Books of 2017

What a year! I feel like I've heard the phrase, "The more things change, the more things stay the same" so often but it's never felt as true as it has this year. As much as things feel the same, I feel like 2017 has been a big year.


I created an Instagram account for books (best decision ever) and started listening to audiobooks. I made space for more creative things - specifically sewing and it is changing my perspective and teaching me to slow down.  And of course, I read some incredible books. I read more than I ever have in a year and finished at 67 books (!!!)


Regardless of how many books you read, I just really value READING. And one book is better than no books! Here's what I read (in order) in 2017:

1. Kira-Kira
2. The Mothers
3. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks
4. We Should All Be Feminists
5. Commonwealth
6. The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress
7. The One-in-a-Million Boy
8. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
9. Small Great Things
10. Brown Girl Dreaming (Audio)
11. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
12. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
13. The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book
14. The Last Days of Night
15. Big Little Lies
16. Columbine
17. Pachinko
18. Divergent
19. Feathers
20. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town (Audio)
21. I Found You
22. Insurgent
23. Exit West
24. Allegiant
25. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
26. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between (Audio)
27. The Hate U Give
28. The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
29. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
30. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
31. In the Woods
32. Crazy Rich Asians
33. Goodbye, Vitamin
34. This Is How It Always Is
35. Behind Her Eyes
36. The History of Bees
37. Live from Cairo
38. Dreamland Burning
39. Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
40. Stella by Starlight
41. Castle of Water
42. The Address
43. Between the World and Me (Audio)
44. The Graybar Hotel: Stories
45. Hum If You Don't Know the Words
46. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Audio)
47. The Captain's Daughter
48. Sing, Unburied, Sing
49. White Bodies
50. Stuart Little (Audio)
51. Little Fires Everywhere
52. I Was Anastasia
53. The Alice Network
54. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
55. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
56. Seven Days of Us
57. The Magician's Nephew
58. Oliver Loving
59. The Horse and His Boy
60. A Short History of the Girl Next Door
61. The Room on Rue Amelie
62. Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood (Audio)
63. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
64. The Great Alone
65. Bonfire
66. Delicious!
67. Wild in the Hollow

While I read so many good books, the favorites truly were standouts. My favorites were Castle of Water, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. These books gave me ALL of the feelings. And when I say all, I mean all. I sat outside Whole Foods sobbing while finishing one of these and it was truly the best. I have had the most fun reading this year and am already eyeing my bookshelves to see what I want to get 2018 started with. I've loved connecting with so many people over a shared love of reading. It's been a hard but beautiful year and I think those are some of the very best kind. 

What was the best book you read this year?!