Hi friends! Thank you for sticking with me through the radio silence the past few weeks. As the semester came to a close and I headed home for Christmas break, I needed some time offline to reconnect with my folks and enjoy the Christmas season. I’m back after a rejuvenating miniature hiatus and am excited to share this post with you today!
2017 was an important year for me: I graduated high school, started college, established an online presence with this blog, finished drafting my first book (post on this coming soon!), and read some fantastic literature. To celebrate a new beginning and wrap up the past year, I made a list of my favorite seven books from 2017.
Here is my Top 7 of 2017:
Eleanor & Park exceeded all of my expectations, which I find is relatively rare when a book is as hyped as this one. I read this unique love story infused with grungy eighties culture at exactly the right time in my life and couldn’t have loved it more. I wrote in my review (which you can read here) that I’d be ranting about this book’s fabulousness for a long, long time, which has proved absolutely true.
6. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
When Dimple Met Rishi was everything a young adult romance should be: adorable, charming, and slightly quirky. The juxtaposition of traditional Indian expectations with the culture of computer coding was fantastic and the romance was just cute. What more could a book-lover want?
A Study in Charlotte is a whodunnit with enough charm and dry wit to make you want to drop everything and solve a murder. This young adult mystery debunks some of the common stereotypes associated with the famed Holmes and Watson duo, adding a fresh perspective and realness to a classic narrative.
While I started to read this book because I wanted to watch the upcoming movie, I finished it because it’s just plain fabulous. Me Before You is a star-crossed romance that isn’t afraid to pull, nay, yank on your heartstrings at all the right times. The tears are definitely counterbalanced by some adorably dorky humor and plenty of colorful fashion to keep you laughing in between sobs.
The Handmaid’s Tale is an eerie depiction of an entirely plausible and wholly frightening future: protagonist Offred takes us through her life as a child-bearing handmaid who is only as viable as her ovaries. I loved the uncomfortable blatancy with which Offred describes her world as she peels back the layers of society, exposing secret after secret as we read.
Truth be told, I was supposed to read this for my creative writing class two years ago and didn’t. That procrastination was totally my loss because I missed out on two years of knowing how fantastic this memoir-slash-toolbox is. King’s approach to writing, and the giving of advice concerning writing, was exactly what I needed to read at exactly the right time.
Despite my past shortcomings, I did actually read A Thousand Splendid Suns for one of my college classes and fell in love from the first page. I’ve honestly never read another book like this one: this fictional exposé sheds light on the harsh realities of 1970’s Afghanistan from the perspective of two women thrust into unfortunate circumstances because of someone else’s choices. It’s honest, it’s gritty, it’s everything a great book should be.
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What were your favorite books of 2017?
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