Let’s just get into it shall we? Here are the top five books that I read in 2017, not all of them were released this year but they were new to me so that’s all that matters.
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER BECAUSE I CAN NEVER PICK FAVORITES.
1. what is not yours is not yours stories by Helen Oyeyemi
In the past couple of years I have gotten to love collections of short stories and this book has soared to the top of my favorites list. First of all, this book will fuck you up. This book made me laugh, cry, cringe, think and gave me nightmares. It didn’t leave my brain for days and honestly is still wedged in there a little. I’m not even sure how to talk about this book because it’s just such an experience.
The stories are sometimes mystical, funny, scary, beautiful, heart wrenching, supernatural and wow all the adjectives in the world could apply to this book. The characters are also so diverse, different ethnicities and sexualities are represented throughout and the fact that some characters from one story pop up in others will leave you wondering how the worlds connect. I loved this book and it’s definitely one I will reread over and over.
2. i hate everyone but you by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
All of my best friends live miles and miles away from me so a book about two best friends going to colleges across the country from each other appealed to me in a huge way. The book’s format is that of emails going back and forth between the main characters so having them talk and fight and figure life out through text was relatable as hell and it never felt out of place to only hear the two main characters voices.
There are so many reasons I love this book but the main one being I absolutely loved how the two main characters fought. Whenever the characters would fight it was as if I was reading my own texts between my best friends and I. The bickering back and forth and also instantly making up was so spot on, I loved it. This book doesn’t stop there though with its authenticity though, the authors tackle LGBTQ+ and mental health in such a way that never felt forced like some other YA novels have felt to me.
3. The Gallery Of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz
The first thing I want to say about this book is that it’s a slow burn. This book took me a couple of days to finally finish (as someone who usually reads a book in a day this was a big deal) but at the end it was worth it. I’ll be real, one huge reason this book is on this list is because the main character is bi and as a newly come out bi female this representation was important to me. Other than sexuality this book is about art, as the main character is also a painter and her sister a musician and her best friend a dancer. I loved the way the book tackled enjoying art and being your best self and what that all means. Overall, a great YA fictional read.
4. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election and the world has never been the same. This book hurt. Her insight into the election and after and her hopes and dreams to what could have been was like a stab to the gut. I’d go from reading about gun violence and what she would do to help prevent it to reading Trumps latest ridiculous tweets and that difference was painful. This really is a must read for anyone who cares about what happened during the presidential election.
5. Brain on Fire My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
I am so late to this book. It came out in 2012 but man is it SO FUCKING INTERESTING. It’s a nonfiction memoir about Susannah Cahalan, a young reporter living in New York who suddenly develops some crazy symptoms and his in the hospital for a month. The book is an honest, crazy, and fascinating look at what happened to her and how she was able to get back to herself.
I just want everyone to read this book because it really blew my mind, from how her early symptoms were ignored by doctors to the simple test that finally gave an insight to her diagnosis. By far, one of me favorite nonfiction books ever.
So there you have it, my favorite books of 2017. If you want to keep up with all the books I read check out my Goodreads, I’ve been using it since 2009 so it’s a pretty accurate account of what I’ve read, what I’m reading and what I want to read.