Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2017 (So Far)

Happy Tuesday!! Since we’re around halfway done with 2017 (eek!) it’s time to reflect on what I’ve read so far this year. Though my reading slowed to a near halt during the first few months of this year due to my busy semester at school, but it picked up significantly once I moved back home for the summer in May. (I’ve read SO MANY books since I’ve been home and it feels WONDERFUL.) Hosted by the lovely bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish, this week’s TTT theme is the Top Ten Best Books of 2017 (So Far). In no particular order, here are my favorites with some snippets of my thoughts from reviews I’ve written about them:

The Shining by Stephen King

From my review: Stephen King’s The Shining is a standout thriller in its attention to detail and incorporation of family dynamics, human nature, and the perspective of a child into a twisted, creepy story. Whether or not you’ve seen the movie adaptation or are a fan of thrillers in general, The Shining is one book that you must add to your TBR list!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

From my review: I bought a copy of Milk and Honey on a whim because I had heard a lot of great things about it. What I didn’t realize was that Rupi’s words would resonate so deeply with me and linger on in my mind long after I had read them. These poems are for anyone and everyone, regardless of whether or not you’ve read or enjoyed poetry in the past. Rupi Kaur has written poetry for human nature.

How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky

From my review: Reading this book felt like having the a random, hilarious, and well-spoken conversation with Watsky. How to Ruin Everything is definitely something I’ll be returning to in the future– for a laugh, for inspiration, and to be reminded that there’s nothing quite like the power of a good story.

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

From my review: Reading this memoir was such a fun, entertaining, and interesting experience. Not only did I learn a lot about Elwes and everything that went into making this movie, but my eyes were also opened to the entire film-making process in general. As You Wish is a must-read for any fan of The Princess Bride. Now all I want to do is re-watch the movie!

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

From my review: A Room with a View is basically an English major’s dream novel. As I was reading I couldn’t help but think how many interesting papers could be written about it. You could discuss the entire concept of a “room with a view” and what that means, the contrast between the liminal space of the woods as opposed to the confines of the domestic sphere, the hierarchy of social classes, the portrayal of women and their role in society, the differences between Italy and England– the list goes on and on!

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

From my review: The time period and setting and characters are so specifically and carefully crafted with tiny details, yet the story itself could really have taken place anywhere. This is a testament to the universality of this novel’s major themes and questions about life and death, a reflection of the fact that we all must face these issues at some point in our lives. The stories of these five individuals present a sort of microcosm of life in general, presenting the reader with different challenges and experiences that must be confronted eventually.

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

From my review: For me, the experience of reading  Cather novel is like coming home after months of being away: it’s familiar, refreshing, comforting, and sweetly nostalgic… reading Death Comes for the Archbishop has reaffirmed Cather as one of my favorite authors.

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather

From my review: I was enthralled by this novel. Everything about it captivated me from the very first sentence to the very last word. In fact, I was enjoying it so much that I marked all of my favorite passages with sticky notes, only to realize halfway through that I would have to take them all out when I was finished (it was a library book).

{I forgot to take a photo of my library copy– whoops!}

Sartoris by William Faulkner

From my review: What has always stood out to me the most about Faulkner’s novels is how character driven they are in every sense. The plot seems almost secondary, as though all that really matters are the thoughts within and relationships between the characters. (And sometimes this is all we are ever given!) In some ways it feels like more happens in texts that are steered by characters rather than plot because we are always learning more about characters’ changing beliefs, values, and attitudes as the story progresses.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

From my review (scheduled): I really wish I had read this book when I was younger because I think Matilda’s character would have really resonated with me. Younger Holly would have been thrilled to read about a bookworm like myself who triumphed over obstacles against all odds. Matilda is such an important character for children to read about, both as a bookish hero as well as a strong, clever, independent female character.

What are the best books that you’ve read so far in 2017? What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2017 (So Far)

  1. I will definitely read The Shining and Matilda in due course. Have been on my shelves since forever.

    I recently finished A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and fell in love with it. Never expected to like it that much, but it has everything: an engaging plot, strong characters and a nice writing style.

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  2. Great list!

    I read The Shining last year. I’d seen the film but the book was so different. Same premise but totally different execution. I also liked the focus on family dynamics in the midst of all of the supernatural stuff. It made the characters seem real enough to care about them as people amidst all the craziness.

    Love, love, love Matilde. An all time favorite of mine!

    My TTT https://franlaniado.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/top-ten-tuesday-best-of-2017-so-far/

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  3. I also put milk and honey on my list, but I haven’t read any of the others you talked about! A few are on my tbr, though. Milk and honey was absolutely incredible, though.

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  4. Excellent list Holly! I loved As You Wish, and I am very excited to be seeing The Princess Bride in the cinema next month – I’ve seen the video and then DVD countless times. Milk and honey has been on my TBR for some time now… Here’s my TTT

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  5. Fantastic list, Holly! I’ve only watched The Shining and the only Stephen King book I’ve read is IT. I’m wondering if i should give The Shining a go now! I’m not much of a poetry person but I’ve heard so many good things about Milk and Honey that I might just have to try reading it. And I’, so glad you enjoyed Matilda. I found it so relatable when I was younger. In fact, I still connect with it now! I’ll have to look into the others. They sound really promising!

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  6. First of all- where is this year going?!! A Room with a View sounds amazing (sounds a lot like his other book Howard’s End tbh, which I loved) and I’m especially excited cos I downloaded a free copy today 😀 And Matilda is so incredible!! 😀 Awesome list!!

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  7. I’ve only read Matilda out of the ones on your list, but that was when I was a lot younger. I really want to read A Room With A View and you have made me want to read it even more! I’ve also done a list of my favourite books of 2017, but I don’t think I would be able to pick one favourite.

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    1. DEFINITELY. Milk and Honey is amazing and has made me want to read so much more contemporary poetry (though I’ve yet to get my hands on another collection since then….).

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