2017 Book List

Another year gone, another book list to compile! I didn’t read as many books in 2017 as previous years, but the quality of the book selection was top notch. I even garnered a new favourite book! (And that’s saying a LOT for this book worm!). As you can see, I really got into biographies and memoirs last year. I’m looking to continue the trend this year. First on my list is Hilary Clinton’s book, What Happened?  As always, my favourites are highlighted in bold. (See previous years 2015, and 2016 for more books!)

2017 Book List

Fiction

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)

American Gods (Neil Gaiman)

A Dog’s Purpose (W Bruce Cameron)

A Dog’s Journey (W Bruce Cameron)

Small Great Things (Jodi Picoult) – All of Picoult’s books are fantastic, and this was no exception. 

The Couple Next Door (Shari Lapena) – A very easy read if you’re looking for a thriller-type novel. 

A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman) – *This is my new FAVOURITE book! It’s about an older man named Ove who is struggling after his wife’s death. He gets befriended by a young neighbouring family and hilarity and unmatched charm ensues.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry (Fredrik Backman)

The Whistler (John Grisham)

Room (Emma Donoghue) – This book was a little hard to get into as it’s written in the perspective of a 5 year old, but the movie adaptation was really stellar.

Me Before You (JoJo Moyes) – This book gave me all the feels. Be prepared with a full box of tissues if you decide to read it too.

After You (JoJo Moyes) – This is the sequel to Me Before You and it’s equally as heart-wrenching but also charming and witty. 

Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)

Patient Zero (Jonathan Maeberry) – This is a great book to get lost in. Yes, it deals with a zombie apocalypse, but it’s gripping and definitely a page-turner!

Non-Fiction

The Indifferent Stars Above (Daniel James Brown)

No Period Now What? (Nico Rinaldi) – This book definitely helped me last year while I was dealing with some ongoing health issues. If you’d like to read more about that, check out my Instagram post. (TMI warning…)

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying (Marie Kondo) – I wouldn’t quite call this book a favourite, but it definitely changed the way I organize my clothes!

The Power of Habits (Chris Duhigg)

The Art of Nonconformity (Chris Guillibeau)

Think Like a Freak (Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt)

(Auto-)biographies/Memoirs

The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)

The Yellow Envelope (Kim Dinan) – This memoir written by a travel blogger I follow details her and her husband’s year+-long adventure to fulfill a task/gift given to them prior to leaving. I love Kim’s honesty throughout the book, and her descriptive style of writing was so eloquent and beautiful.

Love Worrior (Glennon Doyle Melton)

No baggage (Clara Bensen) – Clara starts dating a guy and suddenly they are travelling together on a 6 week trip through Europe & Asia with only the clothes on their back and a small purse!

Packing light (Allison Vesterfelt)

Delancey (Molly Wizenberg) – This recap of how Molly and her husband open a restaurant   (and all the hiccups along the way) made me want to do the same, and NEVER attempt such a feat all at the same time.

Marching Powder (Rusty Young)

Born a Crime (Trevor Noah) – Trevor Noah was born a bastard child to a black woman (and a white father) during apartheid in South Africa. He describes his life growing up and shed light (to me at least) about those troubled times.

Eat & Run (Scott Jurek)

Lion (A long journey home) (Saroo Brierly)

Elon Musk: Telsa, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (Ashlee Vance) – Though he seems bat-sh*t crazy at times, I don’t know if I’ve ever fan-girled as much over a tech start-up founder before. Musk is totally flipping the auto, space, and solar industries on their heads and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

Unbound (Steph Jagger)

Scrappy Little Nobody (Anna Kendrick)

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo (Amy Schumer)

Home cooking (Laurie Colwin)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

 

Tell me, what was your favourite book last year? I’m always looking for recommendations!