It’s probably evident that I tried to write a “TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2017” post, but failed miserably and had to settle for the top 11 books I read in 2017, because I just couldn’t narrow it down sufficiently.

2017 was an excellent reading year for me, and I’m already fully set on having 2018 be an equally good (or better) reading year. For now, however, here are my favourite 11 books from all the ones I read in 2017.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – this was a Christmas present from my bestie and I absolutely adored it. I soaked it all up in a few days, and just loved the little stories and illustrations. Can’t wait for the next instalment, coming out later this year.

Ir-Rota Daret Dawra (Kważi) Sħiħa – I also read this late in December, in bed while sick in Catania, but it completely mesmerised me. What a masterpiece. It’s a story about a mother of two girls. If you understand Maltese, please read this book.

Turtles All The Way Down – it was so exciting to get the latest John Green book, and I think this is my favourite one. A story about mental illness, with a crushing (yet perfect) ending.

Kindred – this was a book-club book and I’m now very enamoured with Octavia Butler. Weird time-travel and slavery.

Autumn – I finally read an Ali Smith book and I understand the hype. Now I need to get going with some of her other books, pronto.

Names for the Sea – I read this while roadtripping in Iceland and it was the perfect book for that. You really get a feel for that mesmerising country.

The Midwich Cuckoos – an odd story but I loved it. Science fiction is great, especially when every woman in a town mysteriously gets pregnant.

A Room of One’s Own – OH MY GOD. What a book. Or should it be described as a long essay? It was so brilliant. So feminist and so relevant. All hail Virginia Woolf.

All the Light We Cannot See – I read this at the very beginning of 2017, and it’s such a special story about a blind girl during the Second World War in France.

Hot Milk – while reading this book, and even now by just thinking about it, you get transported to a hot, sticky seaside. A really brilliant book.

When Breath Becomes Air – this memoir is a must-read. A surgeon gets cancer and starts writing a book. Plenty of tears.

Hope you check out a few of these if you haven’t read them, and please let me know if you have any suggestions for me – my To-Be-Read pile is almost-infinite, but I always love new recommendations.

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