Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Ten Best Books of 2017 (So Far)

 

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back to The Broke and the Bookish so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

This week is a look at the best reads (so far) of 2017.  

  
Lost Girls


Dark Matter

How Will I Know You?

A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan, #2)

Refuge for Masterminds (Stranje House, #3)

Radio Silence

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

The Rains (Rains, #1)

What She Saw

One of Us Is Lying

Dangerous Girls

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

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  1. Looks like you've read some spectacular books so far this year!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:

    http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/06/top-ten-tuesday-best-books-ive-read-in.html

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  2. Isn't it great to look back on the year and see how good our year has been so far! There's some great books in here and I'm being reminded that I need to read some of them!!!!

    I keep seeing such good things about Dark Matter and I know you loved Unusual Girls. Also Illuminae! Argh, my poor TBR.

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    1. Yes it's been a awesome reading year so far, totally agree! Dark Matter was really good, I highly recommend, and Illuminae- mostly so can get to Gemina, which I thought was FANTASTIC!

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    2. Oh! Good to know about Gemina! I'll keep that in mind.

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  3. There's some beautiful covers on here! I've only read Radio Silence, but it was fantastic.

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  4. Looks like a great list. I keep seeing Dark Matter around. For me some reason I can't quite bother to pick up Gemina even though I liked Illuminae. I don't know what that is.

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    1. Oh I thought Gemina was awesome. Way more than illuminae (although that's just me, I've heard others say they liked Illuminae better). And dark Matter- good stuff!

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  5. Great list! One of Us is Lying keeps popping up on my radar, I must check it out!

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  6. Excited to see Gemina on your list since I plan to start The Illuminae Files in July. I also still need to read One of Us is Lying. Great list!

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    1. Oh I can't wait to see what you think. Gemina was awesome!!

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  7. I already read "Dark Matter" last year so that I couldn't put it on my list but it was definitely one of my 2016 highlights!

    I'm also glad to see "Gemina" which made it onto my list as well. It might have lacked some fresh ideas compared to "Illuminae" but I found it (almost) just as thrilling and addictive and I still love the concept a lot.

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    1. Dark Matter was great. And I enjoyed Gemina too- that's a series I'm really liking so far. Can't wait for book three.

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  8. AWesome list, Greg. Yay, I need to read Gemina. Hopefully soon. :)

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    1. Ooh read Gemina- it's great !!!

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  9. Ohhh there are a couple in there I didn't know about before! Thanks for theheads up!

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  10. Gemina made my list too! So happy to see Dangerous Girls on that list!!

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    1. I'm reviewing Dangerous Girls tomorrow (er, Thursday) my days are all mixed up. Loved it! And Gemina!!!

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  11. I need to read Dark Matter soon... great list!

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    1. Dark Matter was quite good, I hope you enjoy it JoAnn!

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  12. Love this topic this week! And so many of these I've loved too so I'm so glad you are reading and loving them as well.

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  13. YES FOR DARK MATTER!! Haha, it made my list, too!

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  14. I don't have any plans to read any of these though I have heard of all of them I think! Probably from your blog through the year! Blake Crouch is one that I always mean to look at but never get round to trying...

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    1. Ha ha I tried Blake Crouch through Wayward Pines (loved it) and when I saw the premise for Dark Matter I had to try it.

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  15. I read Dark matter too, strangely compelling

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  16. I own Dark Matter but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. It's not my typical read but I had heard so many great things about it that I had to give it a try. Great list!

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    1. It's almost like a suspense thriller more than SF, you know? Kind of tense. Great read!

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  17. Oooh, interesting to see All Systems Red on your list! I saw it recently when I was buying a few ebooks but I didn't really click on it to check out the premise. Will have to look into it :)

    My TTT

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    1. All Systems Red was great. And there's more coming- a new one in January and I guess she just signed for 2 more.

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  18. Interesting list. I think I've only heard of one. Still very interesting--I might try a few to broaden my horizons.

    Lisa @ https://hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/top-ten-tuesday-the-best-books-ive-read-so-far-in-2017/

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    1. Hope you find something you like!

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  19. I love Kelley Armstrong! Her Women of the Otherworld series is one of my favorites. What She Saw recently landed on my TBR and I can't wait to get to it.

    Here is our TTT.

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    1. What She Saw was pretty good! And I'm liking Kelley Armstrong too!

