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The Best Books I Read This Year

Best Books of 2017 // Bubbly Design Co. Favorite Reads

You may remember that I wrote for Glitter Guide as an intern a few years ago and used to love writing the Monthly Book Club list. I still have a running list of books I’m reading or wanting to read so I thought I’d bring these back to my own blog and share my favorite books of 2017.

I’ve always been a big reader but with my train ride (#suburbs),  I’m reading more than ever. Even though the commute can feel long some days and I miss the ability to flag a $10 cab home, I really appreciate the quiet time for reading.

Books I Read & Loved in 2017:

1. Truly, Madly, Guilty, Lianne Moriarty

I kept hearing about Lianne Moriarty but didn’t know which of her best selling books I should start with. I finally just picked one and couldn’t put it down. Part suspense, part friend/family drama, part character study, it kept me interested and definitely made me want to read more of her books. Just be prepared to continually be asking yourself, “What happened at the barbecue?!”

I went on to read Big Little Lies (and am SO excited about season 2 of the show!) as well as Three Wishes, also by Moriarty, but liked this one best.

2. Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg

I know I’m about 3 years behind in this one but with the Women’s March and all of the turmoil in politics at the beginning of the year, I needed to read something inspiring or at least motivational. Sheryl nails it. Plenty of people have said it before me but this is a must-read. I even want my husband to read it because it makes so many great points, not just about women empowerment but what it means to be a woman who works and how dynamics have to shift to make it work for all of us.

3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid

I probably should’ve put this in first place, even though this list isn’t meant to be a ranking. Recommended by my friend Sam (who may be one of the only people I know who reads more than me), it was just SO good. I loved the storytelling format of an older woman looking back on her life and each chapter covering a different husband or period of her life. It was somehow realistic and yet the character of Evelyn Hugo is so fantastical you wish you were interviewing her. I can’t recommend it more!

4. The Perfume Collector, Kathleen Tessaro

I’m forever referencing book recommendations from Grace — she has great taste that I always love! I picked this one up at her suggestion and was not disappointed. The story actually reminded me in certain ways of Evelyn Hugo because of it’s ties to decadent celebrity culture from decades ago and the storytelling narrative of a “present day” character uncovering the details of one woman’s past. It’s quite mysterious and kept me engaged all the way through.

5. Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, Camille Pagán

Just a fun, easy read that will make you lust after a tropical getaway — especially if you read it in the depths of winter like me. And if you don’t already have Vieques on your travel bucket list, this will ensure you want to add it immediately!

6. Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult

I’ve already recommended this powerful book to many of my friends and family members. I’ve always loved Jodi Picoult, but was most impressed by her ability to narrate two shockingly unique points of view in this book while tackling heated topics of race and religion.

Favorite Books I Read in 2017

In addition to the best books of 2017, I thought I’d also share the books I have at the top of my list to read in 2018. I’d love to hear about your favorite books and/or suggestions for next year in the comments! I absolutely love adding to my GoodReads!

Books I’ll Be Reading in January:

1. The Dazzling Heights, Katharine McGee

This is the sequel to an entertaining YA book I read last year called The Thousandth Floor. It’s set in the future, where New York City as we know it is gone and is replaced by a thousand floor tower where everyone now resides.

2. You Learn By Living, Eleanor Roosevelt

I’ve long been fascinated by Eleanor Roosevelt largely because of her quote “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” I figure a book full of her life lessons and advice will set a nice tone for 2018 and I’m excited to read it.

3. I Know This Much is True, Wally Lamb

T-man read this almost 900 page book earlier this year and highly recommended it. Although daunting to start the year with such a tome, I think it’s best to knock it out early on. I guess I can play catch up on my 30 book goal with some lighter reads over the summer.

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2 Comments

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    Tracy Rodriguez Forbes
    December 27, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I was just looking for some recommendations! Thanks! This year I loved The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan and All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter. I laughed out loud a bunch with the second one.

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      Jess at Bubbly Design Co.
      December 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Oh! I don’t often laugh out loud while reading so that will definitely go on my 2018 list 🙂

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