My Favorite Reads of 2017
Not pictured: Being Mortal, The Almost Sisters, The Hate U Give
I read so many great books this year! This list is already pretty extensive, so I have not included any re-reads. Here are my favorites of 2017 (in order of when I read them this year):
When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi) - A stunning memoir about science, faith, and family. Cue a lot of sobbing.
My Life in France (Julia Child) - Julia Child’s memoir of learning to cook in Paris. She makes me want to move to Paris in the 1950s and learn to cook. Alas, I’ll settle for cooking my way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel) - A fantastic dystopian novel. Not my usual genre, but the story and characters are incredible. This one is definitely worth all the hype.
The Bookshop on the Corner (Jenny Colgan) - A fun, light read about a former librarian who decides to open a book mobile in the Scottish Highlands. Hijinks and romance ensue.
Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) - This was my first time ever reading Anne. There is a reason she is such a cultural icon. Anne is a treasure, and I cannot wait to finish the series.
Being Mortal (Atul Gawande) - Talk about a book that makes you think. Gawande gives a whole new perspective on how we view aging and caring for seniors and terminal patients. Super thought-provoking; I'm still thinking about it months later.
From Sand & Ash (Amy Harmon) - A World War II historical romance set in Florence & Rome between a Jewish girl and her childhood best friend, who is now a Catholic priest. It is one of many WWII novels published recently, but the only one I have read that deals with Jews in Italy. It is lovely.
When Dimple Met Rishi (Sandhya Menon) - An arranged marriage, a programming camp, and young love; what more could you want? I just couldn’t put it down. I loved how independent Dimple was, but Rishi? Swoon. He is just adorable. Someone make this a movie already!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid) - Wow. This is not your average beach read. Taylor Jenkins Reid steps up the game on Old Hollywood. A must-read for 2017. You go in thinking one thing about this book, and then are completely surprised by the twists.
Windfall (Jennifer E. Smith) - I know I’ve gushed about this book before, but I cannot quit raving about Alice and Teddy. It also makes me think what I would spend my money on if I won the lottery, maybe a house in England.
Tell Me Three Things (Julie Buxbaum) - Another fantastic YA novel. When Jessie moves to LA and starts at a new school, she gets an email from "Somebody/Nobody" who helps her adjust to her new school. Read it, I know you'll love it.
The Royal We (Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan) - William & Kate fanfiction? Yes please. Such a fun read and now appropriate for Harry & Meghan’s upcoming wedding.
The Secret History (Donna Tartt) - What an incredible story about some supremely unlikeable people. The atmosphere that Tartt creates is part of why I loved the book so much.
The Hating Game (Sally Thorne) - If you are looking for romance, this is for you. Josh and Lucy are work enemies who have undeniable sexual tension. So charming and ridiculous, but I loved it.
The Almost Sisters (Joshilyn Jackson) - A story about sisterhood and race in small town Alabama. Leia Briggs is such a wonderful protagonist, and more books need to model their female leads after Leia. Jackson understands the complex issues of small-town life in the South and puts what I've felt for years into words. This is probably my favorite book of the year.
The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas) - A must-read for everyone. This is a YA novel about the Black Lives Matter movement, but it is so much more than that. A lovely book about family, friends, and race.
I read so many great books this year that it was really hard to narrow it down, but these were the ones I still find myself thinking about months later.
What were your favorite books you read in 2017?