The Best Books I Read in 2017
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Yay, great books!!
When it come to resolutions, I know a lot of people want to read more. And they should!! I'm no different (I'll also be trying to actually record/rate everything on Goodreads this year too!!), and so I thought, to help, I'd share my favorite books from this past year.
I freaked out when I realized that 4 out of the 7 were actually books that we read and discussed in my book clubs this year!! Ok, maybe "freaked out" is a bit of an exaggeration, but I still think it's pretty cool! I always say that my book clubs force me out of my comfort zone and get me reading books I never would have tried. And clearly, I loved a lot of them!! (I also hated a few, but let's focus on the positives!)
Here, in no particular order, are the BEST books I read in 2017, so you clearly need to add them to your TBR list PRONTO!!
- The Nightingale- So you know how there's about 20 books that have come out in the last few years about World War II and it's told from different perspectives? Well, I've read about 8 of them, and oh my god this one is just the BEST! Told from the side of two French sisters, it's upsetting, empowering, a great tale of what resistance can mean to people. And, though not all books transition well to audio, I think the audio is REALLy well done on this one!!
- Dark Matter- As science-y as I am in real life, I'll say, I'm not really a fan of science heavy books, or this kind of sci-fi. But, this book was the definition of "page turner." I seriously couldn't put it down and was so intrigued to see what was going to happen next! I don't want to say too much about the plot because it's so fun to figure out yourself, but I recommend this one as a read for men or women!
- Homegoing- So, I've definitely picked this book up at a book store, and then put it back down. It just didn't seem my style, and I couldn't see myself enjoying it. And again, let's thank my book club for putting it on my list and making me read it. I loveeeedddd this book! It's the story of two families, and you follow the lineage of one character from Ghana in the 1700s all the way to somewhat present day. It's so interesting to see how the families diverge, move, and acclimate to their new areas (they take place in Ghana and America). It's just one of those books that kind of puts everything else into perspective, and I really enjoyed it.
- Relic- Science, monsters, the Museum of Natural History, this book is a fun ride! This is the first book in the quite long "Pendergast" series, and I really loved the suspense!! A monster is loose in the Natural History museum in New York, and the police, FBI, and employees of the museum are trying to figure out what's going on. It's well written, exciting, and if you're a series buff, there's like 17 of these! I've only made it through two, but in 2018 I want to make it through more of them!
- Outlander- Oh man, this series. I've spent about half my reading time this year working my way through the Outlander series. I'll say it, they're big. And a lot. But, clearly I'm hooked on them! I'm currently working my way through book 6 (of 8), and it's my mission to finish it by the end of January!! Time travel, hot Scottish men, history, fighting, lots of sex, and women in science and medicine, and a TV show you can binge, these books are really great stories. Yes, they're long. But the characters and the stories somehow keep me hooked every time I open up the next one! *Side note: if you've read/watched book/season 1, don't be scared off!! I like the later part of the series much better.
- Present Over Perfect- Okay, clearly I think every overworked, type A, crazy women like myself should read this book. I've already talked about it once before. And yet I'm still going to recommend it again. Because I listened to it again this year, and it's just as good as the first time through! We can all get lost in the madness of our lives, feel overworked, a little crazy, or just like we're missing the point of everything. This book helps bring you back down a little. No, you're not going to become a zen goddess from it, but you will feel happier in your life. You'll appreciate the little things. And you'll make an effort to breath more. If you're feeling especially overworked, this audio is great and perfect for your commute to and from work!
- Tools of Titans- Yes to all the big books in 2017! This was my "morning book" for about a quarter of the year (morning books for instilling positivity and making me want to be a badass!) since I would only read about 10 minutes a day, and I honestly loved it! I love hearing from really successful people, and this book literally shows you that success can mean so many different things for different people. It's broken into 3 parts- Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise and I had really great takeaways from each! It was also cool to be reading this at similar times as Bryan so we could discuss bits and pieces of it. The only downside was that there are not that many women in the book, especially in the Wealthy section. Hoping that he's got more variety in his new book!!
And that's a wrap on 2017!! What were the best books you read? I'd love to hear them so I can add them to my 2018 list!!