Best of the Best 2017

Posted On 1 January 2018

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Happy New Year to everyone.  I enjoyed a fantastic year in books during 2017 and really struggled to pick my favourites of the year, in fact, I’ve had to go for 11 books this year rather than 10.  My last read of the year was John Gwynne’s A Time of Dread and it was so good that it had to go on here too even though I’ve not yet published the review.

  1. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
  2. The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
  3. The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
  4. Skullsworn by Brian Staveley
  5. The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark
  6. Blackwing by Ed McDonald
  7. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  8. A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M Harris
  9. The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear
  10. The Nine by Tracy Townsend
  11. A Time of Dread by John Gwynne

And here are the lovely covers:

If you’re interested in a few statistics from last year:

  1. Last year I read 104 books (probably a couple more but I’ve not listed a few of my reads.
  2. I completed the first half of the SPFBO competition.  The ten finalists are here.
  3. At least 50 of my books were by female authors – possibly more.
  4. I have written 91 reviews.
  5. I have completed four series – not very impressive is it!
  6. Books bought 45
  7. Bought books read – 0 – eek!  Need to start reading some of my own books methinks
  8. One author has been on my ‘best of list’ for the past 7 consecutive years: Mark Lawrence – that definitely deserves a little shout out.

33 Responses to “Best of the Best 2017”

  1. Jennifer | Book Den

    Happy New Year! Great list. 🙂 I hope to read more of the books I own this year. Your Mark Lawrence stat is amazing.

    • @lynnsbooks

      He is a very impressive author for sure. Hope we both get to read more of our own books next year.
      Happy New Year.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    Awesome list, Lynn! A lot on here I haven’t read, but I completely agree with The Nine and The Rules of Magic. Happy New Year!

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    A Time of Dread sounds like an awesome story and I more than look forward to your upcoming review 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I enjoyed it so much. My first by John Gwynne but definitely not my last.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Wendleberry

    I really need to read more Mark Lawrence. I haven’t even started the Red Queen’s War trilogy yet!–This year!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I feel the same about plenty of other books too so completely understand. It’s impossible to read everything after all.
      Happy New Year.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Maryam (@thecurioussffreader)

    I really need to give Mark Lawrence a try, his books all sound amazing!
    I didn’t manage to get to Skullsworn this year but I really loved The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne so I need to read this book!!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved Skullsworn, my first by that author but definitely won’t be my last.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Lashaan (Bookidote)

    So many wonderful books on here! So glad to see Red Sister at the top. 😉 Happy New Year to you, Lynn! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – Red Sister was an excellent read. Can’t wait for No.2.
      Happy New Year to you too.
      Lynn 😀

  7. sjhigbee

    This is a great list, Lynn – and those covers look fabulous. I’m hoping to get to John Gwynne this year and I definitely want to read The Nine and The Rules of Magic before the summer! Wishing you a wonderful 2018 with lots of fantastic books to read:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, yes, you have to read all of them. Happy New Year to you too Sarah – hope 2018 is wonderful.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Wow, that must definitely be a good author if he’s been on your list for seven years now! Lol I love that you haven’t read any of the books you bought in 2017. I haven’t read any of these, but a few are on my TBR, and I will have to look up some others that look interesting!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I do love Mark Lawrence – he writes really wonderfully and his books are original and highly entertaining.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Carmen

    Happy New Year, Lynn! You read a lot, and it seems there was great variety as well. 🙂

  10. jessicabookworm

    Well done! What a great year of reading and I wish you even more in 2018! 😀

  11. todaysechoes

    A lot of these sound AWESOME!
    Happy New Year!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I had such a great reading year in 2017. I hope 2018 is as good and for you too.
      Happy New Year
      Lynn 😀

  12. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    We are in agreement on a lot of those! And oh my goodness, you’ve got me soooo pumped for A Time of Dread now. I can’t wait to read it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really enjoyed it – it’s my first John Gwynne book and I just loved the characters.
      Lynn 😀

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  15. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    The number of books read that you bought this year XD I’m right with you!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know it’s so bad isn’t it! I did have good intentions though so that has to count for something.
      Lynn 😀

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