Top 10 Books of 2017

Today’s the day guys, after much deliberation, I am finally ready to share with you my top 10 books of 2017. I must be honest, when I first started thinking about this I was convinced I was going to have to do a top 17, but I thought about it long and hard and simplified it down to save you guys some time.

I only had 4 5-star reads this year (I’m hard to please) but don’t let that deter you, there are some amazing books on this list that were at least a 4.5 or above so I stand behind all of them as fabulous books.

I know you’re not here to listen to me ramble, so let’s just get into things!

10. Artemis by Andy Weir.

I rarely pre-order any books, but this one had me so excited it felt like there was no other option, and I wasn’t disappointed. I really enjoyed diving into another Andy Weir epic, especially one with the total badass that is Jaz at the helm.

If you loved The Martian, I’d highly recommend this. Heck, even if you didn’t love The Martian, I’d still give this a try – a lot of the scientific jargon that confused readers in the first book is simplified in this one, so it’s the perfect one to try!

9. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

I really wanted to try of Kazuo Ishiguro after hearing he’d won the Nobel Prize, so I’m happy to report that this made it into my Top 10.

I really enjoyed this novel, even though I pretty much knew what the big twist was going into it and I can’t wait to read more books from Ishiguro in 2018.

8. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall.

Even though this was only a 4-star read, it’s one of the most memorable books I read this past year. In fact, it’s the book that started me on the mental health/romance contemporary train that I’ve been riding ever since! Definitely worth a read if you’re looking for a cute YA contemporary with a little bit of substance.

7. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo.

The inner Jenny Han fan in me was singing about this book from the rooftops, it has a very similar tone to her books but with a completely new cast of characters. I felt the same way reading this as I did when I first picked up To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and it was fabulous. If you want something really cute and fluffy I’d recommend this one over a Kasie West any day!

6. Disgrace by J M Coetzee.

This one is for a totally different genre and is recommended to a totally different audience, but it’s a work of genius. This was my favourite uni book from my first year and it made the module all worthwhile. It does come with a lot of trigger warnings, so I’d do a bit more research before diving in. It’s not at all what I expected, but I’m so glad I was forced to read it!

5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

I feel like everybody in the bookish world was raving about this novel this year, and rightly so, it’s one of my favourite romantic contemporaries of all time. In such a popular genre it’s difficult to come up with a plot and set of characters that’s actually original, but this one definitely manages it.

I can’t wait for the companion of this to come out in 2019, at least I’ll have From Twinkle, With Love to tide me over until then!

4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling.

If you remember my review for the first Harry Potter book you’ll know that I really didn’t think I was going to continue, but trying this one caused me to do a complete 180 turn. I really enjoyed this installment and it encouraged me to read the rest of the series so I’m eternally grateful – kudos to JK Rowling!

3. The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster.

Again, probably meant for a different audience, but if this title comes up on your school/uni syllabus please don’t be alarmed, I really enjoyed it in the end. It’s got some major surprises in there and some twisted psychology going on to keep things interesting.

As a girl who really only knew about Shakespeare, it was nice to find another Renaissance playwright I love so much, it’s broadened my horizons.

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2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling.

This is both my favourite Harry Potter book and my favourite Harry Potter movie, so it’s only fair that it gets the penultimate spot on my list. I don’t know exactly what it is that I love about this, it’s probably Sirius Black, but all in all, I think it’s wonderful.

If you’re still considering trying this series, please, please, please force yourself to power through to this point, I reckon if you get this far you’re destined to get to the end.

11. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

Ta-dah!

If you read my 2017 in Books post you’ll know this is no real surprise, there was no competition. This book is one of my favourites of all time and I’m so annoyed that it took so long to get around to it, especially because my local theatre was putting it on earlier this year and I missed it!

If you don’t listen to anything else I say, please open your ears and your Amazon browser and read this book, it’s amazing, and inspiring and beautiful.

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Oh look, we have no numbers left, it must be the end of the post! I hope you’ve enjoyed this favourites post, make sure you let me know about your favourite book in the comments below – I’m always on the hunt for recommendations.

Happy reading everyone!

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