Our Favorite (and Least Favorite) Reads of 2017

2017 is coming to a close and like most people, we are pausing to reflect on our favorite and least favorite reads of the year before looking toward 2018. Both of us had more good reads than bad, a lot of "meh", and a few books we reeeaallllyyyy didn't like. We're coming back with some thoughts about how we fared with our 2017 reading resolutions and some posts about starting  2018 with fresh goals and fresh stacks, but for now here is our simple list of what we loved and didn't over the last 12 months! 

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Michaela

Absolute Favorite

  1. The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet | Becky Chambers

 

Best Series

  1. Neapolitan Novels | Elena Ferrante

 

Best Classic

We're excluding my favorites that I re-read this year!

  1. A Room With A View | E. M. Forster
  2. East of Eden | John Steinbeck

 

4.5 Star Reads

These are all books that really stood out this year, books that will stick with me for a while, but not quite amazing enough to land in my top tier of mind blowing books.

  1. A Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
  2. Commonwealth | Anne Patchett
  3. Moonglow | Michael Chabon
  4. The Outsiders | S. E Hinton
  5. Cork Dork | Bianca Bosker
  6. The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
  7. This One Summer | Mariko Tamaki
  8. Uprooted | Naomi Novik

 

Not For Me

These are the few books that I want to purge from my brain. All of these frustrated and disgusted me in different ways, but they definitely all were decidedly not for me. 

  1. The Art of Racing in the Rain | Garth Stein
  2. We Were Liars | E. Lockhart
  3. A Discovery of Witches | Deborah Harkness
  4. Mr Dickens and His Carol | Samantha Silva 
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Rikki

Absolute Favorite

  1. Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
  2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society | Mary Ann Schaffer
  3. The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
  4. The Giver | Lois Lowry

 

Best Series

  1. Harry Potter | J.K. Rowling

 

Best Classic

  1. The Woman in White | Wilkie Collins
  2. East of Eden | John Steinbeck

 

4.5 Star Reads

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe | Fannie Flagg
  2. 84, Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird | Harper Lee
  4. Boys in the Boat | Daniel James Brown
  5. The Hummingbird | Stephen P. Kiernan
  6. All the Light We Cannot See | Anthony Doerr
  7. A Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman
  8. The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
  9. The Glass Castle | Jeannette Walls

 

Not For Me

  1. Anatomy of Scandal | Sarah Vaughn
  2. Two by Two | Nicholas Sparks
  3. The Lemon Orchard | Luanne Rice
  4. The Dream Keeper's Daughter | Emily Colin

 

What did you love and not love this year? We'd love to hear!