June 27: Top Ten Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So Far
We’re now a little over halfway through the year, and I’ve read some pretty incredible books already (let’s hope the remainder of the year proves to be just as fruitful). Unfortunately, I am a little behind on my 2017 Reading Challenge, having read 20/52 books (six behind schedule), but given that I am enjoying my reading, that’s the most important thing.
1. Our Song by Dani Atkins
Despite a slow start, the conclusion of this novel more than made up for the build-up. It made me laugh, cry and just about everything in between. I adored the main characters (all four of them) for very different reasons; it was simply a beautiful read.
2. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
An exceptional YA novel featuring a transgender protagonist, it follows Amanda’s struggles of adapting to a new school and finding her place in this confusing world.
3. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
A book of poetry, this was largely heartbreaking (thankfully there were some uplifting moments). The author presents her troubled past, her relationships with her family and her ex-lovers skillfully and without compromise.
4. The Visitor by Lee Child
Jack Reacher’s fourth adventure sees him working with the intelligence service after he is arrested for being a suspect in a murder case.
5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Audrey suffers from severe anxiety, resulting in her being unable to leave her house, but when a friend of her brother’s shows up, she is forced to confront her demons.
6. Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
Apple lives with her grandmother, having not seen the mother who abandoned her since she was a small child, but when she shows up unannounced, Apple has to separate fiction from reality.
7. Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey’s autobiography is full of funny anecdotes about her time in the spotlight, as well as important feminist messages.
8. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
The second volume in the Bridget Jones saga, this book is full of hilarious and relatable escapades regarding love, family and friendship.
9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The themes of this YA novel include bullying and suicide: it is a hard-hitting book showcasing how small actions can have enormous consequences.
10. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
An interesting YA novel with a heavy emphasis on philosophy, this book sees Astrid battle with her family and her sexuality.
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