Hey there! It doesn’t seem possible, but 2017 is nearly over. I honestly felt like this year flew by, but that’s just how it goes. With the wrap up of the year, I wanted to share with ya’ll some of my favorite things from 2017. This post is going to share my favorite books of 2017! Some of them were actually published this year, and some just finally made it into my hands! I have read 34 books so far this year, far short of my goal of 50, but still a pretty solid number. The following list is sorted by genre, so you can skip to your preferred area!
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- Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne. by Kendare Blake. I’m listing these as one, because they are the first and second book of this series. I had never heard of this author before, but the back cover sounded interesting enough, so I picked up the first book toward the beginning of the year. It was such a compelling book, and I loved the focus on girl power (the book is focused on three sisters), and less of an emphasis on romance! I was so excited when the second book came out, and I cannot wait until the third installment. Some YA books can be predictable at times, but this one just kept throwing me off the scent so I was always surprised.
- King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. This is the third installment in the Red Queen series. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves YA lit. It has magic, big sweeping plot lines, and great characters. Every time I read this series I just get pulled into the world Aveyard creates. The fourth book comes out next May, and I cannot wait! I technically read this entire series this year (I like to remind myself of everything when new installments come out), but I just wanted to include the newest one on this list!
- And I Darken & Now I Rise by Kiersten White. I’ll be honest ya’ll I didn’t know what to think about this book at first when I read the description. After a couple chapters however, I was hooked. This series is a totally new take on YA fiction and historical fiction – it offers something that I have never had before in a book. It re-imagines a popular historical figure as a woman, and loosely bases the plot on historical events. Sounds weird right? These were probably two of my favorite books of the year though, so she is definitely doing something right!
- Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. If you read YA fantasy lit, you have probably heard of Cassandra Clare at some point. She wrote the Mortal Instruments series, as well as the Infernal Devices. Lord of Shadows is the second installment in the third series she has written about the shadow hunter world. Although you don’t need to have read the other series, her world building is amazing, and you will love finding all the connections between her series. The next book in this series comes out next December, so you have plenty of time to get caught up!
- Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. If you stick around long enough on any of my social media, you will hear me raving about Roxane at some point. Every single one of her books is amazing, and Difficult Women, a collection of short stories, is no different. Her writing is incredibly moving, and I am incapable of putting down her books once I pick them up. If short stories aren’t your thing, she also has a full length novel, non-fiction, and a memoir.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This book was not at all what I expected, but was an amazing ride nonetheless. Moriarty has this amazing way of making you stay up until 3 in the morning flipping pages, hoping you will figure out what the heck is happening (the book is focused around a mystery, but this is no typical mystery novel). I also read another book by her this year, but Big Little Lies was better, so I included it on this list!
- The Girls by Emma Cline. I hesitated to put this book on the list, because it wasn’t as great as some of the others. I decided to include it, however, because it stayed in my head. Sometimes, I finish a book and just move on, and the book quietly fades away. This book stayed present, and I kept thinking about for weeks after I finished. It was definitely a page turner as well!
- Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham. I think the best way to describe this book is as a conversation. It was so much fun to get inside the head of Graham, who is similar to Lorelai in many ways. As an avid lover of Gilmore Girls, picking up this book was an easy choice, and I was never disappointed. I read this novel so quickly, and had many laughs (and a couple cries) along the way.
- Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I picked this book up at a used book store and was so glad I did. Kaling has a great presence on the page, and her book was very interesting to me, even though I knew very little about her before reading it. I knew of her from the Office, but I hadn’t ever followed her career. It can sometimes be tough to read a book by someone you don’t a lot about, but that was never an issue with this book. It was a fun and easy read, and I definitely had a new respect of Kaling after!
- Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. Apparently I was on a kick of reading actress’ memoirs this year! I just finished SLN a few days ago after lending it from a friend, and once again, it was a super quick and fun read! There were quite a few laugh out loud moments, and I enjoyed the book. I’ll never understand when people get angry about young people have memoirs – interesting things happen to young people too! I related to a lot of what she wrote, and loved learning more about her as a person.
- Hunger by Roxane Gay. If you missed this part earlier, I really love this woman and her work. This book is a memoir that chronicles her life, including a devastating attack in her childhood that led her to try to destroy her body through overeating. As someone who has always struggled with weight, each chapter (written in short essay format) resonated with me. I highly recommend it to anyone who has struggled with body image, self-destruction, or just living in a society that has unrealistic expectations.
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I know, I know. I’m a couple years late to this party. Finally, I had some time to read this poetry collection and really loved it. I don’t know why I put it off for so long, considering it only took by about one hour to read. I will definitely be reading again, however, and maybe highlighting some of the poems I found particularly powerful. I’ve also asked for her new book for Christmas!
If you have any good poetry/poet recommendations, please comment below! I am really trying to get some more poetry in my life!
The Winner… and Your Favorite Books
Now that I’ve shared all of my favorite books of the year, it’s time to choose the winner. Out of all of these amazing books, my top pick is Difficult Women. Roxane is just such an amazing author, and all of the short stories in this collection were amazing.
Now that I’ve shared mine,I want to know your favorite books this year! I am always looking for new recommendations.
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