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Best Books of 2017

This year was not a huge reading year for me.

To be honest, I can’t really pin point one reason why. I definitely went through spells of being extra busy, or more stressed with life, but that’s no-different than any other year. I guess I just lost my reading bug slightly. I got hooked on a few shows and spent some nights bingeing on Netflix instead of reading and, there were definitely nights I planned to read in bed, but ended up scrolling through my phone for longer than I’d like to admit. That’s one habit I’ll be looking to get under control in the new year, but that’s another post for another time.

So far I’ve read 35 books this year. There’s a chance that with all our holiday travel I’ll get through a couple of more before the year ends, but I don’t see any of those forcing a change in my list. These have been my favorite books of 2017. 

Best Books of 2017

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

This book was my first 5 star read of 2017. It had a lot going against it from the get-go in my opinion, but I decided to give it a read and I’m so glad I did. One of my favorite things about this book is that it combined a lot of literary elements that I love into one story. This book now has a sequel and I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands on it in 2018.

Read my full review HERE

The Mothers by Brit Bennett 

This book. This book was everything. It’s beautifully written, the character development is phenomenal, it dives into a lot of serious topics but is never overbearing. Every once in a while you read a book and it just blows your mind and gives you all the feels (a few years ago that book for me was Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg). This year that book is The Mothers.

Oh yeah and did I  mention this book was a debut? Yeah, insane. I cannot wait to see what else Brit Bennett writes.

Read my full review HERE

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

This book had me on the edge of my seat for the first 40%. Then it slowed down a little bit, but picked back up in a big way at about 75% (can you tell I read this book on my kindle? haha!). Overall I loved the originality of the plot and storyline. I actually strangely thought this would be a great plot for a movie. This was definitely my favorite thriller of the year.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

I loved this book so so much. I am a no-nonsense kind of person and Mark Manson gives it to you straight no chaser throughout this entire book. I saw some reviews saying he came off as pompous but I didn’t get that vibe at all. Some of the things he says are hard truths to hear, but that doesn’t make them any less true in my opinion.

If you can’t tolerate profanity maybe stay away from this one.

Read my full review: HERE

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

This book is old. I mean, like, really old. It was written in 1965. My dad referred to it this summer in a casual conversation and I ended up listening to this book during a long drive.

This book is extremely well-written. In fact, so well-written it almost reads like fiction, and then you need to remind yourself that it’s a true story. That’s when the eeriness and intensity sets in.

American Pain by John Temple

Another book that I listened to during a long drive this summer. This book is investigative journalism about how two fellas basically started the opioid addiction crisis, and how they did it almost completely legally. If you’re finding yourself wondering why our country has such a massive opioid problem now, this book will explain it all.

What are some of your favorite reads from 2017?


I totally agree with the marriage pact! The middle was a little sluggish, but I think it’d be a great movie!!

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