My Favorite Reads of 2017


 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!

Links to Royal Assassin: Amazon |   Goodreads   |   my review

Links to Assassin’s Quest: Amazon |   Goodreads   |   my review


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.

Links: Amazon |   Goodreads   |   my review


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!

Links: Amazon |   Goodreads   |   my review


Animal Farm by George Orwell

An important classic that everyone should read. You will never look at farm animals the same way again!

Links: Amazon |   Goodreads |   my review


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

What a fun adventure story! I’m looking forward to the upcoming movie.

Links: Amazon |   Goodreads   |   my review


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A powerful YA book about a timely topic. Important and a must read.

Links: Amazon |   Goodreads   |   my review


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.

Links: Amazon |   Goodreads |   my review


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!

Links: Amazon |   Goodreads |   my review

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!

Links to Red Rising: Amazon |   Goodreads

Links to Golden Son:  Amazon   |   Goodreads

Links to Morning Star:  Amazon |   Goodreads

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.

Links: Amazon |   Goodreads |   my review


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!

Links: Amazon |   Goodreads   |   my review

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!

Links: Amazon |   Goodreads   |   my review

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?


16 thoughts on “My Favorite Reads of 2017

  1. I want to read Just Mercy, but got busy and watched 13th on Netflix instead. It covers the same topic, but sure not as in-depth. I didn’t realize you were such a fantasy reader until this post came together. I usually only think of Alicia from Kernel of Nonsense when I think fantasy series!

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    1. Ooh, I just added 13th to my Netflix queue! Looks interesting. I do love fantasy! I think most of my fantasy reads from 2017 are on this list, so I didn’t read too much last year. There is so much fantasy I haven’t had a chance to read yet!


      1. I bought 12 new Mercedes Lackey novels in 2017. *smh* And I already owned 3 books by her I hadn’t read! What am I doing!? Each mini-series is a trilogy, but there are a lot of books that make up the “world,” so I guess I had to have them?

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  2. What an awesome list!! I discovered Hobb this year and got hooked! Animal Farm and a Wrinkle in Time are both amazing!! I’m so looking forward to checking out the tea girl and Strange the Dreamer. And Maus was one of my first graphic novels- I read it this year too and it was definitely on my favourites list 😀 I’m also so excited to see Red Rising on this list- I absolutely loved that series and am excited for Iron Gold too!!

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