I’ve mentioned before that I’ve read a lot of really great books this year. I think I rated at least half of the books I read this year either four or five stars. I think I finally figured out what books I like and don’t like. I’ve gotten much better at choosing what I want to read, and it definitely showed in 2017. I’m not limiting myself to a number (i.e. a top ten), I’m just going to list the books that I loved the most in 2017. (There is some overlap with my Favorite 2017 Releases).
Here are my favorite reads of 2017 (in the order I read them):
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I became an instant fan of Celeste Ng after reading this book. She just does character-driven novels better than anyone else, and her stories are amazing. I love that she writes about “normal” people and families in such a unique way.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I’ve talked about this book a lot this year, and for good reason. It is just so heartwarming and wonderful, even though it definitely has it’s sad moments. It’s a beautiful book, and the adaptation was one of the best films I watched this year as well.
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab. Not only is this a great novel, I think it is the perfect ending to a series. The trilogy just feels complete, and I really enjoyed where all the characters ended up.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Again, one of the most beautiful books I’ve read this year. I thought it was extremely relevant to the political issues we’re dealing with today, but also felt whimsical and magical. I loved it.
If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio. I can’t tell you enough times how much I loved this book. It was one of those books I finished and immediately had the urge to reread, which very rarely happens. It’s brilliant, and I can’t wait to read more of Rio’s writing.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I can’t believe it too me this long to read The Glass Castle, but I loved it. It’s amazing.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. This book restored my faith in YA literature. It was fun and flirty and this fantasy-loving history nerd’s dream. I particularly loved the audiobook of this one, and am so glad I chose to read it in that format, because it was brilliant.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I loved how much impact this book has, especially for such a short book. I adore this series – when my cat peed on my copies, I ordered a new ones before I’d even thrown the pee-soaked one away – and I wish these books had existed when I was younger, because they would have helped me a lot.
Hunger by Roxane Gay. I am still amazed by how brave this memoir is. I absolutely loved it. It’s heart-wrenching and beautiful and it really just spoke to me personally. If I had to pick the one book that made the biggest impact on me this year, Hunger is probably it.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I could basically write the same thing as I did for Everything I Never Told You. I can’t even pick a favorite between the two, they’re both amazing.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I was a bit skeptical going in, but this book is just as great as everyone says it is. It makes me happy to think about how many young people have read this one. It was something that needed to be written, and Angie Thomas did it right.
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. I wasn’t expecting to like this book, but I ended up loving it, which as a wonderful surprise. It helped me understand the 2016 election a bit better, which is something I needed.
An American Family by Khizr Khan. Not only is Khizr Khan’s story one of the most inspiring things I have ever read, his writing is astonishingly beautiful. It’s just amazing and I loved it.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I feel like everyone raves about this book, and for good reason. It is such a great memoir and I loved how it is both impactful and hilarious. I’m definitely glad I finally got around to reading it.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. I debated putting this book on this list since it is actually a 2018 release, but I read it this year, so it counts, right? This book is amazing! I read it in under 24 hours, and absolutely loved it. I hesitate to say this, because I’ve been let down before, but it gave me serious Night Circus vibes, even though it’s a completely different story.
Note: I did not include rereads on this list, though I did read a few of my favorite books this year, which was nice. (If you’re curious, my favorite rereads were Neverwhere, The Night Circus, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.)
Here’s to a great reading year in 2018!
What was your favorite book this year?