Favorite Books of 2017

I've read quite a few books in 2017 and my 2018 goal is to make time to read even more. There are so many times that I spend commuting on the train/bus and bingeing on hours upon hours of TV I could spend reading instead. (Don't get me wrong, I'll never stop watching TV, just maybe a few hours less). Out of all that I read, here are the ones that stuck out the most, although I really did enjoy most books I read (except Good as Gone & The Wangs vs. The World). So here's the books I enjoyed most and a little about why I love them.

 

Non-Fiction


If Our Bodies Could Talk- By James Hamblin

 Written by a doctor turned journalist, this book is a witty insight answering some of the most commonly asked questions about our bodies/health. It's not necessarily a one size fits all approach, instead he gives his own perspective and advice on what works, what doesn't, what fad you don't need to buy into, etc. As he even says himself, there are differing perspectives from everyone in the medical field about different health concerns, but I feel like I learned a lot and it was a really interesting read!

Written by a doctor turned journalist, this book is a witty insight answering some of the most commonly asked questions about our bodies/health. It's not necessarily a one size fits all approach, instead he gives his own perspective and advice on what works, what doesn't, what fad you don't need to buy into, etc. As he even says himself, there are differing perspectives from everyone in the medical field about different health concerns, but I feel like I learned a lot and it was a really interesting read!

Love Warrior- By Glennon Doyle Melton

 Memoirs are probably my favorite type of books to read because of all that I learn and relate to from them. And this selection did not disappoint. One of the most raw, honest, and compelling stories, Glennon has struggled with a lot in her life before finally finding her footing. There's not much else to say about it except you should read it. 

Memoirs are probably my favorite type of books to read because of all that I learn and relate to from them. And this selection did not disappoint. One of the most raw, honest, and compelling stories, Glennon has struggled with a lot in her life before finally finding her footing. There's not much else to say about it except you should read it. 

Ghettoside- By Jill Leovy

 I like to pretend I know everything about what's going on in the world but the truth is, none of us do. That's why I enjoy all that I can learn from nonfiction books. From this book especially, I learned a lot about the painstaking reality of low income, predominately black areas, the crimes committed, and how police fail to pursue justice for them. It's all about the cycle that has yet to be broken. It's hard for me to eloquently explain this book, so go read it for yourself. And if you normally read novels, don't worry because this reads like one. 

I like to pretend I know everything about what's going on in the world but the truth is, none of us do. That's why I enjoy all that I can learn from nonfiction books. From this book especially, I learned a lot about the painstaking reality of low income, predominately black areas, the crimes committed, and how police fail to pursue justice for them. It's all about the cycle that has yet to be broken. It's hard for me to eloquently explain this book, so go read it for yourself. And if you normally read novels, don't worry because this reads like one. 

 

Fiction


Rich People Problems- By Kevin Kwan

 I love the whole Crazy Rich Asians series (this being the third), and the latest book from the series was just as good as the others. Some novels I find too overly cheesy and obnoxious to read, but this has the perfect amount of drama, and gives insight to the mega-wealthy, which I have always been fascinated with. This book really appeals to everyone; it has love, money, drama, family, food, travel, and fancy cars. Really there's nothing else you could ask for. 

I love the whole Crazy Rich Asians series (this being the third), and the latest book from the series was just as good as the others. Some novels I find too overly cheesy and obnoxious to read, but this has the perfect amount of drama, and gives insight to the mega-wealthy, which I have always been fascinated with. This book really appeals to everyone; it has love, money, drama, family, food, travel, and fancy cars. Really there's nothing else you could ask for. 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo- By Taylor Jenkins Reid

 It seems as if everyone loves this book, and for good reason! This book had twists and turns I wasn't expecting and it split up into sections comprising of stories about each of Evelyn's husbands. It's about an old hollywood star and since I had recently read (most) of Marilyn Monroe's biography before this book, I kept getting things confused between the two; that's how realistic and interesting it is. Highly, highly recommend. 

It seems as if everyone loves this book, and for good reason! This book had twists and turns I wasn't expecting and it split up into sections comprising of stories about each of Evelyn's husbands. It's about an old hollywood star and since I had recently read (most) of Marilyn Monroe's biography before this book, I kept getting things confused between the two; that's how realistic and interesting it is. Highly, highly recommend. 

 I like John Green and have read his books before and enjoyed them, but I no longer read Young Adult fiction, so I didn't think I'd enjoy this book all that much. But since I kept hearing great things, I gave it a go. This was the biggest shocker because I felt so much emotion during this book and really related to the struggles of the main character. Plus, living in Indy, I loved that I knew exactly what places he was referencing around town. After all, not many things are set in real towns in Indy (like Parks n Rec and Stranger Things). Since it is young adult, some things were over-exaggerated and cheesy in the slightest, such as the way the best friend is written, but it was easy for me to overlook those. Plus, not everyone is as picky about fiction as I am. 

I like John Green and have read his books before and enjoyed them, but I no longer read Young Adult fiction, so I didn't think I'd enjoy this book all that much. But since I kept hearing great things, I gave it a go. This was the biggest shocker because I felt so much emotion during this book and really related to the struggles of the main character. Plus, living in Indy, I loved that I knew exactly what places he was referencing around town. After all, not many things are set in real towns in Indy (like Parks n Rec and Stranger Things). Since it is young adult, some things were over-exaggerated and cheesy in the slightest, such as the way the best friend is written, but it was easy for me to overlook those. Plus, not everyone is as picky about fiction as I am. 

I couldn't narrow it down to 5 so I chose 6 instead. I hope you found this helpful and let me know what you're favorite books are!