Hello you lot!
It’s that time of the year! The time when we try—and fail—to choose only ten favorite books of the year. Because we hate/suck at following the rules, we are going to mention our 15 favorite books of 2017. Five of Claudia’s favorite books and eleven of my (Diana’s) favorite books because I tried choosing five but unlike my sister, I have attachment issues and my love cannot be contained in a list of five books. And no, I’m not an idiot and I know five plus eleven is sixteen but we share a favorite book so that’s fifteen books total.
PSA: We’ve written reviews for most of the books in this post so we’ll have them all linked. If you click the picture of the book you’ll be taken to our reviews.
Let’s do it!
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Love lives between the lines.
Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.
Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.
Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.
As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.
The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle
Emilie Day believes in playing it safe: she’s homeschooled, her best friend is her seizure dog, and she’s probably the only girl on the Outer Banks of North Carolina who can’t swim.
Then Emilie’s mom enrolls her in public school, and Emilie goes from studying at home in her pj’s to halls full of strangers. To make matters worse, Emilie is paired with starting point guard Chatham York for a major research project on Emily Dickinson. She should be ecstatic when Chatham shows interest, but she has a problem. She hasn’t told anyone about her epilepsy.
Emilie lives in fear her recently adjusted meds will fail and she’ll seize at school. Eventually, the worst happens, and she must decide whether to withdraw to safety or follow a dead poet’s advice and “dwell in possibility.”
A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart-breaking debut novel.
Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him.
Stage Kissed by Cassie Mae
Sixteen-year-old Kate knows how to juggle. From basketball practices to her shifts at Jamba Juice, Kate flies through her days wondering if she got a decent meal. When she lands a role in the school play, adding yet another task to her already full schedule, Kate starts fumbling through her routine, resorting to desperate measures to get the grades expected of her.
Co-worker and classmate Seth isn’t much of a juggler. Crowds and attention? Not his thing. So witnessing Kate’s ability to handle it all leaves Seth in awe. He could never do it. But then one of the leading actors in the play gets tonsillitis days before opening night, and Kate volunteers Seth to replace him. With his eidetic memory and killer dance moves, Seth’s the obvious choice—if it weren’t for his social anxiety.
With Seth’s growing—and unwanted—popularity and Kate spreading herself too thin, they start to wonder if their friendship will even last through the performances. But putting these two into a romance on stage has an effect neither of them could predict.
Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan
Now is the time for fearlessness.
Who are you now?
Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends Enzo and Kit can get out of Houston and get into art school in New York City, the better. It’s been Piper’s dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she’s never felt more ready.
Who will you become?
But in the final months before graduation, life’s got Piper a little more breathless. Things are weird with Kit and awful with Enzo; art school is looking increasingly impossible; three different guys have each claimed a different piece of Piper’s heart; and Piper’s sister’s tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the Perish family. Piper’s art just might be enough to get her out. But is she strong enough—and brave enough—to seize that power, even if it means giving up what she’s always known?
Be now. Then be bow. Be now, now, now.
Roomies by Christina Lauren
In a nutshell: contemporary romance, fake relationship, friends to lovers, slow burn, hilarious.
I don’t even want to start reading about MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2017. I’m just going to say that I love this book and if you don’t love it then we can’t be friends. Just kidding. Kinda.
The Hookup by Kristen Ashley
In a nutshell: contemporary romance, alpha male, dual POV, shy & sweet heroine, small town romance.
To be absolutely honest with you all, I haven’t even finished reading this book. I’m half way through but I KNOW, I just KNOW it is going to be one of my all-time favorite books so… I’m including it. I don’t care if it goes downhill from this point forward (very unlikely) because the first half is OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZING.
If y’all would like to read my thoughts on this book leave me a comment below and I’ll write a review soon(ish).
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
In a nutshell: young adult, emotional, friends to lovers, dual POV.
This one made me bawl an ocean. It broke my heart and the pieced it back together. This is one of those books you mark with post-it notes all over because it is just so quotable.
Royally Matched and Royally Endowed by Emma Chase
In a nutshell: contemporary romance, dual POV, royal romance, princes, bodyguards, alpha males, slow burn, friends to lovers and a lot more.
I’m counting these as one because they’re on the same series. I can do that, right?!
Anyway, I listened to these audiobooks and I cannot recommend them enough. They are HOT and so very romantic and impossible to put down. If you are in need of some romance in your life then pick up these books/this series.
If you’d like to read my thoughts on this series let me know in the comments. And if y’all want to send me this series as a belated Christmas present I can give you my address. I wish I was kidding but ya girl is broke!
Grip and Still by Kennedy Ryan
In a nutshell: contemporary romance, emotional, second chance romance, music lovers, interracial, angsty, unputdownable, dual POV.
I’m counting these two books as one because they’re part of a series. I’m letting my review do all the talking with this story. I think the book hangover I got after reading this book is still going strong.
Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry
In a nutshell: contemporary romance, music lovers, interracial, EMOTIONAL, friends to lovers, sweetest male character ever, second chance romance, dual POV.
This book popped my Brittainy cherry. It is unforgettable and oh-so-very beautiful.
Racer by Katy Evans
In a nutshell: contemporary romance, sports romance, alpha male, dual POV, bad boy, steamy as heck.
I not only recommend this book, I recommend the six books that were published before this one. Read the entire Real series by Katy Evans and thank me later.
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
In a nutshell: ORIGINAL, young adult, mental health, bit of romance, emotional.
Colleen Hoover is my favorite author. She makes me cry a lot and laugh a lot with her stories. This one made me cry more than laugh and I hate/love her for it.
Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec
In a nutshell: contemporary romance, emotional, second chance romance, childhood friends, dual POV.
I don’t know why I always thought Tara Sivec only wrote romantic comedies. I love her sense of humor but I gotta say, this vulnerable and emotional side of her is equally amazing and I’m so here for it.
Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven
In a nutshell: contemporary romance, funny, enemies to lovers, slow burn.
Leisa Rayven is the queen of combining funny, emotional and steamy. She won me over with Bad Romeo and even though this one is not as emotional and angsty, my love for her books couldn’t be stronger!
Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken
In a nutshell: contemporary romance, sports romance, love triangle, dual POV, ansgty.
Rachel Van Dyken is the first author to ever write a love triangle I actually enjoyed and loved. What more is there to say!? She’s A QUEEN.
That is the end!
We hope you enjoyed reading all about our favorite books of 2017. It hasn’t been the best year but it sure brought us some fantastic reads.
We wish you all a safe and fun New Year’s Eve and a very happy New Year full of love, laughter, art and good surprises. May 2018 bring us even more books to add to our favorites!
Lots of love,