@ryleyreads’ top reads of 2017

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@ryleyreads’ top reads of 2017
The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

This book technically came out last year but I read it over the summer and it is still so relevant. Looking at the family of a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a girl, Whittall shows both sides of this very compelling story. This was one of those books where you don't want to see the horrible things that happen but you can't stop reading. It was completely engrossing and twisted. Whittall looks at the murky mix between right and wrong.

@ryleyreads’ top reads of 2017
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

This book was one of those stories I knew I was going to love right from the very first page. Latham focuses on the less glamorous and extremely fascinating 1920s in the southern United States with the 'race riot' and includes a diverse cast of characters. This is the historical fiction you need to push yourself to read. I know a lot of people read the words "historical fiction" and immediately turn away, but this book is so much more.

@ryleyreads’ top reads of 2017
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I think it comes as no surprise to anyone to see this book on a list of favorites for this year. Not only is this book extremely important and relevant, it was beyond eye-opening. This is one of those books that everyone is and should be talking about.

@ryleyreads’ top reads of 2017
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

At first, I was a little hesitant to pick this book up. I tried to read one of Taylor's other novels and just was not a fan. I am so glad, however, that I ended up reading this book because it turned out to be the beginning of what promises to be a great series! Once I got into this book, I was hooked. Like the romance, the whole story has a bit of a slow burn that builds up to a dramatic ending.

@ryleyreads’ top reads of 2017
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

This is the perfect cute diverse summer contemporary. It was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and I am happy to say it definitely lived up to my expectations and the hype! I think what I loved most about this book was the conflict. If you've read any number of romance novels, you know there is always the conflict that breaks the couple up before they live happily ever after. Menon chose one that really struck a chord with Dimple's inner character and I thought it was perfect for the storyline.

@ryleyreads’ top reads of 2017
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Demetrios takes on the topic of toxic relationships in this novel quite well, and from the author's note, she writes from a personal point of view. This is an extremely emotional book, but one I am very happy to have read. This book was hard to read at some points because it was so raw and emotional, but I found Demetrios' writing almost cathartic and very poignant.

@ryleyreads’ top reads of 2017
Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

This book deals with teen pregnancy and abortion – and going in, I wasn't sure if any author would be able to portray such an intense topic well. While this is an extremely polarizing issue for many people, Pipkin looks at the after-effects, not the decisions leading up to the procedure. The writing style was phenomenal and I flew through every chapter at lightning speed. I was immediately swept up into the story and I couldn't stop until it was done. Even now that I've finished it, I can't stop thinking about it.

@ryleyreads’ top reads of 2017
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

If you forced me to pick my most favorite favorite, I think I would be hard-pressed not to choose this book. It was one of those ones that snuck up on me but I don't think a day has gone by since I finished this book that I haven't thought about it. While this book is a bit of a slower build, you don't mind because you can't help but savor the story.

@ryleyreads’ top reads of 2017
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

I've recently discovered a new-found enjoyment of stories told in verse and poetic narrations. After reading this book, I am sorry I hadn't read any of Reynolds’ books sooner! This is one of those books that will be a quick read but will stay with you. I finished it in under an hour! Reynolds keeps you turning the pages and enthralled with the story from beginning to end.

@ryleyreads’ top reads of 2017
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Mills has a knack for writing amazingly well-fleshed out characters and this book was no different. And I found myself physically laughing at some of the things these characters said as I was reading. The romance is a slow burner but Mills got it so right. There were other things going on in the story so it wasn't boring and the romance was just kind of in the background, waiting for its moment.

What’s currently on top of your #TBRpile? After some review books, I’m probably most excited to pick up Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I’ve read and loved all her books thus far!

What’s the one book you always go back to? Probably Paper Towns by John Green. I’m a sucker for a good road trip and I’ve been a Green fan for years now.

What’s the last book you couldn’t put down? Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills! It made its way to my favorites of this year for good reason! It’s one of the only books I can remember not even stopping to make and eat dinner while reading!

Corner-turner or bookmark babe? Bookmark babe for sure! I’ve actually given other people in public bookmarks or even just a scrap of paper so they don’t have to dog-ear the book. *shudder*

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