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.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Contemporary Fiction – Read in August 2017 – Full Review Here
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.
Sci-Fi Thriller – Read in September 2017 – Full Review Here
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: A Perfectly Natural History
Scientific Nonfiction – Read in February 2017 – Full Review Here
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.
Dystopian Fiction – Read in June 2017 – Full Review Here
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.
Political Memoir – Read in September 2017 – Full Review Here
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
Historical Fiction – Read in October 2017 – Full Review Here
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.
Historical Fiction – Read in August 2017 – Full Review Here
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
World War II Memoir – Read in March 2017 – Full Review Here
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
Contemporary Fiction – Read in February 2017 – Full Review Here
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.
Historical Fiction – Read in April 2017 – Full Review Here
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.
Have 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!
For more recent posts on Novels And Nonfiction check out my 33 Original Bookish Gifts For The Reader In Your Life, my Author Spotlight of Andy Weir and the 10 December 2017/January 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About.
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