On this lovely, freezing first day of 2018 I wanted to share my favorite books I read over the last year that were published in 2017.
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk – Kathleen Rooney
Lillian Boxfish is such a wonderful, vivid, quaint character. She’s hilarious, heartfelt, and undeniably charming. This story follows her on the last day of 1984 as she decides to take a long walk around Manhattan. While she walks through the city at night and encounters thieves, security guards, children, bartenders, etc. she’s also reliving the events of the past 85 years of her life. This was a light-hearted novel, but also very thought-provoking- hearing about a woman’s life who has lived through all of the 20th century.
Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough
I have talked about this book in a blog post before, and months later it’s still one of my favorites of 2017. This thriller is about a couple that has an extremely strange, creepy secret. If you’re into supernatural elements- the twist at the end of this book will be extremely exciting for you as it was for me. However if you don’t like that sort of thing, this book probably won’t seem that great. The writing and story are exciting, suspenseful, and very easy to read.
Fate of the Tearling – Erika Johanson
This is the final installation in the fantasy trilogy about a queen in a futuristic world that is currently crumbling. I would highly recommend this entire series to any fantasy fans. The ending was definitely a twist, and not necessarily one that every reader will enjoy, but it did make sense for the story and took me by surprise.
Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham
This collection of essays from Lauren Graham, who we all know best as Lorelei Gilmore from Gilmore Girls, is a great look into the show and the actresses’ life. Lorelei’s clever and witty sense of humor is clearly purely Lauren’s. Memoirs from celebrities are hit or miss with me, but this fun, witty, eye-opening, adorable collection of stories from Lauren definitely earned it’s place as one of my 2017 favorites (this one was actually published at the very end of 2016).
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This short book comes in the form of a beautiful letter written from Chimamanda to her childhood friend who wants to make sure she raises her baby girl as a feminist. The letter offers fifteen wonderful, insightful suggestions for empowering a daughter to become an independent woman. If I were ever to have a daughter this is what I would live by to raise her.
The Stranger in the Woods – Michael Finkel
This is actually a true story of a man who ventured out on his own to the woods, and ended up living there completely alone for 27 years. At 20 years old, Christopher Knight dissapeared and was only discovered after almost three decades because he was caught stealing food from someone’s houses. As someone who loves stories of survival and living as a ‘hermit’, I thought this book was amazing and wonderfully entertaining.
Hunger – Roxane Gay
This is a lovely, heartbreaking insight into Roxanne Gay’s childhood trauma and her views and stories of her body. She’s an amazing writer and woman- every book I’ve read of hers, fiction or nonfiction, is fantastic.
Turtles All the Way Down – John Greene
John Greene’s new YA book tackles a mental illness in a really interesting story that involves love, crime, disaster, and teenagers. This was a great look into the world of crippling anxiety. The story was interesting, funny, and a little heartbreaking at times- pretty normal for a John Green book. I really appreciated his honesty and the rawness that he uses to write about mental health issues.
Difficult Women – Roxane Gay
Another beautiful, beautiful book by Roxane Gay written last year. This collection of short stories explores the diverse lives of many different women and the troubles and joys they face in their everyday lives. Another wonderful book from one of my favorite authors.
What was your favorite book published last year?