Mogsy’s Best of 2017 and the Year in Review
It’s once again that time of the year where I look back at the last twelve months and round up my favorite reads! As always, my methods are going to be rather haphazard, but as you know I read a TON of books and having to narrow it down to just “Top 10” or even “Top 20” is a difficult (if not impossible) task. That’s why I’ve opted not to do a traditional list, and instead I’m going to be breaking this post down into different genres/categories to highlight all the books that 1) were my favorites of the year, 2) I thought were most memorable, or 3) I think should be getting more love and attention. The one thing they have in common is that I loved them all.
You can see my reviews and more information about the books by clicking on the images and following the links.
As always, we begin with Fantasy which is always the biggest category, and this year saw some epic sequels like Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, Sebastien de Castell’s Tyrant’s Throne, Katherine Arden’s The Girl in the Tower, and Michael J. Sullivan’s The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter. In addition, Angus Watson also started a brand new series with You Die When You Die, and Brian Staveley made a return his world The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne with the standalone Skullsworn. It was also a big year for fantastic debuts, including Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn, The Nine by Tracy Townsend, Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker, An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock, and Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. My 2017 also had one big surprise in the form of The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French, which won SPFBO 2016 and has since been picked up by a traditional publisher.
This was also an excellent year for Science Fiction. Top reads include Children of Time by new-to-me author Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Punch Escrow from debut author Tal M. Klein, and brilliant sequels like The Last Iota by Robert Kroese and Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey. A couple of my favorite authors also made it onto the list, like Brandon Sanderson’s Snapshot and Michael R. Fletcher’s Ghosts of Tomorrow.
But wait, there’s more! This year The BiblioSanctum once again participated in the month-long Sci-Fi November event, so if you’re interested in seeing a more detailed list of all my favorite sci-fi reads this year, be sure to check out the Top Ten post I put together for the wrap up!
Compared to last year, 2017 was not exactly a big year for Horror releases, but there were still a few standouts, including The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey, Kill Creek by Scott Thomas, and Ania Ahlborn’s spine-chilling The Devil Crept In.
I didn’t read as many Urban Fantasy or Paranormal books this year, so the ones I loved really stood out. Mishell Baker’s Phantom Pains was actually my first five-star read of the year, Daryl Gregory impressed me once again with Spoonbenders, and I also discovered a new favorite series with G.S. Denning’s Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone.
Children’s and Young Adult
Hate to say it, but overall it was a disappointing year for me when it comes to the Young Adult and Middle Grade categories, with many highly anticipated releases that fizzled. But thankfully, there were also a number of amazing reads that balanced out those disappointments. Among them are books like The Fall of the Readers by Django Wexler, The Valiant by Lesley Livingston, Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts, and Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. New favorite author Frances Hardinge even appears on this list twice, with A Skinful of Shadows and A Face Like Glass!
This is a brand new category, because in 2017 I read more in the Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller genres than I had in any previous year. There were quite a few that I loved too, like 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough, The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne, and Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. I can hardly wait for all the authors’ next projects.
Overview: Books Read in 2017
We still have about a week and a half left in the year so these numbers aren’t going to be final, but the below charts and statistics taken from Goodreads should provide a good general overview of my 2017 in books.
On My Shelves…
By a Male Author: 49.5%
By a Female Author: 48.0%
Unknown/Male & Female Co-Authored: 2.5%
For Review: 96.4%
Genres (some crossover):
Science Fiction: 30.6%
Urban Fantasy and Paranormal: 17.3%
Children’s and Young Adult: 19.4%