End of the Year Extravaganza Part I // My Favorite Books of 2017

IT’S OFFICIALLY DECEMBER! AND NOT EVEN THAT, BUT LIKE HALFWAY THROUGH.  That means it’s time for Christmas season and end-of-the-year fun and I can’t wait.  That’s why from here on in, I’m going to be posting 3x a week (monday wednesday and friday) so that I can fit in all the fun wrap up posts that I want to do.  Plus, it seems like a great way to celebrate the end of a really great year!!

For Part I of my end of the year extravaganza, I’m going to be talking about my favorite books (because, well, this is a book blog and if I for some reason fall off the face of the earth tomorrow at least we’ll have this).  It’s going to be super tough for me to do, since I read SO MANY GREAT BOOKS THIS YEAR but here we go!

(I’m only going to mention each book once so there’s a chance it could have fit in more than one category, but I want to share the wealth)

Who

I read a super huge range of authors this year, which is something I’m really proud of.  Actually, I didn’t read a single author more than once (for like, the first time ever).  I think that’s probably a sign that I didn’t read enough any series, but yanno, what can you do.  Here are some authors that I can’t wait to read more of:

The Roanoke GirlsSmugglers & Scones (Moorehaven Mysteries, #1)Girl Out of WaterTruly Madly Guilty

  • Amy Engel (The Roanoke Girls)– SO WELL WRITTEN and twistedly disturbing that I want to not only read more of her books, but get inside her mind
  • Morgan C Talbot (Smugglers and Scones)– this book was so cute and the writing style was fab so obviously I want to read more
  • Laura Silverman (Girl out of Water)– this debut was great, and so is her Twitter page, so she’ll be one of my go-tos for YA
  • Liane Moriarty (Truly Madly Guilty)– I’ve read other books by Moriarty, but there’s so many more on my TBR that I’d be lying if I didn’t include her

What

This is honestly my favorite section of the entire book wrap-up– books by genre. Below are my favorite books from each of the major genres I’ve read this year!!

MEMOIR

The Glass Castle

  • The Glass Castle— So freakin well written and such an amazing story I can’t even explain (plus, the movie was great)

Dystopian / Fantasy

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

  • Strange the Dreamer– I wasn’t sure how to feel about this when I picked it up, but it hooked me right away and I loved the world building

YA

The Hate U Give

  • The Hate U Give— This was so powerful and amazing and relatable (even for me), plus it should be a necessary read because it gets across such an important message

Thriller

Final Girls

  • Final Girls— I read this in January and still think about it occasionally. It was that good. The characters were fabulously written and generally incredible

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When

My reading for this year was super concentrated in the first 2/3, mostly because then I went to college and just… stopped.  I haven’t finished a book since August (YIKES!)

But, when I WAS reading, the timeline dotty thing on Goodreads looks super cool.  I read a lot of fairly recent releases, and then a few older books. I think it’s definitely reflective of the fact that I’ve gotten more ARCs than ever before this year.

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Where

I thought it would be super cool to see where the books I read this year took place, so here we go:

US– 16

Europe– 8

Americas (not including the US)– 0

Australia– 1

Africa– 0.5

Asia– 2

Fantasy World– 3

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(look how pretty my pie chart is omg i’m super proud)

Wow, so obviously all of the books I’ve read have NOT had a very diverse setting.  At all.  I mean, the only book I read that took place in Africa only had a few scenes there (Little Bee), the Australian book just so happened to be because I read Liane Moriarty (in Truly Madly Guilty), and I didn’t read a single book at all from South America/Mexico. I mean, I read more fantasy worlds than places in Asia.  Next year, I might try to do an “around the world” challenge to make sure I at least hit every continent.

Why

well well well… I thought I should include all the “W” words, but I don’t have a very good answer, or really question, to put under this heading.  So… why did I choose my books to read? the majority were either recommendations from my mom, or books I got for review, or books that everyone was talking about and I didn’t want to miss out on.

Other Relevant Stats and Charts

I had way too much fun making the first pie chart, so here’s a couple more!

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obviously, I’m easy to please. Most people have approximately 5x more 1-2 star books proportionately, but honestly I’m not a picky reader, so I’m not going to purposely rate harder than I already to.

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this honestly makes me so happy because look at how diverse my genres were.  I mean, I read SO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF BOOKS I’m very impressed with myself.

Winner

AIGHT FOLKS! here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…. my favorite book of 2017!!!

*drumrollll pleasseeeeee*

AND

THE

WINNER

IS…..

……

THE NIGHTINGALE!!!!!!!

The Nightingale

The Nightingale was absolutely incredible, like I can’t even describe how fabulous it was.  Historical Fiction about WWII is one of my absolute favorites to read, and this was such a unique take that had romance (but not in an annoying way), family drama, and strong af feminist women.  It could not get any better if it tried to be honest. Kristin Hannah has 100% been placed on my auto-read list after this.

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What were your favorite books of 2017? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Do you love pie charts (or just regular pie) as much as I do?

 

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12 thoughts on “End of the Year Extravaganza Part I // My Favorite Books of 2017”

  1. I am getting all emotional just thinking about The Nightingale. It was painfully beautiful. I give you a lot of credit being able to designate one book as your favorite. I am terrible at doing that. I love Moriarty! I have read and loved all her books. I think I only rated one less than 5 stars (it received 4-stars, so not bad).

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    1. omg I’m normally terrible at picking a single book as my favorite too but that one stuck with me for SUCH a long time after reading it. Others did too, obviously, but I think Nightingale was a perfect combination of emotional and beautifully written, so for some reason it was easier to call out as #1 than it normally would be!

      Moriarty is really great, but for some reason I’ve only ever been able to give her books 4 stars. I think it’s super strange because she’s an author I always want to read more of, but am somehow never quite satisfied? Now that I think about it it’s a little strange, but bottom line I enjoy her writing

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    1. You should totally watch the movie, it wasn’t identical but I think the authors did an amazing job portraying the characters and emotions.

      I’m glad you liked the charts, I had fun making them!!

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  2. Every time I mention to someone that I enjoyed All the Light We Cannot See the usual follow-up question is “Have you read the Nightingale?” I really need to get around to reading it soon! 🙂 Looks like you had a great reading year in 2017!

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