December 12

Top Ten Tuesday: My Best of 2017

December 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017. I read more books this year than in any other year prior. With over 100 to choose from, there is no way I can keep this list to 10. Not all of these were published in 2017, but if it’s a favorite, I need to share it with you! Here is what I most recommend for you (click on the book title to be taken to the Goodreads link):

Middle Grade Favorites:

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate: A great lesson on racial and cultural acceptance. This one warmed my heart!

The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner: The story of a girl who learns of her sister’s heroin addiction and what it means for her and her family. So age appropriate, so real, and just so good!

The Sixty Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone: I love the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Miniatures Room is one of my favorites. You set a MG mystery/fantasy here, and I am definitely in on reading it!

Young Adult Favorites:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: One of the most important books I read this year that epitomizes this time in our country’s history. A teen girl witnesses the shooting of her childhood best friend by a police officer. I cannot recommend this one enough!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: A great coming of age story about a boy who is coming to terms with his sexuality. What made this a home run was the fact that this audio book was narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: Set in the 18th century, this coming of age story had a totally unique premise! I loved following the adventures and growth of Percy and Monty as well as all the European settings!

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena: I keep thinking about this one even though I finished it this summer. I loved the characters and setting, but even more I loved all of the life messages that were included.

Fiction Favorites:

The Mothers by Brit Bennett: This debut novel made me feel all sorts of emotions. Well written, vividly descriptive, this one will tug at your heart strings!

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips: I will never look at a zoo the same way again. You will read this thriller in no time at all. A page turner at its best!

The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman: This is another one that has stayed with me long after I finished it. I loved the characters, but the character of Helen may be one of my favorite characters of all time. This multigenerational novel is a definite winner!

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal: Based on the title of this book, you might expect something that is completely different from what it actually was. Part mystery, part romance, part contemporary, with themes of diversity, cultural acceptance, feminism, grief, and more. The characters were well-developed, and I would love to hear more about them in the future.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: A longtime classic that I just read for this first time this year. I have a bit of an obsession for Plath, and I want to read more of her writing and learn more about her life.

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford: I am a huge fan of Jamie Ford, and his newest novel does not disappoint. The story of a boy who is raffled off at the 1909 Seattle World’s Fair who ends up living in a brothel. Tell me you are not intrigued!

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward: I almost didn’t include this one, because it has made so many “Best of” lists this year, but there is a reason for that. The character development, the depiction of rural life both past and present, even the somewhat paranormal elements all make for an outstanding and well written novel.

Nonfiction Favorites:

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah: I learned so much about South African history and life, and Noah is magical narrator to listen to if you check out the audio version!

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond: This book was such an eye opener on poverty, homelessness, and trying to live in this country when the odds are stacked against you. It definitely made me look at poverty in a new way.

What were your favorite books this year?

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Posted December 12, 2017 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "Top Ten Tuesday


  1. By Nell on

    No, I can’t tell you that I’m not intrigued (by ‘Love and Other Consolation Prizes’) – several of your list are going on to my watch-out-for list.

  2. By Carmen on

    Aristotle and Dante was one of my favourite books of 2016, I loved that story so much. I was planning on rereading it next year but after you mentioned that Lin Manuel Miranda narrates the audiobook, I might listen to it instead.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

  3. By Sophie Alex (@bookslikewolves) on

    The Hate U Give is one of the books I should have read this year but still haven’t. However, I haven’t heard a single soul not LOVING it, and I have no doubt that I should read it and enjoy as well. I love the spotlight it’s been getting, and all of the themes it touches upon interest me a lot. I shouldn’t postpone it anymore! IT IS GETTING DONE!
    The Gentleman’s Guide was on my list too!! <3

    Here's my TTT:

  4. By Nicole on

    I read The Bell Jar last year and it surprised me how much I loved it. Really beautiful writing.

    We were talking about Fierce Kingdom in the office today! I haven’t read it, but a few people mentioned how gripping and uncomfortable it is. I don’t often read thrillers, but I’m interested in this one!

    I want to read Aristotle & Dante and The Gentleman’s Guide too. They’ve been on my TBR for ages!

  5. By Allison @ My Novel Life on

    I am obsessed with Sylvia Plath, but I never tell people that because then they start to worry about my mental health. I read the Bell Jar in high school and fell in love with it. I haven’t read any other books on your list, but almost all of them are on my TBR. Too many books, not enough time!

  6. By Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books on

    I haven’t read any of the books that made your list. I have some serious work to do. I do have The Hate U Give on my bookshelf waiting for me and the audio for Born a Crime on my phone to listen to soon. Fierce Kingdom looks like something I would enjoy.

    1. By Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings (Post author) on

      I am back to blogging! Sometimes that work and life thing gets in the way, but I’m trying to make it more of a priority again because I have missed it! I highly recommend the audio of Born a Crime…..I could listen to that accent forever 😉

  7. By Annemieke on

    Aristotle and Dante was a good read as well! I’m glad it got translated to Dutch this year. I still have to read Thug. Hopefully in 2018.

  8. By Wendy @ Falconer's Library on

    What a fantastic list of faves. I love the ones on here that I’ve read too (THUG, Seventh Wish, Aristotle & Dante, Mexican Whiteboy, and Born a Crime). I keep meaning to read The Bell Jar–maybe this is the year?


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