I read a total of 56 novels this year. In the order that I read them, here are the most memorable and enjoyable books I read in 2017 –
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
This was the first novel I read in 2017. I thought I’d set myself a precedent to continue reading more nonfiction over the coming months. Paul Kalanithi’s story moved me to tears, like big ugly nasty tears. Read this book!
The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre
A. R. Torre might be a weird addition to this list but I honestly don’t care. I loved reading the hell out of this book and the sequel. Sadly I didn’t think the rest of the series was good… but The Girl in 6E was guilty pleasure goodness.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
I’d never read a book set in Iceland, and it turns out this novel is a true historical story about the case of Agnes Magnúsdóttir the last person to get capital punishment in 1828. Fascinating stuff, and could. not. put. it. down.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
I’m surprised Fates and Furies made it on to this list since I gave it a low rating on Goodreads. Here’s the thing: I can’t stop thinking about the insane plot and twisted characters… I can’t let go.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant was a cozy, chicklit (ish) tearjerker with important social commentary on mental illnesses. Loved it a lot.
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Helen Oyeyemi is my literary crush. I want to know how her mind comes up with the things she writes. Boy, Snow, Bird played elements of magical realism, fairy tales and issues of race in a way I didn’t think was possible to concoct.
Panty by Sangeetha Bandyopadhyay
Panty was one of the most exciting magical realist novel ever and it was one of the two translated novels I read in 2017.
Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan
This is the second translated novel. Beauty Is a Wound is a genre-bending compendium of Indonesian modern history and is a book you’ll hate or love. Obviously, I loved it. Haha.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“I need more Austen in my life.” – Me, since 2010
American Fire by Monica Hesse
American Fire reignited (heh) my love for true crime.
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
Okay. So… I freaking love Tiffany Haddish. Her stand up is e v e r y t h i n g. The Last Black Unicorn is supremely funny but it’s also filled with details about her nightmarish childhood and teenage years growing up in foster care. I highly recommend the audiobook version.
Tiny side note: I might be posting less on my blog (in the coming months) because of a massive reading slump + other life stuff. In no way will i ever stop reading though, I’m trying to get into audiobooks at the moment… 😃
Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading 📚