The Bookish Libra’s Top 10 Favorite Books of 2017


Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017, which gives us all a chance to share the reads that really blew us away this year.

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Overall I’ve had a fantastic reading year so it was hard to pick just ten favorites.  Here are ten books that really resonated with me, books that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about in the weeks and months since I read them.




1. THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

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3.  THE GIRL IN THE TOWER by Katherine Arden

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4. THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman

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5. DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone

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6. STARFISH by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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7. THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn

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8. STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor

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9. MR. DICKENS AND HIS CAROL by Samantha Silva

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10. WHAT HAPPENED by Hillary Rodham Clinton

(Find out what it’s about…)

Hillary’s book was the only one of my favorite reads that I didn’t review on my blog.  As most of my blog readers know, I’m a huge Hillary fan so I knew any review I wrote would be very biased. I’ll just say that as a Hillary fan, this book was everything I needed it to be.

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Question:  What were some of your favorite 2017 reads?  Did any of my favorites make your list?

54 replies
  1. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    I still have to read so many of these! I actually have Starfish in my TBR pile. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Dear Martin and THUG I’m hoping to borrow from my library over winter break. Great list, Suzanne!

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    I still need to read The Alice Network, I don’t know what I’m waiting for! At some point, I’d also like to read Hillary’s book.

  3. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    I still need to read The Hate U Give – and Strange the Dreamer, though I do own both of them so soon! I LOVED A Darker Shade of Magic but I need to read the next two.


    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Oh, I can’t wait to see what you think of the 2nd and 3rd books in the ADSOM series. It’s one of my all time favorite series.

  4. Jenea's Book Obsession
    Jenea's Book Obsession says:

    You have some really good one on your list. I would love to read Strange the Dreamer, I have the audio book of it. Just wish I did better with audio books, guess I will have to get the physical book. 🙂

  5. Maraia
    Maraia says:

    Yaaay, your post makes me so happy! You’re the first person I’ve seen with Starfish and Dear Martin on their list. They’re both on my list as well, along with ACOL and THUG. *high fives* Starfish just about broke me, though. I still can’t stop thinking about it!

    I loved The Bear and the Nightingale, and I’m impatiently waiting for my hold on The Girl in the Tower to come in!

    And I haven’t read What Happened yet, but I definitely need to. I’m also a huge Hillary fan.

    Here’s my list of favorite books of 2017: 😊

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yay, we have great taste in books!

      Oh, I hope you enjoy The Girl in the Tower. I actually loved it even more than the first book.

  6. Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    I’m so jealous because you have so many newer books on your list. I always find myself reading older books or the “it” books from one or two years ago because I’m always so behind, but I want to read them all! Great list!

  7. Kelly @ Here's to Happy Endings
    Kelly @ Here's to Happy Endings says:

    I haven’t read Hillary’s book yet but I’ve been wanting to for ages – I absolutely love her and I think this book would be such a fascinating read. I did read Dear Martin and definitely loved that one oh so much, though! I didn’t read any of the others on your list, but I do own a few of them! I think Wonder Woman Warbringer was probably my favorite book of this year, though.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m really glad I read Hillary’s book. I don’t normally read nonfiction, but I just really wanted to hear from her about the 2016 election. I think it was part of my healing process. Plus, she’s just so eloquent and actually quite funny. It’s a great reading experience for a Hillary fan.

  8. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    You have some fabulous books here – I want to get hold of Strange the Dreamer and The Rules of Magic. I haven’t yet gone through my list to select my favourites, yet:)). Have a lovely Christmas!

  9. Sophie Alex
    Sophie Alex says:

    The Hate U Give is one of the books I should have read this year but still haven’t. However, I haven’t heard a single soul not LOVING it, and I have no doubt that I should read it and enjoy as well. I love the spotlight it’s been getting, and all of the themes it touches upon interest me a lot. I shouldn’t postpone it anymore! IT IS GETTING DONE!
    I would LOVE to read The Bear and the Nightingale soon. I am obsessed with Russia, and this one sounds right up my alley. I love its wintery feel and its mysterious vibe. I am really excited about it. I am dying to finish V.E. Schwab’s books and all of the series I’ve started and haven’t finished! Her writing style is of my favorites.

    Here’s my TTT:

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      The Bear and the Nightingale and its sequel The Girl in the Tower are such amazing reads. I definitely recommend them, especially if you enjoy Russian folklore.

  10. Jordan Rose
    Jordan Rose says:

    The Hate U Give, A Conjuring of Light, and Strange the Dreamer were all truly fantastic, I can’t agree more! I would still really like to read Mr. Dickens and his Carol, so hopefully I can this holiday season–I’m really glad to see it on your list! I have to check out some of the other books you have on here–great list!

  11. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Aj @ Read All The Things! says:

    I’m reading A Conjuring of Light next. I’m so excited for it. I love that series. Strange the Dreamer is on my TBR list. I have to read Hillary Clinton’s book, too, but I’d also be biased if I reviewed it. 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      That Katherine Arden series is just fantastic. It’s quickly becoming one of my all-time favorites and I’ve been recommending it to everyone. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  12. Nina
    Nina says:

    I really want to read most of the books on your list! Yay! Especially The Hate You Give. That one, pfff, I just need to read, no question about that. Keep hearing great things about it and your review is fantastic. Sometimes we need an eye-opener.

  13. Tasya
    Tasya says:

    I read The Bear and The Nightingale earlier this year and it became my 2017 favorite 😀 I can’t wait to read The Girl in the Tower, I plan to read it in January! 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I hope you love Girl in the Tower too. I actually loved it even more than the first book and am already anxious to get my hands on book 3.

  14. Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
    Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium says:

    oh my!! Love this list Suzanne! most of them I either read and LOVED [The Hate you Give], I’m reading soon [Dear Martin, next week! Can’t wait!] or are in my 2018 TBR: The Girl in the Tower, The Rules of Magic, Strange the Dreamer and What Happened! I’m number 61 in the library waiting list for What Happened! LOL

  15. Lindsay
    Lindsay says:

    I, too, loved The Alice Network, A Conjuring of Light, and The Hate U Give! And I’ve got The Girl in the Tower to read as soon as I finish a few library books. Aren’t those covers gorgeous?! I haven’t heard of the Dickens book but it looks right up my alley.

  16. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    I love these lists. I really want to read Dear Martin, The Rules of Magic and The Alice Network. I’m so glad you loved them! The Hate U Give is one of my favorites this year as well. I still need to put together my list.

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