Video: My 10 Favorite Books of 2017

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  • Here are my top 10 favorite books of 2017. These aren’t necessarily books that were published in 2017 (although several of these were); it’s just the year I read them.
  • They are presented here in no particular, except for the very last spot. I’m reserving that for my #1 pick. Click each of the titles to read full reviews.
  • 10 Favorite Books of 2017


  • The Troop by Nick Cutter

  • A group of boys and their adult leader go on a camping trip. Meanwhile, a virus is loose, getting closer and closer to the camp. What could go wrong? Super creepy, somewhat Lord of the Flies-ish, unputdownable.

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • We see glimpses of generations who come from two separated African sisters. Though we only spend a short time with each generation, their life stories are evident within the few pages.

  • The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

  • Unlikely friends forge a lasting friendship and build a brilliant career together. They’re messy, they fight, they don’t know how to do relationships or even really life, but they’re there for each other.

  • This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

  • This is a sensitive look at transgender issues from a family’s point of view. A couple has their fifth boy, thinking they’re old pros at this by now. Then, the little boy says he’s supposed to be a girl.

  • Hunger by Roxane Gay

  • This nonfiction account of Roxane Gay’s body issues shows a vulnerability I’m thankful for her sharing. She was gang raped as a preteen and struggled with accepting herself and her body for years after.

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Evelyn Hugo is a starlet from the silver screen era in this novel. She agrees to a rare interview in which she divulges who, of her seven husbands, she loves the best. The answer is shocking and scandalous!

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  • Starr goes to a party and meets up with a childhood friend. On the way home, they’re pulled over and a nervous policeman shoots and kills her friend. Starr deals with the fallout and her identity. Heartbreaking.

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

  • A mom and daughter move to a new town. This time, they’re here to stay. No more moving. Themes of economic superiority and cultural appropriation enhance the fact that this is a darn good story.

  • Final Girls by Riley Sager

  • The final girls are the ones who got away from brutal nights of mass murder. Now, years later, someone is hunting them. Though the story goes a bit off the rails in one part, it’s nice and mind-bending, overall.

  • And now, my #1 favorite book of 2017:
  • Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter

  • This book is more character-driven than plot-driven. Greg’s drug-addicted adult son has vanished yet again and he must go on a pilgrimage to find him. During the trip, we learn more about Greg himself and see that (sorry for the cliche) the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  • My advice for those reading Eat Only When You’re Hungry: don’t mistake unlikable characters for an unlikable book. Look instead at the insights Hunter provides and lean into the downward spiral.