My Favourite Books of 2017
2017 was a great reading year for me! I read 73 books in total and loved pretty much all of them.
Today I am going to share my Favourite Books of 2017. And I’m limiting the list to 10 because I actually gave 29 books a 5-star rating last year! But let’s jump in!
1. Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon
At the beginning of 2017 I discovered Emma’s podcast and adored it! I decided to get her book Ctrl Alt Delete as an audiobook and it was fabulous! Not only did it sound and flow wonderfully as an audiobook, but the content is honest, extremely current and very interesting. It made me look at my own social media history and growth and really consider things like the generation gap between people who grew up with the internet as opposed to adults who went their childhoods without it to suddenly using it every day for work and day-to-day life.
2. Take Courage by Samantha Ellis
I love the Bronte sisters. Their lives fascinate me and I’ve done a lot of research into them in my spare time, but the literature about the sisters mostly concern the lives of Charlotte and Emily and poor Anne is often forgotten. This was the first book I’ve read that was devoted to the life of Anne Bronte and Samantha Ellis cleverly filled the gaps in Anne’s life with her own opinions and experiences with the Bronte’s. A beautiful read, perfect for Bronte fans!
3. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
I read this wonderful book earlier in the year and was utterly gripped. I cannot tell you what the magic ingredient was that made this book so good but it was truly awesome. Sally is an exciting and talented debut author and I rave about this book to anyone who mentions it. My full book review is here for further details.
4. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Not only is this an extremely important book it is gorgeous! A book about 100 Females throughout history who everyone should know about. From Cleopatra to Ada Lovelace this book doesn’t miss many women out, which is both upsetting – where are the women in history! – but also amazing as you get to discover some truly inspiring, kick-ass females.
5. Still Foolin’ Em by Billy Crystal
I’ve always loved Billy Crystal, ever since I saw The Princess Bride as a child, and later When Harry Met Sally. He is hilarious, kind and incredibly talented. I read his autobiography as an audiobook and was often caught laughing aloud on the tube and in random coffee shops. A moving book as well as a funny one I would highly recommend this to his fans and others.
6. This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
Everyone in the UK should read this book. An intensely honest view of the life of a Junior Doctor in the NHS. Adam Kay was an obstetrician who diarised his life as a doctor, which he gave up to become a comedian – quite an odd career change, you might think – his diaries are hilarious but also depict truly awful experiences. The events that Adam had to endure, as well as his patients, are shocking and it will frustrate you but it will also make you appreciate NHS staff so much more.
7. My Shitty Twenties by Emily Morris
Emily Morris was a mother at 21. She got pregnant, accidentally, at university and from then on she was simply a mother and she was a good one. I found this biography, a collation of Emily’s blog posts on becoming a young mum fantastic. Easy to read, gripping, moving and honest it was a wonderful read and I can’t wait to see what else Emily writes in the New Year.
8. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I tried to read this and didn’t like it so put it down, but was persuaded to try it again. An odd opening to a praiseworthy post, as this was definitely one of my favourite reads of 2017. It was a clever and gripping read that by the end I did not want it to end. Eleanor Oliphant may be a frustrating, un-empathetic character at the beginning but by the end, she will be your favourite person in the universe. Truly great writing.
9. We Own the Sky by Luke Alnutt
This book is coming out in 2018 through Trapeze but I read it whilst on a train to Edinburgh. It is exquisitely moving and you will need tissues. When XXX son gets cancer his whole life changes, but this is not a ‘cancer-story’ (I hate that term too) it is a story about family, love, grief, illness and recovery. Written beautifully and entirely honestly as the writer had cancer at the time of writing it, this will be a must-read next year.
10. Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins
I really enjoyed this autobiography. Phil Collins has always been a household name for me, he was the actor in Buster, the drummer/singer of In the Air Tonight and he won an Oscar for my brother’s favourite Disney film Tarzan. The thing I liked most about Phil’s autobiography was his honesty and self-derogatory writing. He messed up and he admits wholeheartedly. He clearly loves his children and it’s rare to see a ‘rockstar’ admitting to being a crappy dad, an alcoholic, bad musician and a bad man at points in their lives. It goes to prove that actually he is really a good dad, a great musician and an honest man in reality.
There are my top ten reads of 2017! What were your favourite books of last year? Let me know in the comments below!