2017 Top Ten Books

I love looking back at the year and thinking about the books I read. I do a lot of rereading each year, but I always discover a ton of great new books. I thought it’d be fun to list my favorite books I read for the first time from this past year in the form of a top ten list. Without further ado, my 2017 top ten books are:

  1. What Alice Forgot by Lianne Moriarty: I stayed up late reading because I couldn’t get enough. When I finished a reading session, I wanted to get right back to the book. This was such a fantastic look at how we change as we live and how that could be good or bad. It was very thought-provoking and makes me want to read more of Moriarty’s novels.
  2. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson: I was so worried I wouldn’t like Furiously Happy based on what I heard from other readers. I was pleasantly surprised, however. I found this to be a very raw, honest, unique look at how one person deals with their mental illness. At times, I felt like Lawson stole parts from my own life as she described hers. This book is definitely not for everyone, but I’m glad I read it, and I’ll read more from Lawson as I feel like she and I are kindred spirits.
  3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: I enjoyed this book so much. I loved Lincoln and his personality. The conflict he had about his job and reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails was a great premise for the story. I also liked getting to know Beth and Jennifer through their emails.
  4. Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris: Crazy suspenseful and addicting. I had dreams about it in between reads. I wanted to know how it was going to end as soon as I finished the first two chapters.
  5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell: I really loved this honest look at marriage and relationships. I felt for the main character in regards to the consequences of her choices. While I understood what was happening, I know it’s difficult to see the ramifications when you’re that close to the problem.
  6. All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry: It wasn’t what I was expecting. I didn’t realize it was historical fiction. Since I like historical fiction, that quickly turned into a plus. It took me a little bit to get used to the unique writing style. It was a little slow, but I enjoyed the story and I really liked the characters, especially Judith and Lucas.
  7. The Breakdown by BA Paris: I decided to read The Breakdown because I really enjoyed reading BA Paris’s first novel Behind Closed Doors. I loved hating the antagonists in both books and thought they were both well written. Both books have their strengths and weaknesses, which I love because it means I’ll read whatever Paris writes. One of the things I enjoyed about both books is watching the MC exact revenge on the antagonist. It’s all kinds of fun to read about!
  8. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen: I didn’t want to read The Sugar Queen at first. I worried I would crave sugary treats. Fortunately, I didn’t and I really liked the story. The characters were fun to read about and I loved the magical realism. I’ll definitely give this author another try.
  9. Pivot Point by Kasie West: I loved this book. It was such a unique read. I enjoyed reading the two alternate timelines. I wanted one more than the other so bad! I also liked how it had to happen because it made it more suspenseful and less predictable.
  10. Split Second by Kasie West: I enjoyed this one just as much as Pivot Point. It gave me what I wanted. At first, I didn’t like the switch between Addie’s and Laila’s POVs, but I really enjoyed getting to know Laila more. I also loved both romances in this story. I almost wish there were more books to look forward to, but I’m glad it ended the way it did.

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?

8 replies
  1. Susan
    Susan says:

    I really enjoyed WHAT ALICE FORGOT, ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME, and ATTACHMENTS. I need to read more Moriarty in 2018. You and Jenny have raved so much about FURIOUSLY HAPPY that I’m excited to read it, too.

  2. Kailana
    Kailana says:

    I started Landline and couldn’t get into it. I did really like Attachments, though! I should give Landline another try this year because it is the only book by her I haven’t read.


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