2017 has come and gone along with the appropriate time to share your favorite books of the year. Oops. I’d still like to share mine with you if your interested.
It’s safe to say that 2017 wasn’t my best reading year. I did terrible on my Goodreads reading challenge. There were plenty of lulls and months were I only really read one book.
This year I want to get back in touch with my reading roots and dedicate more time to my books. Definitely spend less time mindlessly doing nothing on my cell phone.
Although I didn’t have the greatest reading year I still read some really good books! And I’d like to share my top 3 favorites and some honroble mentions.
Top 3 Favorite Reads
1. Faithful by Alice Hoffman
This book was amazing and helped to get me out of a mid year reading slump. Faithful is about a girl who let an awful tragedy define her life and how she worked her way out of it to rediscover what it means to live, love, and have passion. Alice Hoffman tells beautiful stories and I can’t wait to read more of her works this year.
Also this book probably wins my favorite cover of the year! The colors and the design equal absolute perfection. Swoon.
2. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
This was a book at the beginning of the year and absolutely fell in love with! I like to describe this book as “strangely and enchantingly beautiful” or “beautifully mystical and haunting”. For fans of magical realsim, Ava Lavender, was born with a set of wings. She navigates the waters between the mystical being that her wings give her and the life of an ordinary girl. Please please please pick this one up if you haven’t already!
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling
Do I even need to give an explanation for this book?! I would say probably not since I’m the last person on the planet to have finally dove in to the world of Harry Potter. So I’ve had this book since I was probably six or seven years old. I remember my mom and I would read some of it together but for some reason we never finished. And growing up I was never very interested in fantasy books. So that’s why it took me almost a decade later to finally finish it! Ugh why did I wait so long! I’m kicking myself now for it but hopefully plan on reading the rest of the series this year.
I got really into audiobooks last year because of the amount of time I spend in the car now driving to work and I had a few favorites of those!
1. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
This audiobook was great! It always takes me a couple chapters to get used to the voice reading to me but after that I was hooked! Sweetbitter tells the story of a girl moving to New York City and how she comes of age and finds herself by working at a popular restaurant where the staff is like one big messed up family. The details are described so well you feel like you are submerged into the book. Definitely worth and listen or read!
2. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
My anticipation for a new E. Lockhart novel was off the charts! I loved We Were Liars, I was absolutely glued to the book. This audio book made me excited for the drive to work and sad when I had to leave my car! We follow Jule a smart as a whip and masterful young lady who knows how to use everything to her advantage. She gets what she wants and will stop at nothing to deceive you. A real page turner!
3. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
If your looking for a good book or audiobook then check out this one! The audiobook told by the author herself is especially wonderful. Jeannette Walls gives us her life as a child with everything she’s got. This is a book where you actually can’t believe this happened to a real life person. Her childhood was crazy she suffered a lot of hardship but was able to get out and make a name for herself. I truly admire the love she had for her family despite how erratic they especially her parents could be.
Well I hope I was able to give you some new Reads for the year if you haven’t already read some of these. I’d love to hear what some of your favorites of last year were or if you too also loved any of my picks!
Until next time,