This year I read a lot of books. I intentionally made time to read, and while I also listen to audiobooks, I think the act of reading is still really important to do as well. I’m actually rereading a book that I listened to a few years ago (A Little Life), but we are reading it for my book club next month so I decided I wanted to have a different experience with it and actually read it versus listening this time.
My Top 10 Books of 2017 weren’t necessarily chosen because of their writing (although most were well-written), but I chose the stories that were the most memorable to me and/or had the most impact on me.
Top 10 Books of 2017
1 // Beneath a Scarlet Sky, by Mark Sullivan
If you ask me for a book recommendation this will be the very first one that comes out of my mouth. I actually didn’t realize that this book was a true story when I started reading it. Once I found out that it was I was even more blown away. If it’s not on your list to read, put it on there immediately. More thoughts on this book in this post.
2 // A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
This book was simply beautiful. I was envisioning it in my head the entire book. The descriptions of the food and wine alone are worth reading, but the story is fabulous. More thoughts on this book in this post.
3 // The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See
I just couldn’t put this book down. I was all wrapped up in the story and couldn’t wait to read how it ended. More thoughts on this book in this post.
4 // A Long Way Home, by Saroo Brierley
This was one of our book club books. I can admit it is not very well written, but the story — a true story — is one of the best I’ve ever heard. The movie is actually better than the book. If you haven’t seen Lion, you MUST watch it. But definitely have a box of tissues nearby as you will need an entire box. Even though I had read the book, watching the movie was even more heart-wrenching. Honestly, I did the ugly cry (in public) during the entire movie. Reading this book will really make you grateful and thankful for your life. Read the book club post about this book here.
5 // Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom
Apparently everyone read this book in middle school or high school, I somehow missed it and just now read it. Morrie, what a guy. A great book about what’s really important in life. More thoughts about this book in this post.
6 // Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures, by Robert K. Wittman with John Shiffman
Ok I can admit that my art-loving interests make me like this book a lot. I found it fascinating and couldn’t get enough of it. I could listen to the author’s stories for hours and hours and hours. More thoughts on this book in this post.
7 // The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, by Alice Schroeder
This one might come as a surprise but honestly, I found it fascinating. Not only just because he is fascinating, but it was almost like reading a modern business history book, along with a personal story and finance tips all in one. Also with the movie The Post just coming out, I actually got to know a bit about Katharine Graham from this book, which I think will make the movie even more interesting. More thoughts on this book in this post.
8 // The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
All writers amaze me in some way. But sometimes I really just don’t know how they come up with the stories they come up with. It is truly impressive. To me, this was one of those stories. It really pushed my imagination. I already liked Elizabeth Gilbert, but this book showed me the depth of her talent. My thoughts about this book in this post.
9 // Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, by Atul Gawande
This book is simply fascinating. You are almost reading it with your jaw on the floor like O.M.G. and now you question everything your doctor says. I’ve always said if you don’t feel good about your doctor or it’s something really serious, get a second opinion! At the same time (most) doctors are doing their very best with what they know! I just loved the honesty in this book. Very eye-opening.
10 // Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall
This book probably seems weird but the story just had me. I couldn’t get enough of it. It inspired me to run more often. But then most of the time I hate running, so there’s that. Anyway, the story is so so so good. I love stories about challenging the body and I’m always watching documentaries about super athletes and am just endlessly fascinated by them. This was one of those stories that I will have to read again in a few years. More thoughts on this book in this post.