My Year in Reading | 2017

Merry (almost) Christmas! I look forward to sharing my favorite books of the year all year long, so it's hard to believe it's actually finally time for a best of books recap! 2017 definitely ebbed and flowed for me with reading. During the first half of the year I was reading a lot, then I fizzled out a bit until the end of the year where I was able to squeeze in some last great books.

As far as my star ratings go, I only gave two novels 5-stars, which really only goes to show how rarely I rate anything 5-stars because I read so many amazing books this year-- way more 4-star books than ever! The majority of my books were 2017 releases-- only three books I read this year were published before 2000, which I'm pretty sure is thanks to the All of the Books podcast. I didn't keep up with tracking my book stats, but I can definitely say I read diversely across the fiction genre.

Pachinko | My favorite book of the year! The story and writing were so beautiful with characters that stick with you. my review | purchase

Beartown | This was one of my other 5-star reads. I love Backman's writing and his ability to really bring an entire town to life made this such a moving story for me. Apparently he's writing a sequel!? Which makes me equal parts excited and nervous. my review | purchase

The Leavers | This was such a captivating and heartbreaking story that I didn't want to end. my review | purchase

What Made Maddy Run | This story really stuck with me, because it's such an important topic with really compelling writing.  Read this book. Talk about this book. my review | purchase

My Not So Perfect Life | Definitely one of the most fun books I read all year. I laughed out loud at times and really loved everything from the storyline to all of the characters. my review | purchase

A few other books worth mentioning: Behold the Dreamers, The Hate U Give, and On Turpentine Lane. Persepolis was an amazing graphic novel I read, and I loved the Sarah Anderson comics and I'm already looking forward to her third book coming out next year.

If you want to share your favorite books of the year make sure to linkup with Steph on Tuesday the 26th. See my favorite books from the past few years: best of 2016best of 2015; best of 2014; best of 2013

23 comments

  1. I really enjoyed My Not So Perfect Life as well - probably one of the best reads I had of 2017! Hope you have a great holiday!

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  2. That’s so exciting that Backman might be writing a sequel to Beartown! That was one of my favorites this year too! And I loved My Not So Perfect Life too! It was so light hearted and just a fun book to read!

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  3. I wrote these down to add to my reading list! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas my dear!!

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  4. I loved Beartown and The Hate You Give too. I've seen them on a lot of lists this year.

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  5. The Leavers sounds difficult but important. Adding to my list.

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  6. Beartown was one of my Top Ten of 2017. I just bought My Not So Perfect Life and just added The Hate You Give to my TBR.

    Happy Holidays to you!

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  7. Yeah for Beartown! It was one of my favorite's too! I haven't read a Kinsella book in forever, but I've heard good things about My Not So Perfect Life.

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  8. I am flying through What Made Maddie Run, and I can't put it down! really good book!

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  9. Everyone (well, most everyone) seems to love Beartown and it's on my list but I didn't get to it this year. Oh, well. There's always 2018!

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  10. I've been wanting to read Pachinko for awhile now and your review makes me want to pick it up soon.

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  11. Beartown made my list...and lots of others! Glad to see it :)

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  12. I still haven't read Beartown - I am going to request that now!

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  13. my not so perfect life was so fun. i have her newer book (surprise me) on netgalley so hopefully that's just as good. i am the opposite of you, i probably hand out 5 stars too freely and i rarely read things published in the current year. i don't know why haha. i definitely read some, but not a lot, that's for sure. adding Pachinko to my list!

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  14. I really want to read My Not So Perfect Life. It just seems like a lot of fun. I also really love Persepolis - have you seen the movie? And I JUST recently read Sarah Anderson's second book. Love her!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  15. What Made Maddy Run sounds like a must-read.
    I didn't love Ove or Beartown, but I want to try Backman's Britt-Marie Was Here just to see.

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  16. I really enjoyed My Not So Perfect Life too. Kinsella always makes me laugh. Beartown is on my TBR. I'm nervous because I've put the book on a pedestal! So I'm waiting to read it.

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  17. I've got The Leavers and Maddy on hold at the library. I've heard such great things about both. Beartown was probably my #1 last year.

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  18. My Not So Perfect Life was one of my favorite reads of 2017 for sure!!! I also really liked Hate U Give and Beartown was pretty good. I will be adding a few of these others to my TBR.

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  19. I ready Maddy, and it was so powerful for me. I've struggled with anxiety and depression my whole life, and I had bad postpartum depression, so it resonated. I think it's an important book to read!

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  20. I’m just going to add all of these to my TBR :)

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  21. These are great choices. I have a lot of them on my TBR, but have added two more now. I am moving a few of these up my list! Glad 2017 was a great reading year for you! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  22. I've heard great things about Pachinko, but I haven't read it yet :)

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  23. I haven't heard of the book Pachinko before, but I'm going to have to look it up because of your raving review!

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