Top 10 Best Books I Read in 2017

Top 10 Books I Read in 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, I thought I’d wrap up the year with a list of my top 10 favorite books! Just to be clear, these are not necessarily books that were published in 2017, but those that I read for the first time in 2017.

That being said, picking this list was SO tough this year! Last year, I conveniently had 10 books that I rated a five out of five (not including rereads), which worked out perfectly. This year, there were more than 10 books that I rated a five, but after some serious consideration, I managed to whittle the list down. These represent a wide range of genres from action to contemporary and mystery to science fiction, which I didn’t exactly plan but makes sense based on my broad reading tastes. Hopefully that means there’s something on here for everyone!

Ready to see my choices?

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Morning Star, by Pierce Brown

Morning Star, book three of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy, rounded out the series quite nicely and left me with a bit of a book hangover. (Although now Red Rising fans have an extension of the series to look forward to with Iron Gold, expected out mid-January!)dotted line separatorLies, by TM Logan

I went into Lies not expecting much, but not only was this a page turner, it also examined themes of love, trust, betrayal, and our culture’s use of technology, adding depth to an already entertaining story.dotted line separatorThe Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale is a story about stories and complex characters, with writing that is both lyrical and functional; this is my new ALL TIME favorite book. (Yup. I went there.)dotted line separator16068905

Fangirl was a fun and easy read that was just so relatable; I could identify with the main character on several levels and found myself feeling nostalgic for my college years.dotted line separator33790205

Win, the third book in The Atlantis Grail series, has accessible writing, a fast pace, and immersive world building; these nearly 1,000 pages felt like they went by in the blink of an eye! I seriously can’t get enough of this series.dotted line separator27833670

Dark Matter is a wildly entertaining and thought provoking science fiction thriller based in actual scientific theory of quantum mechanics.dotted line separatorEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was, in fact, more than fine. This remarkable debut by Gail Honeyman hit all the right notes for me.dotted line separatorThe Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between Us, one of my most anticipated releases for 2018, was intricately structured and planned to create a novel that was both addictive and amazing.dotted line separatorBeartown, by Fredrik Backman

I had heard great things about Beartown so I had high expectations going into it. Well. This surpassed ALL of them. Beartown is a hockey town, but this book is about SO much more than hockey – this was an extremely engaging, emotional, and thought provoking experience and you should READ it.dotted line separatorStories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang

Stories of Your Life and Others is a collection of short stories that is, quite simply, brilliant. Well written and thought provoking, these stories are sure to stay with me for a long time.

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Bonus pick:

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie

I wouldn’t usually include a book that I only reread as a top 10 for a given year (I tend to reread a lot, so the list would look pretty much the same every year!), but Murder on the Orient Express is one of my all time favorite books and I thought it deserved a little extra shoutout.

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Let me know your thoughts!

What are some of your favorite books you read this year? Do you agree with any of my picks? I’d love to know what you think!



9 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Books I Read in 2017

  1. I’ve been curious about Pierce Brown’s series for quite a while now. I might just have to look into it this year. Also totally need to try Dark Matter. I also have a copy of Stories of Your Life and Others because of the movie (Arrival). 😛 Love the list and hope that 2018 will have even better books waiting for you, Nicole!! 😀

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