Lilly Player’s top 10 book wish list of 2017


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10 books on my Christmas wishlist for 2017

by Lilly Player, Reporter

The winter break is the perfect time to get cozy, put on slippers and read a great book. Here are 10 books on my wish list this year.

10) A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas  

This book is the third in a brilliant fantasy series. Following Feyre’s return to the Spring Court, she learns more about Tamlin’s plans. I want to read this book because I have read the first two, and I’d like to continue my journey to the Night Court with Feyre and Rhysand, and see where their romance takes them. Full of magic, cursed love, and thrilling adventure, this series will leave you wanting more. If you like fantasy and magic, check out Maas’ other series Throne of Glass!

9) The Dark Artifacts: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

This is the second novel in the fantasy series The Dark Artifices, which is a spin-off from The Mortal Instruments series. This book is about shadowhunters, angel-human hybrids, that hunt demons. There are all sorts of magical beings included: vampires, werewolves, fairies, and witches. I’d like to read this book because I loved the first one, and I’d like to see what happens next for Emma and Julian, parabatai in love, and the Shadowhunter universe.

8) Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Green’s new novel is about a teenage girl who suffers from OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder) and I’d like to read his book because, while being fictional, Green has stated that it is also personal due to his struggles with OCD. This book is a mystery, similar to Paper Towns, and the story feels real as it is told from a unique perspective. If you like John Green’s work, this book is a must read.

7) King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

The release of the third book in the Red Queen series excited fans everywhere, including me. Red Queen, the first book, is about Mare and how she finds out about her rare powers..especially since she’s a red blood, and only silver blooded people have powers. This series is a thrilling romantic fantasy genre. Since I enjoyed the first two books so much, I’m looking forward to continuing in Mare’s journey with loss and finding about about Maven’s betrayal.

6) They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Silvera writes about the way life is so short and unpredictable, and nothing lasts forever…especially love. It is realistic fiction, which is intriguing to read from the point of view of a young, troubled girl. I am looking forward to reading this book to experience the power of friendship and love.

5) Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

After Roth’s wild success for the Divergent trilogy, fans around the world sat on the edge of their seats for a new series to fall in love with, and we finally got it. Taking place among nine different planets, each with different rules, governments, and people, it follows how nine people connect with each other. I am excited to read this because I loved her Divergent series, and I love science fiction.  

4) We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

This novel is about friendship and grieving, and it follows Marin as she copes with a distant grandfather. She navigates through life and finds herself and new friends while she grieves the parents she never had. I am excited to read this because it is a “poetic masterpiece” of love, loss and betrayal.

3) Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Being a major fangirl for literally every one of Han’s books, I’m beyond thrilled to read this final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. After the much awaited release of the novel, I’ve been looking forward to seeing what is in store for Lara Jean and her romantic involvement with the charming Peter Kavinsky, and what will happen to them when they leave for college. This young adult series had me on the edge of my seat and in tears, especially after finding out they’re making it into a movie in 2018.

2) The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

Due to the fact that I’m a little obsessed with the Mara Dyer trilogy, I was practically jumping for joy at Hodkin’s announcement of her release of the spin-off series. Coming from Noah Shaw’s point of view, the love interest of Mara Dyer, they try to navigate their way through saving the world while trying to stay together. Mara has the power to destroy while Noah heals people. This psychological thriller series will have you eagerly turning the page and staying up all night to finish it.

1) The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

This is my top choice of books to get for Christmas. After her first poetry book released in 2014, people everywhere waited three years for the next set of poems. Kaur writes about hurting, healing, loving and hating. She perfectly embodies the struggles of women all over the world. I am ecstatic to see what Kaur has to say through the form of poetry this time.