2017 Books

Inspired by @lexie_elyse. All the books I've read in 2017. Keeping it updated, hopefully.
  1. 1.
    Wild by Cheryl Strayed
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I know I'm late.
  2. 2.
    All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Beautiful, haunting, heartbreaking. Keeping my eye out for more from her.
  3. 3.
    Always Happy Hour: Stories by Mary Miller
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Depressing, but in a beautiful way. Also the painting on the cover is from a series I love.
  4. 4.
    I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
    ⭐️1/2 Honestly disappointing. But v creepy at times and fast paced.
  5. 5.
    Summer Days and Summer Nights, edited by Stephanie Perkins
    ⭐️⭐️ This is hard to rate bc some of the stories were excellent and some were flat. It took me too many months to finish this
  6. 6.
    Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hello there are tears streaming down my face. This is an excellent YA novel that made me too goddamn emotional. HARD RECOMMEND.
  7. 7.
    I Feel Bad About My Neck (And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman) by Nora Ephron
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love Nora. She wrote When Harry Met Sally, one of my favorite movies of all time. I thought I'd love this, and of course I did!! (God I want to move back to New York)
  8. 8.
    The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Holy shit, I loved this book. As the days grow longer and the earth starts to die rapidly, a middle schooler named Julia narrates the amazing, terrifying new reality.
  9. 9.
    Limber by Angela Pelster
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Angela was my professor at Towson for two semesters in Writing Literary Fiction. She published this book three years ago, during my first semester in her class. She was one of the most helpful mentors I ever had, and she continues to help whenever I ask. On top of all of this, her writing is lovely and visceral and makes me stop to think, wow, I've never thought of it that way.
  10. 10.
    No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
    ⭐️ I have heard so many people talk about this book. I bought it in New York for $3 this summer and then never got around to it, and now that I have I'm pretty damn disappointed. I put it down seconds ago and I can't help but feel gross.
  11. 11.
    I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
    ⭐️ I was reading about the death of her daughter and she mentioned that this movie was v different from the book. (The movie is better.)
  12. 12.
    All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My first five star review on this list! This book eviscerated me. Andrea is an incredibly complicated and thoughtful protagonist. Goddamn, I gotta get back to the city 💔
  13. 13.
    Blue Nights by Joan Didion
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I'm not sure how many stars to give this. I read it in one day, and it's certainly sad and it really digs up some emotions and fears in you that you try to forget, but the purposeful repetition gets a little overbearing. Didion is always delightful, though.
  14. 14.
    Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
    ⭐️⭐️1/2 Probably doing this for the book club I'm leading this summer 😳🤷‍♀️
  15. 15.
    Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ !!! This book is incredible. I am still reeling over the balance he struck between terror/intrigue and genuine grief. I'm not going to be able to stop thinking about this one...
  16. 16.
    Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Pride and Prejudice makes me emotional no matter how it's told. This writing was incredible!!!
  17. 17.
    We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ There's no denying Lockhart is a talented writer, but the story really disappointed me. I also care little about super rich white people. Yawn.
  18. 18.
    The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ More grief, but a much bigger denial of death and mourning. Just lovely. Painful, but lovely.
  19. 19.
    Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Weird. Very very weird. Some of the stories were disappointing, but the last three blew me away.
  20. 20.
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Why did I wait so long to read this? What was I thinking?? Will Margaret Atwood marry me???
  21. 21.
    You by Caroline Kepnes
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Y'all, this shit is SCARY. Plus there's a very engaging voice and I haven't stopped thinking about it in the hours since I've finished. (Also it's becoming a series on lifetime?? Hell yeah.)
  22. 22.
    We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I don't know if I'll ever be okay again???? Also this cover and packaging is so fucking beautiful, goddamn
  23. 23.
    Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This graphic novel is INSANE. Five short, creepy stories I couldn't put down.
  24. 24.
    The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
    ⭐️⭐️1/2—I honestly wasn't a huge fan of this. I'd read the titular essay when she died and been a big fan, but in the years since, I guess my tastes have changed. It all felt pretty juvenile, and the nonfiction was frankly hard to get through :/
  25. 25.
    The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
    ⭐️⭐️ Wow, this writing was awful. The entire book was predictable, except for the epilogue, which is a horrible way to set up a story. Also (spoiler alert, bc I know you're all rushing to grab this) I do not enjoy stories about victims falling in love with their abusers. Gross. (It gets 2 stars only bc it actually captured my attention long enough for me to finish it.)
  26. 26.
    The Vacationers by Emma Straub
    ⭐️⭐️ GREAT cover. The story was kind of lame. I don't care all that much about rich white people who've gotten themselves into pickles and decide to fix it all by going to Mallorca. Where's the grit?
  27. 27.
    The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ WOW this is part true crime and part memoir, and while i read a ton of memoirs, I don't think I've ever finished another nonfiction book not for an assignment. This was horrific and touching and full of character and growth.
  28. 28.
    Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I am in love with this memoir. The language is incredible, the "characters" are crazy, and the story is endearing, as well as shocking. Honestly want to kiss Tricia Lockwood for being so brilliant.
  29. 29.
    Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a Y (middle school-ish age) graphic novel about a girl who is sent away to stay with her grandfather for the rest of her summer vacation. It is slowly revealed that the reason she can't be at home is that her brother is dealing with a drug problem. This is SUCH a necessary book for any kid who feels like they're carrying the weight of a family member's drug/alcohol problem on their shoulders. Also read it in half an hour! Nice!
  30. 30.
    In the Woods by Tana French
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Really didn't love this at all. I assigned it for my book club at the library and my roommate LOVED it, but I disliked the narrator and found the ending deeply unsatisfying.
  31. 31.
    Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Moving, depressing, beautiful portrait of a mixed Chinese-American family before and after going through the loss of a daughter/sister. This is a must-read and i know i'm going to be haunted by it for a long while.
  32. 32.
    Final Girls by Riley Sager
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Talk about a slowwwww start. A well done thriller (the last 75 pages were amazing!!!) but hoo boy, we need an editor.
  33. 33.
    The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wow. I read this all today and it did not disappoint. It's about a cult!! And a badass teenager who survives it, even though she lost both her hands! Shit is metal 🤙
  34. 34.
    See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A rebelling of the Lizzie Borden (supposed) murders. Hard to believe this was a debut novel. It was sO creepy and compelling.
  35. 35.
    Hunger by Roxane Gay
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Just read this in one sitting on a flight. All I can say is WOW. What an incredible writer/woman/human being. I want everyone to read this.
  36. 36.
    The Answers by Catherine Lacey
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 It's hard to rate this book because i looooved the writing, and was pretty impressed with the concept and backstory, but it was also SO WEIRD. And i feel like i finished with more questions than answers.....maybe that's the point!!!
  37. 37.
    The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Just a really quality thriller. The pacing is excellent, the multiple perspectives didn't bother me (but often do in other books) and it kept me guessing. Definitely recommend.
  38. 38.
    The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison
    I don't know if I want to rate this one. What's incredible about it is that this perverse story of a relationship between the author and her absentee father is almost chaste when Harrison puts it into words. Of course, he manipulated her and used his position as a member of the clergy to convince her what they were doing was okay, but this is truly a story of destruction, and then resurrection. Well done, heartbreaking, and hard to put down.