2017 will forever be known as the year I killed it with my Goodreads challenge. Within the 116 books that I read throughout the 12 months, there were some that really shone. I’m not going to do the “top 10 books of 2017” or any other arbitrary number, but I do want to highlight some of the books that I loved so much, they got Goodreads’ highest honour.
There were quite a few books in 2017 that I really enjoyed, and I will definitely be reading them again in the future. They’re also the kind of book that I’ve been thrusting into the hands of everyone I’ve seen since I finished them. In 2016 I awarded 12 books a five star treatment, while in 2017 17 books made the cut. Maybe I’m getting more easily pleased?
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Why I gave this five stars: One of my all time favourite Christmas books, and a must read every single year. This was the first year I listened to the audiobook and it was so soothing.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Why I gave this five stars: I utterly loved the friendship between Jennifer and Beth, and this was my first 5* read from 2017. I was engrossed.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Why I gave this five stars: I loved this book so much when I was little, and luckily the love affair continued on when I re-read it as a fully fledged, card-carrying adult.
Margot and Me by Juno Dawson
Why I gave it five stars: Despite there not being a lot of mention of Peanut the piglet, this book was one of my favourites from early in the year. It is utterly heartbreaking, and a fantastic read.
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Why I gave this five stars: Super inclusive, and gripping. Usually when a book is hyped to the max it makes me wary, but I had nothing to worry about.
The Princess Diaries: Third Time Lucky by Meg Cabot
Why I gave this five stars: The start of Michael and Mia. Of course I gave it five stars.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Why I gave this five stars: I read this at the time my own mother was going through something similar, and it left me a broken woman.
The Mills and Boon Guide to Turning into your Mother by Ada Adverse
Why I gave this book five stars: A short and hilarious read that any daughter will relate to instantly.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Why I gave this five stars: My ultimate five star for 2017. Go and read it immediately.
The Mills and Boon Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully by Ada Adverse
Why I gave this five stars: Again, one of the funniest short books I read this year. Excellent reading around your birthday.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Why I gave this five stars: One of my all time favourite books, I gave it a re-read in 2017. The relationship between Hans and Liesel is something to be treasured.
Lucas by Kevin Brooks
Why I gave this five stars: A re-read from when I was in my teens, and one of my favourite books of Kevin’s.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Why I gave this five stars: I’d had a pretty rough start to 2017, but as soon as I read this everything was brighter, clearer, and happier. It really is one of the most important books I’ve ever read.
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Why I gave this five stars: I never figured out the perpetrator in this story, so I was completely hooked by the story. I lent it to a friend when we were on a flight back from the US, and she was gripped too.
Sofa So Good – Me Life So Far by Scarlett Moffatt
Why I gave this five stars: Sometimes it’s just better to go in with no expectations. I started with no real opinions of Scarlett, and ended this completely in love with the girl. She’s found a new fan here.
Oh My God What A Complete Aisling by Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght
Why I gave this five stars: A perfect antidote to homesickness when I was away from Ireland with a while. Heartwarming, at times a little upsetting, but a stellar debut.
Parsnips, Buttered by Joe Lycett
Why I gave this five stars: Joe is one of my favourite comedians at the moment, and this book was just full of his wit. I adored it.
What were your top reads of 2017?