Best Books of 2017

Best Books of the Year?

Where even to begin with these sorts of lists? Since there are about a billion of them out there already, I thought I’d do something a bit different.

Best New fiction I Read This Year: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. I love Jennifer Egan so, no surprise. Check out my mini review here!

Best Not-New Fiction I Read This Year: I finally picked up Alexander McCall Smith’s Emma, which was done as part of The Austen Project. (Note: The Austen Project pairs six contemporary authors with Jane Austen’s classic novels.) Those who know me know I’m a huge Jane Austen fan, and while I didn’t think this “modern retelling” of Emma was perfect (I mean, it’s hard to top Clueless when it comes to Emma remakes) I just enjoyed reading it so much. It is certainly my favorite of The Austen Project books to date.

(A Jane Austen to check out, if you’re into that sort of thing: Lady Susan. This was made into a movie last year, I think, called Love and Friendship. I recommend both the movie and the book, which is an epistolary-style novella and unlike anything else Austen wrote.)

Most Fantastical New YA Book I Read This Year: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Obviously YA fantasy is MY personal genre, so it seemed appropriate to have this as a category. I love Laini Taylor. She is the most gorgeous writer and her stories are rich in folklore and fantasy and color! I love her imagination!

Already read it? Check out Lips Touch Three Times, which is a collection of three short stories/novellas.

Most Interesting New YA Book I Read This Year: Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. I love a genre-defying book. This one manages to be everything at once. It was like nothing I’ve read before. I’m so jealous of this book! Check out my mini review here!

Best Book I re-read This Year: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Because sometimes all you want is something comfortable and familiar. Like, a murder mystery? I know it’s weird, but I love to re-read my Agathas. I’m a huge re-reader in general, but I have such a soft spot for the “queen of crime.” (Check out my blog post on my favorite Agatha’s here!)

I was so excited for the movie when it released this fall and though I loved the casting and the sets were lovely it couldn’t hold a candle to the book (Ok, I know I’m biased but Kenneth Branaugh was a bit too melodramatic for my taste. NOT Poirot.) (Don’t even get me started on those mustaches.) My recommendation: Definitely read the book and if you’re dying to see some Agatha on the screen, seek out anything with David Suchet. (Faves that spring to mind are “Five Little Pigs” and “The Hollow.”)

Book I Got for Christmas That I’m Most Excited to Read: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman. I love His Dark Materials and obviously I’ve always needed more of Lyra Belacqua. Can’t wait to see how it is (also, it’s the first book of a new trilogy! Exciting!).

And in conclusion, I just wanted to add that 2017 was the year of my own first novel’s release and as such it will forever hold a special place in my heart.

 

And now the big question, what books are we most excited for in 2018????

About Kerry Reed

I read books. I write books. I like chocolate.
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