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?

2017 Yearly Wrap-Up

I had high hopes for 2017. I had a reading slump in 2016 and I could feel myself coming out of it in January 2017. I really wanted to read a lot, but with two surgeries and a myriad of other things happening in 2017, it just wasn’t meant to be. I’m happy with what I was able to read, though.

YTD Stats

Total books read: 24
Total pages read: 8,689
Average rating: 3.92
Yearly goal: 24 / 50 (48%)

The rest of the stats are just things I was curious about in regards to my reading habits.

New Read or Reread

New read: 19
Reread: 5

Authors (Gender)

Men: 5
Women: 19
Other: 0

Authors (Location)

Utah: 4
USA (excluding Utah): 14
International: 6

Authors (Bounce Rate)

New-to-me: 13
Previously read: 11

Reason Read

Book club: 7
Other: 1
Personal interest: 12
Play Book Tag: 3
Read-along: 1
Received for review: 0
Utah Book Week: 0


Own: 5
Library: 18
Borrowed: 1


Hard cover: 4
Paperback: 5
Kindle: 15

Age Group

Adult: 17
YA: 7
MG: 0

Main Genre

Classic: 0
Contemporary: 3
Dystopian: 0
Fantasy: 6
Historical fiction: 2
Mystery/Thriller: 6
Non-fiction: 2
Other: 3
Science fiction: 2


With: 15
Without: 9


0-99: 0
100-249: 3
250-499: 18
500-999: 3
1000+: 0


: 0
: 1
: 5
: 13
: 5


  • I read more adult books than I typically do.
  • Even though I owned some of the books I read, I checked them out from the library if I could read them on my Kindle.
    • I actually owned 9 of the books I read.
  • The only 5-star reads I had were rereads.
  • Thankfully, I didn’t have any 1-star reads.

What have you observed about your reading habits this past year?

2017 End of the Year Book Survey

Each year, Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner hosts this end of the year book survey. I think it’s a fun survey to answer, so without further ado, here are my answers to her questions.

Best in Books

1. What is the best book you read in 2017?

Hands down, no competition, it was What Alice Forgot by Lianne Moriarty. I adored that book and I’ll definitely pick up more books by her.

2. Which book were you excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

I was so excited for The Chemist. I mean, it was another book by Stephenie Meyer, but it only ended up being so so for me. I think it could’ve been the circumstances I read it in, though, so I’m going to give it another shot some time.

3. What book was the most surprising (in a good or bad way) that you read?

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson was so surprisingly awesome. I didn’t think I’d like it, but I feel like the author and I are kindred spirits.

4. Which book did you “push” the most on people to read?

I only just read Furiously Happy in November, but ever since I read it, I’ve been shouting its praises from the rooftops. Before November, it would’ve been Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris.

5. What is the best series you started in 2017? The best sequel you read in 2017? And, the best series ender you read in 2017?

I read and loved a duology this year so it can answer all three of these questions. I read Pivot Point and Split Second by Kasie West. They were awesome! I thought the concept and executions were great.

6. Who is a favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Oh my gosh! I discovered so many favorite new authors this year! I can’t pick just one. Lianne Moriarty, BA Paris, Kasie West, Rainbow Rowell, and Sarah Addison Allen are definitely on my list to read more of.

7. What was the best book from a genre you don’t typically read, or in other words, was out of your comfort zone?

Furiously Happy

8. What was the most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

This is a toss up between What Alice Forgot, Furiously Happy, and Behind Closed Doors all for different reasons, lol.

9. Which book did you read in 2017 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

Maybe The Chemist so I can give it another chance under different circumstances to see if I’ll like it any better than I did the first time around. But, I’ll probably wait a couple of years before I read it again.

10. What was your favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

11. Who was the most memorable character of 2017?

Rory, the stuffed raccoon, from Furiously Happy. He’s actually the raccoon on the cover. Well, Rory II is anyway. 😂

12. What was the most beautifully written book read in 2017?

What Alice Forgot

13. What was the most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017?

Hands down, Furiously Happy was. I mean I changed my blog because of it. Sure, I changed my blog back because I ran out of things to say, but it affected me a lot.

14. Which book can’t you believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

Anything by Rainbow Rowell. I read Attachments and Landline and loved them both and I need to read her other books stat, especially Fangirl, or so I’ve heard.

15. What is your favorite passage/quote from a book you read In 2017?

“I don’t have arachnophobia (irrational fear of spiders) because fear of spiders is perfectly rational so I refuse to recognize it as a ‘disorder.'”

16.What was the shortest and longest books you read In 2017?

Shortest: 128 pgs–The Ice Cream Maker by Subir Chowdhury
Longest: 894 pgs–Dune by Frank Herbert (reread)

17. Which book shocked you the most?

Pivot Point probably shocked me the most because the author didn’t take the easy way out. I can’t say more without spoiling the story.

18. Who is your OTP (one true pairing) of the year?

Ceony Twill and Mg. Emery Thane from The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. A lot of people in my book club felt like their romance came out of nowhere but I was rooting for it the whole time.

19. Who was your favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?

Beth and Jennifer in Attachments. They remind me of my relationship with my work BFF Christina.

20. What is your favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously?

I don’t have any. The only “new” book I read from an author I’ve previously read before this year is The Chemist and while I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it either.

21. What is the best book you read in 2017 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?

Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris. Thanks for the recommendation, Jenny. It. Was. Awesome!

22. Who is your newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

It’s a toss up between Mg. Emery Thane (The Paper Magician) and Lincoln O’Neill (Attachments).

23. What is the best 2017 debut you read?

I didn’t read any debuts this year.

24. What is the best world building/most vivid setting you read this year?

I’m going with a reread even though I try to stick with new reads for this survey. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows because I love how they brought the Tudor era to life. Plus, they add a touch of a magic and it makes for a fun, vivid read.

25. Which book put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?

Furiously Happy. I was either groaning or guffawing. I couldn’t read it quietly and I had to share passages with the husband almost constantly.

26. Which book made you cry or nearly cry in 2017?

I cried while reading a few books this year: Landline, What Alice Forgot, and Furiously Happy.

27. Which book do you consider a hidden gem of the year?

I don’t have any this year.

28. Which book crushed your soul?

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. It was way too graphic and the gardener seemed too “normal” instead of the psychopath he was. The multiple rapes seemed more like normal sexual encounters than the assaults they were and that didn’t sit well with me.

29. What was the most unique book you read In 2017?

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry. The writing style was very unique. I know for some it was a little off-putting, but I liked it. I thought it was very suspenseful and I wanted to keep reading it to find out what happened to the protagonist.

30. Which book made you the most mad?

I didn’t really have any books that made me mad this year unless you count The Butterfly Garden. But, that just made me cringe more than mad.

Looking Ahead

1. What one book didn’t you get to in 2017 but will be your first priority in 2018?

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I even reread City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls so I could finally read CoHF.

2. Which book are you most anticipating for 2018 (non-debut)?

Lost in Scotland by Julianne Donaldson IF she publishes it in 2018. I really, really, really hope she does.

3. Which 2018 debut are you most anticipating?

I haven’t kept up on all the debuts that are being published next year so I’m not sure. I’m definitely hoping to read some, though. I might even consider participating in the Debut Author Challenge.

4. Which series ending/sequel are you most anticipating in 2018?

I’m planning to read City of Heavenly Fire, The Immortal Throne by Bree Despain, and Endure by Sara B. Larson next year. I’ve been anticipating all of these for a very long time. I’ve just never gotten around to reading them.

5. What is one thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging live in 2018?

I’m secretly hoping to read to 50 books next year. I say secretly because my official goal is only 36 books.