#2017RoundUp: Favourite Books

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Happy 2018, everybody! Here I have what reading all year was all about - the creme de la creme, the highest-rated and most life-changing books of 2017. These books are the reason why I constantly seem to be slogging through pages and pages of barely coherent drivel, as I know that when I find a book like the 5 included on this list, all of that wasted time was worth it.

I don't normally gravitate towards the romance genre. Contrary to popular opinion, I don't think it is a particularly easy genre for authors to completely nail - too often a time have I encountered a love story where the feelings between the characters just felt flat and disingenuous. In Call Me By Your Name I found the opposite: the rolling heat of the Italian summer perfectly reflects the chemistry between Elio and Oliver, and both work together to make the reader feel languorous in the energy-sapping fervour of new love. If you read anything this year, I urge you to read Call Me By Your Name and revel in the feeling of falling head over heels when you least expect it.

This book has been everywhere this year - everyone's mother, dog and mother's dog has felt the impact of the quiet character studies contained in the pages of Little Fires Everywhere. I have met all of those characters, and lived in this town and heard their voices in the wind. It feels so familiar, so universal that I can not imagine one person who does not have something to gain from reading this book.

Gender Games by Juno Dawson (Full Review Coming Soon)
Whereas in Call Me By Your Name, I felt as though I had gained a lover, in Gender Games it feels like I have found a friend. The book feels like a warm hug directed towards anyone who has been subjected to any of society's prejudices, and despite some of the truly awful aspects of society that Juno examines, she manages to stay hopeful about the future that we will all have together. Sometimes you just need a book to come along and say 'hey, no matter what you may think otherwise, i think you're pretty damn great' and Gender Games manages to do just that.

Have you ever read a book that hits you like a freight train? For me, it was Never Let Me Go. After reading it, I simultaneously felt both everything and nothing all at once. It such a quiet dystopian that you often forget that it is set in a 1980's version of England different than our own, and because of that, each of the horrors of the new world hit you that much harder. Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017 and reading a masterpiece like Never Let Me Go, it is not difficult to understand why.


A non-fiction book, Wise Before Their Time affected me emotionally more than any other book I read in 2017. I am so thankful to have read Wise Before Their Time and to have heard the sea of young voices from around the globe speaking honestly and openly about what it was like, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, to live with the disease. This is one book where I can step back now and say that it is one that I will never forget and that it has changed a part inside of me.


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*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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