This year I completed my Goodreads Challenge of 70 books (I even read a bit more than planned)! In November I thought I wouldn’t make it but eventually I did. I actually had less time to read this year since I had to do lots of work for Astanya but when things get super hectic, reading is what keeps me calm.
So, here are some of my favourite books of 2017:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book actually broke my heart, but it is one of the best books I read this year. The book talks about a girl named Starr who witnessed her best friend called Khalil got shot by a police officer. His murder brought a lot of anger and confusion to Starr and also to their neighbourhood.That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be? – The Hate U Give
I think there is a lot of sincerity and honesty in this book, that I was immediately drawn inside Starr’s life. I felt her anger, pain and confusion. I could relate it to my own anger, pain and confusion as a minority in my own country. It is no wonder that this book received the Goodreads Choice 2017 Award.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
I picked up this book because it was on sale and was quite cheap. I read some reviews on it and was quite intrigued by it. From the first chapter I was captivated and was not able to put the book down.
The story is of a girl named Nadia Turner, who grew up in a tight-knit community in Southern California. Nadia is broken, she is rebellious and upset. She is trying to deal with her mother’s suicide, she is lost. Nadia falls for Luke Sheppard, who is none other than the town’s pastor’s son. Nadia is pregnant.
Another character from this book is Nadia’s best friend, Aubrey. As time flies, the three of them are caught up in a web of secrets. This book also raises the issues of being in a tight-knit community where everyone knows one another. Nadia is conflicted with the “what-ifs”, of her past decisions, as well as her relationship with Aubrey and Luke.
Suffering pain is what made you a woman. Most of the milestones in a woman’s life were accompanied by pain, like her first time having sex or birthing a child. For men, it was all orgasms and champagne. – The Mothers
I was so moved by this book and I can’t wait for Bennett’s next book!
The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig
Last year I read A Boy Called Christmas and I loved it. Since Sharon and Fred bought me both books (in beautiful hardcovers no less!) last year, I decided to save The Girl Who Saved Christmas for this year.
Just like the first book of this series, Haig has definitely done a great job. I love everything about Amelia, who is portrayed as a tough cookie. I also like the fact that Haig included several well-known people like Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria. How they are involved, well, you’ll just have to pick up the book and read it yourself 😉
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This book is 100% sweet! It’s about two people: Ari and Dante. They have completely different lives and so they have nothing in common. After seeing one another at a swimming pool, they developed a friendship.
I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand. – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
I mean, gah! This book is SO AMAZING that I’m actually lost for words here. I love the interaction between Ari and Dante, as well as their families. Although it is full of awwww moments, the book also tackles some difficult topics without sugarcoating it. It is written beautifully and it’s one of those books that will make you cry and smile at the same time.
You’ll find the other books I read in 2017 on my Goodreads roundup.
Also check out my other posts on books in 2017: