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Top Books of 2017

It’s finally the end of the year. This year I had the opportunity to read many great books and discovered new authors that now would be some of my favorites. As well, there here was actually a good year for reading and me actually most of what I read. From sequel that did live up to my expectations and the return of author that finally came out with a book. So, in this post, I will be talking about my top books of 2017.

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BOOK 1: Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

I know this cheating for putting two books in this category but Six of Crows was amazing. This duolgy gave me a taste of the Grishaverse but also awesome characters that make you want to learn more about them. If you are interested in books where a group of misfits comes together to go on a heist than this is a book for you.

BOOK 2: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

This is was one of the books that I read at the beginning of the year and just fell in love with this time-travel book. When I read the first book in the Passenger duology, it becomes one of my favorites of 2016. From the beautiful cover to the world of time-travel within the book. But with Wayfarer I felt it stepped up the game and brought me a great sequel to the world.

Book 3: The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

I actually was sad to see this book not getting the love it should’ve because when I read it I thought it was amazing. I loved this magical world and enjoyed the world that Laurie Forest built. I also like the fact that the book covered many hidden messages and was right for the current times we live it.

Book 4: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

I actually was looking forward this book all year after reading A Court of Mist and Fury. And Sarah J. Maas didn’t disappoint me in any way and in fact, now she is one of my newest favorite authors. I love the way the book was crafted and the action and world of the fae.

BOOK 5: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

At first, I wasn’t sure about the book but when I read I knew it was an immediate love. This book was both dark but also light-hearted. I also liked the relationship between the characters and Halloween feel.

BOOK 6: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

This book blew me away. I love the world of Shadowhunters and I think Cassandra Clare really stepped up within every book she writes because this world keeps getting better.

BOOK 7: The last Magicians by Liza Maxwell

This was another of my favorites because it was a fresh take on time-travel and throws in fantasy and magic into one book. I also thought it reminded me of the Prestige, and Now You See Me with a little of The Steampunk Chronicles.

BOOK 8: Warcross by Marie Lu

I have been meaning to read a book by Marie Lu. I never read her other books and after seeing her at the National Book Festival I wanted to read this book. This book was fun and different. The book also made me want to play a virtual reality game and see what happens.

BOOK 9: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Another sequel that I read this year. I actual marathon both Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Throne because I enjoyed it so much. I actually been wanting to read something very Aladdin and got what I wanted. It was fun, romantic and just a splash of magic.

BOOK 10: York by Laura Ruby

Lastly, York was another of my favorites. I thought the book threw me into the world of ciphers, and clues. I am a big fan of Dan Brown books and wanted a book where characters use clues to find out the story behind a mystery. This book also mixes elements of steampunk as well.


Six of Crows Duology
A Court of Wings and Ruin
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Lord of Shadows
The Last Magicians
Traitor to the Throne
The Black Witch

Top Books of Fall 2017

So it’s the end of the fall and soon the winter will be in full swing. Or perhaps it already arrived with the freezing temperatures. During the fall I read many books that I really enjoyed and in this post, I will be looking back at some of my favorites.

BOOK 1: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

This was a book I read in October and really didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did. This is like now one of my all-time favs and one that I will be adding to my spooky reads because it’s quite spooky. This book is about a boy named Prosper, who finds out he has a demon living inside him and seeking revenge on his family after his ancestor broke a pact with the demon. During the book, Prosper must find a way to break the curse before his birthday before the demon comes out and gets his revenge.

BOOK 2: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

This was one of the books that were on my most anticipated lists of this year. In fact, I was excited about John Green’s book coming out and new I had to pick it up. I really enjoyed this book and way it puts you in the perspective of someone dealing with a mental illness. Turtles All the Way Down is about a girl named Aza and her friend trying to find out what happened to a billionaire who ends up going missing in order to get the prize money. During the book, both Aza and her friend must find clues while getting close to the billionaire’s son Davis.

BOOK 3: Warcross by Marie Lu

This book was loads of fun and if you are looking for a gaming thriller to read this is one to check out. I picked this up after seeing her at the National Book Festival in D.C. This book is about a hacker named Emika who gets hacks into the game Warcross and than gets caught. Soon she gets hired by the CEO who created the game and is tasked with going undercover inside the game itself to find an evil hacker who wants to destroy the game.

Book 4: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

This was another book I picked up after seeing Lev Grossman speak at a book festival near me. I was really inspired and wanted to dive into the fantasy world of The Magicians. I found myself enjoying the story so much I didn’t want it to end. This book is about a boy who goes to a college for magicians and learns to be a magician. He also learns about what magic is about and how it affects the world.

BOOK 5: Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

This is one of the books I been excited about since the last book Paper and Fire. If you have read any of the books from The Great Library do check out Ink and Bone. The series is about a boy named Jess who lives in a dystopian world that is run by libraries. The Great Library is the main keepers of knowledge and books. Jess goes to the academy school in Alexandria to be a scholar as a way to find secrets about the institution and how it works. During this time he meets other friends and learns that The Great Library has secrets that they are hiding.

BOOK 6: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician caught my eye with its cool cover. I thought the concept itself fascinating and wanted to read it. I actually really enjoyed this book. This book is a combination of The Prestige and time-travel along with fantasy elements. This book is about a thief named Etsa who go on a mission to travel into the past to steal a book from an evil society that wants to destroy those with magic. Etsa ends up getting stuck in the past and must navigate the dangerous past in the early 1900s.

Book 7: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

And finally to finish this list is A Court of Wings and Ruin. I have been watching my library and wait for it to be available to be picked up so I can binge read it. I am a big fan of the A Court of Thorns and Roses world and wanted more fae. If you haven’t picked up this book yet or haven’t read the series I totally recommend checking out.

So that is it for my top fall favs. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite books of the fall were. And let me know if you read any of the books mentioned so far. And until my next post keep on reading.


The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Warcross by Marie Lu
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Top Books of 2017 So Far

Hi guys! Happy Friday. I gotta to say my week went by fast and I am happy for the weekend. Well, today I will be talking about my favorite books of 2017 so far. This year there was a ton of great books and many books that I had on my most anticipated list came out during the beginning of the year. So below I have a list of my favorite books.

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

Starting off my list is The Black Witch which is written by Laurie Forest. This is book was discovered on Goodreads and I had a feeling it would be a great book. The book blew me away and I couldn’t stop reading it. It had the combination of magic, a fantasy realm, strong group of characters and fae. The Black Witch also covers different issues like discrimination and prejudices which I liked. I liked the idea of using a fantasy world to create a message.If you are interested in learning more I have a review that goes into detail of the book. You find the link below

Freya by Matthew Laurence

After reading both Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and his other book American Gods I had a kick for the Norse Mythology. In my search of Norse Myth inspired books I found a book called Freya a book written by author Matthew Laurence. This was a really fun book and I am sure if you are into books that have a balance between action and comedy this is it. If you haven’t heard of this book Freya focuses on Freya the goddess of love, beauty, war, and death. And in this modern world, she is known as Sara and she goes on the lamb after she learns a secret agency is looking for her and is hunting down gods and goddess. Sara also teams up with a man named Nathan and they both learn about the agency and their malicious secrets. This leads them to plot a way to take down this agency.

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

I read Ever the Hunted at the beginning of the year and this got to be in my top three books so far. I loved it so much that I read it in under three days. The book has magic, mystery, and adventure. This book also has a strong female character who is also smart. If you haven’t read my full review on the book hope over to bottom of this list and click on the link to the book review.

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

I was excited to get my hands on Windwtich when it came out. I even reserved it ahead of time at the library because I knew it was going to be awesome. And it was. The book brought back the same action from the first book Truthwitch but gave an extra dose of strong female characters and more sword fighting scenes.

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Wayfarer got to be the best in the duology. Passenger was one of my favorite books of 2016 and made another splash and didn’t disappoint me in any way. The book brings back all my favorite characters but instead a romance focused book it gives you more time travel and more adventure. I actually thought the book had a lot of thrills and unexpected twists.

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter

The last book on the list was Lifeblood is the second book in the Everlife series and continues where we left off from the first book Firstlife The first book was a fresh take on a dystopian and was thrill ride. The second book extends the world building and takes you to what would be the afterlife which is split into different realms Myriad and Troika which are at war with each other and a girl named Ten must choose where her loyalty rests. She must choose the world she has chosen Troika or her boyfriend who is from Myriad. I think this book doesn’t get enough attention and must be well-known because I think it’s original.

So, that is it for this list. Stay tuned for the end of the year for my top books of 2017. And for you guys, I will like to know what your favorite books of 2017 so far. Let me know if you read these books and your thoughts. Until next time keep on reading.


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Top Books I Read Because of BookTube

Hi guys! Welcome back to Where Stephanie Reads. Booktube was one of the reasons I started Where Stephanie Reads. And a lot of the books I read was because I discovered on my favorite booktube channels. Most of the books were good and even became some of my all-time favorites. Booktube also changed the way I think about books and appreciate them more. So on this post, I decided to talk about my favorite books I read because of Booktube and talk about why I liked them and what channels I discovered them on.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book was all over Booktube and after the trailer, for the drop, it was on TV as well. I heard so many great things about both The Fault in Our Stars and John Green. I wanted to know how great it was and finally, after seeing the trailer for the movie I decided to finally pick it up. Well, I loved it. The book was raw, real and taught many life lessons. Even if you aren’t into young adult contemporary or read love stories this is a book to read. I think anyone can appreciate this book and maybe shed a tear or curl up in a ball and cry your eyes out. And believe me I don’t usually read books that make me cry and this sure made me tear up. One of the reasons why I avoided love stories is because of the usually unrealistic instant stories that shoo me away. But this book should a real love story but also taught about life. So if you have read it yet or saw the movie I totally recommend it. The channels I discovered the book on where Abookutopia, CassJayTuck, JessetheReader.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

What pulled me in is my love of Hunger Games(Big fan) and the fact that I enjoy stories where characters had special abilities. I also am someone that never gets tired of dystopian books. No matter how hyped up it is. Another reason why I also picked it up was the cover. I loved the design and the simplistic of it. With just a crown with blood dripping from it told the story. I knew it would look great on my shelf. I read Red Queen and got the Hunger Games feel with goosebumps. It had tons of action, drama, strong female character and even some evil twisted villains. I discovered this book both on Abookutopia and Epic Reads.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This was one of the first books I discovered on booktube and enjoyed. I actually discovered on Little Book Owl‘s channel. I was really drawn to it book it had some amazing elements. I love historical fiction especially books that take place in World War 2. And the fact that The Book Thief is about someone stealing books it kind of was hard not to resist. The book was really well written and I fell in love with the character. I thought the main characters love of books and the beauty of them compelling. I also liked the friendship between Liesel and Max and how they formed a strong brother-sister bond. I also like how the book gave an importance on “words” and books as well.

Passengers by Alexandra Bracken

I actually heard about Alexandra Bracken but never read The Darkest Minds books. Passengers were discovered while watching my favorite booktube channels Abookuptopia. I immediately loved the book cover and after reading the book it becomes of my favorite books in 2016. And actually one of my all-time favorite books I read. I love books that have time-travel in it but I also liked reading about a character who was a musician. I myself am a musician and love music so this book was special to me. I also liked the bond between both Etta and Nicholas. If you haven’t heard of this book I totally recommend reading it if you love time-travel.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

This is a book I discovered off of Abooktupia but also seen on Jessethereader‘s channels. This book has a ton of action, adventure, and strong female characters. Truthwitch of my favorites books because despite having a love interest it didn’t take over the whole book. I loved the strong bond between the two main female characters and how much there are always there for each other. Partners in crime and always having each other’s backs. I also enjoyed female characters that can kick ass and have special abilities. And top that off with a smashing follow-up with Windwitch as well.

Woman No.17 by Edan Lepucki

I picked Woman No.17 up after discovering it on Book Riot and the synopsis intrigued me. I don’t read a lot of contemporary books and must be really drawn to the book to pick it up. But I really liked the book cover and it seemed had a feeling it would be a great book. So far I am almost to the middle of the book and enjoying it. It surprises me that it’s not all over YouTube yet. That is another reason I wanted to read it and review it because it needs more booktubers to discover it. This book has two female characters who come from two different lives but find a connection in their friendship. Throughout the book, they learn more about each other and discover secrets along the way. I can’t wait to learn more as I get to the end.

So those are some of my top favorite books I read that I found on Booktube. So in the comments in below let me know what are you favorite books that you discovered on Booktube. Tell me what you think of them and let me know if you read any of the books I mentioned. Until next time keep on reading.


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