In 2017, I had the goal to read 24 books – which you can read about here. Out of all the books I read last year, these are my 9 absolute favorite books of the year. These books are in no specific order, as I don’t think I could even do such a thing because I loved them all! If you’ve read any of these books too, let know what you thought of then in the comments. Also, let me know what your favorite books were! I’d love to add the to my ever-growing reading list.
My 9 favorite books of 2017:
Big Little Lies by: Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies may have been my favorite book of 2017 (it’s a hard choice). This was recommended by not one, not two, not three, but FOUR of my coworkers. I devoured this book. I was so attached to the characters, you really start to feel for them, to cheer for them. My mind was blown by the end. I love Liane’s writing style, and have picked up a couple of her other books since reading this one. Wow! Honestly, you’ll probably love this book. It falls in a mystery chick-lit category (but I’ve even gotten my boyfriend into watching the HBO series so… it’s for everyone!)
This book follows multiple characters with each chapter rotating to another character’s perspective of what is occuring in their life. It’s also following a murder investigation. Yup, who died? And who did it? Also, the end has a big twist!
by: Anthony Bourdain
If you’ve ever watched an Anthony Bourdain show, you may have a slight idea of what you’re in for. He has this no holds barred personality that certainly comes through in this book. This is a collection of some crazy stories about Bourdain’s life in the kitchen. He refers to it as “twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine.”
Here’s a little (not so secret) secret… I went to culinary school. This book had a special place in my heart as it sometimes reminded me of the crazy atmosphere of a professional kitchen. It’s certainly a little rough around the edges. If you think of a kitchen as a happy place full of rainbows and sunshine and smiling faces like on Food Network shows, you might want to skip this book – it could be a real Debbie Downer for you (or read it and feel your jaw drop). Otherwise, be prepared for a good laugh and some “Oh shit!” moments.
Fangirl by: Rainbow Rowell
This book follows the main character Cath as her and her twin sister Wren go off to college. Cath is more of an introverted, head in a book type of girl, while her sister Wren is more outgoing and into partying. Cath seems to be on her own trying to navigate her way through college.
This book had me screaming in my head at the characters. It’s cute and for the most part upbeat. By the end of the book I was very attached to the characters and was ready to look up some fan-fiction myself to get my fix on what happened next. If you’re looking for a rom-com-esque book, read this!
Attachments by: Rainbow Rowell
This book follows an IT guy named Lincoln whose job is to monitor flagged emails from his coworkers. He gets particularly drawn in by reading two girls’ emails. He should turn them in, but he’s too intrigued by what he’s reading to put a stop to it.
I read most of this book while sitting at my desk at work hoping someone in IT wasn’t creeping through my email (JK, I don’t send personal emails through my work email!). This is a really cute pull-on-my-heart-strings type book. It’s a light read and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for an upbeat mood-booster. Or if you want to re-think any personal email you’ve ever sent from work. Ha!
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by: John E Douglas
This book was written by Special Agent John Douglas, who you may know as an influence behind Silence of the Lambs. He was one of the best criminal profilers and is telling us all about the horrible things he’s seen.
I originally started watching the Netflix series Mindhunter and was so intrigued by the show that I had to start reading the book. Quite honestly, this book is terrifying. The crimes described are heinous, and the thought that they’re true is horrifying. Some parts made me feel sick to my stomach. This book was a page turner. I often didn’t want to put it down, but sometimes it was so strong I had to put it down because I couldn’t take anymore. I would definitely recommend this book. If you struggle to watch crime shows or dislike horror films, I would stay away. If crime shows are your jam, if Forensic Files is your favorite shows, this book is for you.
Scrappy Little Nobody by: Anna Kendrick
This book is full of hilarious stories as told by Anna Kendrick about her life before making it big, the struggles of trying to make it big, and even when people think you made it big but still live with Ikea furniture in a shared apartment.
I love Anna Kendrick in movies, and this book only made me love her more. This book feels like you’re listening to your friend tell you her crazy and often hilarious personal stories. It feels real.
Why Not Me? by: Mind Kaling
I love Mindy Kaling’s Hulu show The Mindy Project so I picked up this gem. I had a habit of reading the whole book in Mindy’s voice (in my head) which made it that much more enjoyable. This is a great laugh and again really felt real. Pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy.
by: Shirley Muldowney, Bill Stephens, and Don Prudhomme
This book is full of stories about how Shirley Muldowney got into racing, and the struggles she had trying to prove herself in an unforgiving men only sport.
Shirley Muldowny has been one of my idols since I was so young. I grew up around racing so hearing about this kickass woman is truly inspiring. She did so much for women in what was (and still mostly is) considered a man’s sport. She is a fearless powerhouse and truly inspiring to anyone, male or female, motorsports fanatic or not. This book was entertaining. She laid out some funny stories, and some brave stories. Some remarkable moments and some… ok, a lot of mischief.
Graduates in Wonderland by: Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale
This book kind of makes you feel like you’re reading someone’s diary… but you kind of are. This book is compiled of emails between two college friends keeping in touch after graduation. They both go off in search of happiness and you get to read about all their highs, lows and some hilarious moments. Hey girls, wanna be my friends?! This book is a non-fiction memoir and also falls into the travel category. If you’re feeling a bit lost in life, maybe a bit lonely and want to pretend like they’re emailing you, this book is for you! It definitely gave me a bit of wonderlust and made me want to pack up my car for an adventure.
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