Favourite Books of 2017

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Hey guys!
I officially did it! I finished my Goodreads Challenge of reading 50 books in 2017 with just three days to spare. I really loved keeping track of what I read during the year, and I will definitely be doing it again in 2018. I love that I can now look back on all the books I've read and what I thought of them. I tend to read so much and so quickly that I forget the titles of half the books I read, so this is a really nice way of keeping track of it!

Most of the books I read in 2017 I would place in the 'fairly good' category- I feel like as I get older I seem to find it much harder to find books that I absolutely adore and can zoom through in an afternoon. However, there were a few absolutely wonderful books that I thought I'd talk you through here.

The first three of these I already talked about in my July Goodreads Update, so feel free to go read that first if you'd like to hear more about them!

The Weird Sisters- Eleanor Brown.
My first book of 2017! Read this one if you love well developed characters, strong family values and an uplifting story.

Burial Rites- Hannah Kent.
Set in Iceland, this story revolves around a young slave who has been accused of murder. Not one for the faint of heart but SUCH a good read!

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet- Becky Chambers. 
This was my absolute favourite book of the year, hands down. I have the sequel sitting on my bedside table ready to go, so BRB while I read the whole thing in 2 hours!

A Game Of Thrones- George R.R Martin.
I had wanted to try this series for a while, as I've watched some of the TV series and I love the plot. However, I don't love the violence quite so much and also can never find the time to watch it (I'm waaay behind, only up to season two!) I'm a much quicker reader than watcher-of-things, so I thought this would be a good way to catch up on the story. I have not been disappointed! I've always been a fan of fantasy and epic novels of this type, and found this to be surprisingly well written. Although I often avoid things that are overly popular out of a certain stubbornness of character, I'm very pleased I put that aside to read this one!

Eve Green- Susan Fletcher.
I picked this one up in an Op Shop in New Zealand for 50 cents, and boy am I glad I did! This book felt like a classic- some elements gave me a distinct To Kill A Mockingbird vibe, whilst some also had me thinking of Of Mice and Men. This book was many things- a coming of age story, a gripping mystery, and a tale of friendships spanning years and ages. It was a well rounded, immersive book that I'd thoroughly recommend!

Honourable mentions go to the Immortals series by Tamora Pierce and the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer- both stories that I have read before, but re-read in 2017 year and definitely still have a piece of my heart reserved for!

What were your favourite books of 2017? What should I read next?
Kate x


  1. This is really inspiring as I'm trying to read more this year! Some great recommendations here, thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Alys! Best of luck with reading more this year! Let me know some of your recommendations! :) x

  2. OOh Burial Rites sounds good! Will have to look that one up!

    1. You definitely should! It's such a different but awesome book! x

  3. I'm excited to add some of these books to my list! Happy New Year! xo

    Rowan |

    1. Happy New Year to you as well Rowan! I hope you get your hands on some of them and enjoy them as much as I did! xo