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  20. Totally agree with A Darkness Absolute, and I can't wait to read Gemina soon. Of course, I've also got the Stranje House books sitting on my shelves now, calling me name! :)

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    1. I loved A Darkness Absolute and can't wait for more of that series. And Gemina- I can't say enough good things. Lots of people thought Illuminae was a smidge better but for me gemina was fabulous. Love the characters- especially Ella! You'll see lol.

      Stranje House- LOVE those.

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  21. I'm glad you enjoyed these so much! :)
    I haven't actually read any of them, but there's a few I've been really intrigued by, so I may have to check them out. Radio Silence for example, primarily because I love that cover, and One of Us Is Lying. And I've been meaning to check out the Illuminae books for a while, but everytime I flick through them in the bookshop I'm just so baffled by the format that I don't end up buying them. But everyone loves them so much I think I should just get over it and give them a try! :)

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    1. Radio Silence is great- and it's one of my favorite covers. One Of Us Was Lying was quite good. And Illuminae- seriously they were a fast read for me due to the format. I also read them as e-books which everyone recommends not to since it's hard to read some of the pages, again due to format, but I didn't have THAT much trouble. I'll be honest, I liked Illuminae but Gemina was WAY better

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  22. Ooo, so curious about the Martha Wells book.

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  23. Those all sound fantastic and I haven't read any of them. Always several books behind lol

    For What It's Worth

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  24. My friend read Black Matter a whle ago and called it mind-blowing! :) Have to get my hand on that one!

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    1. I would agree- mind blowing, very trippy.

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  25. AHH DANGEROUS GIRLS! STILL NOT OVER THAT BOOK. I have like 80 pages of One of Us Is Lying left but of course my Adobe Digital Reader decided to play up just as I was nearing the end!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/top-ten-tuesday-113/

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    1. I know! That one- and I hope you're liking One Of Us.

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  26. Nice list! Illuminae/Genina and One Of Us Is Lying are all still on my TBR list. I'm happy to see that you enjoyed them. Hopefully I will get to them soon. Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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    1. Thank you- Gemina in particular was quite good, I liked both but that one- quite a thrill ride. And One Of Us I enjoyed as well surprisingly good.

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  27. I heard so many good things about Radio Silence, I need to get to it ASAP :) And of course, Gemina is a must!

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    1. I'd love to see what you think of Radio Silence! Good stuff.

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  28. What a great list. I'll have to look some of these up but it's also reminded me that I need to Pick up Gemina soon.
    Lynn :D

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  29. Oooo Refuge of Masterminds. I am going to need that! I'd not seen it before. And I need to get caught up with Armstrong. It's been probably 5 years. *hangs head* lol

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    1. Ha ha I've just discovered Armstrong recently but love her City of the Lost books. And refuge is book three of the Stranje House books, and they've all been good so far.

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  30. Lots of thrillers on your list. I really liked the Kelley Armstrong series. Gemina rocked. I hope you read the book by Claire McIntosh I See You. So good. I also loved The Garden of Small Beginnings.

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    1. I know, I've been reading a ton of thrillers this year. I loved Gemina. And I See You looked creepy, I think that's on my TBR. Looks like one I'd like...

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  31. I haven't read any that's in your list but I'm so excited to read Radio Silence and One of us is lying. Hope I like them as much as you did!

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    1. Both were great, hope you like them I was especially pleased with Radio Silence.

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  32. I need to grab The Rains from the library - I know they have it because I saw it last time I was there. I'm seeing Radio Silence on a few lists and it's new to me so maybe I'll look into that one as well. Glad you've enjoyed so many great book so far. And yes, DEFINITELY pick up Certain Dark Things!

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    1. The Rains was a trip! Radio silence was great.

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  33. Wow! You give us a great list of books to add to our pile for summer reads, Greg! Hugs...RO

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  34. Refuge for Masterminds is on my list. I read the first book in the series and loved it.

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  35. Dark Matter and How Will I Know You? both are on my TBR. I really want to read the Refuge for Masterminds series. I just love the whole concept of the school.

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    1. How Will I Know You? seems to slip under the radar, I haven't seen a lot of review, but it was pretty powerful. And Refuge for Masterminds- I love that series!!

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  36. You have such good taste in books. I know if you like something, I likely will too. I am really looking forward to reading Dark Matter and Radio Silence. I would also really like to read All Systems Red. I wish there was more time in a day to read.

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    1. Well thank you! I'm glad we have similar tastes. Dark Matter and Radio Silence- both fabulous- but I have to say All Systems Red was a BIG surprise. I loved it and can't wait for the next one!!!

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  37. So many bloggers love Dark Matter. It isn't something I would typically pick but all the hype has me curious. Hope I enjoy it as much as you did!

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  38. I really want to read Radio Silence (haven't seen that cover before! I think I still prefer the one we have here though), One of Us is Lying and Dangerous Girls. Great list!

    Cass @ Words on Paper

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  39. Dark Matter and Gemina were amazing! A Darkness Absolute was good too, even if it didn't blow me away like the first book did. The Rains also had a great concept, and I think those are all the ones I've read from this list!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I loved Dark Matter and Gemina! All of these rally.

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  40. A Darkness Absolute was sooo good! Love that series. Dark Matter was a bit of a mind bend, but I enjoyed it! Great list here, Greg. I'm off to see what How Will I Know You is all about. :)

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    1. I thought so too. I love that setting and the remoteness. And Dark Matter was mind bendy wasn't it?

      How Will I Know You was quite good, kind of a thriller/ mystery but it seems to fly under the radar, I haven't seen it around a lot.

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  41. Great list! I really need to read Dark Matter someday!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  42. My sister loved The Rains, as well. I wish I hadn't let that one blogger confuse me about what book Dark Matter was when I decided not to request the ARC. I guess I can pick it up if I ever see the ebook on sale. :)

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    1. If you get it on sale I would recommend- I liked it a lot! And The Rains... creepy but fun!

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  43. There are a couple of these that I need to check out like the Kristoff series.

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  44. Ugh - I hate this... I already had 6 of these on my TBR list. Now there's 8. Sigh... Stop reading such great books Greg.

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    1. Glad I could add! How are you Mareli? Hope all is well. :)

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  45. I definitely need to add some of these to my TBR. I can't resist that cover for The Rains.

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  46. I love the cover of Refuge for Masterminds. I still haven't read Dangerous Girls or One of Us is Lying, and both of them were quite popular. Maybe I should consider them...

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    1. Refuge for Masterminds was so fun. Dangerous and One Of Us were both pretty good...

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  47. One day I'll read a Kathleen Baldwin book. They look so good.

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  48. Oooh great picks! I loved Gemina, Dangerous Girls, and One of Us is Lying, too! I want to read Dark Matter and The Rains, too, they look good.

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    1. I loved all of those! Dark Matter and The Rains were so good- The Rains is creepy!!

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  49. Dark Matter was really good. I think it made my list last year.

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  50. The theme of a lot of these seems to be "menacing" at least based on the covers, lol! Dark Matter is already on my TBR and I'm suddenly wondering if it is connected to the TV Show Dark Matter? If so I didn't love the show but I've seen enough people rave about the book that I'm gonna pretend they are not connected.

    I've never read Kelley Armstrong and for sure need to. I feel like this year I am suddenly seeing her books everywhere which I think I should take as a sign.

    Hope it's been a good reading year so far!

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    1. They do, don't they? Not sure what that says about my reading choices lol. And no Dark Matter the book is not related to the show at all. They're totally diff.

      I was seeing Kelley Armstrong everywhere too, along w/a few other urban fantasy writers, and I finally tried her with the City of the Lost books. seemed like a good plac to start. :)

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  51. Boy oh boy you've got a couple books on here I've been meaning to read. Dark Matter, The Illuminae Files series, and One of Us is Lying. They all sound so good, and I've heard nothing but amazing things about all of them.
    I've heard Dark Matter is a bit of a mind bender, would you agree?? I love a good mind bender :)

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    1. Yay Dark Matter is good and so is Illuminae- I thought the second Illuminae was even better than the first! And One Of Us Is Lying- I liked that one too!

      Dark Matter is a little trippy - if you like mind benders you may love it! Especially once it gets going, and towards the end- I was like SERIOUSLY???

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  52. Gemina is the best, I'm so looking forward to Obsidio. I've just went and pre-ordered The Rains, it looks like my kinda book!

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  53. These looks good! I remember reading your reviews for some of these. I haven't read A Darkness Absolute yet, but I do own a copy. I hope you read some great books the second half of this year as well!

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  54. I havent read any of these but a few of them are on my list! Hope the second half of the year delivers more good reads.

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