I mentioned last week that I read 50 books last year (you can see them all here) and set a goal of reading 52 books this year. Part of that goal is to be better about keeping track of the books I’ve read as I go along, so I’m trying to be better about recording books as I go, rather than trying to hunt them down on December 29th. So far, two and a half weeks into the year, it’s going well.
Looking back at my list there were some clear favorites and I wanted to round them up for you, just in case you’re scouring all of the “best of” lists to create your book wish list for the year.
It was hard to narrow it down to ten, so ranking them in order would be nearly impossible. The following list is in no particular order.
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The Ten Best Books of 2017 (according to Megan)
The Hate U Give – Please, just read this. It’s YA, and it’s a fairly quick read, but it’s not light and fluffy like the rest of the YA that shows up on this list. This was excellent and should be required yearly reading for all of us.
When Dimple Met Rishi – Another lovely YA book, although one that is much lighter in subject matter. I found this fun, endearing and engaging.
The Raven King – Many of us waited a long time for the final installment of The Raven Boys series. I waited a little bit longer to read this because I was worried there was no possible ending that I would find satisfactory, but this was just perfection. All four books are weird and wonderful and lovely and I’m jealous if you get to experience them for the first time.
The Sun is Also a Star – While I enjoyed Everything, Everything (and even watched the movie which is aesthetically gorgeous, but kind of silly,) this quickly stole the number one spot in my heart for books by Nicole Yoon. It takes place over the course of a day and I think I read it in that time, too. I bet you won’t want to put it down either.
Dark Matter – If you like books that give your brain a good twisting, this thriller will fit the bill.
The Woman in Cabin 10 – I don’t read a lot of suspense because I like my books to be an escape from anxiety, rather than something that adds to it, but this book was the perfect mix of suspense and forward-moving plot to keep me engaged and not biting my nails off.
Little Fires Everywhere – There’s a reason that everyone is talking about this and it’s because Celeste Ng is a story-telling genius.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean – Remember that bit about books being an escape – this entire series is the most delightful escape. I reread the first two books to prep for this one, and I highly recommend the trilogy for an excellent vacation read.
Young Jane Young – I was a HUGE fan of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, so when I saw that there was a new book by the same author I grabbed it without thinking. I quite enjoyed this story too, and it felt incredibly timely.
The President’s Daughter Series – I can’t believe I just read these books last summer since they feel like a story I’ve always known. This is the sort of series I would want to read over and over again, but I’ll be honest and say that I find a book with the first female president at the center of the story hard to read. I’m not sure it ever won’t be hard to read, but these books and this family just charmed the hell out of me.
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