The Best Books I Read in 2017

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If you're curious what I read all throughout 2017, though, here you go: JANUARY // FEBRUARY // MARCH // APRIL // MAY // JUNE // JULY // AUGUST // SEPTEMBER // OCTOBER // NOVEMBER // DECEMBER (coming soon!)

This year, I'm sharing favorites I read this year (not necessarily published this year!) in a variety of my favorite genres and categories! These are ones I highly recommend and will gladly share with you if you're local. Most of these are ones I'm still thinking about weeks or months later, ones that made a lasting impact on me, but there are definitely many, many other great books I read this year that aren't included here.

A quick note: there are affiliate links throughout this post-- they won't cost you any more money at all, but will throw a few cents my way to support my endless book-buying habits! It's much appreciated. :)

Favorite book about faith:

Favorite memoir:

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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Honorable mentions:

Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending by Esther Fleece

Favorite nonfiction:

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Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times by Carolina de Robertis and many others

Honorable mentions:

The Myth of Equality by Ken Wytsma

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner

Favorite collection of essays/stories:

Favorite book about food:

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Favorite fiction:

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel



Honorable mentions:

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

Favorite young adult:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Honorable mentions:

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

When Dimple Met Rishi by  Sandhya Menon

The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt

Favorite middlegrade:

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Favorite thriller:

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Favorite book of poetry:


New and Selected Poems, Vol. 2 by Mary Oliver

Honorable mentions:

A Thousand Mornings: Poems by Mary Oliver

I Heard God Laughing by Hafez

A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014 by Wendell Berry

Favorite self-discovery book:

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

Favorite personality type book:


Favorite classic:


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston