Here we are at the end of 2017, and all year-long I’ve been sharing monthly recaps of all the books I’ve read. Well, I figured I’d switch things up for this last book post of 2017 and compile a list of my favourite 10 books of 2017. To be clear, these are the 10 books I read this year that I loved the most, not necessarily 10 books that were published in 2017. I thought it was worth mentioning that as I think the title could be a bit confusing otherwise.
Also, I’m purposely not including any of the Harry Potter series in this list even though I’ve been yabbering on about the audiobooks for months. Suffice to say both the written books and the audiobooks are total perfection. I don’t care what your age is, they are worth the read if you somehow have not yet read them. And if the series seems like too much to undertake, the movies do a good job (though of course, the books are SO much better). And starting today (Dec 23) the Space channel is playing the whole series over three days making it the perfect way to ring in Christmas. Besides, Christmas is just better at Hogwarts. 😉
But moving on…
With a list of over 100 books (yes! I’ve read over 100 books this year. Craziness), narrowing it down to my top ten is still going to be a bit tough but let’s give it a go, shall we?
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These are in no particular order, I started listing them in the order I read them, and then even that got messed up as I made a few changes so it is truly a random listing.
Everyone knows I adore Sophie Kinsella, and this was no exception. I had one of those moments when you read something and it makes you laugh so hard people come to check to see if you are okay. This book has at least one of those moments. As I sat down to write this list I knew this was going to be on it and I’m now thinking of re-reading it over Christmas break. Since I read it less than a year ago that goes to show you how much I loved it.
I read this right on the heels of Big Little Lies, and while that was a great read on its own, the ending of this title did me in. I like to keep my book reviews totally spoiler free, but I’ll say that normally I like to read books that make me happy, and while this doesn’t fall into that category I still remember finishing it and sitting there thinking, “wow.” It’s a really great story about some not so great things, and I really appreciated the craftsmanship of the storytelling, absolutely amazing.
Everyone was talking about this book earlier this year, and I’m sure it’ll be a hot book again in the winter as so many people refocus on goals for better finances. Did I become a millionaire? Clearly not, but it really helps you start to shift your mindset about money, and they are often one of the things that keep us stuck. I recommend this title to her “You Are A Badass” that came out first. I found this book had more useful information for me at least.
This is the second title from Liane on this list. She was one of a number of authors I read their entire catalogue this year. I’m not sure why this title resonated with me, it reminded me of Kinsella’s “Remember Me?” but with a much more serious tone. In the end, it was still a great read that left you thinking.
And this is where I cheat. I’m including an entire series as one entry, because it’s my list on my website and I can do what I like, haha. If you like YA/Fantasy/Science Fiction pick Cinder up stat. I’m obsessed. I gave them to my niece for her birthday and like to quiz her on how far she’s read and keep telling people to check this series out. Man, I loved it!
Speaking of love. I also read Rainbow Rowell’s entire catalogue this year and I can’t imagine why I had waited so long. I flipping LOVED all of them, but that is especially true for this one. I actually went back and re-read the entire ending an hour after I finished the book. Over a week later I was still thinking about it. I can’t even tell you why exactly, but sometimes a time really just hits you, and that’s what happened to me. This is a YA novel but about a girl in college so is written for a bit of an older YA crowd, but still, I adored it. Possibly because I am a Fan Girl myself.
Oh Rainbow, can’t we just be friends? This book has literally every single thing I love in a Chick Lit book. I cannot say any more, but if you like Chick Lit – go get it.
Another YA book, but it’s set in Italy with a bit of a mystery, a bit of love and of course gelato.
“People come to Italy for all sorts of reasons but they stay for two things – love and gelato”
A cute and quick read, I read this in a day.
Can you even have a top 10 list for 2017 without including The Hate U Give? I don’t think so. Heartbreaking, eye-opening, and such an important read. I truly feel like everyone needs to read. So many relevant issues, I really can’t recommend it enough. I listened to the audiobook version which I highly recommend, the voice actor does an amazing job.
Oh, Anne. I’m sorry. I’ve always preferred Emily Starr to you, but Rachel may have convinced me to change my mind. She does such an amazing job retelling this story, and I have my fingers crossed they hire her to read more of the series. She was the perfect choice for the voice actor and I’m thinking about listening to it again when I’m between audiobooks. It is quite truly magical.
So there you have my top ten books of 2017. If you’re interested in seeing all the titles I’ve read this year you can check out my Goodreads and maybe we can be friends over there 🙂
What would you consider your favourite book of 2017? I’d love to hear as I’m always adding to my “to read” list!