see it again tomorrow and the next day and the next and the next….

Top 5: Musicals

source: variety.com

Standout number (I mean if I haaaveee to pick one):

“The Room Where it Happens”

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Top 5: Literary Halloween Costumes

It is (as my dad would say) Halloween Eve! So I thought today would be the perfect day to do another post about Halloween costumes (because I know some of you are procrastinators like me and still have no idea what you’re going to wear). I’m a book junkie as you all know, so I wanted to combine my love of stories with my love of dressing up in this post with some fun ideas for literary Halloween costumes.

Here are some costume ideas from a few of my favorite books!

1. Eloise from Eloise by Kay Thompson

Top 5: Literary Halloween Costumes

source: Eloise by rbritt515

Bonus points if you have a pug (or other adorable small dog) to bring with you. Major bonus points if you have a turtle.

Top 5: Halloween Movies

We’re halfway through October already which means it’s time to start getting ready for Halloween by rewatching all your favorite Halloween movies. Or, if you don’t know where to start, you can check out a few of my favorites and prepare yourself  for a funny, creep-tastic good time!

1.Halloweentown (1998)

The Cromwells are a family divided when it comes to Halloween. Marnie has always been obsessed with the holiday even though her mother hates it with a burning passion– especially when Grandma Aggie comes bearing all sorts of spooky goodies and stories about a town where it’s always Halloween. And when Marnie and her brother and sister follow Grandma Aggie home they learn that not only is Halloweentown very real but it’s also in danger from a dark warlock and it’s up to the three of them to save it.

This was one of my childhood favorites. I watched it every year when October rolled around and they started playing it on the Disney Channel, and I even recorded it on a VHS (what? VHS? so 90s, I know) so that I could watch it any time I wanted! It just never really feels like Halloween until I’ve seen Halloweentown.

 

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