My Top Ten Favorite Books I Read In 2017 #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Favorite Books Read In 2017 On Novels And Nonfiction

So I clearly missed the boat slightly on yesterday’s #TopTenTuesday topic but I still wanted to put up this post… I decided to include the Top Ten Tuesday hashtag anyways to make sure that I’m giving credit where credit is due 🙂

It was pretty hard to go through all my five stars reviews for the year and pick the 10 books that were the best – like picking favorite children. I tried to put the titles I ended up going with in approximate order of how much I loved them – most to least. And YES Eleanor Oliphant is at the top of the list, so for everyone who didn’t like it, you can just deal with it 😉 It’s my #1 for the year.

These are not all titles released in 2017, but rather just ones I read throughout the year. I hope you find some good options for your TBR, and if you want to know more about any of them, make sure to check out the full reviews I’ve linked to.

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Contemporary Fiction – Read in August 2017 – Full Review Here

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Disturbing at times, and at others funny and heart-warming, this debut novel is a deft balance of gritty and light like its compelling central heroine Eleanor. It will make you think hard about friendship, society and about your connections to others in the world.

Dark Matter Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

Dark Matter

Sci-Fi Thriller – Read in September 2017 – Full Review Here

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A crazy ride through different realities amidst futuristic science and mind-bending action, that still connects the reader to the existential questions that are at the basis of human experience. Unmissable.

Cannibalism Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History

Scientific Nonfiction – Read in February 2017 – Full Review Here

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If you like books that expertly break down complex scientific topics into understandable histories and if you think you won’t be too grossed out learning about biologically driven (as opposed to murder-maniac) cannibalism, this one’s for you.

American War Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

American War

Dystopian Fiction – Read in June 2017 – Full Review Here

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American War immerses the reader in a compelling and frightening dystopian future, in which a new civil conflict threatens to lead everyone in its path into destruction, including our daring heroine Sarat.

What Happened Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

What Happened

Political Memoir – Read in September 2017 – Full Review Here

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A first-person, personal and surprisingly relatable account of the 2016 Election that will make you feel closer to Clinton, and help you understand her if you’ve struggled to in the past. I think it’s a worthwhile read for supporters and critics alike.

Hum If You Don't Know The Words Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

Hum If You Don’t Know The Words

Historical Fiction – Read in October 2017 – Full Review Here

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With tons of action compared to the average literary fiction novel, Hum If You Don’t Know The Words will lure you in with thrilling scenes, and then make you think and feel through their emotional fallout.

Wolf Hall Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

Wolf Hall

Historical Fiction – Read in August 2017 – Full Review Here

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My favorite audiobook narration of all time, to date, which truly does justice to a sweeping, riveting, compelling tour de force of a novel portraying a well-known and well-loved chapter of British history in a new and unexpected way.

The Hiding Place Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

The Hiding Place

World War II Memoir – Read in March 2017 – Full Review Here

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This is one of those stories of self-sacrifice and altruism that may move you to tears but also restore hope in your heart about the nature of the human spirit. I listened to this one in audiobook as well (excellent narration) and it definitely left an impression.

This Is How It Always Is Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

This Is How It Always Is

Contemporary Fiction – Read in February 2017 – Full Review Here

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This novel will break your heart only to put it back together again the right way around. It will inform you through the eyes of an imaginary transgender 3 year-old who you will want to protect as if she were your own. It will make you epically sad and then make you want to go out and be exactly who you’ve always felt you are, whatever that means.

Pachinko Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

Pachinko

Historical Fiction – Read in April 2017 – Full Review Here

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This family saga will teach you so much about the relationship between Japan and Korea in the early 20th century while moving you and inspiring you through the struggles and resilience of the strong female lead character.

LineHave you read any of these titles and did any of them make your Top Ten list in 2017? If not what were some titles that did? Let me know in the comments!

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  27 comments for “My Top Ten Favorite Books I Read In 2017 #TopTenTuesday

  1. December 13, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Oooh, what a great list and I LOVE your snarky comment about Eleanor Oliphant – hahaha! I did really enjoy that one, but it won’t make my best reads list this year. I’ve heard so many great things about Dark Matter; I may need to make some time for that one! I loved What Happened (listened to the audio, which she reads, and it was fantastic) and This Is How It Always Is.

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    • December 15, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Glad we agree on so many of these! Dark Matter really gripped me from the beginning and didn’t let go till the end. I hope you love it!

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  2. December 13, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I haven’t read any of these yet, but almost all of them are on my list. Just the description of This Is How it Always Is makes me want to go and read it right now, and your review cemented it.
    Great list!

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    • December 15, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      I keep recommending it to my book club and hopefully we’ll actually pick it up soon! Sometimes I try to get them to read books I’ve already read to save myself time 😉 lol

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  3. December 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I also enjoyed Eleanor, though she didn’t make my top reads list. In fact there were many books i liked a lot that I had to exclude because there were just too many. A good problem to have!

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    • December 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Yes, that’s a great problem to have! I also struggled with some books that I left out despite giving them 5 stars this year like Killers Of The Flower Moon.

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  4. December 13, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Oh my goodness, I haven’t read any of your favorite books so I am obviously missing out. However, Eleanor Oliphant is near the top of my TBR pile

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    • December 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      It has had some polarizing views though I think the majority has loved it. I hope you do too!

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  5. December 13, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Great list! I also have This is How it Always Is on my Top Ten! I loved it!!
    I have Dark Matter and Pachinko on my TBR list. Hopefully I will get them read next year 😊

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    • December 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Between the two I would definitely say Dark Matter is a must read, while Pachinko might be more hit or miss (though I clearly loved it!)

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  6. December 14, 2017 at 6:06 am

    HUm if you don’t know the words is also on my list ❤

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  7. December 14, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I haven’t made my best-of-the-year list yet but Eleanor Oliphant and This Is How It Always Is will definitely be on it! I loved Dark Matter too — it was one of my favorites last year.

    I’m glad to see you liked the Cannibalism book! I asked my boss at the library to order it when it was released but then I never had a chance to read it. I’m hoping to get to it soon. I love NF books that make science relatable and easy to understand!

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    • December 15, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Cannibalism was just such a revelation! Mostly focused on animals rather than humans. I found the parts about spiders and sharks particularly interesting.

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  8. Sarah's Book Shelves
    December 14, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Haha – I think that Eleanor Oliphant comment was for me?! It’s OK..I know I’m in the minority. The title of my review was “Am I the Only One Who Didn’t Love This Book?”
    With you on This is How It Always Is and I liked Dark Matter too, though it didn’t make my best of the year list (I don’t include backlist books).
    I DNF’d Wolf Hall years ago…was just too dense and too many people with the same name to keep track of.

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    • December 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      LOL Sarah yes it was for you but I know there are others out there who also feel like you do 🙂 I saw your Best Of 2017 post up but I’m behind on truly blog hopping this week. Hope to get caught up today !

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  9. Susie | Novel Visits
    December 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I’m with you on Eleanor! I loved her and that book was an easy choice for my Best Books list. This Is How It Always Is almost made my list…if I’d only had one more spot! Happy to see American War on your list. Such a creative story. Hum didn’t work as well for me, but isn’t it nice that we all have different takes on books? Nice year!

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    • December 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Glad you loved Eleanor! I’ll have to check out your list asap to see what books you picked that I didn’t 🙂

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  10. December 15, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    So many of these are on my reading list for next year! Especially Pachinko and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – they look fantastic! I think I have the Bianca Marais on my reading list, too. Good picks!

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