As 2017 is coming to a close, it’s time to summarize it. And what’s a better way to summarize a year than by summarizing the books you read?
I’ll admit, for me, 2017 wasn’t the best reading year. Dealing with a lot of personal issues, I didn’t read as much as I would like to, and I didn’t like as many books as I would have liked.
So I’m not gonna present to you my top 17 favorite books of the year, as much as I would like to, I’ll just give you a little peak into what my reading year has been like with these next four books.
4. The Last Star by Rick Yancey
The Last Star must be the most YA book I read this year, but it doesn’t mean it didn’t make a big impact on me. I’ve been reading The Fifth Wave trilogy since it first came out in Israel – I think back in 2014. I read it with one of my best friends and it became a book I absolutely loved and would not stop thinking about. So when I finally got my hands on the last book in the trilogy (unfortunately translated to hebrew), I got into reading it the second I arrived back home. And boy o’ boy was this book good. It was so action packed, while also being packed with conspiracies and theories. I will admit, I’ve been theorizing about this book ever since it was announced. The book left me thinking every night before bed, and made me wonder about so many things in the series that I didn’t imagine would ever happen. And, of course, this book made me cry. A lot.
I award this book The Most Action Packed Book of the Year award.
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give, or, THUG, is definitely a must read for anybody. In the year of 2017, with everything that’s been happening in the world, especially in the United States and the Black Lives Matter movement, this book was very important. It tells the story of Starr, who witnesses her best friend being killed by a cop. I believe you can imagine where that leads. To be quite honest, most I remember from the book was sitting for three days straight and not putting my kindle down for a second and crying so much and feeling so very proud of Starr by the end of the book. I think this book has changed me and the way I see racism and many political issues, and I hope this book doesn’t get dismissed in the next year, as it is very relevant always.
I award this book The Most Important Book of the Year award.
2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
(While I am recommending this book, I should say it is not for younger audience at all. This is a very difficult book to read and can be a bit tough to younger readers.)
Where do I even begin with this book? The Road was probably the last book I read this year and boy did it know how to do its job. At the beginning I was positive I was not gonna like it. It was moving very slow and taking its time progressing, but by the end I was so invested in the story, in the father and son and the harsh, harsh luck the world has brought on them. It’s been about a week since I finished it and it has not left my mind since then. The ending of it brought me to tears so quickly, and I still tear up thinking of it.
I award this book The Most Depressing Book of the (life) Year award.
1. Blood Brothers by Ernst Haffner
As I am writing this post, my grandmother is sitting next to me. I was looking for a picture of the cover and I remembered how much I loved it when I read it and I just started mumbling “oh god, I love this book so much. I love it so much.” over and over again, because that’s basically what I have to say about this book. I just love it, so, so much. The characters, Willi and Ludwig, are written so realistically you just can’t help but feel for them and hurt with them. The story isn’t too complex, but it does put the characters at many crossroads. You have to think a lot while reading this book. Again, I say, I just love this book. Once you read Blood Brothers, you will never get a break from thinking about it.
I award this book The Best Book of the Year award.