2017 was a year filled with excellent reads! I found some great new authors, enjoyed some fabulous YA reads, and got several classics read. It was a great year of reading, and while I didn’t hit my Reading Goal of 100 books (I’m blaming the Tubbs Fire!), I got close. Next year! For sure! (I feel like I say this every year….).
So without further ado, here are My Favorite Reads of 2017, in reverse order. (Note: These reads didn’t necessarily come out in 2017, I just happened to read them in 2017).
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Royal Assassin & Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
I really love Hobb’s writing, a fantasy writer who takes her time and is a master world-builder. I first fell in love with the Farseer world in 2016, and each book I read of Hobb’s I just fall deeper into this world. I’m just beginning my journey into this world, and I can’t wait to read more!
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
An eye opening account of our justice system, this is such an important read and one that I keep thinking about.
My Last Lament by James William Brown
A fascinating WWII story set in Greece. I immediately connected with the main character, and learned a lot by reading this book. Highly recommended historical fiction!
Animal Farm by George Orwell
An important classic that everyone should read. You will never look at farm animals the same way again!
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
What a fun adventure story! I’m looking forward to the upcoming movie.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A powerful YA book about a timely topic. Important and a must read.
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
Just a flat out fascinating story based on the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. All around excellent historical fiction.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
I think this is my favorite Lisa See book, and I loved reading about the tea industry and really connected with the characters. A wonderful read!
The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
What an emotional roller coaster ride this was! The characters are so well done, and while I thought this was pretty violent, I enjoyed the story and characters so much. I cannot wait for the release of Iron Gold in just a few weeks!
Link to my review of the trilogy
Maus by Art Spiegelman
My first graphic novel, and it won’t be my last! I was blown away by how powerful this book was. From the pictures to the true story, this was such a compelling read.
Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
I think this is now my favorite of the Anne books. I loved the seaside setting, the complex characters, and the bits of humor interspersed. This is a book that I wanted to crawl inside and never leave!
And now for my Very Favorite Read of 2017!
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I loved this book so much. From the fantastical, magical setting, to the complicated characters, I just fell hard for this book. I was drawn in by that mysterious prologue and never looked back. I don’t know when book two will be released, but I’m looking forward to it!
And there you have it! Some historical fiction, some nonfiction, a few classics, some YA, a graphic novel, and some fantasy.
Have you read any of these books? Loved them? Hated them?